Jenny Ell

Jenny Ell Jenny is a freelance stage manager, having graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2010.

Professional work includes: Wicked (UK tour), Our House & Merrily We Roll Along (Old Rep, Birmingham), War Horse (UK tour), The Lion King (UK tour), Spend, Spend, Spend & Just So (Birmingham Ormiston Academy), Godiva Awakes (Imagineer Productions), Wings of Desire (International Dance Festival Birmingham), Dick Whittington, Robin Hood, Aladdin, Cinderella and Jack & the Beanstalk (Solihull Arts Complex), Paul Daniels: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow & Liberace: Live From Heaven (Assembly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Little Shop of Horrors (Birmingham Rep Theatre).

Predominantly Midlands-based, Jenny is also a keen writer in her spare time and frequently writes for Whatsonstage Central. She is proud to be part of the BroadwayWorld reviewers' team.



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BWW Interview: STRICTLY's Karen Hauer Talks New Stage Show FIREDANCE LIVESTRICTLY's Karen Hauer Talks FIREDANCE LIVE
Posted: Jan. 30, 2020


BWW Review: STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR, Arena BirminghamBWW Review: STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR, Arena Birmingham
Posted: Jan. 17, 2020


BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, The Old Rep Theatre, BirminghamBWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham
Posted: Nov. 1, 2019


BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY, Curve LeicesterBWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY, Curve Leicester
Posted: Nov. 29, 2019


CD Review: TINA THE MUSICAL, Original London Cast AlbumCD Review: TINA THE MUSICAL, Original London Cast Album
Posted: Apr. 1, 2019


BWW Review: MEMOIRS OF AN ASIAN FOOTBALL CASUAL, Archive Recording at Curve
March 31, 2020

At a time when the show must go onLINE and the hunger for live theatre is ever increasing, Curve has followed suit (along with other arts organisations) and dipped into their archives to stream the world premiere recording of 2018 production, Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual, for one week only.

BWW Review: ASKING FOR IT, The REP Birmingham
February 4, 2020

Louise O'Neill's award-winning 2015 novel, Asking For It, has been adapted for the stage by playwright, Meadhbh McHugh, and received its UK premiere at The REP Birmingham last night, following great success in its country of origin in 2018.

BWW Interview: STRICTLY's Karen Hauer Talks New Stage Show FIREDANCE LIVE
January 30, 2020

Best known for appearing as professional dancers on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, Karen Hauer and Gorka Marquez are going on the road around the UK with their brand new show, Firedance Live, which promises a?oehot pulsing beats, seductive choreography and passion that will take your breath awaya??. Prior to rehearsals starting, we spoke to Karen about the upcoming production.

BWW Review: STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR, Arena Birmingham
January 17, 2020

Presented by Stage Entertainment UK and Phil McIntyre Entertainment, Strictly Come Dancing Live opened at the Arena Birmingham last night, kicking off its UK tour following another hugely successful TV series.

BWW Review: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: A LIVE MUSICAL RADIO PLAY, Old Joint Stock Theatre
December 7, 2019

The Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham continues to push the boundaries of originality with their programme. Their Christmas offering is no different with live musical radio play, Miracle On 34th Street, currently bringing festive cheer to the fringe venue.

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY, Curve Leicester
November 29, 2019

West Side Story is probably one of the most iconic of all musicals. Inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the story is set against a backdrop of 1950's Upper West State New York and centres on rival gangs, the Jets and Sharks, and two young lovers who are drawn together from opposite sides of the tracks. Curve Leicester has chosen the Tony Award-winning show for their Christmas production this year.

Book Review: MY LIFE WITH MICHAEL - 10 YEARS OF THRILLER LIVE!, Gary Lloyd
November 23, 2019

Michael Jackson's music is perpetual; there is no denying the fact. Despite all of the controversy surrounding his life, even since his untimely passing in 2009, his songs have remained the constant. Thriller Live! is a stage concert celebration of Jackson's back catalogue, which has been performed across the globe since 2006.

BWW Review: THE SEASON, Royal & Derngate, Northampton
November 21, 2019

Once in a while, a musical comes along that truly reminds you why so many of us adore the art form. The show on this occasion is The Season, which officially opened at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton last night.

BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham
November 1, 2019

Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar remains one of the most epic scores in musical theatre. Since 1970, the production has enjoyed success across the globe, most recently with Regent's Park's hit revival - which transferred to the Barbican earlier this year.

CD Review: RE:ARRANGEMENT by Nick Barstow
October 26, 2019

Last week saw the release of new album RE:ARRANGEMENT, on which well-known musical theatre songs have been reinvented to give them a new identity. The eight-track CD features some incredible voices, including Noel Sullivan, Faye Tozer and Matt Terry.

Book Review: MORE GOLDEN RULES OF ACTING, Andy Nyman
October 7, 2019

Currently performing as Tevye in the West End production of Fiddler on the Roof, Andy Nyman is an award-winning actor, director and writer. Seven years ago, he wrote a book entitled Golden Rules of Acting, which has received international acclaim within the acting community. His sequel, More Golden Rules of Acting, has been released this week, imparting additional pearls of wisdom to those already in, and those aspiring to work, in the entertainment industry.

BWW Review: 9 TO 5, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
September 12, 2019

Dolly Parton's iconic song, 9 to 5, is so recognisable from the first few notes so what better way to open her musical comedy stage adaptation. Based on the 1980 film of the same name, 9 to 5 enjoyed a successful - whilst short-lived a?' run on Broadway in 2009, following its try-out season in Los Angeles. It received a record number of Drama Desk nominations and although the critics gave it a lukewarm reception, the audiences adored the show.

CD Review: GIRL IN A CRISIS, Original Cast Recording
July 26, 2019

Girl in a Crisis is a brand new one-woman musical that premiered in November 2018, as part of the Live at the Zedel season at Crazy Coqs in London. Starring award-winning West End performer, Lorna Want, the show was developed and directed by Simon Greiff with Andrew Fisher providing the book, music and lyrics.

BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE, Curve Leicester
July 9, 2019

Based on Alice Walker's 1982 novel and successive film in 1985, The Color Purple has enjoyed award-winning success, both for its original Broadway production in 2005 and then its revival in 2015. The show's first international production opened for a limited season in London in 2013 and in a co-production between Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome, The Color Purple is currently delighting Leicester audiences.

CD Review: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL, Original London Cast Album
May 16, 2019

Heathers: The Musical has recently enjoyed a limited West End run, following an extremely successful production debuting at The Other Palace in London. The show is based on the 1988 film of the same name and although it is overwhelmingly a comedy piece, dark issues are tackled including bullying, suicide and homophobia.

CD Review: TINA THE MUSICAL, Original London Cast Album
April 1, 2019

It's been nearly a year since Tina: The Musical opened in London to critical acclaim. Fans of the show will be thrilled to hear that they can now get their hands on a digital copy of the cast album featuring the original company, including Adrienne Warren in the title role. A physical copy of the recording will be available later on in the spring.

BWW Review: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
February 21, 2019

David Mamet's play, Glengarry Glen Ross, debuted at the National Theatre in London in 1983 to critical acclaim, winning the Pulitzer Prize the following year, in addition to opening the production on Broadway. The play recently enjoyed a successful run at the Playhouse Theatre in London, directed by Sam Yates (who also directs this UK tour) and featured a star-studded ensemble cast.

BWW Review: STRICTLY COME DANCING LIVE, Arena Birmingham
January 19, 2019

With the TV series having only finished in December, Strictly Come Dancing 2018 is still very much fresh in people's minds. Last night saw the opening of the arena tour in Birmingham, starring seven much-loved celebrities from the show, alongside an ensemble of professional dancers.

BWW Album Review: THE MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
November 2, 2018

Excitement has enveloped the internationally acclaimed stage production, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, since its London opening in July 2016. The show is now playing on Broadway and will soon have productions opening in Melbourne, San Francisco and Hamburg - the latter marking its first non-English production. Last month, it was announced that an album would be released showcasing the music of the show, created by the multi-award-winning British musician, composer and producer Imogen Heap, who has already earned a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play for her work on Cursed Child.

BWW Album Review: KING KONG Original London Cast Recording
September 26, 2018

Not to be confused with the misunderstood silverback gorilla soon to be playing on Broadway, the Original London Cast Recording of South African musical King Kong is being released by Stage Door Records on CD this week.



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