14:11 Thursday 02 May 2013

Musical Queen Ruthie Henshall set for Broadway nights

Written byBY JAMES BRINDLE

THE best songs that musicals have to offer are set to be performed by a galaxy of stars in a new arena show.

Nights On Broadway – The Best of Musicals, will see the likes of David Essex, Hayley Westenra, Paul Potts and Jonathan Ansell join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate some of the best songs ever made.

Joining the incredible cast will be West End star of the likes of Les Miserables and Cats, as well as a former Dancing On Ice judge, Ruthie Henshall.

She said she was delighted to be a part of the show and perform with such talented people – including one of her heroes, David Essex.

She said: “We’ve got someone from every genre who tick all the boxes in terms of musical tastes.

“I couldn’t imagine ever being in a show with any of them so it is great to have the chance to perform every night with them.

“David Essex is a legend. I’ve grown up with him and he never seems to get any older and still exudes that charm and charisma that we all loved him for when he was younger.

“It’s a very different thing for me to do - the music is not but going round touring arena’s certainly is.

“I’ve played a couple of arena’s before but being part of something like this is very exciting.”

The musical has long been associated with the theatre but with recent arena tours of the likes of Jesus Christ Superstar and We Will Rock You, there is clearly a call to hear the songs on the big stage.

Henshall said she felt the epicness of the musical songs will suit a big space.

She said: “Well we’ve got the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing with us, so that in itself is huge.

“To be able to enjoy them and us together – it should be a really classy gig.

“With the Royal Philharmonic you know you are getting the best of the best.”

Although much of her career has been spent treading the boards in the West End, Henshall is no stranger to the touring life.

Over the last year she has been touring smaller venues across the country on a one woman show and she admitted it was a pleasure to be able to jump from that to something as big as Nights on Broadway.

She said: “The Intimate Evening With Ruthie Henshall show saw me playing theatres of between 300-500 people so going from that to 8-20,000 is incredible.

“It’s nice to have that mix – creatively that is what you want.”

Despite spending a lot of time on the road of late, Henshall admitted her heart still belonged to the West End.

“Without a doubt,” she said. “There is nothing like being part of a company and bringing a story to life in the West End.”

Nights On Broadway visits Birmingham’s LG Arena on Saturday, October 26. Visit www.lgarena.co.uk for ticket details.

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