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Interview with Alfie Boe

Alfie Boe - Credit Chris O'Donovan Photography
Alfie Boe – Credit Chris O’Donovan Photography

The Shows Must Go On channel is back and it will be streaming Alfie Boe: The Bring Him Home Tour as part of the ‘greats on tour’ season from 7.00pm on Friday 16th October for a limited 48-hour period – no charge or sign-up required.

Filmed live at the Royal Festival Hall in London, during Alfie Boe’s sell-out tour; the star of Les Miserables and the much-loved tenor showcases his mesmerizing and outstanding voice in his very own show Bring Him Home. With an impressively diverse collection of tracks including the impassioned “Maria” from West Side Story, Ewan MacColl’s heartfelt “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, a truly breathtaking rendition of “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables and an emotional performance of Martina McBride’s ‘In My Daughters Eyes’. Plus, Alfie performs a wonderful medley of James Bond theme tunes, and uniquely inspired renditions of tunes from Moulin Rouge, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and much more. Alfie is also joined on stage for some unique performances by his very special guests, including Matt Lucas, Melanie C, Tom Fletcher from McFly, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Shakira Riddell-Morales. The peoples favorite tenor, delights with a truly magical performance.

Our recent interview with Alfie Boe

Q: What do you enjoy most about touring?
Alfie: I love going out and seeing different audiences and different cities; we might sing the same songs but each and every show is totally different. The electricity and excitement of performing is a feeling like no other.

Q: What is at the heart of your ‘Bring Him Home’ tour?
Alfie: Obviously, the song Bring Him Home is one of the high points of the concert and it means so much to me, and the audience. It’s a prayer, and I try and treat it as such every time I sing it.

Q: Can you tell us how ‘Bring Him Home’ (the song) inspires you?
Alfie: As I said in my previous answer it’s Valjean’s prayer and I try and treat it as one every time. It’s such a heartfelt sentiment that I think we all can take something from.

Q: When singing duets on tour – which have been the most enjoyable and the most challenging for you to perform?
Alfie: I’ve performed so many times with Michael Ball and every one of those is enjoyable, it’s such a laugh being on stage performing with him, but some of my other memorable favourites would have to be with rock stars I’ve performed with like Billy Idol, Pete Townshend and Eddie Vedder.

Q: You have played the role of Jean Valjean – how has that role impacted you and your career?
Alfie: Playing Valjean has been a complete honour for me, it’s the role that really connected and catapulted me into a new height in terms of my career; it’s allowed me to go and do things I never thought I could, to play different roles, and different theatres. It was the role that really pushed my career forward, and I will always be indebted to that role, and always be 24601 in my heart.

Q: If a magic genie appeared and granted you three leading roles that you could perform (past or present), which would they be?
Alfie: I don’t try and have a wish list but I think one of the roles I’d love to play is Sweeney Todd, that would be wonderful. But, I’d probably save my wishes for something else!

Q: On tour, you perform a medley of James Bond theme tunes – do you have a favourite James Bond film? And, who is your favourite James Bond?
Alfie: I like many James Bond movies and couldn’t choose a personal favourite, but my favourite Bond would have to be Sean Connery. (I won’t do the voice!)

Q: How have you ‘coped’ during lockdown?
Alfie: It’s been difficult during lockdown, but I was thankful to be able to have my family around, although trying to teach my kids at home was quite difficult – I hoped I had put the days of fractions and algebra behind me! I also tried to get a bit more creative in writing music and working on new songs, and like everyone else, baked a lot of bread!

Q: What next for you in 2020/2021 Any message for those following your career?
Alfie: I’ve actually got a few things coming later this year and next, but unfortunately, I can’t tell you about them yet – you’ll just have to wait and see, but I hope that you’ll all be as excited as I am.

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Also, Les Misérables -The Staged Concert returns for a six-week limited run at the Sondheim Theatre from 5th December 2020 to 17th January 2021 to coincide with the musical’s 35th year on Shaftesbury Avenue.

The cast for this six-week run will include Michael Ball as Javert, Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine and Matt Lucas as Thénardier. At certain performances, John Owen-Jones will again play the role of Jean Valjean.

LISTINGS INFORMATION
Sondheim Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA
5th December 2020 to 17th January 2021

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    First becoming involved in an online theatre business in 2005 and launching londontheatre1.com in September 2013. Neil writes reviews and news articles, and has interviewed over 150 actors and actresses from the West End, Broadway, film, television, and theatre. Follow Neil on Twitter @LondonTheatre1

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