Exclusive interview with Westend Legend Kerry Ellis

  


Exclusive Interview with Westend Legend Kerry Ellis 

Welcome back to the blog everyone. This is an exciting one as I get to interview the one and only Westend legend Kerry Ellis 

Out of all the roles you have played can you name your favourite and why?

It’s so hard to choose a favourite as they have all been wonderful and mean so much to me. I loved we will rock you because I got to create the role of meat and singing no one but you has changed my life. Wicked was just incredible and of course took me to Broadway, I loved being in Oliver, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Chess and the list goes on.

Do you have a dream role that you would like to play that you haven't already? 
I have lots I’d love to play gypsy Norma Desmond one day the bakers wife I’ve still not done Chicago or Evita so there’s lots

Music wise out of all of your albums do you have a favourite and which song stands out the most to perform live on stage?
I guess my most recent album feels like home is quite special as it was something I did buy myself before the lockdown and has kept me going through lockdown by sending out the CDs myself from my home which has made it really special I can’t wait to get out and perform this album on the road

Can you tell us a funny story/memory from any of the shows you have been in?
There are so many I guess when you’ve been in the industry for 25 years there has to be that many times falling over forgetting words props breaking costumes failing but it what it’s what makes us human and I love every second

Do you have a memory that you look back on and think I can't believe I got to do that?
Again there have been many that one does stand out I got to perform in Verona in a venue that blew my mind we had an orchestra 100 strong acquire a band I was on stage with Brian May and singing no one that you in front of thousands and live on TV and moment I will never forget

During lockdown how did it feel putting the live stream show's together? It was amazing to hear live music again but what was your experience from the performing perspective?
The live streams were a wonderful chance to perform and keep connecting with audiences, I did a couple from my home, one from the Coliseum, one from the Crazy Cops and one at the U our live umbrella rooms I think you can still watch them. But what I’ve loved most of all is doing my podcast Keep calm and Kerry on it’s been a lifeline and I love that we are heading into season three

Going forward once the Westend reopens do you see live streams running on side the shows so people can still see performances until a level of normal can return?
I think there will always be a space for live streaming moving forward. It’s a way to connect your performance is worldwide. However there is nothing like sharing a moment and evening with people in a room together just for that moment that’s what makes live performing special

I would like to say a big thank you to Kerry for joining me for this blog. If you haven't already make sure you subscribe to her podcast. Every Episode has been brilliant to listen to. There are also some amazing special guests to listen out for as well. 

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