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West End Women – A Celebration of Women in Musicals

West End Women - A Celebration of Women in MusicalsFollowing the sell-out success of their debut production, There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame, Lambert Jackson today announces West End Women – A Celebration of Women in Musicals. Rachel John, Lauren Samuels and Celinde Schoenmaker come together for one night only to perform some of the most famous musical theatre hits from across the decades at Cadogan Hall on 2 February 2019.

From Lerner and Loewe to Lloyd Webber, Gershwin to Guettel; these three incredibly talented women will take you on a journey through time. With these three superstars singing some of the biggest and best-loved showstoppers, it will be a night you won’t want to miss.

Jamie Lambert, CEO of Lambert Jackson, “After the phenomenal success and fantastic critical response for There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame, which has been nominated for a BroadwayWorld Award for Best Theatrical Event of 2018, we are thrilled to be continuing our celebration of women in musical theatre with West End Women

Rachel John’s theatre credits include Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre – for which she received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical), The Color Purple in Concert (Cadogan Hall), The Bodyguard (Dominion Theatre/UK tour), Memphis (Shaftesbury Theatre), Rent (UK tour), We Will Rock You, Sister Act (The Palladium) and The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre/international tour).

Our Q&A with Lauren Samuels
Q: You are performing alongside Rachel John and Celinde Schoenmaker. What ‘process’ will you go through before the performance?
Lauren: This was a fun process because we are exploring women’s roles in theatre through the ages. So, rather than being asked to sing the songs we’re known for, we had the opportunity to explore songs from lots of different musicals and genres.

Q: Do you focus on any particular period?
Lauren: We don’t focus on one specific period, but rather ALL of the periods from the early 1900s to the present day!

Q: Are there any particular styles that you prefer?
Lauren: It’s quite rare to be asked to sing more legit styles of music now, so I’m very much looking forward to singing Gershwin, for example.

Q: Your favourite composer(s)?
Lauren: I genuinely couldn’t name a favourite composer, I enjoy so many, but I’ve worked a lot with Howard Goodall and I adore singing his material. It fits my voice so well and I find it so beautiful to sing.

Q: Which would be your favourite top 3 songs that you have performed and 1 that you would like to perform?
Lauren: As songs go my favourite to perform are:
Somebody To Love (WWRY played a huge part in my life!)
Hopelessly Devoted To You (Sandy was my first ever West End role)
Over The Rainbow (I owe a lot to that TV show!)

And songs I’d loved to perform… well I’d love to sing anything from Evita. I love ALW’s music and I find the whole score of Evita very moving.

Q: Who would be your top 3 ‘West End Women in Musicals‘ past or present?
Lauren: Barbra Streisand. HANDS DOWN. I love her. My mum brought me up listening to Barbra, so I’ve always been a huge fan. And I’m also a huge fan of Rachel John and Celinde Schoenmaker… I’d love the opportunity to perform with them one day…

Q: Can you tell us about your routine on the day of a performance?
Lauren: The most important thing for me before a big performance day is getting enough sleep! Following that, I like to start very slowly warming my voice up (post-breakfast) so that it has plenty of time to get ready for a lot of singing! I also like to have lots and lots of snacks prepared, as I get quite nervous on gig days so can’t stomach a big meal, I prefer to eat little bits here and there for energy.

Q: What do you do to look after your voice?
Lauren: I get asked this a lot. It differs for each singer – it’s taken me a long time to know what specifically works for me. Which is:
Lots of sleep.
No alcohol a few days before gigs, or at all, if I’m doing 8 shows a week.
Lots of water and ginger teas.
And then just being sure not to overuse my voice when I don’t need to, so avoiding excessive talking in loud bars etc.

Q: Why should everyone get along to see West End Women – A Celebration of Women in Musicals?
Lauren: It’s rare to see a concert with only female singers. Only female voices blending together to make one glorious sound 🙂 And it’s also an opportunity to take a trip through history, listening to how songs have changed from the 1920s to the present day. All that, coupled with a full live orchestra, in a beautiful venue… What’s not to love!

Lauren Samuel’s theatre credits include Romantics Anonymous (Shakespeare’s Globe), La Ronde (Bunker Theatre – which received a 2018 WhatsOnStage Award nomination for Best Off West End Production), Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre – for which she was nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actress In A Musical), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre/ international tour), The Buskers Opera (Park Theatre), Love Story (Bolton Octagon), Water Babies, Peter Pan A Musical (Curve), Vampirette (Manchester Opera House), Children of Eden (Prince of Wales Theatre), The Last Five Years (Tabard Theatre) and Grease (Piccadilly Theatre).

Celinde Schoenmaker’s theatre credits include Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), Musicals in Concert (Ziggo Dome), Hundred City Story (Prince of Wales Theatre) and Ghost (Landestheater Linz, Holland).

West End Women – A Celebration of Women in Musicals

Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ
Box Office: 020 7730 4500
Saturday 2 February, 7:30pm


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