West End Women, Cadogan Hall | Review

FEBRUARY 3, 2019
Reviewer: Olivia Mitchell

After their Cadogan Hall debut, Lambert Jackson Productions are back with West End Women, featuring three of the most prominent performers UK theatre has to offer: Rachel John, Lauren Samuels and Celinde Schoenmaker. Taking us on a loose history of women in theatre and melting our faces off with vocal gymnastics, this was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday evening.

Despite the biting wind outside and the snow enveloping the country, Cadogan Hall felt warm and buzzy as it was taken over by powerhouse performance followed by powerhouse performance. The trio opened with the upbeat ‘I Got Rhythm’, before some solo showcases of their voices. A simplistic and heartwarming rendition of ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’ brought stillness to the room thanks to Celinde Schoenmaker. Lauren Samuels kept us in the 20s with a beautiful rendition of ‘Lady, be Good’; whilst Rachel John brought us a decade further forward with the sultry and smooth ‘Summertime’.

REVIEW: West End Women, Cadogan Hall

FEBRUARY 3, 2019
Reviewer: Emma Clarendon

Following on from their successful concert There is Nothing Like a Dame, Lambert Jackson Productions continues to be inspired by female West End performers. Their latest offering showcasing the variety of talent that can be found on the West End stage – this time in the form of Rachel John, Lauren Samuels and Celinde Schoenmaker.

Beginning with a lovely jazzy rendition of ‘I Got Rhythm’, the concert was filled with a lovely mixture of songs that captured all of the talent on stage perfectly – mainly soulful and heartfelt numbers including renditions of ‘Summertime’ and ‘If I Loved You’ that were lovely to listen to – but it would have also been great to have some more upbeat songs in the mix as well.

Review: West End Women at Cadogan Hall

FEBRUARY 3, 2019

Well, it said ‘West End Women’ on the tickets, so everyone knew what this concert was all about, but this didn’t stop presenter Lucy Drever from repeatedly reminding the audience who the ladies on stage were:

“West! End! Women!”. Relatively few songs were introduced in their own right, however, and the running order, alas, was not made available to the said audience (leading to a slightly amusing comparison of notes between reviewers at the interval), but as ever with events of this nature, some tunes were as recognisable as others.

The Voice Behind The Stars
Sydney Review @ Seymour Centre

JANUARY 24, 2019
Reviewer: Stephanie Yip

“How do you create a great musical? Is it a cast of thousands, stunning costumes and a full orchestra?, Not in the case of this simply stunning show.”

Dubbed ‘the ghostess with the mostess’ (what a horrible rhyme, as Marni would say) she was renowned throughout the movie circuit for her perfect pitch, versatile voice and ability to adopt languages, making her one of the most employed ghost singers of Old Hollywood. Though you probably don’t even know it.

Giving her voice is this 60-minute biography (23 January). It’s a one-woman show, carried by the marvellous Eliza Jackson who herself could be considered a vocal chameleon. No sidekick or elaborate props are needed as she spills out Marni’s story of anonymity, determination and struggle, in word and song with accents and styles that change as easily as you would your underwear.


JANUARY 25, 2019

Eliza Jackson knew she was going to be a star even before entering her teens. Her show THE VOICE BEHIND THE STARS proves her prediction. This show is the story of Marni Nixon (1930-2016) who was the ‘ghost singer’ behind many leading Hollywood actresses in over 50 movies. Eliza holds the stage in this solo performance with her voice, humour and authentic story-telling.

The Voice Behind the Stars

by Tricia Ziemer

“How do you create a great musical? Is it a cast of thousands, stunning costumes and a full orchestra?, Not in the case of this simply stunning show.”

Take just three props, a mic stand, a small chair and table, and one big screen. Simplicity itself. But then you add the voice of one woman, Eliza Jackson. Eliza creates total magic with pitch-perfect range as she weaves solo, the story of the “ghost singer” behind so many of our famous actors. And it is a breathtaking hour with standing ovations at the end.

Velma Celli’s A Brief History Of Drag

by Flora Georgiou

We all love a good drag show and when one pops up that is defiantly different, first we raise an eyebrow and then embrace the new with open arms.

Velma Celli, aka Ian Stroughair, delivers a novel new show that is honest and bona fide authentic. More importantly it is his own personal story as a musical theatre artist and journey into solo performance.

Velma Celli's A Brief History of Drag - Review

by Fiona Anderson

“More versatile than vermicelli.”

Englishman Ian Stroughair rocked Chapel off Chapel in his recent performance of Velma Celli’s A Brief History of Drag. An immediate presence on stage, the larger than life character ‘Velma’ quickly had the audience singing, bopping and clapping along to an energy packed program of songs.

Nominated for ‘Best Theatrical Event of the Year’

Monday 14th October 2018

Lambert Jackson are thrilled to announce their nomination for ‘Best Theatrical Event of the Year’ in The Broadway World Awards 2018 for their show ‘There is Nothin’ Like a Dame’ which was performed on Thursday 30th August of this year.

Review Hub: There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame – Cadogan Hall, London

01 September 2018

Reviewer: Scott Matthewman

This one-off concert was, as emcee Lucy Dreaver reminded us on more than one occasion, a celebration of one hundred years of women in musical theatre.

The reasoning for the rounding to an exact century is not clear – there’s certainly nothing in the 1918 musical calendar of particular note, unless one wishes to celebrate the abundance of exclamation points in Jerome Kern’s Oh, Lady! Lady!!. Nor, too, were musicals in the preceding years male only.

But that’s all by the by, as it’s an excuse to celebrate some of the songs written for actresses by musical writers from Cole Porter to Sara Bareilles. Producers Lambert Jackson, whose co-founder Jamie Lambert won Britain’s Got Talent as part of musical theatre performing group Collabro, assembled a quite frankly superb quartet of performers for their debut show: Wicked alumnae Louise Dearman, Alexia Khadime and Rachel Tucker, along with musical theatre stalwart (and Norma Desmond extraordinaire) Ria Jones.

REVIEW: There is Nothing Like a Dame, Cadogan Hall

31 August 2018

Reviewer: Emma Clarendon

“This first show from the newly formed Lambert Jackson Productions celebrated female characters from musicals – with the help of four vocally powerful West End stars.”

It has to be said that if this show proved anything it is that female characters from musicals have had some of the most iconic songs to sing across the last one hundred years – whether it is ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Miserables, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ from Carousel or ‘Rose’s Turn’ from Gypsy.

This first production from Lambert Jackson productions really celebrated the way in which female musical theatre characters have begun to dominate on stage – particularly highlighted by performances of ‘She Used to Be Mine’ from Waitress and ‘Let it Go’ from new Broadway hit Frozen.


30 August 2018

Reviewer: Nicole Ackman

Lambert Jackson’s debut show, There is Nothin’ Like a Dame, was a smash hit, with four talented actresses celebrating 100 years of women in musical theatre.

West End stars Louise Dearman, Ria Jones, Alexia Khadime, and Rachel Tucker showcased famous female roles from the past century in chronological order over the course of the night, with each number seeming to be better than the last.

It was a wonderful balance of solos, duets, and even trios and quartets. The show opened with a great “Anything Goes” quartet and ended with all four women singing “Let It Go” from current Broadway hit Frozen.

BWW Interview: Louise Dearman Talks THERE IS NOTHIN' LIKE A DAME

14 August 2018

Louise Dearman has tackled many musical theatre leading roles, and is the only actress in the West End to have played both Glinda and Elphaba in Wicked. She also has a successful concert career and has released four solo albums.

Dearman will be taking part in the upcoming concert at Cadogan Hall, There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame – 100 Years of Women in Musical Theatre.

The Voice Behind the Stars - Eliza Jackson - 5***** - One4Review

13 August 2018

Eliza Jackson tells the story of Marni Dixon who was the ghost singer behind the voices of some of the most famous Hollywood stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe.

Due to her contract, very few people knew that Marni Dixon dubbed the songs that these famous actresses sang in musicals such as My Fair Lady, The King and I, West Side Story and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. It wasn’t until Deborah Kerr let the cat out the bag at the premier of the King and I that it became public. Because of her incredible dubbing work Times magazine called her “The Ghostess with the Mostess”.

‘I love playing ballsy women’: Ria Jones on the women in theatre who inspire her...

07 August 2018

Ria Jones is a leading lady through and through. She’s played some of the biggest roles in musical theatre: Grizabella, Eva Peron, Fantine, and most recently Norma Desmond to name a few.

She’s one of the star names on the roster of a concert celebrating 100 years of musical theatre, alongside three former Elphabas: Louise Dearman, Rachel Tucker and Alexia Khadime. Accompanied by a full orchestra, the evening at Cadogan Hall will run through some of theatre’s biggest showstoppers of the last century in what will be a wonderful celebration of women on stage.

The Voice Behind the Stars, Assembly Rooms, Review

05 August 2018

In July 2016, the unsung heroine of Musical Movies, Marni Nixon passed away in New York City aged 86. Classically trained, she had been a talented singer from childhood and through the 1950s and 1960s was cast in numerous unseen, uncredited roles as the dubbed-over voice for many Hollywood actresses.

Like an overture, we first hear a medley of familiar songs from hit shows, before Marni Nixon steps on stage to join in the romantic lyrics from “I Could have Danced all Night.” As the music fades, she adds with a sarcastic tone and curt smile, “Audrey could not sing to save herself!”

There's Nothing Like A Dame

Ria Jones, Alexia Khadime, Rachel Tucker and Louise Dearman to perform concert at Cadogan Hall - The show celebrates one hundred years of women in musical theatre

18 June 2018

Cadogan Hall will host a celebration of women in musical theatre on 30 August, with iconic songs from female characters performed live.

The concert, titled There’s Nothing Like A Dame, will feature a cast of Louise Dearman (Wicked, Evita), Rachel Tucker (The Last Ship, I’d Do Anything), Alexia Khadime (The Book of Mormon, The Lion King) and Ria Jones (Sunset Boulevard, Chess), performing a variety of numbers for one night only.

Featuring pieces from the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show will highlight key compositions from the last century.

Britain’s Got Talent winner’s, Collabro, announce album launch concert

Collabro perform all of the songs from their new studio album, Road to the Royal Albert Hall, exclusively for you four whole days before it is released! The album is made up of songs from all of your favourite musicals, including Les Miserables, Wicked, The Greatest Showman, Miss Saigon and many more! VIP packages are available where you can meet the boys and have a glass of bubbly before the show, plus get some exclusive gifts – including an album four days before it’s released! All ticketholders will receive a commemorative wristband, and albums will be on sale on the night, too!


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