Wednesday 19 April 2017

70 years of Broadway history celebrated by university


West End actress Kerry Ellis will star in the concert
West End actress Kerry Ellis will star in the concert

West End star Kerry Ellis will join Nottingham Trent University’s Choir for an evening showcasing hits of more than 70 years of Broadway musicals.

Songs from a range of popular musicals, including West Side Story, Les Misérables and Mamma Mia will feature in A Night on Broadway at the Royal Concert Hall on 22 April.

The show, hosted by the university, will be led by Kerry Ellis, who has gained international acclaim for her stage roles in Wicked and as part of the original cast of We Will Rock You.

Returning to perform with the university for the second time, the singer, who is releasing her second album with Queen guitarist Brian May, said: “I’m excited to be returning to Nottingham to perform again with the NTU Choir. It is set to be a brilliant evening!”

Kerry will be joined on stage by the NTU Dance Troupe and the 160 students, staff and community members who make up the University’s Choir.

BSc (Hons) Psychology student Georgie Boon has been given the unique opportunity to perform a duet with Kerry after being hand-picked by the star from an audition group.

She said: “When I heard the news I’d been selected I really couldn’t believe it. I had to ring my mum straightaway and when I did she cried as she was so happy!

“I’m a massive fan of the musical Wicked, and I’ve sang this song a few times in singing lessons. I can’t really believe that I’m going to be singing the duet with Kerry Ellis who was the original Elphaba on the West End.

Music will be performed by the esteemed Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra – who have played live to the screenings of films including Harry Potter, Titanic and ET.

Matthew Hopkins, Director of Music at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Our students have been given the opportunity of a lifetime to perform alongside the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Kerry Ellis.”

Tickets start at £10 and are available from The Royal Concert Hall or by calling the box office on 0115 898 5555.

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