The new generation of West End Musical Theatre stars

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We’re the movers and we’re the shapers. We’re the names in tomorrow’s papers.
Stephen Sondheim Merrily We Roll Along
The West End is full of huge talent and Actor Hub is proud to introduce you to our class of 2014!
Here is who we think are the gonna-be’s and not the wanna-be’s!
West End Actors Headed For Greatness
  • “Even at age 3 Eva had pipes. She would stand on a piano bench and sing Disney princess songs with that sweet and perfectly pure innocent voice. With a God-given talent, her amazingly versatile voice can effortlessly croon everything from Lady Gaga to Barbra Streisand.” Annette Calud
    Eva Noblezada is a brand new face to the West End in 2014 and is a huge, huge talent who is set for great things.
    She made her professional and West End debut as Kim in Miss Saigon after being spotted when she reached the finals of the prestigious National High School Music Theater Awards aka the Jimmy’s in the United States.
    Interestingly her aunt Annette Calud played the same role for two years on Broadway and also understudied for Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, the original star.
    In High School Eva played such roles as Ariel in Footloose, Joanne in Godspell, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Maria in West Side Story.
  • “ Keep pushing! Take chances! Be cheeky! Pester people! Don’t be rude about it but make your existence known. And have some kind of experience. Join a local theatre group or drama club – anything to get you well prepared!”
    Carrie Hope Fletcher at the time of writing is playing Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables.
    Carrie started acting as a wee nipper and was in a Honey Nut Cheerios commercial at the age of five! She actually made her West End debut back in 2001 when she played Young Eponine in Les Mis. She is the only actress to play both adult and child Eponine in the West End.
    She appeared in the original cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bangat the age of nine, and acted in the original cast of Mary Poppins in Bristol at the age of eleven. Her West End credits include The Wind in the Willows at Regents Park, Jane Banks in Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre and Jemima in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Palladium
    Fletcher is an avid vlogger and has a fan base of over 490,000 subscribers on her Youtube channel titled ItsWayPastMyBedTime
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    “Anyone interested in love, life and musical theatre will adore Nadim’s album. A great collection of original songs” Rachel Tucker
    Nadim Naaman is not only one of the best new talents on the West End stage he is also one of the nicest guys around, as witnessed in our interview with him.
    After training at the University of Warwick, he went on to the Royal Academy to study musical theatre where he graduted with distinction and acheived a DipRAM for outstanding achievement in performance, and the Ronald William White Prize for excellence in acting through song.
    Since making his West End debut as Rolf in The Sound of Music, Nadim has appeared as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, Armand in Marguerite, Anatoly in Chess, Charles Clarke in Titanic and covered both Alan and Alfie in One Man Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
    In 2013 Nadim released his debut album We All Want The Same, a wonderful collection of songs proving that he is just as excellent a songwriter as he is a singer. The album spans pop, jazz, R’n’B, and musical theatre.
  • “ What motivates me most is how much I love what I do, and how much I want to make the people I love proud.”
    Cynthia Erivo graduated from RADA in 2010 and has been busy making a huge mark on the West End scene since.
    Her first West End performance was in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in 2011, she toured the UK as Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act, she broke hearts as Celie in Trevor Nunn’s amazing production of The Color Purple at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
    Cynthia was cast as the lead role Chenice an X Factor hopeful who lives under a flyover with her terminally ill grandfather, and her fellow contestant Max, a ukulele-playing plumber (what a character breakdown!) in the short lived but much loved Harry Hill musical spoof I Can’t Sing, aka The X Factor Musical. The reviews for her performance were great:
    Cynthia Erivo oozes infectious charm as Chenice – and has a voice that soars thrillingly.
    Cynthia Erivo makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention with her elating rendition of the damnably catchy “I Can’t Sing”
    I Can’t Sing might have had a short West End run but it won’t stop Cynthia from proving time and time again that she can sing and is a star.
  • “I thought he was absolutely amazing! His voice was sensational, he is charismatic and you can tell he is giving everything to the role.” Rock Of Ages Review
    Jamie Muscato is a bright young talent who is gradually building a reputation as a future leading man on the West End stage.
    When he was 16 he won London’s Wicked Day competition with his performance of Dancing Through Life
    He has understudied the lead roles of Melchoir and Moritz in Spring Awakening, Oliver Barrett in Love Story, Drew and Franz in Rock of Ages. Appeared in the workshop productions of new musicals X, Blitz, Bend It Like Beckham and But Im a Cheerleader.
    Jamie appeared in the 2013 Academy Award show reprising his role as a student from the Les Miserables movie. On the West End stage Jamie has appeared as Jean Prouvaire in Les Mis.
    Recently Jamie was a meber of the company of the Tori Amos musical The Light Princess at the National Theatre.
  • “ The best thing about being an actor is enjoying the job you’re doing, but the worst part is dealing will all the rejection. You always have to be realistic with yourself – like I know I’m never going to be in a ballet!”
    Niall Sheehy from Co. Wicklow, Ireland, is a reality show ‘finalist who is doing big things on his own terms! Niall made it to the finals of the ITV ‘Search for a Jesus’ musical theatre reality show Superstar and quickly became one of the pin-up boys from the show.
    Sadly, Niall was ill during the week long tv show and his health gradually became worse and left him in eight position, but that hasn’t stopped him from following his passion and living his dream.
    Niall has understudied Fiyero in the West End production of Wicked, Enjolras in Les Miserables, and at the time of writing is a part of the company of the London production of Miss Saigon understudying the lead role of Chris.
    Check out Niall’s website to learn more about him and to follow him on Twitter or Facebook where his comments will have you in stitches!
    Niall is a charming, funny, passionate and talented actor with a singing voice from the gods. He is certainly one to watch. (And I’m lucky and proud enough to have him as a friend!)
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