Conversations with your favourite theatre actors and creatives. Hosted by Mikey Worrall.
Stephen Oremus (Frozen, Kinky Boots, Wicked, The Book of Mormon)
Two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus talks about creating some of the biggest musicals of the last two decades, conducting the orchestra for the Frozen movies, and arranging and conducting Lady Gaga's performance at the Academy Awards.
Stephen's credits include:
On Broadway and worldwide: As Music Supervisor/Arranger and/or Orchestrator: Disney’s Frozen; Kinky Boots (Tony Award for Best Orchestrations; Grammy Award); The Book of Mormon (Tony & Drama Desk Awards-Best Orchestrations; Grammy Award); 9 to 5; All Shook Up; Avenue Q; Wicked. Off-Broadway: The Wild Party, tick, tick…BOOM!; Film: Vocal arranger/conductor for Frozen & Frozen 2; String arrangements/conductor for Lady Gaga’s “I’ll Never Love Again” (A Star Is Born) and "Til It Happens to You” (The Hunting Ground). Music Director for Rufus Wainwright’s for Rufus Does Judy, TV: Music director of The 87th Academy Awards, The Wiz Live (NBC), Rent Live (FOX).
Giles Terera (Hamilton)
The Olivier award-winning star of Hamilton talks about what it was really like in The Room Where It Happened.
Giles's book, Hamilton & Me: An Actor's Journal, is available now.
We All Look the Same But We're Different Than We Were
Reflecting on the reopening night of Come From Away in the West End.
Kayi Ushe (The Lion King, Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon)
It sure feels good to be back in your podcast feed. Are you ready for a new series of conversations with your favourite theatre people?
First up is Kayi Ushe who's preparing to play Simba in The Lion King when the show reopens in the West End. You may have seen him as Lola on the UK tour of Kinky Boots or during his four-year stint in The Book of Mormon.
Guest Host Daisy Maywood with Mikey Worrall
Daisy Maywood (The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Company, A Chorus Line) guest hosts this episode of the podcast with Mikey Worrall.
This is the final episode of series five. We'll be back in 2021 with more actors and creatives from your favourite shows.
(This episode was recorded in September 2020 before the second lockdown in England. Any references to recent gym sessions and family visits were completely legal at the time.)
Gavin Spokes (Hamilton, Company, Quiz)
Gavin Spokes was playing King George III in the London production of Hamilton when the West End went dark the week before the UK went into lockdown in March.
You might have recently seen him wrestling with Mel Giedroyc as Harry in Marianne Elliot’s West End revival of Company, working his way up to a million pounds as the Major in James Graham’s Quiz, or as pollster Andrew Cooper in Channel 4’s Brexit: The Uncivil War.
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Love it - proper take out an art form often sneered at
A glitzy relaxing listen!
Everytime, this is great listening!
Big name after big name
It’s been great listening to this podcast develop over the past few years. Mikey interviews great names in the theatre industry and his knowledge of modern musicals is clearly a good way to illicit fascinating stories and anecdotes from his guests.