Join me as I create an evening inspired by engaging with others.
A cabaret with a difference… A social media concert creation… Not one song has been chosen by me!
Using Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms, I encouraged all of my followers, friends and family to request a song they would like Me to sing (or reinvent) followed by the hashtag #SongsChosenByYou…
Expect to hear a variety of musical theatre pop and maybe even a hint of jazz. Collaborated into some familiar arrangements and some not so familiar, with brand-new twists.
Don’t miss Songs Chosen By You as I perform at Live At Zédel for the very first time.
I’m excited to finally announce that I’ve been cast as Marian Halcombe in the first ever revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White, which opens at the Charing Cross Theatre in November.
With music by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by David Zippel, and a book by Charlotte Jones, The Woman in White is adapted from Wilkie Collins’ Victorian thriller about a man whose life is changed after a chance encounter with a mysterious woman.
Walter Hartright, a young art teacher, encounters and gives directions to a mysterious and distressed woman dressed entirely in white, lost in London; he is later informed by policemen that she has escaped from an asylum. Soon afterward, he travels to Limmeridge House in Cumberland, having been hired as a drawing master on the recommendation of his friend, Pesca, an Italian language master. The Limmeridge household comprises the invalid Frederick Fairlie, and Walter’s students: Laura Fairlie, Mr. Fairlie’s niece, and Marian Halcombe, her devoted half-sister. Walter realizes that Laura bears an astonishing resemblance to the woman in white, who is known to the household by the name of Anne Catherick: a mentally disabled child who formerly lived near Limmeridge, and was devoted to Laura’s mother, who first dressed her in white.
Over the next few months, Walter and Laura fall in love, despite Laura’s betrothal to Sir Percival Glyde, Baronet. Upon realizing this, Marian advises Walter to leave Limmeridge. Laura receives an anonymous letter warning her against marrying Glyde. Walter deduces that Anne has sent the letter and encounters her again in Cumberland; he becomes convinced that Glyde originally placed Anne in the asylum. Despite the misgivings of the family lawyer over the financial terms of the marriage settlement, which will give the entirety of Laura’s fortune to Glyde if she dies without leaving an heir, and Laura’s confession that she loves another man, Laura and Glyde marry in December 1849 and travel to Italy for six months. Concurrently, Walter joins an expedition to Honduras.
After six months, Sir Percival and Lady Glyde return to his house, Blackwater Park in Hampshire; accompanied by Glyde’s friend, Count Fosco (married to Laura’s aunt). Marian, at Laura’s request, resides at Blackwater and learns that Glyde is in financial difficulties. Glyde attempts to bully Laura into signing a document that would allow him to use her marriage settlement of £20,000, which Laura refuses. Anne, who is now terminally ill, travels to Blackwater Park and contacts Laura, saying that she holds a secret that will ruin Glyde’s life. Before she can disclose the secret, Glyde discovers their communication and becomes extremely paranoid, believing Laura knows his secret and attempts to keep her held at Blackwater. With the problem of Laura’s refusal to give away her fortune and Anne’s knowledge of his secret, Fosco conspires to use the resemblance between Laura and Anne to exchange their two identities. The two will trick both individuals into traveling with them to London; Laura will be placed in an asylum under the identity of Anne, and Anne will be buried under the identity of Laura upon her imminent death. Marian overhears part of this plan but becomes soaked by rain, and contracts typhus.
While Marian is ill, Laura is tricked into traveling to London, and the plan is accomplished. Anne Catherick succumbs to her illness and is buried as Laura, while Laura is drugged and conveyed to the asylum as Anne. When Marian visits the asylum, hoping to learn something from Anne, she finds Laura, who is dismissed as a deluded Anne when she claims to be Laura. Marian bribes the nurse, and Laura escapes. Walter has meanwhile returned from Honduras, and the three live incognito in London, formulating plans to restore Laura’s identity. During his research, Walter discovers Glyde’s secret; he was illegitimate, and therefore not entitled to inherit his title or property. In the belief that Walter has discovered or will discover his secret, Glyde attempts to incinerate the incriminating documents; but perishes in the flames. From Anne’s mother (Jane Catherick), Walter discovers that Anne never knew what Glyde’s secret was. She had only known that there was a secret around Glyde and had repeated words her mother had said in anger to threaten Glyde and then later got the idea into her head that she knew the secret. The reason that Glyde’s parents never got married was that his mother was already married to an Irish man, who left her. While he had no problem claiming the estate, he needed a marriage certificate between his parents to borrow money. So he went to a church in a village, where his parents had lived together and where the pastor, that had service there had died a long ago, and added a fake marriage into their church register. Mrs. Catherick had helped him getting access to the register and was awarded a golden watch with chain and an annual payment.
With the death of Glyde, the trio is safe from persecution, but still, have no way of proving Laura’s true identity. Walter suspects that Anne died before Laura’s trip to London, and proof of this would prove their story, but only Fosco holds knowledge of the dates. Walter figures out from a letter he got from Mrs. Catherick’s former employer, that Anne was the illegitimate child of Laura’s father. On a visit to the Opera with Pesca, he learns that Fosco has betrayed an Italian nationalist society, of which Pesca is a high-ranking member. When Fosco prepares to flee the country, Walter forces a written confession from him, by which Laura’s identity is legally restored, in exchange for a safe-conduct from England. Laura’s identity is restored and the inscription on her gravestone replaced by that of Anne Catherick. Fosco escapes, only to be killed by another agent of the society. To ensure the legitimacy of his efforts on her part, Walter and Laura have married earlier; and on the death of Frederick Fairlie, their son inherits Limmeridge.
Acclaimed rising star director Thom Southerland (Titanic, Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel) is to direct the first ever revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical The Woman in White.
A tempestuous tale of love, betrayal and greed, adapted from Wilkie Collins’ haunting Victorian thriller, this is the premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel’s revised score.
“The Woman in White is more than a musical, it is a powerful popular opera, both romantic and spectacular; a thriller; a swaggering, flamboyant Victorian melodrama; a tempestuous story of love and intrigue; a great, arching narrative, brilliantly told.” –The Sunday Times
“Lloyd Webber’s music, never before so classical and operatic, becomes hypnotic as it slowly unveils its melodies.” –The Daily Mail
“Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best score in years.” – The Guardian
“Big, lush, swirling melodies that pour over you and seem to pin you down.” – Financial Times
“Luscious, lavish, sensual, romantic and melodramatic.” – The Mail on Sunday
“A must-see musical thriller! The Woman in White is an engrossing tale, full of artifice and spine-chiller twists.” –New York Post
I perform ‘My Funny Valentine’ by Rodgers and Hart from the musical Babes in Arms, at West End Switched Off at the St. James Studio on 20th March 2016.
Parallel Productions’ debut project is West End Switched Off.
West End Switched Off is a brand new, exciting series of concerts and recordings that arrange musical theatre into acoustic, ‘Live Lounge’ style covers, collaborating with a wealth of talented musicians and performers. The first album features Ashleigh Gray (Wicked, Cool Rider), Adrian Hansel (Hairspray), Ian Stroughair (20th anniversary tour of Rent), Katie Hall (Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera) Dale Evans (Ghost, Miss Saigon, From Here To Eternity), Simon Bailey (I Can’t Sing, The Phantom of the Opera) and many more.
Arrangement by Kris Rawlinson @krisrawlinson
Piano | Kris Rawlinson
Violoncello | Natalie Hancock
Guitar | Felix Stickland
Bass | Rhys Lovell
Drums | Keir Adamson
Music & Lyrics by: Barry Anderson & Mark Petty
Vocals: Carolyn Maitland @CarolynMaitland
Backing Vocals: Daisy Amphlett @Daisy Amphlett and Danielle Irvine @DLIvine
Piano: Simon Beck @SimonGBeck
Bass – Lawrence Addison @l_addison
Electric Guitar – Nick Pinchbeck @NickPinchbeck
Drums – Todd Knapp
Original version on our album You Are Home – The Songs of Anderson & Petty available on iTunes and amazon.
Videography: Edward Rolfe @ERolfeEsq
Sound: Joshua Robins @RobinsAudio
The talented duo Anderson and Petty asked me to sing their holiday tune, The Piano, accompanied by Noam Galperin at ‘A West End Christmas’ at the Actors’ Church in Covent Garden on 4th Dec 2016.
Mark and Barry met in 2010 and have gone on to write songs and have concerts at 54 Below, The Duplex and The Triad in New York and in London at The Delfont Room at the Prince of Wales Theatre, The Union Theatre and the prestigious St. James Studio. Their songs have also been featured in concerts at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in New York and in London at Cafe de Paris, The Actors’ Church and the Garrick Theatre.
They have also written the closing song for the MADTrust West End Bares show for the last two years, Stand Up and Bare It At The Funfair.
The Piano (feat. Carolyn Maitland) Live from ‘An Anderson & Petty Christmas’ charity concert at the St. James Studio in London on the 19th December 2016.
All proceeds from this concert benefit MAD Trust (The Make A Difference Trust)
A great review from Musical Theatre Review to start the day, “…..three sparking talents and a tip top cast.”
It’s been short, sweet & a great experience with such lovely people by my side ???????? Kris Rawlinson, Sam Lupton & Kayleigh McKnight. If you’re free tonight, get yourselves along to the Pheasantry in Chelsea to join us X
Check us out in action in the video below.
To read the full review and see what the lovely folks at musicaltheatrereview.com had to say click the link below.
Not only did I get to do some amazing roller skating lessons with the charming West End Roller Skate coach Jamie Capewell for a new musical hitting London this summer (Stay tuned for more details) and start rehearsals for Maltby and Shire’s brand new production Starting Here, Starting Now. I got interviewed by the wonderful West End Wilma.
I was asked a few questions but my favourite has got to be, If you could be the opposite sex for the day, what male theatre role would you love to have a go at playing.
Anyone who knows me can guess who I said. If you are unsure check out the fun video below.
Anyway, to find out how the interview turned out, pop over to West End Wilma’s site by clicking the link below.