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Ashleigh Gray and Chris Passey Interviews



This week we're delighted to bring you to great interviews. We speak to the talented Chris Passey about his new charity project. Later in the show we speak with Ashleigh Gray, we speak about Wicked and what she is up to. We also have exciting news from Perfect Pitch Musicals.

About Chris Passey
A self taught pianist, Chris is a West Midlands based Composer/Lyricist, Musical Director and Vocal Coach.

Chris has a natural love for Musical Theatre and having trained with the National Youth Theatre, pursued this passion straight from Sixth Form College. In late 2006, Chris entered Chicago Rock Cafe's 'Rock Idol' contest, judged by Carrie and David Grant. Out of six thousand contestants and several National heats, Chris came second to Keith Jack, who went on to appear in BBC1's Any Dream Will Do.

About Ashleigh Gray
Ashleigh Gray is a British musical theatre performer who recently appeared as the standby for Elphaba in the London production of Wicked.

In 2004, Gray made her professional début as Kim in the UK national tour of the Boy George musical Taboo. She was also a soloist in the concert Notes from New York. Prior to this she played the role of Kirsty in Only You Can Save Mankind at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2006, she appeared in NHS the Musical at the Drum Theatre Plymouth and covered Rizzo and Jan in the UK national tour of Grease. In 2007, Gray performed the role of Emily in the European première of Myths and Hymns and again that year at the Finborough theatre.

On July 16, 2007, she joined the London company of the musical Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, where she performed in the ensemble and understudied the role of Elphaba. She played her first performance as Elphaba on February 6, 2008. She then became standby for the role of Elphaba, replacing Cassidy Janson on June 9, 2008. She left the show on March 27, 2010, with her last performance as Elphaba taking place on March 12.

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Alexia Khadime Bonus Interview



In this, our first bonus interview podcast, we give you the whole interview with Alexia Khadime. She speaks about all sort of interesting things, from her early career to institutional racism that can sometimes be in the theatre.

Khadime's most high profile role was as the lead "Elphaba" in the London production of Wicked. She permanently took over the role from Kerry Ellis on 11 May 2009, having previous filled in from June to November 2008 whilst Ellis played the role on Broadway. Khadime was the first black woman to be cast in the role full time. As being the first black woman to play the role, a special green make-up had to be made by mixing three different shades of green by MAC cosmetics.

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Rachel Tucker Interview

Last week, I was lucky enough to go to the What's On Stage Awards last week, which was hosted by Sheridan Smith. We got to talk to Rachel Tucker just after she won her award for Best Takeover in a Role. We also got to speak to other winners, including host Sheridan Smith, Jill Halfpenny and Zoe Wanamaker.

The Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards are organised by leading theatre website Whatsonstage.com and recognise the performers and productions of British theatre with emphasis on London's West End. Nominations and eventual winners are selected by the theatre-going public.

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Alexia Khadime Interview

Last week, I was lucky enough to interview my favourite ever Elphaba, Alexia Khadime. She is currently in a new show called Ordinary Days, which the interview is about. We also interview Alexia's co-star, Julie Atherton and Ordinary Days writer/composer and all round musical genius Adam Gwon.

And for all you Alexia fans, keep an eye on Stage Left or stageleft_uk as, fingers crossed, we will be releasing Alexia's full interview, where she talks about Wicked and other moving topics.

Listen to the Ordinary Days podcast here!
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Exclusive Wicked interview and performance

Last Saturday, I went to the Tim Prottey-Jones signing/performance at Dress Circle and was lucky enough to get an EXCLUSIVE interview with the gorgeous Louise Dearman. Check out the podcast here

There is also an extra special performance from Ashleigh Gray included in the podcast. Please let us know what you think at podcast@stageleft.org.uk

And for all you Ashleigh Gray fans, we've got an extra special podcast planned, dedicated entirely to Ashleigh which will hopefully be online by the end of next week. Keep an eye on stageleft_uk and Stage Left!
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Stage Left



Stage Left is Britain's independent theatre podcast. At Stage left you will get news, reviews and interviews from London's West End and regional theatres and sometimes even abroad. We will bring you all the best and latest information from the heart of the UKs theatre. Shows range from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Wicked, Love Never Dies, Chicago, Wizard of Oz and many more.

So far, our podcasts include an interivew with Toby Hadoke, writer and star of Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf, a review of Ghost Stories and lots of news.

Future episodes will include interviews with Julie Atherton (the original West End Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q), Andy Barnes (producer of Departure Lounge), reviews of Ordinary Days, The 39 Steps, Wicked and much much more. We've got a lot of surprises in store, some of which will be including Wicked, I just can't say what yet. But trust me, it is really exciting!

So come an join us at stageleft_uk and Stage Left.