Meet the Ushers

Friday, August 18TH 2017

“But still I wish – that star up there was me!”

GOOD AFTERNOON AND WELCOME! It’s that time again, our Friday backstage blog! With opening night of USHERS: The Front of House Musical less than three weeks away, we thought it was about time we introduced you to our fabulous cast!

We decided to ask each of our #stagey cast members some questions about their experiences, likes and dislikes in the world of theatre! We hope you enjoy this little insight into the wacky world of USHERS: The Front of House Musical and can’t wait to see you at The Maddermarket Theatre this September 6th-9th.

Dan Smith

Team Sound Ideas

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ROSS YOUNGS - BEN

ROSS YOUNGS - BEN

Who is your favourite leading man?

There are so many. Jeremy Jordan. Michael Arden. Hadley Fraser. But it has to be Ben Platt. Voice. Amazing. Acting. Amazing! Also the recent award speaks for itself. He’s definitely got to to be my favourite!

What is your all time favourite ice-cream flavour?

Cookies and cream Hagen Diaz. Although back in the day it was mint choc chip – hmmm… don’t know where the cross over came haha!

What was your biggest f*ck up on or backstage?

In secondary was just about to go on stage and threw up straight into a bin. The stage manager asked if I was okay and I just ran straight on.

What’s your dream role that you know you’ll never get to play?

I’ve always wanted to play seaweed in Hairspray! Lola in kinky boots is always a great shout – or even an angel in general – but then again, it is musical theatre so you never know!

What’s your favourite cast album?

It’s got to be Dear Evan Hansen! I just can’t get enough right now – make sure to check it out!

KATHRYN WHITE - ROSIE

KATHRYN WHITE - ROSIE

Who is your favourite leading man?

Glen Carter. He was Jesus in the 2000 Jesus Christ Superstar film and was later the original West End Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys. His voice is dreamy, but it was mainly his noughties Jesus hair that made me love him…

What is your all time favourite ice-cream flavour?

Chocolate, but with all the trimmings: chocolate sauce, whipped cream, wafers and the all important cherry.

What was your biggest f*ck up on or backstage?

I was once a dead body in a production of Les Mis. The barricade was meant to part and I’d be there for Thernadier to search during the sewer scene. But, one night I was still chatting in the dressing room and had to leg it to dive and slide into place at the very last minute.

What’s your dream role that you know you’ll never get to play?

I would love to be Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray as I love the song ‘I know where I’ve been’, but I’ll have to settle for singing that one in the shower.

What’s your favourite cast album?

The 2001 Denmark Tour Cast recording of Chess. Hands down the best version of one of my all time favourites!

JOSEPH BETTS - ROBIN

JOSEPH BETTS - ROBIN

Who is your favourite leading man?

Killian Donnelly. I saw him perform as Huey in Memphis and was astounded. His voice was incredible. And then he went to Kinky Boots and now he’s playing Valjean in Les Mis – which i’d love to see! An amazing, diverse performer.

What is your all time favourite ice-cream flavour?

Very hard choice. That’s like asking me what’s my favourite limb! Let’s face it, you can never have just one favourite flavour! Three scoop sundae: Phish Food, Peanut Butter Cup and Cherry Garcia with Chocolate Sauce and Whipped Cream. DAMN! I’m hungry now!

What was your biggest f*ck up on or backstage?

It was a concert of musical theatre numbers. I was dancing on a rather high piece of rostra. My fellow dancer and I were really going for it during ‘Footloose’. So much so in fact, the front leg snapped off. We began to slip off but my partner pefectly timed jumping and landing to the beat of the song. I, on the other hand, flailed about in the air and grabbed someone else. Always the professional!

What’s your dream role that you know you’ll never get to play?

Matilda. I think it’s a very good thing that I can’t play Matilda because nobody wants to watch a grown man in a girl’s school uniform singing about being naughty. (There’d definitely be letters of complaint!) But it’s such a great part – who doesn’t want revenge on teachers?

What’s your favourite cast album?

Almost as hard as the ice-cream question – but it just has to be Hamilton at the moment. Every time I listen to it I find another favourite song!

JESSICA STEWART - LUCY

JESSICA STEWART - LUCY

Who is your favourite leading man?

What a difficult question.. I’m not sure I’ve ever thought about it! Does it have to be theatre? Because I’d definitely say Colin Firth! Don’t look at me like that… okay, how about Elliot Hanna!? He’s only 14 though… Fred Astaire? Does that count? OH WAIT! Matthew Morrison. Let’s go with that one. Definitely Matthew Morrison. Or Frank Sinatra… can I have both?

What is your all time favourite ice-cream flavour?

Coconut. Hands down. I’d be a useless Usher if they served it at the theatre. Definitely my weakness when it comes to food!

What was your biggest f*ck up on or backstage?

When I was in Les Mis I had a complete blank – I think everyone has one of these stories… I was singing On My Own and I found myself stumped for the lyrics. But in true professional style I created my own wonderful interpretation in the complete wrong order. “He is gone, the trees are full of starlight” has a nice ring to it if you ask me!

What’s your dream role that you know you’ll never get to play?

Effie White in Dreamgirls. What an amazing part for any woman to play – sadly I don’t quite fit the ‘brief’. But if anyone feels like switching the story up a bit, get in touch! I’m the girl for you.

What’s your favourite cast album?

Billy Elliot. I really miss that show – what an incredible story and a wonderful score. Let’s start a petition for a revival sometime soon.

ELLIOT HUNTER - STEPHEN

ELLIOT HUNTER - STEPHEN

Who is your favourite leading man?

The great inspirations for me are Colm Wilkinson and Ted Neeley, but if I had to say a more modern leading man it would be a toss up between Hadley Fraser, Ramin Karimloom, Drew Sarich or Adam Pascal!

What is your all time favourite ice-cream flavour?

Ben and Jerrys cookie dough ice cream, ate four tubs in one night with my best friend and will forever be addicted.

What was your biggest f*ck up on or backstage?

Well unfortunately anyone who knows me will vouch that there is normally one during every show! So here’s my personal highlight: -Les Mis: I was knocked out as I tripped over a dead body on the barricade, then the actor playing Valjean clocked me round the face with a real musket before I had to climb and die. So as it was turning round with my then dead body; blood streamed down my face! 

What’s your dream role that you know you’ll never get to play?

I would love to play Caiaphas from Jesus Christ Superstar, if only I had the testosterone! For a female part probably Katisha from Hot Mikado.

What’s your favourite cast album?

I have two favourites that I always listen to when I’m feeling stagey! The 2005 cast recording of JCS Amstetten tour, an amazingly talented cast. And the 2012 broadway revival of Godspell, not only due to the amazing music, harmonies and vocals, but as the show has become very dear to me as well as the memories surrounding it.

HARRY WILLIAMS - GARY

HARRY WILLIAMS - GARY

Who is your favourite leading man?

Jeremy Jordan – because that man can sing anything and makes it look effortless. And the soulful Tyrone Huntley, for very much the same reason.

What is your all time favourite ice-cream flavour?

Pistachio and Fior Di Latte. Or, even better, a mixture of the two.

What was your biggest f*ck up on or backstage?

Years ago, during a production of Pirates of Penzance, I had to duck down and cover behind a rock hiding from the ‘bevvy of beautiful maidens’. As I did so, my unnecessarily tight white trousers completely ripped down the right side. I then had to spend the rest of the act trying to act with only my left side facing out, hiding my shame and my marvellous Star Wars boxers from the audience.

What’s your dream role that you know you’ll never get to play?

There are so many parts I would love to play that I never will, but Effie White in Dreamgirls will always be my dream role.

What’s your favourite cast album?

1996 UK cast recording of Jesus Christ Superstar. Steve Balsamo and Zubin Varla! Oh and of course the 2017 Orginal London Cast Recording of Dreamgirls – what an incredible album.

Album of the week!

LIFT! The Original Concept Album

This week we’re showcasing one of our all time favourite cast albums – the wonderful concept album from Pitch Perfect Productions – LIFT! The show follows eight strangers as they travel in a lift at Covent Garden and the way in which all of their lives overlap and tie in with each other. Our personal favourite number is the opening track She Meets Him Every Morning/One Minute in a Lift.

The album contains a wealth of power rock ballads and awesome harmony fuelled group numbres – it’s well worth a listen on Spotify or Amazon!

You can see

USHERS: The Front of House Musical
Maddermarket Theatre

September 6th-8th, nightly at 7:30pm
September 9th: 5pm + 8pm

All tickets: £15.00

Limited restricted view seats: £10.00