Carrie James Productions are a charity-based company established in 2010 who have recently been presenting a host of popular theatre-related events in London’s West End. In November 2011, We’ll Meet Again at the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge featured West End stars Kelly-Anne Gower and Jonathan Williams alongside some up-and-coming talents and the 1940s inspired trio The Three Belles to raise money and awareness for Help The Heroes. In January 2012, they returned to the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge to showcase songs from the debut album of musical theatre writer Chris Passey in An Evening With Chris Passey and Friends, joined by a great line-up of West End talent and the new writing duo Anderson and Petty, all for the benefit of MS Society and Cancer Research. Not ones to hang about, CJP already have their next event on the calendar – in just two weeks time. Your Song is a night of, “glitz, glam and a bit of rock”, this time moving up from the Leicester Square Lounge into the main theatre on 15th April 2012 for their biggest London event so far, which allows a larger audience to come along and join in the fun and thrills of the night.
As has become the norm for CJP events, they have gathered together a superb line-up of young West End voices to perform, with such guest vocalists as Lucy-May Barker (currently starring as Johanna in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre), Chloe Hart (former Les Miser and Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray – she also has her debut solo cabaret coming up on 8th April 2012), Christopher J. Orton (writer of new musical My Land’s Shore and currently touring the UK as Sir Lancelot in Spamalot) and Sabrina Aloueche (former Les Miser and, most recently, Scaramouche in We Will Rock You). Other talented performers set to sing on the Leicester Theatre stage include: Francesca Ashcroft, Matthew Barrow, Jamie Birkett, Jenna Boyd, David Brewis, Gemma Chance, Ross Cobbald, Rob Eyles, Danny Flitney, Nathalie Gunn, James Hume, Elizabeth Kent, Nicola Lashley, Louise Amelia Lloyd, Hazel Mallinson, Tim Morgan, Laura Beth Mortemore, Rhiannon Porter, Sean Ridley, Damian Robinson, Terry Saunders, Tyler Scott, Ziggie Sky Ward, Carrie Sutton, Ben Vivian Jones, Stephen Oliver Webb, Amelia Whitwood, Rebecca Wicking and Martin Williamson.
Also appearing are Kieran Brown (Love Never Dies, Wicked) and Celia Graham (Phantom, Love Never Dies), who will be performing a selection of songs from the up-and-coming writing team of Anderson and Petty. The composers recently hosted their premiere London concert at the Delfont Room which was a roaring success and told how they were “thrilled” to be involved with Your Song.
Every CJP event aims to raise funds for a particular charity that they hold close to their heart. For Your Song, all monies raised will be split between Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and Stillbirth & Neonatal Death (SANDS). Speaking about why these two charities were chosen, CJP producer Carrie Baxter said that GOSH, “deserves all the support it gets. We believe the work they do is irreplaceable,” and of SANDS, “this charity helped my mum and family deal with the loss of my brother. I have wanted to give something back to them for years and to finally be able to do so is something words cannot describe”.
Your Song promises to be a wonderful night of entertainment that is not to be missed. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what I will have to do as I’m going away on holiday with my daughter that weekend, but I would urge anyone who can make it to do so. Your Song offers amazing West End talent, fantastic new writing and, of course, is all for two very good causes.
By Julie Robinson (missjulie25)
Monday 2nd April 2012