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THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF A HOLLYWOOD LEGEND
JUDY


The Songbook of Judy Garland

INTERNATIONAL THEATRE PRODUCER DAVID KING PRESENTS THE UK PREMIERE
OF THE NEW JUDY GARLAND SHOW
STARRING LORNA LUFT AND LEADING WEST END MUSICAL THEATRE STARS WITH ARLENE PHILLIPS AS CREATIVE DIRECTOR

This show is made in arrangement with the Judy Garland Estate, and is the only authorised Judy Garland show in the world today.

OPENING ON 8 MAY 2015 IN EDINBURGH
International theatre producer David King is delighted to announce the UK premiere of  a breathtaking new musical show, JUDY - THE SONGBOOK OF JUDY GARLAND, which will tour some of the UK’s finest theatres, opening at the Edinburgh Playhouse on May 8 2015. Highly-acclaimed choreographer and theatre director, Arlene Phillips, will be the Creative Director on the production. This will be the only Judy Garland Show in the world authorised by the Judy Garland Estate.

JUDY - THE SONGBOOK OF JUDY GARLAND stars Lorna Luft, Judy Garland’s daughter, together with leading West End musical theatre stars, including Louise Dearman, Rachel Stanley, Ray Quinn, and more. Also appearing are Judy’s dancers - The Boyfriends, named after Judy’s original dancers of the same name.

JUDY - THE SONGBOOK  OF JUDY GARLAND will include never seen before film clips and interviews together with irresistible classic hit songs from some of Judy’s hugely popular films such as A Star is Born, Meet Me in St. Louis, Easter Parade and The Wizard of Oz. The set of songs will include I Got Rhythm, The Trolley Song, The Man That Got Away, Get Happy,Zing! Went the strings of my Heart, and the song that is synonymous with Judy Garland, Over the Rainbow.

JUDY – THE SONGBOOK OF JUDY GARLAND, has Arlene Phillips as Creative Director and is directed by Christopher Manoe.

Lorna Luft is considered to be part of Showbiz Royalty, as the daughter of Judy Garland and the half sister of Liza Minnelli and a highly successful stage, film and TV actress and singer. She has appeared in numerous film, TV and stage shows, including White Christmas, Theyre Playing My Son and Babes in Arms. Lorna appeared on stage regularly with her mother as a young girl and continues to maintain a high profile concert career.

Louise Dearman is the darling of the West End, and has performed in leading roles in many West End musicals including Wicked where Louise was the first actress to play both the good witch and the bad witch, Glinda and Elphaba. Louise also starred in Evita, Cats and Guys and Dolls to name just a few.

Arlene Phillips (CBE) is one of the UK’s best known choreographers, and also works regularly as a theatre director and is a well know television personality. Arlene has worked on numerous stage productions, (The Wizard of OZ, Starlight Express, Grease) TV (So You think you can Dance) and films (Annie and Private Dancer).

For more information about dates and where you can buy tickets click here show dates

Louise Dearman Bond and Beyond Autumn Tour Oct/Nov 2014

'Bond and Beyond' celebrates the world's most famous secret agent with a concert of iconic music and songs. The most memorable of movie music from over five decades will include: From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, Live And Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Licence To Kill, Tomorrow Never Dies and Skyfall.

The London Concert Orchestra will be joined on stage by guest singers Tim Howar and Louise Dearman. Tim is the co-lead singer of Mike & the Mechanics and his musical theatre endeavours include 'Peggy Sue Got Married', 'Tonight's the Night' - the Rod Stewart Musical and 'Rent,, and West End star Louise's credits include Wicked, Guys and Dolls and Grease.

The performance will also include a special tribute to other esteemed detectives and sleuths from film and TV with classic signature tunes such as: 'The Pink Panther', 'Hawaii Five-0, 'The Saint', 'Hill Street Blues', 'Bergerac', 'The Avengers', 'The Sweeney' and 'Poirot'.

Bond and Beyond dates / venues:

Sunday 19 October 7.30pm READING Hexagon tel 0118 960 6060
Sunday 26 October 3pm MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall tel 0844 907 9000
Thursday 30 October 7.45pm BASINGSTOKE The Anvil tel 01256 844 244
Saturday 1 November 8pm SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion tel 01702 351 135
Thursday 6 November 7.30pm BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion tel 0844 576 3000
Saturday 8 November 7.30pm GUILDFORD G Live tel 0844 7701 797
Sunday 16 November 3pm LEICESTER De Montfort Hall tel 0116 233 3111
Friday 21 November 7.30pm AYLESBURY Waterside tel 0844 871 7615
Sunday 23 November 3pm GLASGOW Royal Concert Hall tel 0141 353 8000
Further information: www.raymondgubbay.co.uk and national ticket hotline: 0844 847 2319 (booking fees apply)

Louise Dearman joins The Halle' Pops: West End Musicals Saturday 31st May 2014, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Stephen Bell conductor

Louise Dearman* and Killian Donnelly vocalists

Take a trip to the West End without leaving the North West. Stephen Bell is joined by two of the hottest West End talents for a fantastic collection of some of the best show-stopping scores ever written, all brought together for a night of songs from the musicals. Prepare for a little bit of razzmatazz, a huge helping of emotion and a guarantee that you'll be humming the songs all the way home.

Hello Dolly: Before the Parade Passes By Herman Les Miserables: Stars Schonberg/Boublil
Jesus Christ Superstar: I Only Want To Say Lloyd Webber
Phantom of the Opera: The Music of the Night Lloyd Webber
Aladdin: A Whole New World Menken Chess: Anthem Anderson/Ulvaeus
Carousel: If I Loved You and The Carousel Waltz Rodgers Cats:
The Jellicle Ball Lloyd Webber
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Truly Scrumptious Sherman
West Side Story: Maria and Tonight Bernstein
The Lion King: Can You Feel the Love Tonight Elton John Singin' in the Rain:
Singin' in the Rain and You are my Lucky Star Brown
Les Miserables: Bring Him Home Schonberg/Boublil
The Phantom of the Opera: Love Never Dies and All I Ask of You Lloyd Webber

For Tickets: Tickets for Halle' Pops

Louise stars in Brand New Musical - Water Babies April 24th - 17th May 2014

Tom, our orphaned teenage hero, is framed for a crime he didn't commit. In a desperate attempt to escape capture he is trapped on the edge of a waterfall. His only choice is to jump. Awakening in the depths of the ocean he encounters a whole new world of enchantment, danger and adventure.

Desperate to get back to the girl he loves Tom must brave underwater challenges in a world beyond his wildest imagination. Together with the unlikeliest of friends he embarks on a quest to find a way back to land. However he soon finds it's not just his fate he holds in his hands, but also that of the mysterious and elusive gang of Water Babies.

It's time for Tom to face his worst fears....it's time to believe that anything is possible.

Inspired by Charles Kingsley's much-loved novel, this spellbinding new production uses some of the most sophisticated special effects ever seen on stage.

Tom Lister, star of ITV's Emmerdale, now joins West End star Louise Dearman alongside Thomas Milner and Lauren Samuels in leading this incredible cast. Tom is best known for his role as Carl King in the hugely popular, long-running TV show, while Louise was the first actress to play both Elphaba and Glinda in the smash-hit musical Wicked. Her other theatre credits include Evita, Guys and Dolls and Joseph. Thomas Milner will be a familiar face to fans of BBC's Waterloo Road, having also featured in Holby City and Doctors, and Lauren Samuels was a finalist in the hugely popular BBC1 series Over the Rainbow which searched for a lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of The Wizard of Oz; she has since starred in We Will Rock You and Grease.

WaterBabies Cast poster

Louise Dearman Capital One Cup Final March 2nd

Louise is honoured to be singing the national anthem at the Capital One Cup Final on Sunday March 2nd between Manchester City & Sunderland at Wembley Stadium.

Nash Ensemble; David White conductor; Louise Dearman, Kim Criswell and William Burden - Wigmore Hall March 8th 2014

Programme to include concert selections with narration from the musical Do I hear a Waltz? with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

The Nash Ensemble's American series goes to Broadway, with a concert devoted to the pre-eminent theatre composer Richard Rodgers.

His sixty-year career fell into three parts, 'Acts I and II' with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II, followed by 'Act III', in which he worked with such outstanding lyricists as Martin Charnin, Sheldon Harnick and Hammerstein's prote'ge' Stephen Sondheim.

The programme includes highlights from the show he wrote with Sondheim, Do I Hear a Waltz?, rarely performed and never seen in the West End. Based on Arthur Laurents's play The Time of the Cuckoo (filmed as Summertime, with Katharine Hepburn), Do I Hear a Waltz? tells the bitter-sweet romantic story of a group of American tourists visiting Venice, its witty, edgy lyrics matched by Rodgers's ravishingly memorable melodies.

Tickets available from the Wigmore Hall Theatre website

Louise & Shayne Ward chat with Sir Terry Wogan BBCR2 23rd February

Louise and Shayne joined Sir Terry Wogan to sing two songs live and chat to promote their single, "Falling Slowly" on Sunday 23rd February. You can listen again here... Wogan On Sunday BBCR2

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Louise chats with Paul Phear at Magic FM

BBCR2 Friday Night Is Music Night December 20th 2013

Louise will be performing on the BBCR2 Friday Night Is Music Night Christmas Special along with Larry Blank and John Owen Jones. More news to follow. Check press for details.

Louise to release brand new album "It's Time" Dec 2nd 2013

I released a brand new album on December 2nd, called "It's Time".

Working on this album has been a whole new experience for me. For years I shied away from singing or recording iconic musical theatre songs and tried to find less known material, but this year felt like the right time to embrace all those truly wonderful classics and put them together with some beautiful orchestrations on my new album. It's really taken me back to my roots and I'm very, very proud of the end product.

You can order a signed copy of the album here: order a signed copy of "Its Time" Or from iTunes here: iTunes

Its Time sleeve

Louise Dearman and Mark Evans to collaborate on a new book, "The Secrets Of Stage Success"

Louise Dearman (Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Evita) and Mark Evans (The Book of Mormon, Ghost, Oklahoma!), two of the biggest musical-theatre stars working today, are asking for their fans’ help to write a new book, The Secrets of Stage Success.

The book, a guide for those who want to follow in Louise and Mark’s footsteps and develop their own careers as performers, will answer questions submitted by the public on a wide range of theatre topics. It will be published by leading theatre publisher Nick Hern Books in 2014.

Questions can be submitted via a dedicated website, www.secretsofstagesuccess.com, until 14 October 2013.

They can be about any stage-related topic – whether it’s applying to drama
school, nailing auditions, how to overcome stage fright, a specific highlight of Louise and Mark’s careers, or something else entirely. All questions included in the final book will be printed with the asker’s name.

Everyone who submits a question will be entered into a draw to win exciting prizes, including tickets to see Louise and Mark live on stage, and will also receive a special thank-you letter from the authors.

Louise and Mark said: ‘We knew we wanted to write something that would be genuinely helpful for aspiring performers and people who want to work in showbusiness. Which is why we want their questions, so that we can write something really useful for them. ‘Over the years we’ve picked up lots of tips from other performers, and have developed our own strategies and solutions too. Now we want to pass on what we’ve learnt. ‘We want to cover all aspects of working in the theatre industry, and hope to answer questions on lots of different topics. We can’t wait to see what people ask us!’

Secrets Of Stage Success

Louise headlines St James Theatre 16th and 17th December 2013

St James Theatre Poster

You can buy tickets for them here: St James Theatre Tickets

Louise headlines The Water Babies World Premier at The Curve in Leicester April 2014

Louise will also lead the cast of the world premiere of a brand new musical inspired by Charles Kingsley's classic novel, The Water Babies. Dearman makes her Curve debut as Mrs D 24 April 2014 - 17 May 2014. Book and Lyrics by Ed Curtis and Guy Jones, Produced by Peter Shaw and Joanna Cecil for Water Babies Musical UK Ltd

The Water Babies Poster

Friday Night Is Music Night BBCR2 starring Louise Dearman, Hadley Fraser and Samantha Bond - 27th September 2013

Two of the best story tellers of all time were The Brothers Grimm, Wilhem and Jacob, who together collected and wrote down countless German folk tales, including the stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, The Pied Piper and Snow White.

Friday Night Is Music Night presents a concert of music inspired by these classic fairy tales, marking the 150 anniversary of Jacob Grimm's final ascent of the celestial beanstalk ...

The concert brings classical music and classic films together, with music from Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Mussorsgsky and Rimsky Korsakov, alongside songs written for Disney's Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Tangled (Rapunzel) and The Little Mermaid.

Samantha Bond is our presenter and story teller, singer Hadley Fraser takes on the role of the handsome Prince, while the current star of 'Wicked' Louise Dearman is our Princess.

The magical 60 piece BBC Concert orchestra, will be under the fantastical direction of Maestro Nick Davies. The whole concert finishes with the spectacular 'Night on a Bare Mountain' as featured in Disney's 'Fantasia'.

Friday Night Is Music Night with Louise Dearman on BBCR2!

Friday Night is Music Night presents Louise Dearman in 'One Singular Sensation', a concert in tribute to the great composer Marvin Hamlisch. Hamlisch's musicals include 'A Chorus Line' and 'They're Playing My Song', his movie scores include 'Sophie's Choice' and 'The Sting' and his popular songs include the classic Bond song 'Nobody Does It Better' and 'The Way We Were'. The concert is conducted by Marvin's long time friend Larry Blank and features the sixty piece BBC Concert Orchestra, Capital Voices, West End singer Sharon D. Clarkeand the original choreographer of 'A Chorus Line' Bob Avian. Ken Bruce presents ... The concert broadcasts on BBCR2 on Friday 7th December from 8pm.

Orchestra

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Louise Records with Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud!!

Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud invited Louise to record a track with her for her new album that's released next year. They got on like a house on fire - watch this space to hear what the song was!

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Wicked Edition Version of The Album

To celebrate Louise's return to Oz on Monday 29th October, a Wicked Edition version of her album has been created with brand new green booklet and an exclusive version of "Defying Gravity". There's also a hidden moment after "Kissing You".

You will only be able to purchase the album though from the Apollo Victoria theatre, Louise's own shop on this website and Dress Circle Record store in Covent Garden.

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GOOD WITCH TURNS WICKED: FORMER 'GLINDA' LOUISE DEARMAN RETURNS
TO STAR AS 'ELPHABA' IN FIRST FOR MUSICAL WICKED

Wicked, the smash hit West End musical, is proud to announce that Louise Dearman, who played Glinda to huge acclaim from March 2010 to December 2011, will return to star as Elphaba from Monday 29 October 2012. It is the first time that a leading lady will have starred in both roles in the nearly decade-long history of the global musical phenomenon.

Louise Dearman commented: "As an actress, you strive to challenge yourself to play as many diverse roles as possible throughout your career, and right now I feel like the luckiest girl in the history of musical theatre. I still can't quite believe that in two months' time I'll be back in Wicked, but this time I won't come and go by Bubble, I'll be on a broomstick"!

UK Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: "From her wonderful performance as Glinda, audiences already know that Louise possesses a stunning voice and remarkable acting abilities, so we are genuinely excited to now welcome her back to Wicked as Elphaba. We have all been awestruck by the way Louise has channelled her incredible talents to inhabit this iconic role, and I've no doubt that audiences will be equally thrilled". The multi award-winning Wicked has already been seen by over 4.5 million people since its West End premiere in 2006 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. It is now one of the Top 20 longest-running musicals in West End history.

Manchester Pride August 2012

Louise will be performing at Manchester Pride this year supporting Steps on the Friday night and then again on the Monday night for the Vigil with Alison Moyet.

Westendproducers's searchforatwitterstar Live July 9th

Louise will be taking part in the searchforatwitterstar competition on July 9th. The competition will culminate in a live performance at Londonís Lyric Theatre on 9 July, accompanied by a live orchestra and judged by a panel of industry experts including me, casting director Anne Vosser, agent Gemma Lowy-Hamilton and musical director Mike Dixon. Unusually for a West End show, the audience will be actively encouraged to keep their phones on and tweet throughout the performance..

West End Live June 24th 2012

Louise is thrilled to announce that she will be performing at West End Live in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 24th June at 2pm. There will be copies of the brand new album and we're hoping to do a signing so make sure you come and say hello.

GAY 23rd June 2012

Louise is going to be performing at G.A.Y on Saturday with the fabulous Bonnie Langford and Oliver Thornton who's coming?

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Live Dates With Ramin Karimloo

I shall be appearing on stage for a couple of songs with Ramin Karimloo at 3 of his up and coming concerts. I will be appearing on May 9th in Nottingham, May 15th in Oxford and May 17th in Birmingham. I'll also have copies of my brand new album with me so make sure you come and say hello.

Here Comes The Sun - Rel 7th May 2012

I'm thrilled to announce that my brand new album "Here Comes The Sun" will be released on Big Hand Recordings 7th May 2012. There will be an album launch concert to celebrate on May 13th at Bush Hall in London and I just can't wait for you all to hear it. You can buy tickets for the launch here: concert ticket:

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Fan Video Shoot - March 11th - London

So here's a bit more information for you regarding those attending the video shoot that's happening next Sunday 11th March.

Location:

The Joint Ltd 1-6 Field St City of London,

Greater London WC1X 9DG 020 7833 3375

Here's the google map reference for you: The Joint Google Map

TIME:

We will be filming between 10am - 1pm you can come anytime between those times - you will NOT be needed for the whole time and once you have filmed your part you will be free to leave

CLOTHING:

Please wear something colourful/spring like - bright colours not dark

The idea is to film only your head & shoulders miming to the words of Here Comes The Sun - The lyrics will be available to read from on white card at the shoot

You will NOT be required to sing out loud or to dance the idea is to capture as many of you as possible and include you in the video

If you are under 18 you MUST be accompanied by an adult who stays with you while you are at the video shoot.

When you arrive at the studio please ask for the yellow studio and tell them you are there for the Louise Dearman video shoot It's going to be great fun and we look forward to seeing you next Sunday

Lee Mead Love Tour

I'm going out on tour with Lee Mead throughout February (11-26th) which will be incredible. We'll be visiting Southend, Bournemouth, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester & Cardiff. All the information is on the poster below and if you click it it will take you through to where you can buy some tickets. It's also just been confirmed that I will also be joining Lee at his Worthing concert on March 10th at the Assembly Rooms.

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Album Deal!

One of the most exciting things to happen at the end of 2011 was that I signed a new album deal with Big Hand Recordings! I shall be in the studio in January and then we hope to release a single and album in May 2012....! I want to include and involve you in the whole process so keep checking back for news and possible competitions and ways that I want to involve YOU!

Alley Cat Gigs

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I'm SO excited about these shows... Original Arrangements will be by Craig Adams, who will also be my pianist and Musical Director, we're working very very hard to make it a special evening.

The concert on Sunday 27th November at Inc-Space is for all ages with under 18's welcome.

You can buy tickets for the London shows here: We Got Tickets

Dressing Room Sessions

Here's the 2nd edition of Dressing Room Sessions that I've been talking about.

A filmed interview and duet with surprise guests.

I've filmed two so far here is my encounter with my dearest friend Ian H Watkins - Enjoy.....

 

Some of you will be aware of the Dressing Room Sessions that I've been talking about.

A filmed interview and duet with surprise guests.

Well, I've already filmed two of them and here is the first starring the fabulous Hayley Tamaddon - Enjoy.....

 

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