How stagey are you? Kerry Ellis vs Louise Dearman
For the latest of our theatrical battles, we pit the Wicked witches against each other
'First lady of the West End' Kerry Ellis is known for her numerous musical roles from Wicked to We Will Rock You to My Fair Lady, as well as her solo albums and tours.
Currently playing Grizabella in Cats at the Palladium, she is joining forces with Louise Dearman for a concert at the Prince Edward Theatre in September where they will perform together professionally for the first time.
Oklahoma! on tour in Northampton. I went to see my friend Nic Greenshields who was fantastic. The show was really good, a lot of talent on the stage. 1
I normally have showtunes on my iPod if I'm learning something so I don't necessarily have them on there to listen to unless it's something new that I don't know. Although I've got Next To Normal on there at the moment which is interesting, I really like it. 0
I got given Barbra Streisand tickets once, I think it was at the O2. It was the best thing, it was amazing – a very extravagant gift but that was probably the best one. 2 [Bonus point needed; we want fans like yours]
There's a few. Brian [May], obviously, because we speak quite a lot. Jason Donovan, Lorna Luft. Who else? Alfie Boe… there's a few! 2 [Bonus point for extra staginess]
This is a tricky one because I have a dog and I've had dogs all my life but now I'm in Cats obviously it's changed my view. I've even considered getting one because I've loved being part of the show, it's just been fantastic and a bit of a dream. It's tough, I'm on the fence. 0
I can't choose! It depends what mood I'm in. It was lovely playing Glinda because of all the quirky, comedy, glamourous side of her but with Elphaba I loved the whole transformation and of course singing those huge songs. I'm lucky I've done both. 1
I'm like the worst, I hate it and I never do it. If I'm out and I've had a drink the last thing I want to do is sing. Also, karaoke is funny and they don't want people to stand up and be good. So I don't have one. 0
I've worked with most of them so I should know them all! Scarlett I spent some time with in New York because she was doing Mary Poppins when I was doing Elphaba and we became quite close friends. She's adorable, I love her. Summer I worked with over Christmas, again just gorgeous. They're an incredibly talented family. Zizi I just did Cats with. Bonnie is doesn't really count but she's of the family. And I recently met their mum who was just lovely. I know their dad Sandy. I don't know the youngest one, I've never worked with her yet, but I'm sure I will at some point. 1.5 [-0.5 for not knowing Sasi, but bonus point for knowing the parents]
I think it would have to be My Fair Lady – not just because I was in it but because it's such a phenomenal show, it's got a real rags to riches story. It gives you everything you want in a musical; the songs are timeless, the orchestrations are beautiful. It's always a winner for me, gives you the price of your ticket kind of thing. 1
Probably Judy Garland, because there would be a million questions to ask and to be in her presence would be pretty special. 1
Kerry wins this theatrical battle, but is pipped to the top spot in our stagey league table by Jenna Russell, who seems to be unbeatable.
Stagey League Table
1. Jenna Russell
2. Kerry Ellis
=3. Gerard McCarthy
=3. Michael Xavier
5. Louise Dearman
6. Charlie Brooks
7. Catrin Stewart
8. Matthew Kelly