Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Kerry Ellis & Louise Dearman release single ahead of concert

West End stars Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman have teamed up to release 'Let Me Be Your Star' ahead of their concert next month.

The single is avaliable to download for free via www.kerryandlouise.com. The song was originally written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman for the first episode of the musical TV series Smash.

The number was performed by characters Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) as they each prepare to audition for the lead role of Marilyn in the fictional musical Bombshell.

Having met when they trained in the same year at Laine Theatre Arts, Ellis and Dearman both went on to become two of the biggest stars of the West End. Surprisingly the pair have never worked together professionally, but all that is set to change when they unite onstage for a one-night-only concert at the West End’s Prince Edward Theatre (home of Miss Saigon) on Sunday 27th September 2015.

Both Ellis and Dearman are known and loved for starring in Wicked. Dearman is the first and only actress to have played both Glinda and Elphaba whilst Kerry was the original British actress to play Elphaba in the West End and Broadway productions of the musical.

Dearman recently starred in the UK tour of The Songbook of Judy Garland alongside Garland’s daughter, Lorna Luft and in Of Thee I Sing at the Royal Festival Hall. Her first book ‘Secrets of Stage Success’ was published earlier this year with co-author and fellow West End star Mark Evans. 

Dearman's theatre credits also include: Lois Lane/Bianca in Kiss Me, Kate (Royal Albert Hall), Water Babies (Leicester Curve), Tell Me On A Sunday (RCCL International), Eva Peron in Evita (UK Tour), Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (UK Tour), Hotbox Girl/cover Sarah Brown & Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly), Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde (UK Tour), Jan in Grease (Victoria Palace/UK Tour), Kiss Me, Kate (Victoria Palace), Whistle Down The Wind (Churchill), Narrator in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour) and Grizabella in Cats (Cyprus).

Ellis recently starred as Grizabella in the West End revival of Cats at the London Palladium and played Helene in Sweet Charity at Cadogan Hall. She is currently back in the studio working on a new album and tour with Queen’s Brian May who she has recorded and toured with extensively throughout her career. 

Ellis' theatre credits also include: Meat in We Will Rock You (Dominion), 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 (Concert Tour), West End Men (Vaudeville), Tell Me on a Sunday (RCCL) and understudy Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (National/Drury Lane).

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