STARS OF THE WEST END
See the leading starsfrom the 10 best musicals of London’s West End with only 1 ticket!
The leading stars from the 10 most successful musicals in the history of London’s West End present a collection of songs from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LES MISÉRABLES, CATS, CHICAGO, EVITA, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, MAMMA MIA!, MISS SAIGON, WEST SIDE STORY, WICKED, and many more!
STARS OF THE WEST END has toured extensively, playing theatres and other venues across the UK and Europe since 2011. In the UK, highlights include its regular fixture at The Mill at Sonning near Reading, dates at the iconic Fairfield Halls and Alban Arena, and a concert at London’s Cadogan Hall in 2014. It is also worth mentioning its exclusive performance at the Louvre in Paris in 2015, as well as the fact that the leading stars themselves have performed in all corners of the globe!
Mike Sterling has played arguably the two most significant male lead roles in London’s West End: The Phantom in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and Jean Valjean in LES MISÉRABLES.
Shona Lindsay's credits include Christine in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Sandy in GREASE and Kathy Selden in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN.
Tom Solomon has not only played principal roles in CHICAGO, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and LES MISÉRABLES but is a winner of the BBC’s prestigious Voice of Musical Theatre competition.
Jayne O’Mahony created the role of young Cosette in LES MISÉRABLES and later returned to play the role of adult Cosette, the only actor ever to have achieved this, as well as appearing in EVITA.
"A celebration of West End musicals with four very talented British musical performers… Top-notch… A classy, truly enjoyable evening that could also be a very good introduction for the musical theatre neophyte!"
"With UK stars like this, who needs US talent?"
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Media reviews of past performances of the show
"Producer Toby Cruse may have taken a gamble in bringing this show to Cadogan Hall but his musical judgment was confirmed by the standing ovation it finally received. The description STARS OF THE WEST END fairly applied to four singers – Mike Sterling, Shona Lindsay, Tom Solomon and Jayne O’Mahony – whose previous appearances spanned the Phantom in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and Jean Valjean in LES MISÉRABLES (Mike Sterling), Christine in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Sandy in GREASE (Shona Lindsay), Mary Sunshine in CHICAGO
and winner of the BBC’s Voice of Musical Theatre competition (Tom Solomon), and Cosette in LES MISÉRABLES (Jayne O’Mahony). The range of the voices was matched only by the range of the songs. Perhaps the outstanding solo of the night was delivered by Mike Sterling’s rendition of the Soliloquy from CAROUSEL – all 15 faultless minutes of it. A medley of 10 Rodgers and Hammerstein songs offered a foot-tapping pleasure. There were many more songs than I can list, all supported by a sextet (the West End Sinfonia), all of whom could read perfectly. In short, the musicianship provided a carpet of sound support for the arrangements, the harmonies and the voices – especially the latter. Cadogan Hall has done it again!"
"STARS OF THE WEST END was not a benefit, an awards ceremony or a fundraising gala, but simply a celebration of West End musicals, with four very talented British musical performers impeccably backed by a magical six-piece band at Cadogan Hall. Tom Solomon, winner of the BBC’s Voice of Musical Theatre competition and one of the best Mary Sunshines in CHICAGO I have ever seen, gave heartfelt renditions of ‘Being Alive and Something’s Coming’. He said: ‘‘We call the show STARS OF THE WEST END because one or more of us has appeared in nearly all of the musicals that we feature. I feel it gives our show something special, as we can bring a rounded character to each song.’’ Indeed Mike Sterling, West End veteran of both THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and LES MISÉRABLES, was impressive in ‘Music of the Night’ and ‘Bring Him Home’, but his rendition of ‘I Am What I Am’ was also moving and personal. Actresses Shona Lindsay (THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, GREASE, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN) and Jayne O’Mahony (the young and adult Cosette in LES MISÉRABLES, EVITA) impressed with their vocal virtuosity throughout the evening. O’Mahony was as excellent in her rendition of Kander and Ebb’s ‘All That Jazz’ as she was in the big Andrew Lloyd Webber ballads such as ‘Memory from Cats’. Lindsay really shone in ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’, though there was even more personality to her ‘Always True to You in My Fashion’ from ‘Kiss Me’, ‘Kate’. Toby Cruse’s production was always top-notch so there was little to criticise about the evening. A classy, truly enjoyable evening that could also be a very good introduction for the musical theatre neophyte!"
Media reviews of some of the leading stars
"Shona Lindsay’s shimmering soprano lending Rose and the entire story a vivacious, elegant musicality."
"Leading lady Milly, not only a sweet but sassy and spunky performance by Shona Lindsay, which is touchingly caught."
"As a concert artist Shona Lindsay is something else. A seasoned veteran of many a West End musical, she is one helluva performer with an act that could happily grace any stage in the country. Her first professional role was as Annie and she takes us through the trials and tribulations of being a child star and musical performer with effortless ease and a belting voice that covers everything from SOUTH PACIFIC, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and GYPSY to the more recent A CHORUS LINE, GREASE and LES MISÉRABLES, putting her own gloss on and sometimes her own words to the situation. Shona is a highly-entertaining performer with a good tale to tell and she knows how to work an audience by winning them over with her irrepressible energy and sheer force of personality. With UK stars like this, who needs US talent?
"West End leading man Tom Solomon is celebrating his album shooting straight to number 1."
"Particularly vivid contributions coming from all the cast, especially Tom Solomon as Hogarth."
"The real star is Tom Solomon, an award-winning singer who can hit them high and hold them long."
"The remarkably versatile Tom Solomon playing Mary Sunshine. This singing chameleon varies between soprano and somewhere close to a counter tenor."
"Notably baritone-falsetto Tom Solomon – superb."
"Tom tops ‘Voice of Musical Theatre’ vote."
Full bios of the leading stars
Mike Sterling is a much-in-demand performer with over 30 years’ experience encompassing West End theatre, television, radio, classical stage and recording. He has worked alongside many superstars in various television programmes and UK tours, including Dame Shirley Bassey, Barry Manilow, Michael Ball and Engelbert Humperdinck. His West End credits include The Phantom in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA which he performed over 1,000 times at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, and Jean Valjean in LES MISÉRABLES at Queen’s Theatre in London. His portrayal of both roles has earned him international acclaim. He has also played the roles of Raoul in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and Marius in LES MISÉRABLES, and in 2008 he played the role of Fagin in the Chinese premiere of Lionel Bart’s OLIVER! at the PLA Opera House, Beijing. He took part in both the 10th and 25th LES MISÉRABLES ANNIVERSARY CONCERTS at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1995 and O2 Arena in 2010 respectively, and has toured his own concert MIKE STERLING IN CONCERT repeatedly. He has appeared on television extensively, including fronting his own series, MIKE STERLING’S MUSIC FORUM, for Border Television and released several solo albums. He has performed across the world with many leading orchestras.
Shona Lindsay made her professional debut at the age of twelve in the title role of Annie and went on to play numerous children’s roles in both theatre and television, including Barbara Boyer in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole for Thames Television. She left school to join the company of Crossroads for Central Television, playing the role of Sara Briggs for two years. To mark the end of Crossroads, she released the single Goodbye for RCA/BMG, and in 1990 Andrew Lloyd Webber cast her as Christine in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, thus becoming the youngest actress ever to play this role. She has gone on to become one of the West End’s most sought-after leading ladies with roles including Sandy in GREASE at both the Dominion Theatre and Cambridge Theatres, Milly in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, and Gilmer in GODSPELL. She created her role in the West End premiere of I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE at the Comedy Theatre, was guest soloist with Sarah Brightman in THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER at the Prince Edward Theatre, and created the role of Sally Veitch in the world premiere of CROOKED WOOD at the Jermyn Street Theatre. Tours and regional theatre includes Roxie Hart in CHICAGO, Rose Vibert in ASPECTS OF LOVE, Marjorie Houseman in DIRTY DANCING, Anna Leonowens in THE KING AND I, Bette Montague in the world premiere of Richard Harris’ THAT OLD FEELING, Emma Carew in the UK premiere of JEKYLL & HYDE, Kathy Selden in the National Tour of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, Dorothy in the National Tour of MURDERED TO DEATH, Madge Hardwick in the award-winning TOP HAT, Mary in the TROUBLE WITH OLD LOVERS, Mrs Pankhurst in OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR, Julia Carrington in THE MATING GAME, Fay in A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL, Suzanne Walter in THE WICKED WORLD OF BEL AMI, Lady Townley in THE PROVOK’D HUSBAND, Vickey Hobson in HOBSON’S CHOICE, Dixie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF and Alice in ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. She has played several films and television roles and has featured on numerous cast recordings. Regular listeners to British radio will know her from her many appearances on Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio 2. She is an experienced concert performer and has sung all over the world with many top orchestras from the Royal Philharmonic to the Hong Kong Symphony.
Tom Solomon has starred in many West End and international productions, including THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LES MISÉRABLES, CHICAGO, WEST SIDE STORY, CHESS, ONLY THE BRAVE, INTO THE WOODS, SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, SCROOGE and GLAMOROUS NIGHTS. He created the role of William Hogarth in PLEASURE’S PROGRESS for the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, and made his Broadway debut in THE ENCHANTED PIG for the Young Vic. He regularly performs in radio and televised events, including Talk Radio Europe Telethon 2016, The Hub for Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation, Hello, Dolly! for RTE Radio, and the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Birthday Concert, The Princess Diana Memorial Concert, Blue Peter, Children in Need, Good Morning Ireland, BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. He studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and was the winner of the prestigious international BBC competition The Voice of Musical Theatre which led to performances in America, Australia, Fiji, China, South Africa, and across much of Europe. He recently released his debut solo album, Beautiful Day, which went straight to number 1 on the iTunes Classical Charts.
Jayne O’Mahony saw her career starting at the age of eight when she created the role of Young Cosette in the smash hit musical LES MISÉRABLES at the Barbican and Palace Theatre, London. She later returned to play the adult role, making her the first ever artist with this credit to her name. At the same time, she attended Redroofs Theatre School alongside Kate Winslet and completed her education at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Her talent and experience has taken her on Bob Say’s Opportunity Knocks and The Danny Kaye Awards in Holland, hosted by Audrey Hepburn, where she represented the UK. She has also performed as Peron’s Mistress in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s EVITA, and in the ensemble of LES MISÉRABLES at London’s Royal Albert Hall. She has recently given concerts in New York, Moscow, St Petersburg, Dubai, Bahrain and Taiwan.
Yildiz Hussein has starred in many theatre musicals in London's West End and on major national and international tours over the years, including Grease, Hair, Rent, Tommy, Hot Stuff, Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell, and most recently she played Helen Miller in Bugle Boy. Also, her many television and film credits include the international big success Mamma Mia (Star Play Productions, Pinewood Studios), as well as the role of Kamile in Casualty (BBC), Thomas Shelby’s new secretary Beatrice in Peaky Blinders (BBC), and the Mother in Chicken Soup (Rocliffe Productions).
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