The Rat Pack makes a long-awaited return this winter.
Back in time to kick off the festive season, Christmas with the Rat Pack combines the classic show with your favourite winter classics. The Pack will be warming up with nine dates across the UK before bedding down at Theatre Royal Haymarket until 6 January.
After the last of the turkey has been eaten, the original hit show The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas eases you into spring at Theatre Royal Haymarket before taking off on tour again across the UK and Ireland.
So join us and drift back in time to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Vegas in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainers and experience Frank, Sammy and Dean performing at the famous Sands hotel with the fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band.
Hit follows hit including pack favourites The Lady is a Tramp, Mr Bojangles, That’s Amore, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, What Kind of Fool am I, Volare, My Way, Candyman, Everybody Loves Somebody as well as seasonal classics until 6 January such as Baby it’s Cold Outside, Let it Snow, White Christmas and Winter Wonderland.
If you wish you’d swung with the hardest partying pack in town, now’s your chance!
Christmas with the Rat Pack tours the UK from 29 November to 9 December and returns to the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 13 December to 6 January.
The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas plays at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 9 January to 3 February and tours the UK from 6 February to 9 June.
Garrett Phillips is a gifted actor and singer who lives in Co. Galway Ireland. He describes himself as driven, focused and passionate about his work and his life. Garrett has a unique speaking and singing voice which he uses to the full, as he takes to the stage regularly with his 18 piece big band and belts out his favourite Sinatra songs.
As a member of the Castannettenow Dublin based agency Garrett enjoys his other passion in life acting appearing regular on TV and stage.
Garrett is very much looking forward to being a part of the Rat Pack -Live From Las Vegas team and his ambition for the tour will be to take his audience with him on a journey of nostalgia for a bygone day.
Training: Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Stephen is delighted to return to The Rat Pack Live - a show he has been involved with as the character of Frank Sinatra since 2005 and most recently in 2010 - an association that has taken him on tour in the US and Scandinavia and several West End runs.
Born and raised in Essex, Stephen trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has since enjoyed a diverse career in plays, musicals, films and on television from classics, through rare revivals to cutting-edge new work.
In seasons at the RSC, Stephen worked with the leading directors of the time including Trevor Nunn, Michael Bogdanov, Ronald Eyre and Barry Kyle in a diversity of roles at Stratford, in London and in Nicholas Nickleby on Broadway. At the National Theatre he was Edmunds in Waste (dir: Roger Michell); The Reader in Luther (dir: Peter Gill); 'Cleomenes' in The Winter’s Tale (dir: Nick Hytner) and Osric and Laertes in Hamlet (dir: Richard Eyre).
In the West End, Stephen appeared in The Lady in the Van (dir: Nick Hytner) and he played another American icon, Bobby Kennedy, in Jackie at the Queen's Theatre. He was in Forty Years On at Chichester Festival Theatre and had principal roles at Watford Palace and Birmingham Rep amongst others and he was most recently seen at the Finborough Theatre in the acclaimed After October in which he played Brian Guest.
In musicals, Stephen played Octavius Barrett in Robert and Elizabeth at Chichester, Judge Turpin in Sweeny Todd and Stevens in The Remains of the Day at the tiny powerhouse Union Theatre in Southwark.
Stephen is a familiar television face from his regular role Rev Tony Charlton in Emmerdale, with guest roles in Dream Team, Urban Gothic, Frost, My Dad’s the Prime Minister Doctors, Hollyoaks, New Tricks and most recently Mr. Moseley - Ambassador to Sweden in Season 2 of The Royals.
“I got my positive attitude from my parents, who said I could do ANYTHING."
David studied theater and arts in college and instructs/coaches locally at Take2 Performer’s Studio. His acting skills were put to use in his one-man show, where James Sullivan of the San Francisco Chronicle noted: "Like his idol, Hayes 'did it all' in his 90-minute tribute." He currently teaches drama and produces performances with the students at a local high school.
As an entertainer, he has performed in shows such as Reflections of the Rat Pack, Escape with David Hayes, Work That Skirt, and American Superstars. He was awarded “Best Performer in a Production Show” four out of five years by Fun & Gaming Magazine, sharing that accolade one year with the cast as “Best Act.” He has performed Europe’s Broadway--the West End of London—touring the UK, Germany, Denmark, and then the U.S. with, ”The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas.”
An accomplished comedian and emcee, he has opened for and worked with such greats as George Lopez, The Temptations, The Four Tops, KC & The Sunshine Band, Herbie Hancock, Tower of Power, and Florence Henderson. He worked the comedy circuit including the Improv, in, amongst others, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Reno, and Atlantic City, with clean, entertaining humor. Other venues involve the major cruise lines and private and corporate conventions.
As visual artist, he exhibited at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, Galleria di Sorrento, also receiving a grant from the Sierra Arts Foundation for "RoadArt.” A major exhibit featured this work at the National Automobile Museum. It was displayed at Reno City Hall during ARTown's "C.I.T.Y 2000" event, where he continues performances yearly, often with his daughter. The Hilton graced its showroom foyer with his Jazz Series. His work could be seen hanging at the Carson City DMV and in popular Northern Nevada restaurants. Truckee Meadows Community College currently hosts sculptured pieces in the library. He is an abstract art instructor at both a private school and paint-and-sip.
Harrahs Reno celebrated its 100th anniversary of Bill Harrah with a tribute—“Sammy: Celebrating the Legacy” featuring Hayes’ talents on an extended run in Sammy’s Showroom. The National Black Theatre Festival reported all sold-out shows August 2017 in his same tribute at the Freedman Theatre.
” ‘That was the best singing impersonation of me that I've ever heard.' David Hayes was the subject of this compliment from Sammy Davis Jr.; after seeing David perform in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Sammy turned to me with these words of admiration.“ -- Clayton Cameron,
Sammy's drummer from 1983-1990
David makes his home on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada -- just minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, with his wife Karen, son and daughter.
Ashley began his training as a pupil at the Sylvia young Theatre school. Whilst at the school Ashley worked on the Bad campaign with Michael Jackson, and sang at the UNICEF awards in Amsterdam presented by Audrey Hepburn and Roger Moore. As well appearing in the west end productions of Carmen Jones at The Old Vic and Carousel Royal National theatre.
At sixteen he gained a place on the three year musical theatre course at Arts educational London schools where he graduated with the Ned Sherrin award for most outstanding all round performance.
Ashley returns to the to the Rat Pack after an eleven-year absence, direct From The Shakespeare’s Globe, playing Conrade in the Matthew Dunster production of Much Ado about nothing.
Prior to this Ashley appeared in Two noble kinsmen and the Rover for Swan season’s 30th anniversary at the Royal Shakespeare company. As well as playing Ross in Macbeth at Theatre Severn.
Most recent theatre credits include:
ROBIN HOOD [Theatre Royal Stratford East], Original west-end cast of SUNNY AFTERNOON [Harold Pinter Theatre] THE COLOR PURPLE [The Menier Chocolate Factory], GUTTED [Theatre Royal Stratford East], STREET SCENE [Théâtre du Châtelet Paris & The Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona]
THE COLORED MUSEUM [Talawa] FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE [Theatre Royal Stratford East], Six degrees of separation (Old Vic) TICK, TICK, BOOM! [Union Theatre], LITTLE FISH[Finborough Theatre], JACK AND THE BEANSTALK[The Barbican Centre], THE RAT PACK [UK, EUROPEAN AND US Tour], HIGH HEEL PARROT FISH[Theatre Royal Stratford East], BOMB-MITTY OF ERRORS [New Ambassadors Theatre], GUTTED[Tristan Bates Theatre], FAME [Victoria palace)
Ashley is the recipient of the of the 2017 best drama award for short film Jermaine and Elsie. Which he wrote and produced.
Tim Radcliffe SCOTT AND BAILEY [ITV], Wayne Connor HOLLYOAKS [Lime Pictures], Drag queen My Town (independent) CK ULTIMATE FORCE: Violent Solutions [ ITV], Adam WILLIAM AND MARY [ITV] ,Ollie THE MYSTI SHOW [ BBC], Himself FROM BARD TO VERSE [ BBC3], Luke Parker HOLBY CITY [BBC]
MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN!,
Jermaine JERMAINE AND ELSIE (Winner: Best Drama Award at Portobello Film Festival 2017)
William CROSSROAD, Simon CIRCLES, Peter JAM
Ashley would like to dedicate this performance to his close friend and mentor the “gorge” Rebekah Gibbs, who sadly passed in 2014.
He is delighted to be back in the West End.
North London born, Nigel's first Musical Theatre engagement was in Bochum, Germany, at "Starlight Express" then he continued as 'Greaseball' in the West End London production of Starlight, going back and fourth many times.
In between and following came other contracts, Europe and World Wide, such as the 'Pharaoh' in "Joseph" , 'Monty' in "Saturday Night Fever", 'Roy Fire' in " Miami Nights" 'Judas' in "Jesus Christ Superstar", 'Cliff' in "Cabaret", 'Riff" and in a separate production 'Banardo" in " West Side Story", 'Herby' in "Gypsy", plus 'Dean Martin' in the "Rat Pack". Over the years the Joyoes challenge of being a part of Many Cruise Ship contracts, Cabarets, Concerts, Dinner Shows, Movies, Adverts and voice overs. Also on the Road with the accapella group "The Wanderers". "Forever's A Long Time", Nigel's first self produced CD Album has now been followed up with a second ( Co produced ) Album " Reen Music" and Friends" Volume 1".
Nigel's latest Theatre engagements have been, further dreams come true, playing the roles of 'Scrooge' in " A Christmas Carol" and 'Billy Flynn' in "Chicago"
He is now, absolutely thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity to revisit the role of 'Dean Martin' in " The Rat Pack Live From Vegas
Keiron hails from Preston in Lancashire where at school he excelled in English & drama. This continued through college, but it was only when he joined Manchester Youth Theatre did he consider a career in the theatre.At nineteen he auditioned for a part in a production of West Side Story at the Charter Theatre, Preston. This was to be Keiron’s musical debut and sparked a hitherto untapped interest in musical theatre. He decided his voice would be best trained at a specialist school & won a place at Mountview Theatre School in London. Upon graduating he worked in shows such as Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Dearly Beloved and High Society.
However despite this early success, Keiron felt he was losing touch with his initial love of classical theatre, so on advice from the late Corin Redgrave, he joined the National Theatre Studio under the guidance of Selina Cadell. These classes clearly worked, as Keiron was employed by The Aquila Theatre Company in New York to play Caliban in The Tempest. Since then he has been lucky enough to appear in many new & often challenging works.
Plays such as the moving Waiting for Hillsborough, or the Pulitzer Prize winning Wit which was later adapted into a film with Emma Thompson. Notable musical work includes the UK tour of Jerry Springer the Opera, Moon Landing at the Derby Playhouse and Marguerite by Boubil, Schoenburg & LeGrand at the Haymarket theatre.
Keiron has played Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (English Theatre Frankfurt), Raoul in Phantom of the Opera and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (UK tour ). He reprised this role during its historic run in Cairo ; the first time a fully staged western musical had ever been performed in Egypt.
He also appeared in the world premiere of Love Story by Howard Goodall & Stephen Clark and he played Druggsy in a new musical The Next Big Thing by Oscar & BAFTA winning writers Mark Burton & Pete Sinclair at the then Players Theatre, London and has recently finished playing Harry Bright in the world tour of Mamma Mia.
Away from the theatre, Keiron has been involved with the recordings for Coronation Street the Musical playing the ubiquitous Ken Barlow.
Keiron would like to express how delighted and privileged he feels to be joining such a wonderful company and thanks Zoë, Archie and Cordelia for their love & support
Training:- Amelia graduated from The Royal Academy of Music after studying at Italia Conti.
Recent Credits include:- Lois Lane in Kiss Me Kate with The Welsh National Opera, originating the role of Mary Delgado in Jersey Boys (1st UK Tour), Lou-Ann cover Velma Von Tussle / Female Authority Figure in Hairspray (UK Tour), covering and playing The Lady of The Lake in Spamalot (West End and UK Tour).
Most recently, Amelia was delighted to reprise the role of Mary Delgado in the West End production of Jersey Boys and be part of the final London company.
Other Credits include:- two summer seasons at Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Adela in Bernada Alba (Union Theatre), Honey in Before The Night is Through (Landor Theatre), Rags (Lyric Theatre), Little Bo Peep in Nursery Crimes (Kings Head Theatre).
Concerts include :- Amelia has performed as a vocalist and soloist at The Royal Albert Hall, Charing Cross Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre, Jermyn Street Theatre, Wiltons Music Hall, The Delfont Rooms and The Pheasantry in London, and across the pond at the iconic Birdland in New York.
Amelia is thrilled to be adding the "Sands Hotel" in Vegas, with the Rat Pack, to that list in this fantastic show and would like to thank her nearest and dearest for their enormous continued support, now “that’s amore” !
Rebecca is delighted to have had the opportunity of playing the role of Bombalurina'" in Cats, in London's West End. She was also in the film, portraying the siamese cat, 'Cassandra.' Other film credits include De-Lovely, Jesus Christ Superstar, Perfect Fit and Hey Mr Producer.
Theatre credits include, 'Mitzi' in the original cast of Crazy For You, 'Conchita ' in Copa Cabana, 'Borelli Sister' in Rat Pack, 'Hunyak' in Chicago, and performing 'Baby Jane' in Ben Elton's, Tonight's the Night.
She created the dancegroup, 'Adora Gals', performing for Monaco's Royal family, and at many other prestigious, celebrity events. Rebecca is also a world-renowned yoga teacher, hosting holistic retreats in India, the US and Europe.
She has also featured in many highly acclaimed yoga publications and documentaries.
Joanna studied Musical Theatre at The Brit School for Performing Arts and Technology.
She began her career in her hometown of Brighton, performing in Whistle Down the Wind, Joseph and Annie at Brighton’s Theatre Royal. Joanna has thoroughly enjoyed travelling the world the past few years as Lead Vocalist and Singer/Daner for P&O Australia. Other credits include Friday Night is Music Night Live on BBC Radio Two and Turandot at the Royal Albert Hall. Most recently she performed overseas in The Three Phantoms at the Parisian Theatre in Macau, China.
Joanna is thrilled to make her West End debut in this fabulous production along with her debut National Tour. Looking forward to taking a step back in time to become a part of this iconic music that she has always loved.
Laura trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where she was the recipient of the Peter Coxhead and Ian Fleming Awards.
Theatre: Charity in Enlightening the World (Royal Albert Hall), Sue in Dreamboats and Petticoats (UK Tour), Showboat (New London Theatre), Prince Charming in Cinderella (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Sue in Dreamboats and Miniskirts (UK tour), Laura/Anna Maria in Godspell in Concert (Lyric Theatre), Cinderella at The Key Theatre (Peterborough) and Nicole D’Artagnan/Cardinal Rich Tea in Barbershopera’s The Three Musketeers (South Korea and UK tour).
Other: Emily in The Hired Man, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Mimi/Dance Captain in Guys and Dolls, The Last Day of Summer Original Cast Demo Recording. She was a finalist in the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2013 and sang the winning Styles and Drewe award song, ‘That Once in a Lifetime Feeling’ by Tim Sutton.
As well as sparking her love for health and fitness, being onboard the 6* Oceania Riviera as Lead Vocalist saw Laura create and premier her own one-woman show – What Kind of Fool Am I? So, it’s very fitting that she’s now joining this ‘Pack of Rats’ – and she couldn’t be happier!
Follow Laura on Twitter and Instagram – @LJDarts
The talent of Nicola Emmanuelle have been obvious for some time to the public from her constant performances across London, Europe and further afield and to the many Artists, Producers and Musical directors who have been using her crystalline voice for Studio Albums, Film and Television work, as well as a regular vocalist for Oscar winning British composer George Fenton.
She sang the opening stanza for the Oscar winning film ‘Cry Freedom’ contributed to the soundtracks for films such as ‘Racing Stripes’ ‘Death is part of the process’ , ‘The Constand Gardner’ and the Oscar winning ‘Tsotsi’, performed on the Pete Townsend musical ‘The man in the iron mask’ and recorded with and performed with Mike Oldfield on his ‘Millenium bell’ album to name just a few.
Recently Nicola has been back working hard in the studio writing new and original material with a number of exceptional co-writers and producers, creating a sensational set of songs evoking the work and sound of the original Jazz pioneers of the thirties, forties and fifties, along with stunning and beautiful renditions of some of the all time great Jazz standards.
Coming from a South African Jazz Vocal dynasty, (her father Nathan was the founder and lead singer of the Manhattan Brothersí her mother an international Jazz singer in her own right) London born Nicola attended the ‘The Bourne School of Music’, Goldsmiths Music Foundation and enjoyed a classical training by Elizabeth Anderson Kramer.
Despite her enormous versatility, numerous genre changes for various projects (including a dance chart topping single ‘Touch’ and the many well known artists and musicians she has worked with, Nicola has always retained a deep desire to follow in the classic Jazz styles she grew up with and has always loved.
Her understanding of the feel and swing of the best of the past, and her own contemporary iconic style and individuality adds to and supports a voice of mesmerising purity and beauty, more often than not drawing comparison to the all time Jazz greats of Ella Fitzgerald.
Nicola has performed in the presence of Mel Brookes, HRH the Duke of Cambridge, President Zuma, and for clients that have included Lord Attenborough, Lord and Lady Gosling and The Spencer family.at Althorp house.
She is comfortable in all sorts of live situations, makes a specialty of singing acapella and is capable of amazing scat solos when the mood takes her.
Able to touch an audience with a torch song before drawing them back to laughter with her endearing and graceful humor. Nicola has a way of sticking you to the spot and, always wanting more, you stay there until forced to leave.
Many acts have recently tried to exploit the enduring appeal of the great Jazz singers and writers but few if any have the capacity or talent to do it with such authenticity or affection as Nicola Emmanuelle.
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Devised, Directed and Choreographed by
Sebastian is a Director, Choreographer and Writer. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, his career has taken him from performer to director to producer, having worked alongside Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Dame Gillian Lynne, Peter Hall Theatre Company, Sir Matthew Bourne and Kurt Masur at the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the UK, he was nominated for an Olivier Award and WhatsOnStage Award for writing and directing the hit West End show, RATPACK LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS. He went on to direct the film for American television and twelve years later, productions continue to play worldwide. Sebastian was also the Artistic Director of Kilworth House Theatre, England’s leading Open-Air Theatre, for 9 years during which he directed fifteen landmark musicals. He created a seminal production of PIPPIN at the Menier Chocolate Factory with Stephen Schwartz. Sebastian also produced, devised and directed, THE OPERA SHOW before launching a World Tour in 2010. Further more, he directed and choreographed the Olivier Awards Ceremony.
Internationally, Sebastian has directed large-scale arena productions of CHICAGO throughout the Middle-East and Asia. He directed the national premiere of THE SOUND OF MUSIC in Bogota, Colombia, which remains a box office sensation and the longest-running musical in Colombia. Sebastian returned to Bogota with PETER PAN which he had written, directed and choreographed and was met with critical acclaim. Inspired by his travels, he went on to win a BAFTA Award as part of the creative team behind the children’s animation series, YOKO, JAKAMOTO TOTO.
He also collaborated with Paula Abdul in the USA to create a new entertainment, CHEER! for Broadway producers, Richard Frankel Productions and with Hiroaki Omote in Japan to generate SAVIOUR IV multi media series. Sebastian is currently Creative Director working for Passport Theatrical Group, NYC.
Trained under Ralph Koltai at the Central School of Art and Design and then at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He is a long standing Artistic Associate and director of the York based Riding Lights Theatre Company.
Sean’s first professional design work was Goldoni’s A Servant of Two Masters for the York Theatre Royal in 1973. Since then his extensive career of over 500 productions, both in the UK and abroad, has ranged from major US and European tours, Rat Pack - live from Las Vegas, The Opera Show, Dancing in the Streets, to the world premier, in Singapore, of Judah Ben Hur - the Musical, Pickwick for the Hungarian National Theatre, Edward III for the Taormina Festival, David Oyelowo's production of The White Devil, and Dracula in Bangkok.
Major community projects have included the Chester Cycle of Mystery Plays and the acclaimed 2012 production of The York Mystery Plays. Other designs have included premiers of Bram Stoker's The Mummy, the musicals The Little Shop of Horrors, Crazy for You, Luv Esther, and The Prodigals, multimedia events such as The Rock in San Francisco and Rock Me Amadeus in Vienna, and Who Do You Say I Am? for the BBC. UK tours have included M. Butterfly, Outside Edge, The Sound of Fury, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Winter's Tale, Salaam Bethlehem, African Snow, commissioned to celebrate the Bicentennial of the 1807 Act to Abolish the Trade in Slaves, Origins and Lemons, Monsieur de Coubertin's Magnificent Opymlic Feat, Visiting Mr. Green, Dancing in the Streets, The Handyman, the children's show Igam Ogam and the ecology satire Baked Alaska.
Current UK and international tours include the hit musicals Dreamboats and Petticoats and the sequel Dreamboats and Miniskirts, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cirque Beserk and the forthcoming tour of Dracula West End credits include The Tempest, The Mikado, The Aspern Papers, Sherlock Holmes - The Musical, Of Mice and Men, Treasure Island, When Did You Last See Your Trousers?, Never the Sinner, The Miracle Worker, In Praise of Love, The Roy Orbison Story, Stepping Out - The Musical, The Fire Raisers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas, Dancing in the Streets, African Snow, Visiting Mr Green and most recently Dreamboats and Petticoats.
Matthew Freeman is Musical Supervisor of the Olivier Award-nominated musical The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas. He has enjoyed an active role worldwide since its West End debut at the Haymarket Theatre in 2003. He supervised the recording of the DVD and has conducted The Rat Pack with the London Symphony Orchestra at Blenheim Palace and the Barbican.
Matthew Freeman is a Platinum and Gold disc award-winning conductor, arranger and pianist who enjoys a diverse international career. His association with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra began in 2004 with the album Symphonic Rock. He has conducted the latest album in the series, More Symphonic Rock, and in 2014, conducted concert performances in Russia and the Baltics. In 2010, he conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales, celebrating twenty-five years of HRH’s Business in the Community programme. He recently conducted and arranged the new CD of Symphonic Queen, performed at Royal Albert Hall this October.
Matthew Freeman arranged and conducted the 2011 album ABBAphonic for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert was premiered at the Royal Albert Hall and performed there again in May of 2017 It was also performed in Moscow and St Petersburg. His first venture into the world of ABBA was to conduct and arrange IQ Magazine's award-winning ABBA The Show. It has played in thirty-eight countries and at Wembley Arena on two occasions.
In 2015, he conducted the BBC’s Planet Earth Live with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany and Austria.Planet Earth continued its arena tour in 2016 with Frozen Planet, performing throughout Scandinavia, Germany and Switzerland. He will be conducting the new BBC Planet Earth 2 across Europe in 2018. In 2016, he conducted the Alexandrov Red Army Choir with the Moscow Radio Orchestra in concert at the Moscow House of Music and later that year in Romania.
Matthew Freeman has conducted and arranged over fifty albums for, amongst others, Larry Adler, Dame Shirley Bassey, Vic Damone, Ruthie Henshall, Howard Keel, Millicent Martin, David Soul, Lorna Luft (creating a duet with Judy Garland) and Roger Whittaker. He was invited to arrange and conduct Decca’s celebration of the Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday. He has been the personal musical director for Dame Shirley Bassey, Michael Crawford and Anthony Newley, as well as for Mary O’Hara at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House and for her sixteen-part television series with the City of London Sinfonia. In 2012, he conducted The King’s Singers with the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester in Denmark.
In February this year, he conducted and arranged a concert of Doris Day songs at Cadogan Hall. He is currently orchestrating the music for the Whitney Houston Show for 2018. He has conducted and arranged the music for the British Fashion Award and was Musical Supervisor for the Olivier Awards. At the Royal Variety Performance he conducted Dame Shirley Bassey and for Sir Peter Hall’s production of Amadeus at London’s Old Vic, he created and performed the fortepiano music. Credits in the film world include vocal coaching with Drew Barrymore, Elizabeth Shue and Keanu Reeves.
After graduating from Doreen Bird Collage of Performing Arts, Joanne worked extensively throughout the industry as a dancer in theatre and television. Later working with legendary choreographer, Irving Davis allowed her to travel the world over, including a tour of Asia and the Far East. It was at that point that Jo decide to concentrate on choreography and staging. This presently has allowed her to be associated with such productions as: Harman and Herman's Romance Romance (Glelgud Theatre) The Jermyn Street Revue presented by Sheridan Morley and The Play What I Wrote (Wyndhams Theatre) directed by Kenneth Branagh.
After assisting Mr. Sebastian with the original creation of The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas and subsequent tours, Jo has been resident director of the West End productions since it opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in March 2003 and has been involved with all international productions which include Amsterdam, Toronto and four years of touring the USA as part of the Broadway season.
Jo is delighted to renew her relationship assisting Mr. Sebastian which has included working together in the summer of 2013 on The West End Men (VaudevilleTheatre) and Anything Goes at Killworth House theatre in Leicestershire.