REVISED RELEASE DATE FOR EPISODE 5 OF THE THEATRE CHANNEL – THE CLASSICS OF BROADWAY – 19 FEBRUARY 2021
Adam Blanshay Productions and The Theatre Café today confirm that the release date for the fifth episode of The Theatre Channel – The Classics of Broadway Episode – has been pushed back to Friday 19 February.
Whilst previous filming for The Theatre Channel has all been conducted under strict Covid secure conditions in and around The Theatre Café, following all relevant government guidelines, given the increased concerns due to the new variant and to reflect the conditions of the third UK lockdown, the production team have implemented extra measures in order to make the filming schedule even safer and more Covid secure – going above and beyond what is mandated, to give even further comfort and protection to all those involved.
Producer Adam Blanshay said, “Safety is paramount at The Theatre Channel. While we are very grateful that Government guidelines still allow us to film, we certainly don’t take that for granted, and the well-being of our team comes first. We also want to thank our fans for their patience and support while we adjusted and employed the further necessary measures.
2021 kicks off with an exploration of Broadway Classics, many of them game-changers that cemented the themes and trends of decades of musicals to come. We aim to pay homage to a bygone era of story-telling, but demonstrate and explore their ever-constant relevance today. Note- we didn’t forget Rodgers and Hammerstein in the line-up! We have a whole episode dedicated to them in the pipeline…”
Performer and numbers confirmed for Episode 5 are:
Freddie Fox (Channel 4’s Cucumber & Banana, ITV’s White House Farm) singing an arrangement of ‘Willkommen’ and ‘Money’ from Cabaret.
Bonnie Langford (9 to 5, 42nd Street) singing ‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’ from Anything Goes
Marisha Wallace (Hairspray, Waitress, Dreamgirls) singing ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story as a cover currently featured on her latest Album ‘Tomorrow’.
Mazz Murray (Mamma Mia!, We Will Rock You) singing ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ from Gypsy
Gary Wilmot (Flowers for Mrs Harris, Prince of Egypt) singing ‘Luck Be A Lady’ from Guys and Dolls
Alyn Hawke and Emily Langham from the Café Four will be singing the duet ‘Put On A Happy Face’ from Bye Bye Birdie
The Café Four singing ‘Coffee Break’ from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
The first four episodes of The Theatre Channel– starring Tarinn Callender, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Oliver Ormson, Matt Henry MBE, Lucie Jones, Jenna Russell, Jodie Steele, Aimie Atkinson, Linzi Hateley, Bradley Jaden, Ria Jones, Trevor Dion Nicholas, Josh Piterman, Jordan Shaw, Shan Ako, Alex Gaumond, Rob Houchen, Francesca Jackson, Aisha Jawando, John Owen-Jones, Matt Croke, Tosh Wanogho-Maud Sophie-Louise Dann, Cassidy Janson, Rachel John, Zizi Strallen, Manon Taris and the recent alumni and students of ArtsEd drama school, are available to purchase and download via www.thetheatrecafe.co.uk/channel – once purchased, audiences are able to watch individual episodes unlimited times for up to 7 days.
Audiences will be able to purchase Episodes 1 – 4 for a new special bundle price of £40, two hours of quality musical theatre entertainment for less than the cost of a West End ticket. The producers will donate a proportion of each sale of these festive bundles to the Theatre Artists Fund, set up to support freelancer theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
The Theatre Channel is an innovative web series showcasing well-known musical theatre classics – a unique hybrid of stage and screen. Performed by the cream of British and international musical theatre talent, each episode is staged and filmed with high production values on location at The Theatre Café in the heart of the West End, making full use of the whole space – from the bar seating area all the way up to the roof – and feature a mix of 5-6 standalone performances. Many of the performances are supported by the Café Four, a regular cast made up of other West End talents.
The Theatre Channel’s Café Four is comprised of Alyn Hawke (Oklahoma, Follies, 42nd Street), Emily Langham (The Boy Friend, Oklahoma, West Side Story), Sadie-Jean Shirley (City of Angels, Ghost: The Musical, Aladdin) and Alex Woodward (Mamma Mia, Hairspray).
The Theatre Channel is produced by Adam Blanshay Productions and The Theatre Café, with direction and choreography by Bill Deamer and musical supervision by Michael England, set and costume design by Gregor Donnelly, lighting design by Jack Weir, sound design by Keegan Curran and videography by Ben Hewis. Artist Director of the Charing Cross Theatre, Thom Southerland has also been confirmed as co-director of Episode 5.