Following their recent performance at the Arena di Verona which was transmitted live on TV, Brian May and Kerry Ellis will return to Italy next year with their new show One Voice: The Tour.
The pair recently released their version of Ruth Moody's song 'One Voice' in April and are currently back in the studio working on a new album.
Writing on his website, May said: "This track is Art for Art’s sake. To me, it’s something I’m already proud of, with a magnificent vocal performance by Kerry Ellis, but also it has a crystal clear human message - 'You have a voice … your voice CAN make a difference'."
May and Ellis are currently working on Anthems II. Speaking to West End Frame during a recent interview Ellis said: "Anthems I was obviously very big and orchestral, and then after that we did the acoustic live album which was completely different. I think the aim of Anthems II is a combination of the two.
"We’ve obviously toured a lot over the last three/four years and have gained a lot of experience about each other along the way. So this is going to be a combination of everything we’ve done, plus where we’ve moved onto now. When we recorded Anthems I we hadn’t even toured together! As a duo we’ve moved on so much so this is going to be really exciting. It’s funny because the first album took us so long to do and discover where we were at, whereas this time it’s happening quite quickly because we’ve worked together so much more." Click here to read the full interview.
May spotted Ellis when she was in My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and invited her to audition for his Queen musical We Will Rock You. After originating the role of Meat in the show, Ellis and May have gone on to work together extensively, both in the studio and on world tours.
Known as the first lady of the West End, Ellis' theatre credits also include: Grizabella in Cats (London Palladium), Elphaba in Wicked (Apollo Victoria/Broadway), Nancy in Oliver (Drury Lane), Fantine in Les Miserables (Queen’s), Ellen in Miss Saigon (UK Tour), Beth in War of the Worlds (World Arena Tour), Svetlana Sergievsky in Chess (Royal Albert Hall), Mimi in RENT (UK Tour), West End Men (Vaudeville) and Tell Me on a Sunday (RCCL).
2016 Tour Dates
Sun Feb 21
ANCONA Teatro Le Muse
Mon Feb 22
PADOVA Gran Teatro Geox
Wed Feb 24
Thu Feb 25
Sat Feb 27
Sun Feb 28
ROMA, Auditorium Parco della Musica
Photo Credit: Francyne Carr