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In The Frame is West End Frame's theatre interviews podcast. Each week, West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, sits down with a different theatrical name for a candid conversation. Guests include actors, producers, choreographers plus more! New episodes drop every Friday.
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It's the final episode of the series and we're off to Australia to chat to musical theatre star Patrice Tipoki!Patrice understudied Elphaba in the original Australian production of Wicked and went on to take over the role alongside Jemma Rix. She received huge acclaim for her performance as Elphaba, and became well known amongst Wicked fans for her iconic Defying Gravity riff!Patrice made her West End debut in 2016 as Fantine in Les Misérables, having also played the role in Australia, Dubai and Singapore.Her other Australian credits include: Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Nala in The Lion King and understudy Killer Queen & Scaramouche in We Will Rock You. Patrice had a musical upbringing and has worked extensively as a vocalist alongside her theatre work.  She released her debut album "A Musical Heart" in 2015. In this episode, Patrice discusses the Australian theatre scene, how she got away with doing her signature riff in Wicked, her time in London plus lots more!Patrice's album "A Musical Heart" is available via streaming platforms and iTunes. You can follow her on Instagram: @patricetipokiarkins Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 
Claudia's West End credits include Mrs. Sheinkopf/understudy Rosalie in School Of Rock and Midwife/understudy Madame Morrible in Wicked. Prior to lockdown she was starring as a Diva in the UK tour in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Her credits also include: Sonja in The Life (Frankfurt), Woman 2 in Edges (London Theatre Workshop), Oda Mae Brown in Ghost The Musical (Frankfurt), understudy Clara in Porgy & Bess (Regent's Park), Deloris in Sister Act (Wexford), Sister Chantelle in Bare (Greenwich Theatre), Lorraine/understudy Motormouth & Dynamite in Hairspray (UK Tour), ensemble in Sweet Smell of Success (Arcola) and Sarah in Ragtime (Regent's Park). in 2014, Claudia starred as Motormouth in Hairspray at the Leicester Curve and featured in West End Frame's Top Ten Performances of the Year. In this episode, Claudia discusses her path into the industry, career highlights and future ambitions.You can follow Claudia on Instagram: @claudiakariuki This episode was recorded at Wildcard Studios in Bond Street. Visit www.wildcardtheatre.co.uk for more information about Wildcard Theatre Company and Wildcard Studios. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 
Jenny has played Elphaba more times than any other actress in Wicked history, across seven productions and four countries. Jenny started out as a swing and emergency cover for Elphaba in the Chicago production of Wicked, later taking over as Standby Elphaba for the remainder of the run. She then transferred to the Broadway, Australian and Asian productions as Standby Elphaba. Jenny took over the role full-time to lead Wicked's 2nd US Tour before transferring to the West End in 2014 to lead the London company of Wicked. She then closed the 1st US Tour as the production's final Elphaba. After having her first child, Jenny finally took over as the leading Elphaba on Broadway in August 2016 and completed her acclaimed run in July 2017. Prior to the pandemic, she had returned to the Broadway production of Wicked as Standby Elphaba. In this episode, Jenny discusses starting out in Mamma Mia! & We Will Rock You, her Elphaba journey, becoming a mum and how this current period has made her stop and think about where’s she at. Follow Jenny on Instagram, @jennydinoia. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 
This week we're off to LA to speak to Jye Frasca!After growing up in Australia, Jye trained in London and had an incredible West End career. He appeared in West Side Story, Mamma Mia, Cats, Anything Goes, Love’s Labour Lost, We Will Rock You, Thrill Me and Mary Poppins. He was also part of the original West End casts of Wicked and Jersey Boys.After moving to America, Jye took over as Frankie Valli in the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys before making his Broadway debut as Boq in Wicked for the musical's 15th anniversary! In this episode, Jye discusses his career from making his West End debut as a swing in West Side Story to being a principal on Broadway. He discusses how Idina Menzel's advice helped him conquer his performance as Frankie Valli, what it was like to start afresh when he moved to America and why he hopes to one day return to the London stage.Visit Jye's website, www.jyefrasca.com.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 
It's good to see her, isn't it! This week we're joined by Helen Woolf who has been part of Wicked for the past seven years. Helen originally understudied Glinda in Wicked's first UK & Ireland tour, before transferring to the London production where she also understudied Nessarose. In 2017 Helen stepped up to play Glinda in the UK & Ireland tour and then returned to the West End production in 2019, taking over from Sophie Evans as Glinda. In this episode, Helen discusses her unique path into the industry, her Wicked journey and life as a West End leading lady. Follow Helen on Instagram at @helenwoolf1. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 
Having recently completed her run as the alternate Tina in Tina The Musical, Jenny Fitzpatrick is currently starring in The World Goes ‘Round at the Barn Theatre in Cirencester. She can also be seen in the upcoming online revival of Godspell for the Hope Mill Theatre. Jenny made her professional debut in Henry IV Part I, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Camelot at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Her credits also include Nala in Legend Of The Lion King (Disneyland Paris), Ronnette in Little Shop of Horros (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End), Billie in Our House (UK Tour), Rose Seller in Oliver! (West End), Louise & understudy Oda Mae Brown in Ghost The Musical (Manchester/West End), Delores in Sister Act (Aberystwyth), A Pacificst's Guide To The War On Cancer (National Theatre), Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK Tour) and Lucius/Centurion in Boudica (Globe). Having played Tina Turner in the 2013 UK tour of Soul Sister, Jenny was the alternate Tina Turner in the original West End cast of Tina The Musical. On screen, Jenny has been seen in The Alienist, Mi High V 'Patient' and EastEnders. The World Goes ‘Round runs at the Barn Theatre from 24th August until 5th September 2020. Visit www.barntheatre.org.uk for tickets. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 
This week we're crossing the pond to speak to Broadway's Josh Lamon!Most recently Josh played Sheldon and understudied Barry in The Prom on Broadway. He is also the host of Josh Swallows Broadway for the Broadway Podcast Network. Josh's Broadway credits also include: Groundhog Day, Finding Neverland, Elf The Musical, Into The Woods and Hair. He played Boq in the US tour of Wicked and, prior to lockdown, was appearing in Emojiland off-Broadway.Josh is the co-writer of Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher: A musical parody of Murder She Wrote which premiered in London last year at the Other Palace as part of MT Fest.In this episode, Josh discusses stories from his career, including why Hair and The Prom were such special jobs, his journey to the Great White Way, what went wrong when Into The Woods opened in New York and the times he has used diva dollars over the years... Visit Josh's website, www.joshlamon.comHosted by Andrew Tomlins.@Andrew_TomlinsThanks for listening!Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 
Janie Dee is a theatrical icon, having worked extensively in both the UK and New York  throughout her career.Just a few recent highlights from Janie's career include playing Phyllis Rogers Stone in Follies (National Theatre), title role in Linda (Talent Works NY), Margery in Hand To God (West End), Arkadina in The Seagull (Regent's Park), Essie in Ah Wilderness (Young Vic), Ruth in Blithe Spirit (West End, alongside Angela Lansbury), Putting It Together (St James), title role in Hello Dolly as well as Anna in The King & I (both Leicester Curve) and Belinda Blair in Noises Off (Old Vic).Janie won an Olivier Award for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge in the National Theatre's 1992 production of Carousel.Janie is currently preparing to reprise her acclaimed performance as Desiree in A Little Night Music for a socially distanced, one-night concert staging at Holland Park. The show sold out in just six minutes.She will then take to the stage at Crazy Coqs to perform her new one-woman cabaret, Janie Dee: New Life. Prior to lockdown, Janie was producing the London Climate Change Festival at the Charing Cross Theatre which has been postponed until theatres reopen.In this episode, Janie candidly discusses returning to A Little Night Music as well as preparations for her new cabaret, work/life balance, how it felt to return to the National Theatre for Follies and why she was slightly relieved that her Climate Change Festival was postponed.Visit Janie's website, www.janiedee.comFor tickets to her cabaret, visit www.bit.ly/3fBEzjIHosted by Andrew Tomlins.@Andrew_TomlinsThanks for listening!Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 
Prior to lockdown, Nick was playing Boq in the West End production of Wicked. He made his West End debut as Doctor in The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales). His other credits include: Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (UK Tour), Benny/Puppeteer in The Pied Piper (Cornerstone), Pepper in Mamma Mia! (Abu Dhabi), Henri in South Pacific (St. James Concert Hall) and TJ in Sister Act (Gordon Craig Theatre). Nick discusses his path into the industry, funny drama school stories, highlights from his career and lots more! Visit Nick's website, ww.nicholasmclean.co.uk Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 
Jerry's productions include Legally Blonde, Kinky Boots, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and On Your Feet.Most recently his production of Pretty Woman opened in the West End following a run on Broadway. Jerry choreographed the original production of Hairspray which is returning to London next year, and he is also working on a stage adaptation of Becoming Nancy.This Sunday Jerry and West End performer Jed Berry are hosting Raise You Up, an online charity concert starring Angels In Lockdown from global productions of Kinky Boots.The show is raising money for Acting For Others, Black Ticket Project, Broadway Advocacy Coalition and Broadway Cares. You can watch Raise You Up this Sunday 26th July at 9pm via www.jedberry.com. The show will be available for 24 hours. Follow Jerry on social media: @jammyprodHosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 
Asmeret has had an incredible career on both sides of the pond, most recently starring as Lorell in the West End production of Dreamgirls to huge acclaim. She made her West End debut as Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon, having played the role on Broadway after being part of the show's original ensemble. Her other Broadway credits include Legally Blonde, Footloose, Wicked, Spamalot and Elf. She was in the original cast of In The Heights and starred in Sweet Charity off-Broadway. Most recently she has filmed roles in Get Even (BBC) and Bonding: Season 2 (Netflix). Read Asmeret's interview with Forbes: https://bit.ly/30heYXD Read Asmeret's article for Broadway News: https://bit.ly/3jdG2iX Asmeret is artistic director for The Big Sky Summer Theatre Festival: From A Distance. Visit https://bit.ly/3eAHAQN for info! Follow Asmeret on Instagram: @asmeretghebremichael Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 
Natalie Kassanga is currently covering Zoey and Alana in the West End production of Dear Evan Hansen (Noel Coward) and recently starred as Diana Ross in Motown The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre). This weekend Natalie can be seen in Turn Up, a concert which is being streamed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. The show was filmed with a live band at Cadogan Hall. As a child, Natalie played Young Nala in The Lion King (Lyceum) and appeared in Oliver! (Drury Lane) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour). She was a member of girl group Alien Uncovered, who appeared on the live finals of The X Factor in 2015. In this episode, Natalie discusses starting out as a child performer and her experiences in the music industry. She also talks about her emotional farewell to Motown, the nine-month audition process for Dear Evan Hansen as well as diversity in the West End and why audiences should TURN UP to Turn Up this weekend. Follow Natalie on Instagram and Twitter: @kassangaofficial To buy tickets for Turn Up, visit www.club11.london/turn Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 
Last year Samantha Pauly made her London theatre debut as Eva Peron in Jamie Lloyd's production of Evita at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Prior to lockdown, she was starring as Katherine Howard in the Broadway production of SIX. Samantha also played Katherine Howard in the pre-Broadway regional runs of SIX, including the musical's US premiere in Chicago. She has also played Eva Peron at the Marriot Theatre and Westport Country Playhouse. Samantha's additional theatre credits include: understudy Raven in Bat Out Of Hell (US Tour), Jovie in Elf The Musical (Paramount Theatre), Betsy in Honeymoon in Vegas (Marriott Theatre) and Amber in Hairspray (Paramount Theatre). In this episode, Samantha talks openly and honestly about starring in SIX and Evita, her path into the industry and lots more. For information about Samantha's online coaching, visit www.artistsandbeyond.com/samanthapauly You can follow Samantha on Instagram via @sampauly Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening!Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 
Vicki Manser joins us following the release of her chart-topping debut single "Pick Me Up"!Vicki's theatre credits include the West End productions of Sunny Afternoon, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Bat Out Of Hell. She joined the West End production of SIX at the start of 2019 as an alternate, taking over as Katherine Howard nine months later. After leaving Six at the end of last year she returned to Beautiful, this time on tour as the alternate Carole. Alongside her performing career, Vicki is Artistic Director of Sharpe Academy. In this episode, Vicki discusses her musical influences, joining the Queendom, her future ambitions plus lots more!Listen to "Pick Me Up" on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Nr2dno Follow Vicki on Instagram & Twitter via: @vicki_manserHosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 
We're back for a "virtual" series of In The Frame! Our first guest is Trevor Dion Nicholas who was playing George Washington in the West End production of Hamilton (Victoria Palace) before theatres closed.Trevor originated the role of Genie in the West End production of Disney's Aladdin, having been a standby for the role on Broadway. He played Genie for the duration of the London run, taking a short break to play the role on the US tour. He was a judge on All Star Musicals (ITV) and hosted 2019's Magic at the Musicals (Royal Albert Hall). After making his professional debut in Big River (US tour), Trevor appeared in US regional productions of The Wiz, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ragtime, The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, The Exonerated and This is the Life. Trevor is also the songwriter and primary vocalist for the original Alternative Indie Soul band Neighborhood Goliath. In this episode, Trevor discusses his path to Broadway, what it was like to say goodbye to Aladdin and his favourite number to perform in Hamilton... plus lots more! Useful Links Petition: Offer more support to the arts (particularly Theatres and Music) amidst COVID-19 https://bit.ly/3fxTFqA Neighborhood Goliath on Spotify https://spoti.fi/2N7CWOQ Neighborhood Goliath on YouTube https://bit.ly/3hNKKUf You can follow Trevor on Instagram/Twitter: @astonishingtrev Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 
We're back for Series Three of In The Frame, kicking off Friday 19th June 2020!
Carly recently starred as Anita to huge acclaim in West Side Story at the Leicester Curve. Carly's West End credits include Rock of Ages, Dirty Dancing, Chicago, Memphis & Dreamgirls where she understudied and regularly played the role of Lorelle. She has also appeared in Hair, High School Musical, Dance Til Dawn and The Lorax.Over the past couple of years Carly has been taking theatreland by storm, taking on roles such as Helene in Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse), Fate in Hadestown (National Theatre), Henri in The View Upstairs (Soho Theatre) and Charlaine in Ain't Misbehavin' (Southwark Playhouse & Mercury Colchester). In this episode, Carly discusses her career from High School Musical and Rock Of Ages to Dreamgirls and Hadestown, onstage mishaps and the moment she realised she was ready to made the step up from ensemble to lead. Please note, this episode was recorded before theatres had closed and the UK was in lockdown. This is the final episode of In The Frame: Series 2. We'll be back in a few months for a brand new series! Make sure you follow Carly on Instagram/Facebook: @CarlyMDyerHosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening!Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
Lauren has been touring the UK as Catherine of Aragon in SIX. Lauren's theatre credits include: understudy Molly in Ghost (UK Tour), understudy Nicola in Kinky Boots (West End), New Wave Girl & understudy Heather Chandler in Heathers (The Other Palace/West End), Suzanne in Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse) and understudy Eva in Evita (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre).In this episode Lauren discusses what it has been like to play Catherine of Aragon and why SIX has been such a big moment in her career. She also talks about how she got into the industry, memories from her first jobs and the day she found out she was going on as Heather Chandler... plus what it was like to perform SIX back home in Wales and lots more! Please note, this episode was recorded before theatres had closed and the UK was in lockdown. Make sure you follow Lauren on social media!Instagram: @_LaurenDrew1.Twitter: @LaurenDrew2. For more info about SIX, visit www.sixthemusical.com.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening!Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
Jordan spent the last year touring internationally as Simba in The Lion King, marking his first major leading role. Jordan has appeared in the West End productions of Miss Saigon, Motown and Cats with his other credits including The Scotsborough Boys (Young Vic), Follies & Hadestown (National Theatre) and Tick Tick Boom (Park Theatre).In this episode, Jordan discusses life in The Lion King and why Simba was a dream role of his. We also discuss his path into the industry, some of the big decisions he has had to make throughout his career and his stagey obsessions.Please note, this episode was recorded before theatres had closed and the UK was in lockdown. Make sure you follow Jordan on Twitter & Instagram: @JordanShawUK.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening!Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
We're back to continue with Series 2 of In The Frame!This week we chat to Evie Rose Lane. Evie has become well known for the covers/mashups and original music she has released online. She played a sold out solo show at Live at Zedel earlier this year to huge acclaim. Evie is due to star as Ariel in the 2020-21 UK tour of Footloose. Please note, this episode was recorded before theatres had closed and the UK was in lockdown. The start of Footloose's UK tour has since been postponed, but hopefully will go ahead later in the year. Make sure you follow Evie on Twitter & Instagram: @EvRoseLaneYou can also check out Evie's YouTube videos here: https://bit.ly/3dFdWdVPlease note, new episodes of In The Frame will be released on Tuesdays for the next few weeks. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening!Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
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