A host of West End stars are appearing in a new musical theatre-based web series.
The Theatre Channel launched in October, co-produced by Adam Blanshay Productions and The Theatre Café.
The pay-to-stream series will bring together talents from the theatre world. Each 30 minute episode will showcase well-known musical theatre classics; performed by some of the industry’s most beloved performers on location at The Theatre Café.
Every scene will make full use of The Theatre Café’s space – from the bar seating area to the downstairs office – and ultimately stand-alone as individual performances, but each episode shall be linked by a fundamental premise.
Once purchased, episodes will be available to watch at the viewers leisure for an unlimited number of streams.
Episode 1 - October 2
Tarinn Callender (Come From Away, Hamilton) singing On Broadway from Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Carrie Hope Fletcher (Heathers: The Musical, The Addams Family, Les Misérables) and Oliver Ormson (Back to the Future, The Addams Family, The Book of Mormon) singing Suddenly Seymour from Little Shop of Horrors
Olivier Award Winner Matt Henry MBE (Kinky Boots, One Night in Miami) singing Let it Sing from Violet
Lucie Jones (Waitress, Legally Blonde, X-Factor UK) singing Maybe This Time from Cabaret
Olivier Award Winner Jenna Russell (Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George) singing Ladies who Lunch from Company
Jodie Steele (Six The Musical, Rock of Ages, Heathers: The Musical) singing Heaven on Their Minds from Jesus Christ Superstar
Episode 2 - October 31
Episode 2 is a specially extended Halloween themed episode with songs from Dracula, Carrie, and Jekyll and Hyde.
Aimie Atkinson (Pretty Woman, Six) singing Dead Mom from Beetlejuice
Linzi Hateley (Mamma Mia!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Blood Brothers) singing When There Is No One from Carrie
Bradley Jaden (Les Misérables, Wicked) and Sophie Isaacs (Six, Heathers: The Musical) singing Life After Life from Dracula
Ria Jones (Sunset Boulevard, Evita) singing Last Midnight from Into The Woods
Trevor Dion Nicholas (Aladdin, Dreamgirls) singing The Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Show
Josh Piterman (The Phantom of the Opera) singing The Confrontation from Jekyll and Hyde
Jordan Shaw (The Scottsboro Boys, The Lion King) leading Transylvania Mania from Young Frankenstein, along with the Café Four
Episode 3 - November 27
Episode 3 will be a special Rock Episode.
Shan Ako (Les Misérables) singing I’ll Cover You (Reprise) from Rent
Alex Gaumond (Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) singing Le Monde est Stone from Starmania
Rob Houchen (Light in the Piazza, Les Misérables) singing Gethsemene from Jesus Christ Superstar
Francesca Jackson (Tina: The Musical, I’d Do Anything) singing Forgiven from Jagged Little Pill
Aisha Jawando (Tina: The Musical) singing Acid Queen from The Who’s Tommy
John Owen-Jones (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera) singing Pity the Child from Chess
In each episode there will also be four additional performers – ‘The Café Four’, made up of Alyn Hawk (Oklahoma!), Emily Langham (The Boy Friend), Sadie-Jean Shirley (City of Angels) and Alex Woodward (Mamma Mia!) – who will feature across each episode in variety of supporting roles.
Further episodes are to be announced soon.
The Theatre Channel is produced by Adam Blanshay Productions and The Theatre Café, with direction and choreography by Bill Deamer and musical supervision by Michael England, set and costume design by Gregor Donnelly, lighting design by Jack Weir, sound design by Keegan Curran, videography by Ben Hewis and hair and makeup by Diana Hudson.
Co-producer Adam Blanshay said: “With our UK leaders encouraging the theatre industry to think innovatively in order to endure these unprecedented times, Ryan and I were adamant about creating an eclectic digital platform where we could create an ongoing stream of engaging content for theatre fans all over the Globe throughout the continued theatre closures.
"Using London’s beloved hub of all things theatrical- The Theatre Café- as our palette, The Theatre Channel aims to create a steady flow of work for artists and creatives over the next six months, and we’re hopeful it will grow beyond that. Combining performance with digital streaming is the way forward, and we hope to capture the hearts and minds of viewers hungry to satisfy their theatrical appetites.”
Co-producer Ryan Woods of the Theatre Café added: “Myself and Adam had an idea to use the café as a kind of working set to bring theatregoers a live style production to then watch online, which so many have looked to during these recent times to stay connected with theatreland.
"The Theatre Café has remained committed to bring our audience the best quality content to watch online. We believe, with this fabulous team now assembled, we can produce something really special!”
Pictures: © Edward Johnson