Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Latest News: Jade to play Clara in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Jade Ewen will play Clara, Cedric Neal will play Sportin’ Life, Golda Rosheuvel will play Serena and Leon Lopez will play Jake in the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, alongside the previously announced cast which includes Rufus Bonds Jr and Nicola Hughes who will play the title roles.

Celebrated as a landmark piece of American theatre, the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess will run from 17th July to 23rd August, directed by Timothy Sheader, with a book adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks and a musical score adapted by Diedre L. Murray.

Jade Ewen will play Clara, Cedric Neal will play Sportin’ Life, Golda Rosheuvel will play 
Serena and Leon Lopez will play Jake in the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, alongside the 
previously announced cast Rufus Bonds Jr and Nicola Hughes who will play the title 
Jade Ewen has previously appeared in Tonight’s The Night (UK Tour), Whistle Down The 
Wind (Aldwych Theatre) and Disney’s The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre). Jade is also a 
former member of Sugababes and in 2009 represented the UK in the Eurovision Song 
Contest performing It’s My Time written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. 
Cedric Neal is an American actor whose stage credits include After Midnight (Brooks 
Atkinson Theatre, Broadway), the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Broadway) and Dreamgirls 
(Signature Theatre) for which he was awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding 
Supporting Actor. Cedric played the role of Kennard Royce in the television series Friday 
Night Lights. 
Leon Lopez is a British actor whose stage credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK 
tour), Rent (Duke of York’s), Tick, Tick… BOOM! (Duchess Theatre) and Piaf (Donmar 
Warehouse). Leon also played the long-running role of Jerome Johnson in Brookside. 

By George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin 
Book Adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks /Musical Score Adapted by Diedre L. Murray 
Directed by Timothy Sheader 
Set and Costume by Katrina Lindsay 
Choreographer Liam Steel 
Musical Director and Orchestrator David Shrubsole 
Lighting Designer Rick Fisher 
Sound Designer Nick Lidster for Autograph 
Casting Director Pippa Ailion CDG 
US Casting Director Justin Huff CSA for Telsey + Company 
17 July – 23 August 2014 
First preview: 17 July 
Press night: 28 July (7.45pm) 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Five things we learnt chatting to Sugababe Jade Ewen

Five things we learnt chatting to Sugababe Jade Ewen

This Is Local London: Jade stars as Dee Dee in Tonight's the Night Jade stars as Dee Dee in Tonight's the Night
 JADE Ewen caught the nation’s attention when she sang an Andrew Lloyd Webber song at Eurovision in 2009 and finished fifth (the UK’s not done better since).
She became properly famous when she was added to the tumultuous Sugababes line-up later that year. She is currently starring in Ben Elton’s musical of Rod Stewart hits, Tonight’s the Night.
Here’s five things we learnt chatting to Jade...

They’re over
“I think, for now, it is the last of the Sugababes – but you can’t say anything for definite. It’s not like we can’t stand each other, it has just run its course.
“There was so much drama – the old line-up trying to reform – that the music got lost.”

Learning Rod Stewart songs is easy
“They are really easy because you don’t realise how much you know. You subconsciously absorb them because they are in the background of your life, like in adverts.
“I didn’t even realise how much I knew until we were in rehearsals.”
“I was in a taxi and on the radio a DJ was talking about ‘how do you feel about the new member of the Sugababes’.
“They were talking about me. I really wanted to say to the taxi driver ‘that’s me!’”

Succeeding at Eurovision can be ‘virtually impossible’
“It is so hard. Even though the songs can be great, it’s political voting.
“The year I did it, they (the UK team) were really supportive and pulled out all the stops. I was quite lucky. But if you haven’t got that behind you, it is virtually impossible.”

But afterwards, nothing is scary again
“It is the most nervous I have ever been. Because that was one of my first experiences, it makes everything else seem pretty easy in comparison.”

Jade Ewen stars in Tonight’s the Night at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley from April 14 to 19. Go to

Monday, 24 March 2014

Tonight's the Night the Musical - The First Cut is the Deepest - Starring Jade Ewen

Tonight's the Night the Musical - The First Cut is the Deepest - Starring Jade Ewen

I am so excited to share this exclusive video with you all - 'The First Cut is the Deepest’ from

Uploaded on 20 Mar 2014


Written by Ben Elton

Rod Stewart is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. In a career spanning five decades he's as popular now as ever with his acclaimed new album Time topping the UK charts and the No.1 Bestseller Rod -- An autobiography.

Tonight's The Night, the smash hit West End musical comedy inspired by the songs of Rod Stewart is the all-singing, all-dancing feel good show which went on to play sold-out theatres across the UK. 

Our hero 'Stu' is a shy young man, so tongue tied that he cannot find the courage to declare his love to the girl of his dreams. How different he is to his hero, that legendary rock n' roll vagabond Rod Stewart.

Rediscover the magic of 25 classic Rod Stewart songs including Maggie May, Baby Jane, Hot Legs, Sailing, Do Ya Think I'm Sexy and Tonight's The Night in this sensational musical comedy featuring spectacular staging, a world class band and dazzling Choreography.

'Did I think it was sexy? You bet! Daily Mirror

Directed by Caroline Jay Ranger. Choreographed by Denise Ranger.