Thursday, 15 November 2018

24 Americans who are slaying the UK!

Following our 2017 Article, 12 Brits who are flying the Flag on Broadway, we thought it was only fair to celebrate the incredibly talented American that we have on our Stages on the West End and across the UK. We have so much talent here in London and across the country within Theatre but we love to welcome those from over the Atlantic to our fantastic and inspiring theatre scene we have in the UK. So without further ado, here's our list! 

Reeve Carney 

Reeve is best know as the actor who originated the role of Peter Parker and Spider-man in the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. He is also a singer-songwriter and appeared in the remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show as Riff Raff. He is now originating the role of Orpheus in the new musical Hadestown at the National Theatre, prior to a Broadway opening. 

Marisha Wallace 

Marisha came straight from her Broadway run of Something Rotten to stand by for the role of Effie White in the West End premiere of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. She now plays the role full time alongside two other actresses. Her American credits include Disney's Aladdin on Broadway and the national tour of The Book of Mormon. Click here to book tickets for Dreamgirls.

Adrienne Warren

Adrienne is currently leading the cast of Tina in the title role at the Aldwych Theatre. Her American credits include Lorrell in Dreamgirls, The Wiz, Danielle in Bring it On and she earned a Tony Award nomination in the Broadway production of Shuffle Along. You can book tickets to see her in Tina here!

Michelle Visage 

Michelle makes her West End debut in Everybody's Talking About Jamie as Miss Hedge, the role originated by Tamsin Carroll. Famed for her appearance as a judge on RuPauls Drag Race she is also a podcast co-host, radio show host, platinum-selling recording artist, and author. You can book tickets to see her in the show here!

Patti LuPone 

This Broadway legend makes her return to the West End stage in a new revival of Company, directed by Marianne Elliot. She has been absent from there West End since 1993 when she appeared in Sunset Boulevard at the Adelphi Theatre. You can book tickets to see LuPone in her triumphant role here. 

Patrick Page 

Patrick can be seen playing Hades in Hadestown at the National Theatre before the show heads across the pond to Broadway. His Broadway credits include Saint Joan, Spring Awakening, Casa Valentina, A Time to Kill, Cyrano De Bergerac, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, A Man for All Seasons, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Julius Caesar, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and The Kentucky Cycle.

Asmeret Ghebremichael 

Asmeret is no stranger to the West End stage, having previously played the role of Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre. She currently plays one of the Dreams, Lorrell, in Dremagirls at the Savoy Theatre. Her Broadway credits include The Book of Mormon, Elf The Musical, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Wicked, Footloose. Click here to book tickets for Dreamgirls.

Kanika Carr 

Originally from Baltimore in the US, Kanika was a Senior Artist with Ballet Black in the Royal Opera House until 2016. She is now Featured in the Ensemble of the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. Click here to book tickets to see her in The Lion King.

Andrew Burnap

Andrew is featured in The Inheritance which has transferred from the Young Vic to the Noel Coward Theatre, this play has won over critics and audiences and will hopefully be transferring over to Broadway sometime soon. His American credits include The Legend of Georgia McBride (Geffen Playhouse), This Day Forward (Vineyard Theatre), Troilus and Cressida and King Lear (Public Theatre/Delacorte) and Caucasian Chalk Circle (Yale Repertory Theatre). Click here to buy tickets to see The Inheritance.

Todrick Hall 

This Youtube star makes his West End debut in the smash hit musical, Chicago as Billy Flynn. He has previously played the role on Broadway as well as starring in Kinky Boots, playing the lead role of Lola. Click here to book tickets to see Chicago.
Trevor Dion Nicholas 

After appearing in the Broadway production, Trevor makes his West End debut in the West End production of Aladdin. A role which he has originated in London and continues to wow audiences. His American credits include Aladdin (Broadway), Big River (US Tour), The Wiz, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ragtime, The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, The Exonerated and This is the Life (ETA Hoffman Theatre, DE). Click here to book tickets for Aladdin. 

Eva Noblezada 

Eva rose to fame when she played Kim in the Miss Saigon revival at the Prince Edward theatre, a role she would reprise in the Broadway transfer of the show in which she was nominated for a Tony Award. She also played Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables before heading over to make her Broadway debut in Miss Saigon. She can be seen playing Eurydice in the National Theatre's Hadestown before the show transfers to Broadway. 

J. Michael Finley 

Currently playing the role of Elder Cunningham in the London production of The Book Of Mormon, J Michael has previously appeared in the production on Broadway as the Standby to the same role. His other Broadway credits include Brujon, Champmathieu, Loud Hailer and understudy Valjean in Les Misérables 25th Anniversary. Click here to book tickets for The Book of Mormon.

Moya Angela 

Having previously played the role of Effie White in the US, Moya plays the role alongside Marisha Wallace and Karen Mav in the London production of Dreamgirls. Her American credits include Clara in original Broadway cast of Ghost the Musical, and Althea and Ms. Williams in the original Broadway cast of In Transit the Musical as well as having appeared on Americans Got Talent. Click here to book tickets for Dreamgirls.

John Benjamin Hickey

Playing Henry Wilcox in the West End transfer of The Inheritance, John also played the role at the Young Vic. His American credits include Six Degrees of Separation (Ethel Barrymore Theatre), The Normal Heart (John Golden Theatre – Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play), Mary Stuart (Broadhurst Theatre), The Crucible (Virginia Theatre), Cabaret (Henry Miller’s Theatre/Studio 54) and Love! Valor! Compassion! (Walter Kerr Theatre). Click here to buy tickets to see The Inheritance.

André De Shields 

André is a Tony Award nominated Actor who is currently playing Hermes in the National Theatres production of Hadestown. His credits include The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin', Stardust: The Mitchell Parrish Musical, Play On!, Prymate and Impressionism, all on Broadway. 

Joe Aaron Reid

Joe made his London debut as Benny in In The Heights at the Kings Cross Theatre and is now playing the role of Curtis in the West End production of Dreamgirls. His Broadway credits include Stephen in If/Then, understudy Willie Lopez in Ghost the Musical, Catch Me If You Can, understudy Howard in Finian’s Rainbow, Fred Casely in Chicago and Ronnie Driscoll in Curtains. Click here to book tickets for Dreamgirls.

Sergio Pasquariello 

Sergio was last seen in the West End cast of Heathers, having previously also been in the cast during its run at The Other Palace. He can currently be seen playing Carl in the UK tour of Ghost. His American credits include Luke in Next Thing You Know (US regional premiere), Tommy/Private Bonner in From Here to Eternity (Ogunquit Playhouse, USA), Combeferre in Les Misérables (Music Theatre West, California), Tony in West Side Story (Lambs Players Theatre, USA),  and Les Misérables in Concert (Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles). 

Lori Haley Fox 

Lori is currently appearing in the UK Tour of Dirty Dancing, she has previously appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia having also been in the show in the West End and around Europe. Her American credits include Bombs Away (Kirk Theatre, New York), Sondheim: A Celebration (Lincoln Centre, New York) and Broadway Under the Stars (Transcendence Theatre Company). Her extensive list of UK credits include Big The Musical (Theatre Royal, Plymouth and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre), Jill in Jackie The Musical (UK tour), White Christmas (Dominion); Margaret in 9 to 5 (UK tour), Sylvia in Hot Flush! (UK tour) and alternate Anna in The King and I (UK tour). 

Samuel H. Levine

Giving a stellar West End debut performance, Samuel is performing in The Inheritance which has transferred from the Young Vic to the Noel Coward Theatre. He plays Adam & Leo in the production. His American credits include A Guide for the Homesick (Huntington Theatre Company), Alligator (New Georges) and Kill Floor (Lincoln Centre Theatre). Click here to buy tickets to see The Inheritance.

Brennyn Lark 

Brennyn makes her West End debut as Deena in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. She has previously played Eponine in the Broadway production of Les Miserables, Tzipporah in The Prince of Egypt (world premiere) and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. Click here to book tickets for Dreamgirls.
Amber Gray 

Amber is best known for her performance as Hélène Bezukhova in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 which was on Broadway in 2016, a role she had previously played Off-Broadway. She can now be seen as Persephone in Hadestown at the National Theatre before the show transfers to Broadway. 
Oliver Lidert 

Oliver is currently the standby for the Genie, Babkak and the Sultan in Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre. Originating from Philadelphia, he has spent some time in London and has been seen in West End musicals such as Beautiful, The Book of Mormon, Porgy and Bess and The Lion King. Oliver also founded the West End Cabaret Company Ltd which had its first sell-out run of The Songs I’ll Never Sing at the St James Studio. Click here to book tickets for Aladdin.

John J. Dempsey 

John can currently be seen in the UK tour of Kinky Boots playing one of the Angels, a role he had previously played in the US touring production. His other credits include Rum Tum Tugger in Cats (Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Productions), Roy, understudy Bobby, Larry and Greg in A Chorus Line (Riverside, Vero Beach), Bobby in A Chorus Line (Stage Door, Florida) and Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore (Battersea Barge and Kings Head).
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