Producer Paul Nicholas, who hosts the late-evening entertainment, aims for SO JEST END to become a regular West End fixture. Talks are under way with various theatre owners about a future home for the show.
The Forbidden Broadway-style revue is given a contemporary twist with regularly updated material parodying the West End’s most popular musicals. Last night’s targets included Spring Awakening, Billy Elliot, Oliver!, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Wicked and Avenue Q as well as long-runners like The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables as well High School Musical and upcoming Broadway transfer Legally Blonde.
The four-strong company - We Will Rock You stars Rachel Tucker (from TV’s I’d Do Anything, nominated in this year’s Whatsonstage.com Awards for Best Takeover for the Queen musical) Jon Boydon and Ian Carlyle along with Louise Dearman – were bolstered by special guests Ian Kelsey (the Emmerdale star who played Billy Flynn in Chicago) and Sandra Marvin (Hairspray).
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For Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand at the New Players Theatre for the pre-show reception and curtain call along with the company and other guests including Sarah Lark, Helena Blackman, Antony Costa, Aoife Mulholland, Patina Miller, Jessie Buckley, Niamh Perry, Samantha Barks, Ben James-Ellis, Leanne Jones, Liz Robertson, Samantha Janus, Kerry Ellis and Ian H Watkins.
- by Terri Paddock