The West End Frame Show: Theatre News, Reviews & Chat

West End Frame

Your weekly stagey catchup! Join West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, and industry co-hosts for a round-up of the latest theatre news and reviews. Special guests include West End performers, producers, journalists, creatives and more!

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S6 Ep12 (ft. Charlotte Bloomsbury): Legally Blonde, Six Broadway Album, Tony Nominations, Jeremy Jordan, Theatre Diner + more!S6 Ep11 (ft. Beth Hinton-Lever): Sondheim Gala, Oklahoma, Drury Lane concerts, A Chorus Line, Macbeth + more!BONUS (ft. James Hameed & Sam Harrison): The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole & Love Is Only Love
38 mins
S6 Ep10 (ft. Sam Turrell): Cinderella Closing, Two Wicked Films, Dear Evan Hansen, Tina, Hamilton, Rock Of Ages + more!
58 mins
S6 Ep9 (ft. Benjamin Yates): Bonnie & Clyde, Musical Con, Grease, Hannah Lowther makes Heathers history, Rachelle Ann Go + more!S6 Ep8 (ft. Marianka Swain): Cabaret starring Amy Lennox & Fra Fee, Zorro, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Lift, Chelsea Halfpenny in Waitress + more!S6 Ep7 (ft. Ella Vaday): Olivier Awards, Anyone Can Whistle, & Juliet, Drag Race, Annie Get Your Gun + more!
Drag Queen Ella Vaday (Drag Race UK runner-up/The Book of Mormon) co-hosts The West End Frame Show!Andrew & Ella discuss Anyone Can Whistle (Southwark Playhouse) and & Juliet (Shaftesbury Theatre) as well as the latest news about the Olivier Awards, Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun and lots more.Ella is the creation of Nick Collier. Nick started out as a musical theatre performer, with his credits including Cats, White Christmas, Once Upon A Time at the Adelphi, Fame, Salad Days and 42nd Street. He was a swing in Wicked (Apollo Victoria) for several years before going on to cover Joseph Smith in The Book of Mormon (Prince Of Wales) and the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Kilworth House).Nick had been cast as Sketch and understudy Corny Collins in the 2020 West End revival of Hairspray. However, after the production was postponed to COVID, Nick turned his focus to drag and Ella Vaday.Ella was one of the stars of Drag Race UK season 3. After winning four maxi challenges (and showcasing top notch vocals along the way), Ella finished as a runner-up. Since drag race, Ella has been working non-stop. She is set to appear alongside Ed Sheeran in the film Sumotherhood and is touring Canada and Australia this summer, having toured in Pick N Mix with Vanity Milan, Chorizo May and River Medway earlier this year. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @AndrewTomlins32Thanks for listening! Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
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S6 Ep6 (ft. Maria Coyne): To Kill A Mockingbird, Gemma Collins, Sondheim Gala, Joel Harper Jackson in C*ck, Coming To England + more!S6 Ep5 (ft. Joseph Fletcher): Ariana DeBose's Oscar, Les Misérables, Ben Stiller, Sister Act, Jason Donovan in Grease + more!S6 Ep4 (ft. Joe Aaron Reid): C*ck, But I'm A Cheerleader, Legally Blonde casting, Six at Hampton Court, The Tempest + more!
Joe Aaron Reid (Dreamgirls/In The Heights) co-hosts The West End Frame Show! Andrew & Joe discuss C*ck (Ambassador's Theatre), The Tempest (Pleasance Theatre) and But I'm A Cheerleader (Turbine Theatre) as well as the latest news about Legally Blonde, Six, Sister Act, Kinky Boots and lots more. Joe's Broadway credits include: Stephen in If/Then, understudy Willie Lopez in Ghost the Musical, Catch Me If You Can, understudy Howard in Finian’s Rainbow, Fred Casely in Chicago and Ronnie Driscoll in Curtains. After moving to London, Joe played Benny in In The Heights (King's Cross Theatre) and originated the role of Curtis in the West End premiere of Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre). After Dreamgirls, Joe left London for Paris, and then moved to LA. He recently returned to London to star in Steve at the Seven Dials Playhouse. Joe's credits also include: Smash (NBC), Daniel in Once on This Island (Lucille Lortel), The Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout/Laura Pels), Howard in Finian’s Rainbow (Encores), Man #1 in Why We Tell The Story (Lucille Lortel), Kismet (Encores), Joe in Lines (TBG), Gabey in On the Town (5th Avenue), Gymnasia in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum (Williamstown Theatre Festival), understudy Coalhouse in Ragtime (Paper Mill), Munkustrap in Cats (Northern Stage), Camelot (Boston) and Beauty and the Beast (Les Places des Artes, Montreal & Lyric, Baltimore). Follow Joe on social media: @joeaaronreidHosted by Andrew Tomlins. @AndrewTomlins32Thanks for listening! Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
43 mins
S6 Ep3 (ft. Richard Carson): Olivier Award nominations, Newsies, Pamela Anderson, Mamma Mia!, Maria Friedman & Friends + more!
55 mins
BONUS (ft. Christina Bianco & Jodie Steele): The Rise and Fall of Little Voice tour & But I'm a Cheerleader at the Turbine
We're kicking off the week with a bonus episode of The West End Frame Show! Christina Bianco & Jodie Steele join us to discuss their latest projects. Christina Bianco is preparing to play LV in a brand new touring production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. From Judy Garland to Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe to Billie Holliday, in the show Christina vividly brings to life performances from the great chanteuses in Jim Cartwright’s tender and life-affirming play. Renowned for her musical impressions, Christina tours the world with her acclaimed one woman shows and is well known for her viral videos.  She made her West End debut in Forbidden Broadway (Vaudeville) and starred as Fanny Brice in Stephen Mears’ acclaimed production of Funny Girl in Paris. The Rise and Fall of Little Voice opens 23rd March at MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton before touring nationally until 16th July 2022. For more information please visit www.littlevoiceuk.com. Jodie Steele is starring in the world premiere of the musical adaptation of But I’m A Cheerleader at the Turbine Theatre, where it was formerly presented as part of MT Fest in 2019.   Jodie's theatre credits include: Standby Elphaba in Wicked (international tour), Katherine Howard in Six (UK & Ireland tour) and Carmen in Fame (UK tour). She is renowned for creating the role of Heather Chandler in the UK premiere of Heathers, a role she reprised last year when the show returned to the West End. But I’m A Cheerleader runs at the Turbine Theatre until 16th April 2022. Visit www.theturbinetheatre.com for info and tickets. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @AndrewTomlins32Thanks for listening! Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
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S6 Ep2 (ft. Bryony Duncan): Beautiful, Jersey Boys, The Addams Family, Mimma, Crazy For You + more!S6 Ep1 (ft. Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky): Gypsy, Aida, The Cher Show, WhatsOnStage Awards, Steve, Proud + more!Catchup Episode (ft. Lisa Martland): Moulin Rouge, Dreamgirls, Operation Mincemeat, Get Up Stand Up, Wicked + more!Top 5 Shows of 2021 (ft. Caz Cronin)Top 5 Performances of 2021 (ft. Mark Dugdale)S5 Ep44 (ft. Ksenya Gray): Bring It On, Spring Awakening, Bex Botterill as Elphaba, Roles We’ll Never Play + more!S5 Ep43 (ft. Lizzy Connolly): Cabaret starring Eddie Redmayne & Jessie Buckley, A Chorus Line, Pantoland, Brittney Johnson, Giles Terera + more!S5 Ep42 (ft. Mitchell Zhangazha): Sunset Boulevard, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Hackney Empire Panto, Audra McDonald + more!
Mitchell Zhangazha (understudy Evan & Jared in Dear Evan Hansen) co-hosts The West End Frame Show!Andrew & Mitchell discuss Sunset Boulevard starring Mazz Murray (Royal Albert Hall), Jack and the Beanstalk (Hackney Empire) and Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre) as well as the latest news about Wicked's casting search for Nessarose, Audra McDonald's new project and Matt Terry's latest theatre role plus lots more.Mitchell recently joined the West End production of Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward Theatre as an understudy for the roles of Evan and Jared. Prior to the pandemic he was understudying Goldie Wilson in the world premiere of Back To The Future at the Manchester Opera House. Mitchell worked extensively as a child, with his credits include: the original West End cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), Young Simba in The Lion King (West End), Caroline Or Change (National Theatre), Porgy and Bess (West End), Oliver (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and he played Young Michael Jackson in Thriller Live on tour across the UK, Europe and in the West End.He kept going and never stopped working, with his further credits including Our Lady of Kibeho (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Stevie Wonder & understudy Berry Gordy in Motown The Musical (West End), Little Moe in Five Guys Named Moe (Edinburgh Fringe) and Curly in Peter Pan (West End). Dear Evan Hansen runs at the Noel Coward Theatre. Follow Mitchell on Instagram: @mitchzhangazhaHosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins  Thanks for listening! Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.
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