News: Westway’s exciting new release schedule for 2022

Westway Music’s new release schedule for 2022 includes Joe Stilgoe, Rachel John, John Barrowman, Kelly Ellis and Lee Mead

Joe Stilgoe’s stunning new album Theatre is released on Friday 29th April. Recorded in The Netherlands in December with the world famous 64 piece Metropole Orkest and at RAK Studios in London with the Capital Voices Choir, this collection of twelve songs (including three original Joe compositions) is our most ambitious recording project to date.

Get ready for the first single ‘Bring Down The Curtain’, to be released on 8th April and the world premiere of the album at London Barbican on Monday 2nd May where Joe will perform with the equally impressive BBC Concert Orchestra.


Rachel John’s debut album will be available on Friday 8th April, From My Lips To God’s Ear, recorded at The NTA Church, Tooting, London.

The album features nine hymns and was originally a live stream film made in March 2021 by Ramin Karimloo for his Mercy Productions. The first single from the album, ‘Blessed Assurance’, is released worldwide on 18th March.

Rachel will be appearing at the Rise Up With The Arts concert at Alexandra Palace, London on World Theatre Day (March 27th) alongside artists including Adam Lambert, James Morrison, Hannah Waddingham and Heather Small.


John Barrowman has signed a two album worldwide deal with Westway and will commence recording his new album in London in early April. Produced by long time collaborator Matt Brind and recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra the album will be pure classic musical theatre – they will be revealing the song list over the coming months and filming the recordings so sit tight for more news!!!


This autumn will see the release of the new Kerry Ellis album. This will be her 3rd solo album & promises to be the best yet! Widely regarded as the biggest ticket in U.K. theatre, Kerry has one of the greatest & most unique voices in the world of theatre. This album sees her embark on her first ever originals albums in addition to some cleverly cultivated covers under the guidance of Grammy nominated producer Mike Stevens (Annie Lennox, James Morrison, ELO, 10cc). Kerry has spent the last year in the studio working with songwriters such as Frank Wildhorn, John Beck, Jess Greenfield (High Flying Birds) & James Taylor to put together a top class country rock album which takes her songwriting and vocals to a whole new level.


Spring is nearly here and our first Westway Sessions series is launching on 9th May at the amazing new PIANO SMITHFIELD, London with an opening night featuring Rob Houchen and Emma Kingston. Every week we will play host to some of the best names in musical theatre performing in an intimate surrounding. Get ready for shows featuring Rachel John, Alice Fearn, John Owen-Jones, Kelly Mathieson, Jenna Lee James, Cassidy Janson and Lee Mead and a chance to meet the team behind the label!!


Lee Mead will be performing a short series of concerts with his band at The Pheasantry, Chelsea Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th March.

There are still a limited number of tickets available and for anyone who hasn’t yet purchased a copy of the Live At London Palladium DVD/CD Lee will be signing copies in person along with a chance to purchase some of the limited edition merchandise produced for the show.

Book Review: Dear Audience

Just a quickie for this as the book is almost sold out now, but Sophie Ross and Danny Kaan’s coffee-table book Dear Audience is such a beautiful book that I’d encourage you to go and purchase one of the few remaining copies. Striving to photographically celebrate the arts industry from a wide range of performers through producers, MDs and writers, it is a nicely high-quality publication that matches that aim. 

In the interest of fairness, I can’t pick favourites from the many many names featured here, just look at the tags to see the impressive roll-call. What really elevates the book though is the inclusion of heartfelt letters from some of the participants, adding a really personal note to the whole endeavour, reminding us of the personal cost of the pandemic alongside what it has done to the sector as a whole. Track down those last copies now.

Book Review: Hamilton and Me: An Actor’s Journal – Giles Terera

Taking us so far behind the scenes you can smell the greasepaint, Giles Terera’s Hamilton and Me: An Actor’s Journal is a brilliant new book 

“My intention is…to try and show you the how”

I’m not saying I made Giles Terera’s career but I named him Best Actor in a Musical in 2015 for his spell-binding turn in Pure Imagination 🙂 Regardless of that though, there’s no doubting that dude was catapulted into the limelight by Hamilton, adding an Olivier to his fosterIAN award, and deservedly cementing his place in the British theatrical establishment. Throughout his time with the show, he kept a journal which has now been published as Hamilton and Me: An Actor’s Journal.

The relative informality of the journal structure works perfectly in cultivating an immediate sense of intimacy as we slip from audition process to rehearsal rooms to the Victoria Palace Theatre itself. But don’t mistake these for casual observations, the book is jam-packed full of hard-won insights and all kinds of practical advice which works whether you’re a budding thespian or just a bastard, orphan, son of a… Continue reading “Book Review: Hamilton and Me: An Actor’s Journal – Giles Terera”

Review: West End Musical Celebration, Palace Theatre

Ben Forster, Alice Fearn, Sophie Evans, Layton Williams, Rachel John, Trevor Dion Nicholas and Shanay Holmes join forces for a West End Musical Celebration at the Palace Theatre

“There’s a party to start in a new part of town”

Brought to you by the producers of West End Musical Drive In and West End Musical Brunch, West End Musical Celebration sees the collaborative, communal, concert spirit finally brought into a bona fide West End space in Palace Theatre.

It doesn’t reinvent the wheel but nor does it pretend or need to. Pulling together a top tier company including Alice Fearn, Layton Williams, Rachel John and Trevor Dion Nicholas and giving them some of the best showstoppers around, you can hardly go wrong. Continue reading “Review: West End Musical Celebration, Palace Theatre”

News: Giles Terera readies a book and a podcast about Hamilton

Giles Terera is certainly keeping busy. His debut play just had its radio premiere, he’s been performing his one-man show (that I missed) and now he’s got a book and podcast series about the show that launched him to Olivier-winning success, Hamilton.

1st July sees the publication of Hamilton and Me: An Actor’s Journal through Nick Hern Books, and it promises to be an honest and thrilling account of life inside Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit, musical Hamilton which opened in London’s West End in December 2017 and won a record-equaling seven Olivier Awards. Continue reading “News: Giles Terera readies a book and a podcast about Hamilton”

News: Well-Behaved Women take over Cadogan Hall

Producers Jamie Lambert and Eliza Jackson have announced a production of Carmel Dean’s song cycle, entitled Well-Behaved Women, to be performed at Cadogan Hall on 3rd September and directed by none other than Julie Atherton. The show explores how the behaviours and attitudes of leading ladies throughout history have changed the world today and thus features the likes of Boudicca, Cleopatra and Mary Magdalene.

The line-up features Maisey Bawden as Lady Liberty, Anna-Jane Casey as Billie Jean King and Janet Armstrong, Janie Dee as Eleanor Roosevelt, Nicole Raquel Dennis as Eve, Hiba Elchikhe plays Cleopatra and Malala Yousafzai, Kerry Ellis as Boudicca, Gabriela García as Frida Kahlo, Cassidy Janson as Virginia Woolf, Rachel John as Maya Angelou, Linda John-Pierre as Harriet Tubman and Rachael Wooding as Mary Magdalene.

News: Lambert Jackson Productions and The Theatre Café announce the return of Leave A Light On

Lambert Jackson Productions and The Theatre Café have announced the return of popular online concert series Leave A Light On, with 70 performances being re-streamed via stream.theatre.

Shows from across the two series’ feature Zoe BirkettJordan Luke GageDavid HunterCassidy JansonLucie JonesBeverley Knight and Layton Williams many more famous West End faces.

Shows will be available to watch every day at 5pm and 8pm from 15 March to 24 April. Continue reading “News: Lambert Jackson Productions and The Theatre Café announce the return of Leave A Light On”

Musical news to brighten up a February day

Remember remember the fifth of November but Treason is coming in March… Ricky Allan and Kieran Lynn’s new musical will be premiering live online from Cadogan Hall from 12th-14th March and it is now revealed its cast. alongside a creative team with direction by Hannah Chissick, musical supervision by Nick Pinchbeck and orchestration by Matthew Malone.

The company includes Lucie Jones (Legally Blonde, Waitress), Oliver Tompsett (& Juliet, Kinky Boots), Daniel Boys (Falsettos, Nativity Rocks!), Waylon Jacobs (Hamilton, Memphis), Bradley Jaden (Les Misérables, Wicked), Emmanuel Kojo (Oklahoma!, Show Boat), Rebecca LaChance (School of Rock, Beautiful), Cedric Neal (Chess, Memphis), Sharon Rose (Hamilton, Caroline Or Change) with Debris Stevenson (1st Luv, Poet in da Corner) as the show’s narrator. Continue reading “Musical news to brighten up a February day”

News: Leave A Light On returns

With lockdown back in full swing, Lambert Jackson are bringing back their hit series Leave a Light On with a wide range of musical theatre stars performing online concerts. Performers announced today are Lauren Byrne, Lauren Drew, Chelsea Halfpenny, David Hunter, Rachel John, Lucie Jones, Rob Madge, Tim Mahendran, Nicholas McLean and Billy Nevers.

Eliza Jackson and Jamie Lambert of Lambert Jackson said, “This series is designed to provide entertainment for people who are currently going through their third UK wide lockdown and are missing the magic of West End performances. We are super excited to be bringing Leave a Light On back, although we didn’t expect we would ever need to, and we would like to thank all of the performers involved for jumping on board so quickly.” Continue reading “News: Leave A Light On returns”