The Westway Sessions is a new intimate concert series launching on 9th May at music venue Piano, Smithfield. Set in a smart basement near The Barbican and boasting a superb setting for live music, it is set to host some of the most exciting names in Musical Theatre, hosted by new music and film label Westway.
Monday 9 May – Rob Houchen / Emma Kingston
Fresh from playing the leading role of Heather Chandler in Heathers: The Musical and about to star as Julie Jordan in Kilworth House’s production of Carousel, Emma Kingston is reunited with her Les Miserables co-star Rob Houchen. Emma and Rob often sing together in Various concerts up and down the country and around the world. Singing songs from West Side Story, Evita and putting new spins on some old classics, you’re set for an evening of exceptional vocals and enticing storytelling. https://www.musicglue.com/westway/events/1e859b33-087c-4844-bfe1-949a7bc9eab1
Tuesday 10 May – Rachel John
As one of the West End’s most versatile performers, Rachel has appeared in successful West End productions for the last 17 years. In 2017, she opened as Angelica Schuyler in the original West End cast of Hamilton, a role for which she received critical acclaim and gained an Olivier Award nomination. Rachel is looking forward to performing in this intimate venue where she’ll sing songs that are close to her heart, from a broad range of genres, including musical theatre, pop and gospel. https://www.musicglue.com/westway/events/1faf2a60-3389-45af-8950-1fbab71730c4
Sunday 15 May – Alice Fearn
Alice Fearn, currently to be seen as Capt. Beverley Bass and others in the award winning west end musical Come From Away, is bringing her new cabaret to the * . Having stamped herself as one of the West End’s leading ladies in recent years, Alice has starred in Les Miserables, Shrek The Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and famously as green witch Elphaba in Wicked. At this intimate cabaret, Alice will explore the journey over her career spanning over 15 years. It will feature never before seen songs from the musicals and the writers that have inspired her and drive her to continue in this wonderful creative world. https://www.musicglue.com/westway/events/a282b524-7308-4bfe-bdcf-eae681945d45
Monday 16 May – John Owen Jones
John Owen-Jones is a West End and Broadway actor and singer. John is best known for his
performances as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. John remains the youngest actor in West End history to have played Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and has performed as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera nearly 2000 times. John has appeared in concert at the The Royal Albert Hall in London, Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and Carnegie Hall in New York. Also for BBC Proms in the Park concerts, toured the UK in concert with Katherine Jenkins and has been a special guest in concert with Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, and Bryn Terfel.
John has released six solo albums. ‘Hallelujah’ EP (2006) ‘John Owen-Jones’‘Unmasked’‘Rise’‘Bring Him Home’‘Spotlight’and ‘The Christmas Album’. https://www.musicglue.com/westway/events/69df4c6e-15b9-4691-a45b-997086c480a5
Sunday 22 May – Kelly Mathieson
Scottish Born actress and singer Kelly Mathieson made her name in musical theatre when she landed the prestigious lead role of Christine Daaé in the original production of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in London’s West End. She has gone on to star in concert halls and theatres in the UK and overseas. Kelly will bring her stunning voice and engaging character to Piano Smithfield, where you can look forward to an eclectic mix of songs from musical theatre classics to Scottish folk songs. https://www.musicglue.com/westway/events/857b5014-6033-4067-ac63-988906fd2b65
Tuesday 24 May – Jenna Lee James
From the West End of Glasgow to London’s West End.
In this exclusive new show, Jenna takes you on a journey through her incredible career from humble beginnings in Scotland to making her debut in London’s Theatreland, and beyond. With music and stories from performances all around the world including The London Palladium, Madison Square Garden and Hollywood Bowl to name a few.
Join Jenna for an intimate evening of entertainment as she performs songs from her debut album, ‘On The Edge’, some musical theatre favourites. https://www.musicglue.com/westway/events/34dce4ad-9bdd-4c29-9994-b8f43e4aacd9
Sunday 29 May – Cassidy Janson
Oliver Award Winner and star of & Juliet and Beautiful the Musical Cassidy Janson brings her exciting show to @piano for one night only as part of this series of Westway Sessions.
Cassidy brings you an hour of her favourite tunes unplugged. Ranging from Carole King, to Lady Gaga to her own originals. Look forward to a night of Cassidy’s dry humour and her powerful and unique vocals. https://www.musicglue.com/westway/events/74b5eae8-19ac-4372-8f92-f1d2ffb0d1d2
Monday 30 May – Lee Mead
West End and TV star Lee Mead is one of the UK’s favourite performers and has starred in West End shows including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Wicked and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as on our television screens in Holby City and Casualty. This is a fantastic opportunity to see and hear Lee up close and personal in this intimate venue, where he’ll perform favourites from his broad repertoire. https://www.musicglue.com/westway/events/04541dc7-21ad-4d48-8bb6-9be363c1bc2c
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Westway is a new music and film platform dedicated to the music of theatre. Formed in 2020 it has so far released projects including Samantha Barks, Ramin Karimloo, Lee Mead and Cassidy Janson.