Photo Flash: AVENUE Q Cast, Blake, Gok Wan and More in YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE - THE WEST END UNITES FOR THE PHILIPPINES
The special one-night-only concert You'll Never Walk Alone took place on Sunday 2 March at the Queen's Theatre in aid of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal, with all proceeds going directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee. Scroll down for photos from the show!
The gala featured a host of screen and stage stars including Gok Wan, Danielle Hope, Strictly's Pasha and Katya, Cynthia Erivo, Cassidy Janson, Britain's Got Talent's Francine Lewis, Joanna Riding, Joseph Apostol, Hugh Maynard, Michael Xavier, Emmanuel Vass, Avenue Q original London cast members Julie Atherton, Jon Robyns, Simon Lipkin and Giles Terera, Brit Award-winning vocal group Blake, Luke Evans, broadcasters Adrian Chiles and Esther Rantzen, Emmerdale's Fiona Wade and an ensemble of Filipino performers.
On 7 November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most intense tropical storms ever to make landfall anywhere in the world, struck the Philippines. Millions were affected by torrential rain, winds of over 140mph and flooding of up to 15 feet, devastating coastal areas. Over 14 million people have had their lives torn apart, with approximately 590,000 homes completely destroyed and well over 4 million people forcibly displaced due to the destruction.
You'll Never Walk Alone - The West End Unites for the Philippines was a one-night-only gala concert in support of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which brings together 14 of the UK's leading aid charities to raise money in order to quickly reach those in need. The money raised will contribute to the ongoing need for emergency shelter, clean water and food as well as helping survivors rebuild their lives.
The event was instigated by the UK based theatre Filipino community, many of whom moved to the United Kingdom in the 1990's to take part in the original production of Miss Saigon, the worldwide smash-hit musical produced by British theatre impresario, Cameron Mackintosh.
You'll Never Walk Alone is directed by Jacqui Sanchez and choreographed by Grant Murphy, with musical direction by Alan Berry. It is produced by Paul Spicer and Matt Firth for Stage Acts Productions with the kind support of Delfont Mackintosh Theatres. Avenue Q puppets are by Paul Jomain - www.Qpuppets.co.uk.
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Photo Credit: Darren Bell
AVENUE Q Company
Danielle Hope and Company
Hugh Maynard and Company