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In The Frame: Theatre Interviews from West End Frame

West End Frame

Interviews with theatre's biggest stars! West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, sits down with West End performers and creatives for candid, in-depth discussions about their careers and latest projects.

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S6 Ep16: Daniel Koek, Robin in La Bohème & star of Phantom Australia
Daniel Koek is currently starring as Robin in La Bohème at the King's Head Theatre ahead of appearing in the upcoming Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera. La Bohème returns to the King’s Head Theatre in a new version which relocates the story to contemporary London. Directed by Mark Ravenhill, it's described as a "contemporary queer reinvention" of Puccini’s classic opera.After completing his run in La Bohème, Daniel will play the Porter and Jeweller whilst understudying The Phantom in the Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera which will play in Sydney and Melbourne. Hailing from South Australia, Daniel studied classical voice at the Conservatorium in Adelaide before moving to London to complete his Masters in Musical Theatre at the Mountview Academy. Whilst in Europe Daniel also studied in Amsterdam and sung a season with Nationale Reis Opera of the Netherlands. He is renowned for starring as Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Miserables (Sondheim Theatre). His other credits include: Lt Cable in the Lincoln Centre production of South Pacific (UK/Australian tours), Anatoly in Chess (UK Tour) and Tony in West Side Story (UK Tour) and Father Frank in Saturday Night Fever (International Tour). Daniel has recorded two studio albums and works as a performance and vocal coach. La Bohème runs at the King's Head Theatre until 28th May 2022. Visit www.kingsheadtheatre.com for info and tickets. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @AndrewTomlins32  Thanks for listening! Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
1w ago
30 mins
S6 Ep15: Danny Whitehead, star of Passion & Raoul in The Phantom of the OperaS6 Ep14: Jocasta Almgill, Rizzo in Grease100th Episode: Simon Bailey, The Duke in Moulin Rouge
For our 100th episode (!!) of In The Frame we chat to Simon Bailey about his incredible career on stage, and his current role as The Duke in Moulin Rouge. Simon's West End credits include: Heathers (Theatre Royal Haymarket & London workshop); Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre & UK Tour); Liam O'Deary in I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium); Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Gillian Lynne); understudy Galileo in We Will Rock You (Dominion); Enjolras in Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre); Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s); Passion (Donmar Warehouse) and Romeo & Juliet! The Musical (Piccadilly);. Just a few of Simon's other credits include: Whisper House (The Other Palace); Bat Boy (Southwark Playhouse); Marry Me a Little (St James Theatre); Striking 12 (Waterloo East Theatre); Parade (Southwark Playhouse), An Officer and a Gentleman workshop (Leicester Curve); Once Upon A Time at the Adelphi (Liverpool Playhouse); Naked Flame (England) and Rock Legends (South Africa).Simon is currently starring as The Duke in the original West End cast of Moulin Rouge at the Piccadilly Theatre. Follow Simon on Instagram: @SimonBailey1210Moulin Rouge is booking at the Piccadilly Theatre until Saturday 1st October 2022. Visit www.moulinrougemusical.co.uk for info and tickets. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @AndrewTomlins32 Thank you for supporting our first 100 episodes of In The Frame - there's lots more to come! Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
21-04-2022
1 hr 10 mins
S6 Ep12: Chanel Haynes, Tina Turner in Tina The Musical
For our 99th episode, we are so excited to share this conversation with Tina's Chanel Haynes! Discovered by Quincy Jones while she was still a teenager, Chanel became a founding member of the gospel trio, Trinitee 5:7. As lead singer of the group, Chanel sold over 2.5 million albums worldwide and earned two Grammy nominations. The trio spent nearly two decades entertaining audiences around the world in arenas ranging from Madison Square Garden to Wembley Stadium. The group was managed by Matthew Knowles.Her first album went Platinum and spent 50 weeks on Billboard’s top R&B albums chart, while both of her first two albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard Gospel chart.  Chanel made her theatre debut starring as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at the Zach Theatre in Austin, Texas. For her performance, she won Best Leading Actress in a Musical at the B. Iden Payne Awards.Chanel is making her West End debut as Tina Turner in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre. Chanel had an incredible journey landing the role, which led to her relocating her entire family to London. In this special episode, recorded in Oxford Circus, Chanel discusses why she was drawn to playing Tina Turner onstage, the audition process and conquering one of the most demanding roles in the West End (plus lots more!). Tina is booking at the Aldwych Theatre until Sunday 18th December 2022. Visit www.tinathemusical.com for info and tickets.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @AndrewTomlins32 Thanks for listening! Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
14-04-2022
1 hr 14 mins
S6 Ep11: Paige Fenlon, Luisa in Zorro The MusicalS6 Ep10: Cleve September, Ted Hinton in Bonnie and Clyde & John Laurens/Philip Hamilton in HamiltonS6 Ep9: Cherelle Williams, Dorothy in The WizS6 Ep8: Blair Gibson, Bob Gaudio in Jersey BoysS6 Ep7: Jordan Luke Gage, Romeo in And Juliet & Clyde in Bonnie and ClydeS6 Ep6: Joseph Peacock, Donny Osmond in The Osmonds MusicalS6 Ep5: Richard Winsor, Tony in Saturday Night FeverSPECIAL: Andrew Tomlins, Founding Editor of West End FrameS6 Ep4: Sharlene Hector, alternate Effie in DreamgirlsS6 Ep3: Louise Dearman, West End iconS6 Ep2: Mazz Murray, Donna in Mamma Mia! & Norma Desmond in Sunset BoulevardS6 Ep1: Ailsa Davidson, Veronica in HeathersS5 Ep27: Cameron Blakely, Gomez in The Addams Family
For the final episode of this series, we’re chatting to the amazing Cameron Blakely! Cameron originated the role of Gomez when The Addams Family  made its UK premiere in 2017. He is currently reprising his performance for the musical's latest UK tour.Directed by Matthew White, with choreography by Alistair David, The Addams Family has book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Cameron is well known for his long association with Les Miserables. He has played Thenardier countless times in the West End and on tour. He recently played Bamatabois/Babet in the concert version of the show at the Sondheim Theatre, having played the role for the 25th Anniversary Concert  at the O2 Arena.Just a few of Cameron's other credits include: Dennis Dupree in Rock of Ages (UK Tour), W T Steadi in Calon Lan (Swansea Grand Theatre), Lex Hogan in Eugenius (The Other Palace), Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods (Royal Exchange Theatre), Fagin in Oliver! (Watermill Theatre), Gatch/Twimble in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Concert), Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof (Grange Park Opera), Mr Lucas/Mr Scruton in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Leicester Curve) and Sam in Mamma Mia! (international tour), Cameron has worked extensively at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, where his roles have included: Charley  in Where’s Charley?, Badger in The Wind in the Willows, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosencrantz in Hamlet, Peter in Romeo and Juliet and Nathaniel in The Taming of the Shrew.The Addams Family resumes its UK tour on 11th January in Milton Keynes and is booking through to June 2022. Visit www.theaddamsfamily.co.uk for info and tour dates.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! We’re taking a little break in January, but will be back next year with lots more incredible guests. Email: andrew@westendframe.co.ukVisit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
31-12-2021
31 mins
S5 Ep26: SpitLip Theatre, creators & stars of Operation Mincemeat The MusicalS5 Ep25: Ainsley Hall Ricketts, Paul in A Chorus Line