News: A Christmas Wish virtual concert announced, starring Sophie Isaacs, Michael Xavier and more

November 27, 2020
News: A Christmas Wish virtual concert announced, starring Sophie Isaacs, Michael Xavier and more

Song writing duo Anderson and Petty announce a virtual concert to aid Acting for Others charity. A Christmas Wish is hosted by Ben Stock and Hilary O’Neil and is available to stream at selected times from 17 to 20 December 2020.

Casting includes West End stars from productions such as Everybody’s Talking About JamieSIX: The MusicalWicked and more.

Performers include The LSMT 2020 Graduating Class, Lizzie Bea (Hairspray), Matthew Croke (Aladdin), Phoebe Fildes (Assassins), Scott Garnham (Billy Elliot The Musical), Alex Hammond (Pretty Woman: The Musical), Emma Hatton (Wicked/Evita), Tom Hier (Footloose), Christopher Howell (Hairspray), The Barricade BoysSophie Isaacs (SIX: The Musical), Kim Ismay (Wicked), Melissa Jacques (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Alison Jiear (Jerry Springer: The Opera), Emma Lindars (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Lucy St. Louis (Motown The Musical), One Trick PonySam Lupton (The Last Five Years) and Carolyn Maitland (The Woman In White).

Further cast includes Kieran Brown (The Phantom of the Opera), Jessica Martin (Me and My Girl), Nathaniel Morrison (Hairspray), Nadim Naaman (The Phantom of the OperaRosa O’Reilly (Jesus Christ Superstar), Gloria Onitiri (Caroline, Or Change), Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots), Laura Pick (Wicked), Harriet Thorpe (Sleepless: A Musical Romance/Absolutely Fabulous), Shona White (Mamma Mia!), Helen Woolf (Wicked), Comedy Ventriloquist Max FulhamMara GhatamaDrupti VajaTilly CroftRhiya RasalingamSooz KempnerCharlie Kristensen (#CheerUpCharlie) and Michael Xavier as well as the students from his MX Masterclass; a training programme taught and run by West End and Broadway performers.

Anderson and Petty said, “We have been writing together for nearly ten years and in that time we have released two studio albums and an array of stand-alone singles featuring many wonderful performers from Broadway and the West End. Wish is a Christmas album and for the last few years we have hosted concerts in New York and London every season to raise money for some of our favourite charities.

This year due to COVID-19 we are not able to be together so alongside the wonderful charity Acting for Others we have created a virtual Christmas concert to be presented directly into your own homes featuring a host of stars from the stage as well as the stars of tomorrow. The concert will feature performances of songs from the our holiday album Wish, as well as Christmas musical theatre songs, Christmas Standards and comedy sketches so please join us for a night of magic and merriment and a celebration of the pure joy of performance!”

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