24 September - 17 October 2015
- St. James Theatre, London
Danielle Tarento presents the world premiere of
THE SONGS OF LESLIE BRICUSSE
STARRING: DAVE WILLETS |
SIOBHAN MCCARTHY | JULIE ATHERTON | NIALL SHEEHY | GILES TERERA
"Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination"
Celebrate the songs of Leslie Bricusse, one of the most prolific and well loved film and musical theatre songwriters of our
Whether writing alone or forming magical partnerships - including Anthony Newley, Henry Mancini, John Williams and John Barry
- double Oscar and Grammy Award winner Leslie Bricusse's music has touched us all in some way.
He has composed over 1,000 songs and written the book, music and/or lyrics for more than 40 musical films and plays over a 60-year career. This heartwarming and uplifting show includes such favourites as What Kind Of Fool Am I?, If I Ruled The World, Talk To The Animals, Le Jazz Hot, Feeling Good, Goldfinger and many, many more.
more information and to book tickets visit: www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/theatre/pure-imagination/
....... Dave WILLETTS in a Bond inspired suit, sipping a martini. His vocals are superb and the alternative vocal arrangement of "Goldfinger", and hearing it sung by a male, made it a standout number .......
...... Dave WILLETTS powerhouse vocals are striking ........
........ Dave WILLETTS has an amazing vocal range and gets his act together early in the show with " ONCE IN A LIFETIME" and also gives his spectacular version of the Bond theme, "GOLDFINGER" .......
...... Dave WILLETTS is resonant and commanding .........
...... WILLETTS voice has lost none of it's timbre over the years. His ballads were beautifully sung. The witty touches he slipped in when he sang GOLDFINGER were sensational, and if any producers were watching, now might be the time to adapt DR DOOLITTLE for the stage, we have found a perfect leading man.........
...... Dave WILLETTS adds a lovely depth of emotion and gravitas in numbers including, WHO CAN I TURN TO and ONCE IN A LIFETIME .........
....... But the show belongs to Dave WILLETTS and Siobhan McCarthy. WILLETTS impeccable TOMORROW WITH ME brings the house down and confirms that he remains one of the greatest voices in musical theatre.........
Dave WILLETTS is the man, oozing panache and flair with every number, and in an exciting
WHO CAN I TURN TO , proving that he is still the man .............
DAVE WILLETTS TO STAR IN
LOVE BEYOND, A NEW MUSICAL
TWO SPECIAL PERFORMANCES ONLY
AT THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY ON 1 & 2 OCTOBER 2014
Commissioned Limited today announce the official London cast of LOVE BEYOND, a new musical, playing for two special performances only on 1 and 2 October 2014 at The SSE Arena, Wembley.
Powerful and uplifting, LOVE BEYOND is a unique presentation of the greatest love story ever told, unfolding the entire story of the Bible as never before. A contemporary production, this epic musical re-tells the inspiring stories of lives touched by God, from Genesis to Revelation and puts the focus on their significance to mankind today. LOVE BEYOND promises a sensational production with a host of West End stars, accompanied by one of the biggest live orchestras of any musical theatre show in London, playing a dramatic and original brand new score.
The production received its premiere performance to standing ovations at the Brighton Centre in October 2013. Now, for two nights only, LOVE BEYOND will be at one of London's most iconic venues, the SSE Wembley Arena
The London cast of 28 will be headed by musical theatre legend, Dave Willetts in the role of
'Father God'. Dave was the first person in the world to have played the leading roles in the two most successful shows of recent times, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera as
'Jean Valjean' and 'Phantom' respectively. He has also starred in a host of West End hit musicals including Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard, 42 Street and Aspects of Love.
The Son of God 'Jesus' will be played by Simon Shorten, a recent West End
'Jean Valjean' in Les Misérables who has also starred as 'Phantom' in Phantom of the Opera. Alongside Dave Willetts and Simon Shorten are a talented cast of actors, singers and dancers including Dougie Carter and Joe Evans (Les Misérables) J Marie Cooper (Mentored by Will.i.am in The Voice 2013) Holly-Anna Lloyd (Berlin - The Musical) Kevin Jones (Les Misérables In Concert) and Joseph Claus (Phantom Of The Opera).
LOVE BEYOND has music and lyrics by Richard Haley and Tabitha Webb, set design by Sean Cavanagh (Dreamboats and Petticoats, Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, all West End), sound design by Mark Payne (The Matrix Live, Cinderella on Ice, Swan Lake on Ice), lighting design by Ben Cracknell (Classical Brit and Olivier Awards, Our House on tour) and Musical Direction by Stuart Morley (We Will Rock You). The show is directed by West End leading lady Tabitha Webb, who has played
'Christine' in Phantom of the Opera and 'Cosette' in Les Misérables, with choreography by Annette Aubrey-Bradshaw, founder member, an Artistic Director and choreographer at
Wednesday 1 & Thursday 2 October 2014
Performance starts: 7.30pm
Approx running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)
Ticket prices: £36 - £57* *Standard booking fees apply.
The SSE Arena, Wembley Box Office
• Tickets can be bought in person from the box office or by calling:
0844 815 0815 / 0844 824 4824
more information visit: www.lovebeyondmusical.com
JERRY! - THE MUSIC OF JERRY HERMAN
Dave will be starring along side Kim Criswell at the National Concert Hall, Dublin
Featuring the RTE Concert orchestra conducted by John Wilson.
Performances - August 22nd and 23rd, 2014
NATIONAL CONCERT HALL - DUBLIN
Box Office: Tel +353 (0)1 417 0000
Book Online: https://www.nch.ie/Online/RTECO-Hello-Jerry-Aug14
EVERYMAN THEATRE - CHELTENHAM
Wednesday March 5th - Saturday
March 8th, 2014
Box Office: 01242 572573
Book Online: http://www.everymantheatre.org.uk/
LANDOR THEATRE, LONDON
Wednesday March 12th - Saturday March 29th, 2014
Box Office: 020 7737 7276
Book Online: http://s188229697.websitehome.co.uk/LT/index.php/
DAVE WILLETTS TO STAR IN 'THE MAN INSIDE'
Provocative - Disturbing - Unexpected
THE MAN INSIDE
Victim or madman?
A re imagining of the Jekyll and Hyde dilemma that Robert Louis Stevenson pursued in 1886 . In this contemporary version of the story can love save Jekyll from the tragedy that his passions lead him to, or will he take the potion to justify his self-serving needs.
The romantic and dramatic music of this drama is thrilling and intoxicating, and Dave Willetts sympathetic portrayal of the complex character is extraordinary.
"Free the good in Man and let it fly". These are the words spoken by an eminent doctor and scientist whose intentions are to help those in turmoil. Through research and development he holds a mirror to those who pursue self interest and personal desires by means of crime or terror, then choose to blame society for their actions.
When his experiments take him to the dark side can he still control these emotions, or will he lose control and pay the price of deception? The concept of the musical concentrates on the duel personality of one man: his desire for success and respectability with his fiancé Katherine and his obsession with another world where he meets Lizzie and is able to throw off respectability and indulge his secret passions. Set in a world of imagination the voices in his head lead him to believe
he is invincible.
Casting has now been confirmed. Joining Dave in
THE MAN INSIDE will be Jessie Lilley who will play Lizzie and
Alexandra Fisher who will play Katherine. Rehearsals are well under way and the show promises to be
an exciting production, so don't miss out!
Music by Tony Rees. Book & Lyrics by Tony Rees & Gary Young with additional material by Dave
....The charismatic Dave Willetts was superb as the dual faced Dr Jekyll ......
.... Describing it as ambitious hardly does it justice. I urge you to see THE MAN INSIDE ......
.... Willetts offers an intense performance, with powerful and characterful vocals .....
.... Willetts can still hold an audience under his spell with the power and finesse of a pitch perfect voice ....
..... Willetts voice is strong, remarkably strong. He belts out Dr Jekyll's parts beautifully and contrasts adeptly when portraying Mr Hyde ......
..... The ending is clever, shocking and powerful for the audience. It sends the audience away feeling entirely compelled by the piece, and excited by such an unexpected ending. ......
EVENING WITH DAVE WILLETTS
COQS, LONDON - SEPTEMBER 10th, 11th, 12th, 2013
good news certainly travels fast, as some of you may well know
already, Dave will be making his much anticipated return to the
cabaret circuit at London's premiere cabaret room THE
for three nights only on September 10th - 12th .
However, we can now officially announce that tickets will be on
sale from Monday 15th July, so book early as there are only a
limited number of seats available.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to see Dave in his new and
intimate cabaret show.
For tickets visit: www.crazycoqs.com
or call Box office on 0207 7344888 or directly from: CRAXY COQS
at BRASSERIE ZEDEL, 20 SHERWOOD STREET, LONDON, W1F7ED
SEE YOU THERE!
WILLETTS - THE 25th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
NOW ON DOWNLOAD!
We're pleased to
announce that Dave's latest new album has been re-released for
download with 5 previously unreleased tracks!
new tracks are live recordings of WIND BENEATH MY WINGS,
CORNER OF THE SKY, WHEN YOU TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME, EVERYTHING
OLD IS NEW AGAIN and SOLILOQUY.
Anniversary Collection is available now from all download
services worldwide (iTunes, Amazon, emusic etc.) and is
available for streaming on Spotify.