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Lucie Jones, desde los musicales hasta Eurovision

En los musicales, al igual que en todo, de vez en cuando aparecen actores, actrices, compositores o estilos que hacen un boom y aparecen hasta en la sopa. ¿Por qué da la sensación de que Lin Manuel Miranda está en todos lados últimamente, hay algo que no sepa hacer? ¿Y cómo olvidar Pasek and Paul? Pues parece ser que, en ese sentido, 2017 es el año de Lucie Jones.

¿No sabes quién es? No pasa nada, te cuento un poco. Lucie, con 26 años, es una actriz, cantante y modelo que saltó a la fama en 2009 cuando participó en The X Factor UK (aquel año también participó Olly Murs, este nos suena un poco más, ¿no?). Así como anécdota, decir que es amiga de Lauren Samuels, incluso tienen cierto parecido físico, ¿no es gracioso?

Lucie Jones representó al Reino Unido en el festival de Eurovision en 2017 con su canción ‘Never Give Up On You’. Su actuación a mi me encantó, en 3 minutos destacaba su teatralidad y su voz, con una puesta en escena muy vistosa y una canción pegadiza y que sonaba muy bien. Terminó la noche en la posición número 15, la mejor que ha logrado su país desde 2011 (España en última posición, no lo olvidemos).

Cuando Lucie terminó The X Factor se lanzó de pleno al mundo de los musicales, empezando, cómo no, con Les Misérables, interpretando a Cosette en el West End. Seguidamente, actuó en We Will Rock You y en American Psycho en el Almeida Theatre. Por si fuera poco, también actuó en Ghost the musical de gira por China.

Después de participar en Eurovision, Lucie Jones tiene varios proyectos muy destacados. Justo volver de Kiev regresó a la nueva producción de 20 aniversario de Rent (se ha celebrado tantas veces el 20 aniversario que estoy muy confundido), de gira en el Reino Unido, interpretando a Maureen Johnson.

Actualmente, está ensayando The Wedding Singer, de gira de nuevo en su país y donde participará desde el 20 de junio hasta el 19 de julio. Justo después, protagonizará la nueva producción de Legally Blonde, donde interpretará Elle Woods recorriendo el Reino Unido. Ella ya participó en este musical en el Curve Leicester, así que seguro que estará estupenda.

¿Qué le deparará el futuro a Lucie Jones? Mucho teatro y musicales seguro.

Cesar

Interview to Katie Kerr and David Bardsley from ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’ at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London

The European Premiere of the off-Broadway musical hit ‘Pete ‘n’ Keelyopened last week at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London.

Katie Kerr (‘Little Shop of Horrors‘, Menier Chocolate Factory; ‘Fat Pig‘, Comedy Theatre; ‘Sweeney Todd‘, English National Opera) and David Bardsley (‘Titanic‘, Charing Cross Theatre; ‘Guys and Dolls‘, National Theatre; ‘The Fix‘, Donmar Warehouse) will be performing every night until Saturday 20th May 2017. So, I truly recommend you to book your tickets now!!!

As you may know, I really enjoy talking to the actors of a new musical about how the rehearsals are going, how they are preparing for their new roles on the show and what do they like the most about musical theatre. So, here you have a new Q & A with the amazingly talented Katie Kerr and David Bardsley.

Cesar: How are the rehearsals of ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’ going so far?

Katie Kerr: Fabulous, we are laughing a lot which bodes well.

David Bardsley: It’s the end of the first week. My brain looks like a potato which was put in a hot oven and forgotten about. Being a two-hander, there is a lot to learn. Fortunately, everyone involved is gorgeous, talented and funny. So it’s been fun. So far!

 

C: What can we expect from this musical, can you explain me a bit what is it about?

Katie: It’s 1968. America’s Swingin’ Sweethearts, Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, are performing live on national television! The only catch? They haven’t spoken to each other in five years……

David: There’s more than one way to answer this question, but if you ask me, it’s about marriage. Or, if you like, relationships. The ups, the downs: the way in which time breeds both resentment yet mutual dependence. And, set in the world of showbiz, it’s also about ambition, success, disappointment, being famous, being no-one, etc. And it’s about not giving up; on life or each other. With songs.

 

C: In this show, there is a lot of tension and repressed feelings between the two main characters. How can you deal with that and not take it to the personal atmosphere?

Katie: Myself and David are aware that we are acting and we don’t let ourselves get to involved with that. We play the truth but never let it get on top of us!

David: It’s called acting, darling! I have plenty of drama at home. Theatre is only pretend. Even ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’!

 

C: What do you like the most about the 50’s and 60’s?

Katie: The hair!

David: 50s – American culture. 60s – The Beatles.

 

C: Which song is your favourite from ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’ and which one is the hardest to perform?

Katie: The Crosscountry Tour! It’s a beast.

David: We’re still learning the score, so it’s a little early to answer that question. But the score certainly is tricky!

 

C: Both of you have been performing in several musicals, which show are you willing to perform, which one would be like a dream come true for you?

Katie: I’d love to play Fanny Brice in ‘Funny Girl‘…Or Effie White in ‘Dreamgirls‘ but unfortunately that really is a dream.

David: I love Sondheim. I’d like to play ‘Sweeney Todd’ and Ben in ‘Follies‘ before I die. But if I don’t – I’ll live.

 

C: What song from a musical on your playlist do you never skip? Also, which duet would you love to perform together?

Katie: ‘One Second And A Million Miles‘ from “The Bridges of Madison County” – it means a lot to me. I would love to perform anything ‘Sweeny Todd‘ with David! Would love to be his Mrs Lovett.

David: ‘In Buddy’s Eyes‘ from ‘Follies‘. ‘Too Many Mornings‘ from ‘Follies’

 

Thank you very much for your time Katie and David, I would like to wish you all the best!!!

Cesar

 

Don’t miss ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’ at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London

Hello everyone, I have some interesting news for you!

The European Premiere of the off-Broadway musical hit ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely‘ comes to Tristan Bates Theatre  this spring! Katie Kerr (‘Little Shop of Horrors‘, Menier Chocolate Factory; ‘Fat Pig‘, Comedy Theatre; ‘Sweeney Todd‘, English National Opera) and David Bardsley (‘Titanic‘, Charing Cross Theatre; ‘Guys and Dolls‘, National Theatre; ‘The Fix‘, Donmar Warehouse) lead this award-winning musical, featuring unforgettable renditions of the era’s popular favourites.

It’s 1968. America’s Swingin’ Sweethearts, Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, are performing live on national television! The only catch? They haven’t spoken to each other in five years. Through a non-stop parade of song hits from the 50s and 60s – highlighted by elaborately staged flashbacks – Pete and Keely relive the roller coaster ride that got them where they are today… divorced! Pete and Keely have some unfinished business and the tension bubbling beneath the show’s glitzy surface threatens to boil over at any moment in a confrontation that will definitely not be ready for prime time.

As the inevitable blow-up gets closer, the songs become increasingly double- edged. History repeats itself, live and in full colour, as Pete and Keely head towards a conclusion that’s at once uproariously funny and surprisingly touching.

WHERE?

Tristan Bates Theatre, 1a Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP

Is located in the Actors Centre. The nearest underground stations are Leicester Square (on the Northern and Piccadilly lines) and Tottenham Court Road (on the Northern and Central lines). The nearest rail station is Charing Cross.

WHEN?

Tuesday 2nd – Saturday 20th May 2017
Tuesday to Saturday, 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm

 

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

Tickets are available priced £20 (£18 concessions)

You can book your tickets at the Tristan Bates Theatre Box Office and http://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk or 020 3841 6611 or boxoffice@tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

Do it now!

 

Also, don’t forget to check the Twitter of this company:

@PetenKeely, @Wallflower_UK, @DameKatieKerr

Interview to Lauren Samuels, currently performing in ‘La Ronde’ at The Bunker

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Lauren Samuels is one of the most recognised actresses in London. She was one of the favourites on BBC’s ‘Over The Rainbow’ with Andrew Lloyd Webber (I’m sure all of you remember how she smashed ‘Popular’ from ‘Wicked’ with Danielle Hope). After her participation on the competition, she has developed a successful career and has achieved many roles in the West End such as ‘Vanities: The Musical’, ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and ‘Grease’.

She is now stepping outside of the realm of musical theatre into a sexuality charged role in ‘La Ronde’ at The Bunker (London’s newest underground theatre). Collaborative Artists’ new bold reimagining of Arthur Schnitzler’s ‘La Ronde embraces life’s game of chance as a roulette decides the cast’s roles every night and throughout the play. With over three thousand different versions of the show, four actors play the cast of ten in a gender-neutral adaption that distils the beating heart of London’s sexuality.

Samuels is pure inspiration and passion. I was very lucky to see her twice performing in ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and I was amazed by her voice and hard work. I’d like to share with you my interview to Lauren Samuels, that she accepted to respond for me. We talked about ‘La Ronde’ and musicals, of course:

 

Cesar: How are the performances of ‘La Ronde’ going, so far? How is the audience reacting?

Lauren Samuels: It’s going wonderfully thank you. The audiences have been great and what is fantastic is that many audience members are returning again and again to see the different variations of scenes with different actors.

 

C: There are three thousand versions of the same show, how can you be prepared for that?

LS: Well the main thing is obviously just knowing the script inside out. I can tell you that backstage in the dressing room before every show, we are all sat there going through the script over and over again!

 

C: Every night will be a new experience for the audience and for you. It must be very scary to begin the show without really knowing what’s going to happen. How challenging is that for an actor?

LS: It’s very scary and extremely challenging, yes. The nerves certainly don’t ever stop with this show! In a “normal” show you are able to slowly get more and more comfortable in the role you play, but with this there isn’t ever a moment to relax. Which of course also makes it incredibly exciting!

 

C: The concept of this show is that you can play any role. Why you don’t have your own role and perform it every night?

LS: Because how dull would that be 😉

 

C: The original play, written in 1897, is about how sexuality transgresses boundaries of class. Max Gill’s new version is set in London in 2017. I’m sure that the perception of sex has changed in 120 years, but do you think there are some ideas or prejudices that have been maintained?

LS: I think we’re much more open when talking about sex and our bodies these days, but I think this also means there is now much more anxiety about what is “normal” and “acceptable” sexually. How do my sexual activities define me for example, and indeed, do I want them to? There is much more freedom of choice these days it seems.

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C: You have been performing in many musicals but, this time, in ‘La Ronde’, you don’t need to sing. Do you miss it?

LS: I love singing and will always find much joy from it, but also as an actress I’m always searching for the next challenge, and this was certainly it!

 

C: And speaking of musicals, which show are you willing to perform, which one would be like a dream come true for you?

LS: I recently saw ‘Waitress‘ in New York, if that ever comes to London I would LOVE to play Jenna.

 

C: Last year you performed at the Olivier Awards with Natalie Dew, Sophie-Louise Dann and Natasha Jayetileke. How was the experience?

LS: Oh it was such an amazing experience. ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ had closed the month before so it was lovely to be back with some of the cast and creatives celebrating our musical. I miss the show a lot.

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C: What song from a musical on your playlist do you never skip? Also, which duet is your favourite?

LS: Since seeing my wonderful friend Lucie Jones in ‘Rent’ I’ve found my love again for the soundtrack. It’s so beautiful! I love the whole album. So I’ll also choose ‘Take Me Or Leave Me’ as my current favourite duet 🙂

 

C: Apart from ‘La Ronde’ at The Bunker Theatre, which show do you recommend seeing in London? Is there anyone that you haven’t seen yet but can’t wait for it?

LS: I missed the chance to see ‘Yerma’ with Billie Piper when that was here, so I’m thrilled that it’s returning to London and I cannot wait to see it this time!

 

C: Thank you very much for you time. I wish you all the best in ‘La Ronde’ and in your career. You truly are an inspiration and an example of hard work, passion and talent. I hope to see you soon in a musical in London and I can’t wait to see where your career will take you in the future.

LS: Thanks for having me 🙂

 

I hope you enjoyed the interview as much as me. I would also like to say thank you to Suzie, for all your job and help.

Don’t miss Lauren Samuels and the rest of this extraordinary company performing every night ‘La Ronde‘ at the Bunker Theatre, until the Saturday 11th March 2017. Book your tickets now here: The Bunker

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Cesar