THE JEWISH LEGACY Travels to Hornchuch and Leeds
Broadway's golden age of musical theatre wouldn't be what it is today without the incredibly talented Jewish composers and lyricists of the 20th century. Together they created an enduring legacy that is enjoyed by millions of people across the world every year. Continuing its successful tour, The Jewish Legacy now travels to Hornchurch and Leeds.
Despite its name, The Jewish Legacy is a show for everyone that takes you from the very beginnings of musical theatre, just over a century ago, to some of the most up-to-date and intriguing musical theatre being written today. It is inevitable that you will be singing and clapping along (What's Peen Seen). The stories that have been told and the people who have been part of this journey come together for this amazing night, with a few amusing anecdotes along the way, to celebrate such unforgettably famous shows as West Side Story, Funny Girl, Fiddler On The Roof, The Wizard Of Oz and South Pacific with classics including My Funny Valentine, Over the Rainbow, Tonight, There's No Business Like Show Business and Wouldn't It Be Loverly?.
There's work from Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Kander and Ebb, George Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Harold Arlen right through to Stephen Sondheim and even more modern names like Jason Robert Brown, Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler. When you start to think about it, as Katy Lipson and Leon Trayman have, nearly every single great musical composer from the last century was Jewish. Try naming a few who aren't!
A cast of four sensational performers and an intimate band tell the story and phenomenal success of these Jewish creatives using medleys, snippets of songs and other vocal surprises.
The Jewish Legacy - A Night at the Musicals. Written by Leon Trayman, produced by Katy Lipson and Leon Trayman. For a full list of performance dates and to buy tickets, see www.thejewishlegacy.co.uk. Approximately 2 hours, excluding interval. For more, follow on Twitter @AriaEnts, #JewishLegacy.
About the Cast:
EMILY BULL - Training: Arts Educational Schools London graduating with a 1st class BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre. Graduating in 2005 Emily has had a varied and successful career to date. Her credits include: Cosette in LES MISERABLES (West End); Frenchy/understudy Sandy in Grease (West End); Bobbie in The Railway Children (Sevenoaks Playhouse); Cabaret (UK No.1 Tour), where she understudied and played the role of Sally Bowles; Sweeney Todd (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End) featuring in the ensemble and understudying the role of Johanna; Karoline in 3 Composers, 3 Countries (From Page to Stage season at The Landor); Belle in Beauty & The Beast and Princess Mia in Jack & The Beanstalk (Mercury Theatre Colchester). Recordings include: Sweeney Todd (London Cast 2012); The Railway Children (original cast); LES MISERABLES 21st Anniversary Concert (BBC Radio 2). She has also made several television appearances including: I Dreamed A Dream - The Susan Boyle Story (ITV); The Passions of Girls Aloud (ITV2); Mosgito! (S4C); This Morning, GMTV and The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV). Most recently Emily has been involved in a workshop of a new musical adaptation of Gulliver's Travels playing the role of Gaia, and she is currently working on the feature film London Road (National Theatre, BBC Films).
ABI FINLEY - Training: The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with distinction. Abi first came to the public's attention when she reached the Semi-Finals of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit BBC Television show "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" Straight after, Abi had the great honour of working with Sir Tim Rice, taking the lead female role of Fiona in his revival of Blondel (Pleasance Theatre, London). Recently Abi has been performing in London's West End, appearing in Showstoppers: The Improvised Musical and embraced her inner-hippy playing Sheila in the European tour of Hair. Other Theatre credits include: Peggy in Hi De Hi (UK Tour); Serena in Fame (UK Tour); Miranda in Betwixt (King's Head Theatre, London); Queen Egathella in Sleeping Beauty (Oxford Playhouse); Mary Gallagher in First Lady Suite (Union Theatre, London); Polina in A Winter's Tale (Embassy Theatre, London); Molly in the The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Landor Theatre, London). Television credits: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (BBC Television); When Joseph Met Maria (BBC Television). Radio credits: Lady Macbeth in Macbeth; Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (BBC Radio 4); Rachel in The Barmitzvah Boy (BBC Radio Manchester).
DANNY WHITEHEAD - Training: Guildford School of Acting. Theatre credits include: South Pacific (West End and UK Tour); Secret Garden (UK Tour), Breaking the Code (English Theatre, Frankfurt); Brian May's Anthems (Royal Albert Hall); Persephone (Edinburgh Fringe); Geek (Tristan Bates Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk (Broadway Theatre). Television credits include: Olivier Awards 2012 (BBC); Sondheim at 80 Prom (BBC). Danny has also recently finished filming a new short film 'Assisted' which is to be released in the Spring.
LEON TRAYMAN - Training: BA (Hons) Acting from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Directing credits include: Dave: The Less Than Average Fairy (Goldsmith's College, Tristan Bates Theatre); Julius Caesar (Colchester Castle); Just So (Blakehay Theatre, Weston Super Mare & The Brewhouse, Taunton); Letters To Myself & Queen of Hearts (Goldsmith's College, Tristan Bates Theatre); Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Cambridge Touring Theatre - Best Production, Henley Fringe Festival); The Rivals (Mr. Hart's Theatrical Company - Best Production & Best Director, Henley Fringe Festival). Acting credits include: April Review (A Stage Kindly); Bitesize (A Stage Kindly); Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Clockhouse Theatre); The Elder in Brecht's Antigone (Battersea Arts Centre); Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. Leon also teaches voice at the world-famous BRIT School & on the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course at Colchester Institute. He is also a co-director of the voice company TemperVox Ltd and a freelance vocal coach. For more information visit www.leontrayman.co.uk or follow Leon on Twitter: @leontrayman.