Bit of a round up…

I seem to have missed out on few weeks during December, so I think I’d better catch up a bit.

The last post was just before I started working on the ‘Sweeney Todd’ movie rehearsals. That took up quite a lot of time during the past few weeks, and I’ve been a tad knackered to say the least, doing the work up at Pinewood and also in town for The Producers – but of course, it’s all worth it!!

Although I’m not able to really say anything about what I have been doing, it has been an amazing experience, and everyone I have met and worked with has been really great. I even got to meet Mr Sondheim himself before Christmas, and that may well have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The show has been going very well, and although there have been a few shows with slightly small audiences – hardly surprising since Christmas occurred over a weekend – they have always been very warm. I have only 11 shows left at the Theatre Royal, and I just can’t believe it has gone so quickly. I’m glad in a way that the tour is happening right away, as I don’t feel I have “finished” with the show yet. I may re-think that in a year’s time!

I’ve also been involved in a couple of concerts in Birmingham and at the Albert Hall – “White Christmas”. These are shows I have done for a few years (when I have been able to) and it is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Lots of favourite songs for people to join in with, and a big gang from The Producers came along this time – bless ’em!

Later this week are the Cole Porter Celebration concerts in Birmingham once again and at the Barbican. And I think that’s it for 2006. 2007 is “full” already with more Sweeney Todd and The Producers UK Tour, so I’ll not be getting bored.

I hope everyone’s had a great Christmas…. see you in the New Year 🙂

Sweeney “odd”…

… is what today has been.

It started off kinda normal and then just went WAY out there!

I was singing with a group from Metro Voices in a rehearsal for the soundtrack recording on the new “Sweeney Todd” movie. It was great to work with Paul Gemignani (who is Stephen Sondheim’s “right-hand-man”) as the MD and also Sean Alderking (who I haven’t seen in ages) along with a number of my session singing chums – but then, during the rehearsal I was asked to be the stand-in for Johnny Depp.

Not just there for the rehearsal today, but for all the rehearsals whilst the man himself is away filming!! COOL!!

I’m really excited to get the chance not only to sing the role, but also to work with Tim Burton directing, and others such as Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter (and of course the lovely Laura Michelle Kelly again) What an opportunity… I will keep you posted,

I’ve gotta get learning the score!!!