West End stars in Leeds: Famous faces to headline charity event in city
The sparkle and shine of West End theatre is heading to Leeds for a headline charity show.
Yeadon Town Hall Theatre will be playing host to West End and Friends, a touring show which aims to raise money for various charities across the UK, on Saturday, November 6
The fully produced, revue-style show will present the biggest and best-loved hits from West End and Broadway musicals to theatre fans.
The audience will be captivated by songs from well-known composers, Andrew Llloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh, as well as brand-new show tunes, all performed by the cream of the musical crop.
Kerry Ellis, recognised as the leading lady of the West End and Broadway, and the first British actress to play Elphaba in Wicked, will headline the charity event, with all proceeds raised going to Mencap.
There will also be an appearance from Leeds-born Luke Bayer, most recently known for his performance in the coming-of-age stage musical, Everybody’s Talking about Jamie.
Event Organiser Tom Patrick said: “Yeadon Town Hall Theatre has been a hive of musical activity for many years now, but this will definitely be a night to remember.
"There are so many famous faces making an appearance, including Shan Ako who joins us direct from Les Miserables in The West End, Lloyd Daniels, Mitch Miller from the Voice and Glenn Adamson currently on tour with Bat Out Of Hell, plus many more.
"We’re hoping that the audience will sing along and raise the roof as well as lots of money for our chosen charities. Musical theatre is finally re-awakening after a long slumber so we really want people to enjoy the show and go away humming the classic tunes they’ve heard and feeling uplifted.”
Two local Leeds choirs will get a chance to share the stage with the stars, bringing the West End back to Leeds, with a sing along classics element to the show.
Tom, a a a Leeds College of Music graduate, added: “As well as the stars we’ve secured for this event, we wanted the amazing local musical talent to get involved too so we have invited Futurist Theatre Productions and Leeds Musical Theatre Company to come on-stage and perform their versions of favourite West End and Broadway musicals. Music really brings people together and we are so excited for this jam-packed event to go ahead.”
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