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Interviews with theatre's biggest stars! West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, sits down with West End performers and creatives for candid, in-depth discussions about their careers and latest projects.

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Interviews with theatre's biggest stars! West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, sits down with West End performers and creatives for candid, in-depth discussions about their careers and latest projects.

    S4 Ep16: Lee Mead & Keith Jack

    S4 Ep16: Lee Mead & Keith Jack

    Fourteen years on from Any Dream Will Do, we reunite winner Lee Mead and runner-up Keith Jack!

    Lee went on to play Joseph in the West End, whilst Keith played the Narrator and then Joseph in the musical’s UK tour.

    Both Lee and Keith have had incredible careers. Most recently, Lee played Lofy in Causalty and Holby City for five years, whilst Keith toured the UK as Nick in Fame The Musical.

    Lee is headlining the London Palladium on Thursday 10th June 2021.
    Visit www.lwtheatres.co.uk for tickets.

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @Andrew_Tomlins

    Thanks for listening!

    Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 

    • 33 min
    S4 Ep15: Karen Mavundukure, Effie White in Dreamgirls & Sofia in The Color Purple

    S4 Ep15: Karen Mavundukure, Effie White in Dreamgirls & Sofia in The Color Purple

    After appearing on The X Factor (ITV), theatre producer Sonia Friedman invited Karen to audition for the role of Effie White in Dreamgirls.

    Karen went on to make her West End debut as one of Amber Riley's alternates in the original West End production of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. She took over as Effie White for the show's second year, alongside Marisha Wallace and Moya Angela.

    After completing Dreamgirls' run, Karen played Sophia in The Color Purple (Leicester Curve / Birmingham Hippodrome). She recently reprised her performance for the digital concert production.

    Karen discusses her experience with The X Factor, conquering her performance as Effie, stepping back into The Color Purple during lockdown and lots more!

    You can follow Karen on Twitter @karenmavx & Instagram @karenxmav

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @Andrew_Tomlins

    Thanks for listening!

    Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 

    • 46 min
    S4 Ep14: Alice Fearn & Adrian Hansel

    S4 Ep14: Alice Fearn & Adrian Hansel

    West End favourites Alice Fearn and Adrian Hansel join us for a very special episode of In The Frame! 

    Alice and Adrian first worked together on tour with Michael Ball, and are about to reunite in Scott Alan’s song cycle The Distance You Have Come, which is being staged at the Apollo Theatre for two performances in June. 

    Alice was playing Beverley Bass in Come From Away pre-pandemic, with her other roles including Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked and Nancy in Oliver at the Watermill.     
    Adrian played Benny in Guys and Dolls at the Sheffield Crucible just before the pandemic, with his other credits include originating the role of Seaweed in the West End production of Hairspray and playing Rusty in Starlight Express.  
    Alice and Adrian discuss using diva dollars, what they got up to on the road with Michael Ball and the magic of Scott Alan's music. and lots more! 
    The Distance You Have Come runs at the Apollo Theatre on 21st and 28th of June. Visit www.nimaxtheatres.com for tickets. 
    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @Andrew_Tomlins

    Thanks for listening!

    Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 

    • 44 min
    S4 Ep13: Joe Aaron Reid, Curtis in Deamgirls & Benny in In The Heights

    S4 Ep13: Joe Aaron Reid, Curtis in Deamgirls & Benny in In The Heights

    For our 50th episode, we're off to LA to chat to Joe Aaron Reid!

    Joe's Broadway credits include: Stephen in If/Then, understudy Willie Lopez in Ghost the Musical, Catch Me If You Can, understudy Howard in Finian’s Rainbow, Fred Casely in Chicago and Ronnie Driscoll in Curtains.

    After moving to London, Joe played Benny in In The Heights (King's Cross Theatre) and originated the role of Curtis in the West End premiere of Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre).

    After Dreamgirls, Joe left London for Paris, and he now resides in LA.

    His credits also include: Smash (NBC), Daniel in Once on This Island (Lucille Lortel), The Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout/Laura Pels), Howard in Finian’s Rainbow (Encores), Man #1 in Why We Tell The Story (Lucille Lortel), Kismet (Encores), Joe in Lines (TBG), Gabey in On the Town (5th Avenue), Gymnasia in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum (Williamstown Theatre Festival), understudy Coalhouse in Ragtime (Paper Mill), Munkustrap in Cats (Northern Stage), Camelot (Boston) and Beauty and the Beast (Les Places des Artes, Montreal & Lyric, Baltimore).

    In this episode, Joe discusses self worth, ambition and being a gay Dad working in theatre. He also discusses all things If/Then and Dreamgirls, as well as lots more.

    You can follow Joe on Instagram / Twitter: @JoeAaronReid

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @Andrew_Tomlins

    Thanks for listening!

    Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 

    • 1 hr
    S4 Ep12: Amy Di Bartolomeo, Oz in We Will Rock You & star of In Pieces

    S4 Ep12: Amy Di Bartolomeo, Oz in We Will Rock You & star of In Pieces

    Amy can soon be seen in new musical In Pieces by Joey Contreras.

    Her theatre credits include: Nymph in Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus (The Other Palace), Bat Out of Hell (London Coliseum / Manchester Opera House / Toronto), Diva in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (New Zealand), understudy Diva in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tour), Starlight Express (Germany) and The Rat Pack Boys (UK Tour). 

    Prior to the pandemic, Amy was starring as Oz (the character formerly knows as "Meat") in the brand new touring production of We Will Rock You.

    Streaming 23rd - 26th April, In Pieces is being released as a film in support of LGBT Foundation. The show explores how clarity and empowerment manifest themselves in different relationships. For tickets, visit www.stream.theatre.

    Amy discusses being told she would never dance again, breaking her leg during a performance of Starlight Express and going from being too shy to call herself a singer to having rock legend Brian May approving her riffs in We Will Rock You.

    You can follow Amy on Instagram / Twitter: @AmyDiBartolomeo

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @Andrew_Tomlins

    Thanks for listening!

    Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 

    • 47 min
    S4 Ep11: Jonathan Andrew Hume, Kevin J in Come From Away & Simba in the Lion King

    S4 Ep11: Jonathan Andrew Hume, Kevin J in Come From Away & Simba in the Lion King

    Jonathan originated the roles of Kevin J & Ali in the West End production of Come From Away.

    He is well known for starring as Simba in The Lion King for many years, both in the West End and internationally.

    Some of Jonathan's other credits include Alice in Winterland (Rose Theatre), Bernstein’s MASS (Royal Festival Hall), Rufus Longbottom and the Space Rabbit (UK Tour) and starring as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Wyllyotts Theatre). On screen Jonathan appeared in Mary Poppins Returns (Disney) and he works extensively as a voiceover artist.   

    In this episode, Jonathan discusses becoming a father during the pandemic, the magic of Come From Away and the decision he had to make when he landed his first West End role... plus lots more!

    You can follow Jonathan on Instagram / Twitter: @MrHume

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @Andrew_Tomlins

    Thanks for listening!

    Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 

    • 55 min

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Really enjoying old episodes and listening to the new ones each week. Great guests, and not always the obvious choices. I love the stories of when people have a unique route into performing. Andrew always has a laugh with the guests too. Thank you!!

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