News: UK’S ACCLAIMED ‘BEYOND THE BARRICADE’ TO PREMIERE IN AUSTRALIA

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UK’S ACCLAIMED ‘BEYOND THE BARRICADE’
TO PREMIERE IN AUSTRALIA
SONGS FROM THE WORLD’S GREATEST
MUSICALS IN CONCERT
The Phantom of the Opera Chicago Evita
Hamilton  Miss Saigon Wicked
Mamma Mia Jesus Christ Superstar
The Lion King Les Misérables

The UK’s critically-acclaimed show BEYOND THE BARRICADE, a glittering concert of musical showstoppers, will make its debut in Australia this year, touring to 24 cities from 1st June.
Starring past principal performers from Les Misérables in the West End and on UK tour, this blockbusting two-hour show features favourite songs from the world’s greatest West End and Broadway musicals including the latest sensation Hamilton, The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Evita, Wicked, Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King and of course Les Misérables, to name just a few.
BEYOND THE BARRICADE has been delighting audiences throughout the UK and Europe for 19 years, from London’s Royal Albert Hall to the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria Cunard cruise liners. The show made its debut in Asia in 2015, performing sold-out concerts in Manila, Singapore and Hong Kong, followed by a 21-venue tour of New Zealand in 2016. Due to popular demand BEYOND THE BARRICADE returns to New Zealand this year, before touring Australia.

The former cast members of London’s longest-running musical, Les Misérables, include Andy Reiss, who has played numerous male roles including Jean Valjean and Enjolras; David Fawcett, who played Valjean; Katie Leeming who played the role of Eponine; and Poppy Tierney, who played Cosette.

The four performers are accompanied by an ensemble of talented musicians to create an authentic live experience, capturing all the passions and orchestrations of the original shows.

The former cast members of London’s longest-running musical, Les Misérables, include Andy Reiss,who has played numerous male roles including Jean Valjean and Enjolras; David Fawcett, whoplayed Valjean; Katie Leeming who played the role of Eponine; and Poppy Tierney, who played Cosette.
The four performers are accompanied by an ensemble of talented musicians to create an authentic live experience, capturing all the passions and orchestrations of the original shows.
Andy Reiss and David Fawcett met while performing in Les Misérables in the West End and then in Manchester, and in 1996 devised a charity concert comprised of musical hits. Over the next few years the show began to take on a life of its own and in 1999 was renamed BEYOND THE BARRICADE with the move to only cast Les Misérables principals. A major UK tour followed culminating in a Gala Performance at the Royal Albert Hall accompanied by a 100-voice choir of people who had worked with Andy on the numerous Les Misérables Masterclasses he had directed. Ten years later BEYOND THE BARRICADE celebrated its first decade of touring with a Gala Concert at the Birmingham Symphony Hall.

“Our aim was, and continues to be, to deliver these much-loved songs from the top musicals in away that captures the feel of the original orchestrations, so the audience feels they are listening to the original performance,” explains co-founder Andy Reiss. “We don’t use backing tracks, so every musical note is played and sung live, giving a dynamic feel to the show.”
Andy Reiss landed his first professional role in musical theatre following an open audition for the first UK production of Les Misérables outside the West End – in Manchester. Not only did he stay with Les Misérables for its entire residency in Manchester, he ended up being the show’s Resident Director whilst performing in the show, and remains the only person ever to do this. Andy has also performed in Les Misérables in Dublin and Edinburgh, and after a two-year break from the show he
returned as the Resident Director for the UK 1st National Tour. Andy was also selected from theworldwide casts of Les Misérables to appear in the 10th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Andy has also performed in the musical Chess, and as Che Guevara in the UK national tour of Evita.

David Fawcett spent two years in the West End production of Les Misérables, where he played the Bishop of Digne and the lead role of Jean Valjean on many occasions, having previously spent 13 months in the original Manchester production. He also appeared in the 10th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. David’s other musical theatre roles include Jesus in the rock musicals Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell, the Emcee in Cabaret and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls.

As well as performing various roles including Eponine in the West End production of Les Misérables for three years, Katie Leeming appeared in the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary concert at the O2 Arena in London, and was delighted to be asked to perform at The Royal Variety Performance 2010at the London Palladium. Her involvement with Les Misérables continued with the televised performance of The Classical Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2011, and as an ensemble
vocalist in the 2012 Oscar-winning movie.

Poppy Tierney has performed in numerous well-loved musicals both in London’s West End and on UK tour. In addition to playing Cosette in the UK tour of Les Misérables, she has performed in Mary Poppins, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Sunset Boulevard with Petula Clark and Miss Saigon in the West End. Her other musical theatre credits in the UK include Cats, Aspects of Love starring opposite David Essex, Evita, My Fair Lady and The Witches of Eastwick playing opposite Marti Pellow. Poppy has also recently finished filming for the upcoming movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Producer and CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall, said “I was fortunate
enough to see BEYOND THE BARRICADE perform a few years ago in the UK and was bowled over by the quality of their performances, and the intimate ambiance of the show. Having brought many
of the top musicals to Australia over the last two decades, I instantly thought they would be warmly received by Australian audiences. I am delighted to be bringing these four powerhouse voices on tour.”

 

BEYOND THE BARRICADE is produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.
BeyondTheBarricade.com.au
GERALDTON, WA
Venue Queens Park Theatre
Date & Time Friday 1 June @ 8pm
PERTH, WA
Venue Concert Hall
Date & Time Saturday 2 June @ 8pm
MANDURAH, WA
Venue Manpac
Date & Time Sunday 3 June @ 5pm
BALLARAT, VIC
Venue Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts
Date & Time Friday 8 June @ 8pm
BENDIGO, VIC
Venue Capital Theatre
Date & Time Saturday 9 June @ 8pm
SHEPPARTON, VIC
Venue Eastbank
Date & Time Sunday 10 June @ 5pm
FRANKSTON, VIC
Venue Frankston Arts Centre
Date & Time Tuesday 12 June @ 8pm
DANDENONG, VIC
Venue Drum Theatre
Date & Time Wednesday 13 June @ 8pm
GEELONG, VIC
Venue GPAC – Costa Hall
Date & Time Thursday 14 June @ 8pm
MELBOURNE, VIC
Venue The Palms at The Crown
Date & Time Friday 15 June @ 7.30pm
Saturday 16 June @ 7.30pm
Sunday 17 June @ 5.30pm
MOUNT GAMBIER, SA
Venue Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre
Date & Time Wednesday 20 June @ 8pm
NOARLUNGA, SA
Venue Hopgood Theatre
Date & Time Thursday 21 June @ 8pm
PORT PIRIE, SA
Venue Northern Festival Centre
Date & Time Saturday 23 June @ 8pm

Venue Chaffey Theatre
Date & Time Sunday 24 June @ 5pm
SYDNEY, NSW
Venue State Theatre
Date & Time Tuesday 26 June @ 8pm
WOLLONGONG, NSW
Venue Town Hall
Date & Time Wednesday 27 June @ 8pm
PARRAMATTA, NSW
Venue Riverside Theatre
Date & Time Thursday 28 June @ 8pm
NEWCASTLE, NSW
Venue Civic Theatre
Date & Time Friday 29 June @ 8pm
PORT MACQUARIE, NSW
Venue Glasshouse
Date & Time Saturday 30 June @ 8pm
BUNDABERG, QLD
Venue Moncrieff Entertainment Centre
Date & Time Wednesday 4 July @ 8pm
CALOUNDRA, QLD
Venue The Events Centre
Date & Time Thursday 5 July @ 8pm
TOOWOOMBA, QLD
Venue Empire Theatre
Date & Time Friday 6 July @ 8pm
LOGAN, QLD
Venue Logan Entertainment Centre
Date & Time Saturday 7 July @ 8pm
GOLD COAST, QLD
Venue The Star
Date & Time Sunday 8 July @ 3pm
BRISBANE, QLD
Venue Concert Hall QPAC
Date & Time Tuesday 10 July @ 8pm

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