Hannah Waddingham, Josefina Gabrielle and Emma Williams Join SONDHEIM: WOMEN Concert on September 28
London-based KiwiFruits Productions continues their sell-out season of exclusive concerts, returning to the St James Theatre with 'SONDHEIM: Women' celebrating over five decades of the great anthems of Broadway composer and lyricist, the incomparable Stephen Sondheim.
Three time Olivier Award nominee and WhatsOnStage Award winner Hannah Waddingham, two time Olivier nominee Josefina Gabrielle, and two time Olivier nominee Emma Williams headline a cast of West End leading ladies at the St. James Theatre, Saturday September 28th 2013.
Internationally renowned West End star Hannah Waddingham has carved a hugely successful career in Musical Theatre receiving three Olivier Award nominations for her performances in Trevor Nunn's KISS ME, KATE, Stephen Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC and MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT (playing The Lady of The Lake both on the West End and on Broadway). Hannah has also starred as the Wicked Witch of the West/Miss Gulch in THE WIZARD OF OZ (WhatsOnStage Award win), as Rizzo in GREASE and as The Witch in Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS (WhatsOnStage Award nomination). Hannah most recently appeared in A LITTLE HOTEL ON THE SIDE at the Theatre Royal, Bath and can be seen as the new regular role of Tonya Dyke in the next series of ITV's BENIDORM.
Josefina Gabrielle starred as Gussie Carnegie in the recent West End revival of Stephen Sondheim's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at The Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter Theatre. She received an Oliver Award nomination and won the Clarence Derwent Award for her duel performance as both Nickie and Ursula in SWEET CHARITY. Josefina's other credits include Dot/Maria in Sondheim's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Roxie Hart in CHICAGO, Alexandra Spofford in THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK and her critically acclaimed Olivier nominated role of Laurey Wlliams in the Trevor Nunn production of OKLAHOMA! West End and Broadway.
Audience favourite Emma Williams made her West End debut as Truly Scrumptious in the original cast of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (Palladium), winning the Arts Correspondents' Award for Best Newcomer. She received Olivier nominations in 2009 and 2011 for her portrayals of Luisa in ZORRO (Garrick) and Jenny in LOVE STORY (Duchess). Additional credits include Johanna in SWEENEY TODD (Royal Festival Hall), Tamsin Ford in the British rom-com movie FIRST NIGHT with Richard E. Grant and recently workshopping the role of Meg in Sting's forthcoming musical THE LAST SHIP.
Jamie Birkett's recent portrayal of Martha in CROSS PURPOSE won her great critical acclaim and a nomination for Best Actress in the Off West End Awards, before stepping into the heeled glitterboots of Jubilee Climax in the West End revival of cult classic SAUCY JACK AND THE SPACE VIXENS. Other roles include Joanne in the London revival of RENT, the European Tour of MUSICAL STARNIGHTS, Serene Katz in FAME and THE HIRED MAN (Landor Theatre).
Zoë Curlett headlined on the West End as Cosette in LES MISERABLES, Christine in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and as Jellylorum the UK & European tour of CATS. Other credits include Polly Browne in THE BOY FRIEND, Sally Whittle in ZIP GOES A MILLION and Anthony Newley's UK tour of SCROOGE.
Rebecca Lock recently starred as the eccentric, invisible-dog loving Countess Gabrielle in DEAR WORLD alongside Musical Theatre legend Betty Buckley, she has also performed as Mary in Sondheim's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, Carlotta in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Kate Monster/Lucy The Slut in AVENUE Q, Bertrande in MARTIN GUERRE and the 'practically perfect in every way' Mary Poppins in MARY POPPINS.
Fiona O'Carroll trained at The Guildford School of Acting, and graduated with both the Musical Theatre Award and Director's Choice Award. Her Theatre credits include Lucy Barker/Beggar Woman in Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD, multiple roles in both the UK Tour and Irving Street Production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Georgina Hendricks in CURTAINS, Mrs Darling in PETER PAN, Kate in KISS ME, KATE, and will soon play Emma Goldman in Sondheim's ASSASSINS.
Lauren Samuels came to the attention of UK audiences displaying her passionate vocals and gift for dramatic interpretation in the BBC's OVER THE RAINBOW. Lauren has since starred on and off the West End as Scaramouche in WE WILL ROCK YOU and the WE WILL ROCK YOU Arena Tour, as Sandy in GREASE, received critical praise as Cathy in THE LAST FIVE YEARS and has also performed as Wendy Darling in PETER PAN and in Sondheim's ANYONE CAN WHISTLE.
Lucy Williamson's riveting performance as the iconic Judy Garland in both the National Tour of JUDY AND LIZA and END OF THE RAINBOW (Trafalgar Studios) won her critical praise and audience acclaim across London and the UK. Other theatre credits include Gussie Carnagie in Sondheim's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Theatre Clwyd) and Joanne in COMPANY, Lucy was in the original company of MARGUERITE on the West End and starred as Fantine in the UK National Tour of LES MISERABLES.
Featuring a live band led by acclaimed pianist Terence Penk, and directed by Johnathan Peter, 'SONDHEIM: Women' is guaranteed to be an unforgettable night of outstanding musical theatre performances by some of the greatest female vocalists of the West End stage.