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Backstage With… takes you behind the scenes with the biggest names in musical theatre. We tell stories of shows people have worked on, actors they’ve worked with, and things that didn’t necessarily go to plan, on stage and off. Expect industry secrets, eyebrow raising stories and behind the scenes access.
 
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Daisy Maywood (The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Company, A Chorus Line) guest hosts this episode of the podcast with Mikey Worrall. This is the final episode of series five. We'll be back in 2021 with more actors and creatives from your favourite shows. (This episode was recorded in September 2020 before the second lockdown in England. Any references …
 
Gavin Spokes was playing King George III in the London production of Hamilton when the West End went dark the week before the UK went into lockdown in March. You might have recently seen him wrestling with Mel Giedroyc as Harry in Marianne Elliot’s West End revival of Company, working his way up to a million pounds as the Major in James Graham’s Qu…
 
Susie McKenna was creative director at Hackney Empire for seven years and wrote, produced and sometimes starred in its pantomimes for 22 years. She is now an associate director at Kiln Theatre, in north west London. Susie's many stage credits include Follies, Cats, The Witches of Eastwick, Woman in White, Ragtime, and Chicago. When the pandemic too…
 
Kiruna Stamell was working as an extra on the film Moulin Rouge in Australia twenty years ago when the director created the part of La Petite Princess just for her. She used her pay check to come to the UK where she’s worked across television, film and theatre. At the start of this year she was in the Jamie Lloyd Company production of Cyrano de Ber…
 
Gavin Lee is an Drama Desk award winner, Olivier award nominee, and two-time Tony nominee. He's best known for creating the role of Bert in the original West End, Broadway and U.S. touring productions of Mary Poppins, and originating the role of Squidward in SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical on Broadway. Follow Gavin on Instagram. Follow Backstage …
 
Chances are you've seen Melanie La Barrie in at least one show in the last 20 years. She's developed and appeared in a number of shows including the original productions of Mary Poppins, Matilda and & Juliet. She also played Ursula in the London pre-Broadway workshop of The Little Mermaid and on top of all of that somehow found time to complete ful…
 
Daisy Maywood has been in some of the most high profile productions of the last decade such as the Les Mis 25th anniversary concert at the o2, The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary performance at the Royal Albert Hall, and the 2013 revival of A Chrous Line at the London Palladium. She was most recently seen as Susan and the Priest in Marianne E…
 
This week’s guest lifted the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball alongside the Olympic Gymnast Louis Smith back in 2012. Over the last eight years Flavia has co-created, co-choreographed and starred in four theatre productions with her professional dance partner, Vincent Simone. They've clocked up six tours, two West End transfers, and two Olivier aw…
 
Stephen has worked in casting for over 20 years. During that time he’s been the casting director for Mamma Mia! London and UK Tour productions, and has been casting consultant on productions in Germany, Holland, Norway, Italy, Spain and Russia. His many other shows include Jerry Springer – The Opera, Chicago, Hairspray, and Mrs Henderson Presents. …
 
Two-time Olivier award nominee Sophie-Louise Dann is best known for originating roles in West End musicals such as Lend Me a Tenor, Bend it Like Beckham, The Girls (the Calendar Girls musical) and Made in Dagenham. She’s also been in the musical pastiche productions of Forbidden Broadway and Spamilton. You can see her this coming Saturday live in p…
 
Harry Francis is an actor, singer and dancer, and a huge theatre fan. He's done five shows at the London Palladium and been in musicals such as A Chorus Line, Cats, The Book of Mormon, Hairspray and Wicked. He’s currently in rehearsals to play Lewis/Theo in Pippin at The Garden Theatre, at The Eagle, in South London, from Tuesday 8th September to S…
 
Louise Dearman is only person in the world to have been cast as Elphaba and Glinda in Wicked. So far in her career she’s starred in shows including Evita, Side Show, Guys and Dolls, Jekyll and Hyde, Grease and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. You can watch her Umbrella Rooms live concert here or head to @UmbrellaRooms on Twitter. Click…
 
In the second part of our Phantom of the Opera special, Mikey speaks to Josh Piterman who was playing the Phantom when the West End went dark. He joined the London cast last autumn and is hoping to return to the when the show reopens at Her Majesty's Theatre with a brand new physical production of the brilliant original. Click here to sign the peti…
 
150 days after the chandelier fell, we're talking about what the future holds for The Phantom of the Opera after the announcement the original production will not reopen after lockdown. A new physical production of the original will reopen at some point in the future, after major renovation work at Her Majesty's Theatre. In this two-part special, M…
 
Jenna Boyd is an original cast member of the Olivier award-winning musical Come From Away. Follow Jenna online, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Click here to sign the petition to support the four pillar plan for recovery in the performing arts & entertainment. Follow Backstage With... online, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can send Mik…
 
Andrew Lippa is a Drama Desk award-winning composer, lyricist, writer, actor and teacher. His vast body of work includes the off-broadway productions of John and Jen and The Wild Party; new songs for the Broadway version of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, the show for which Kristin Chenoweth won her Tony award; the music and lyrics for stage adapt…
 
The host of New York 1's On Stage joins Mikey to compare what's happening in the theatre industries in the UK and US. Follow Frank online, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can see his work at ny1.com. Follow Backstage With... online, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can send Mikey your guest requests and questions on Twitter and Insta…
 
Alexia Khadime was the first woman of colour in the world to be cast as the principal Elphaba in Wicked. She's also known for playing Nabalungi in the original London cast of The Book of Mormon, Eponine in Les Miserables, and Nala in The Lion King. This episode was recorded prior to the announcement of the Government's arts rescue package. We discu…
 
Best known as the first British Elphaba in Wicked, Kerry Ellis made her name as the one of the most popular actors in musical theatre. Follow Kerry on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Follow Backstage With... online, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can send Mikey your guest requests and questions on Twitter and Instagram.…
 
Summer Strallen has been singing, dancing and acting since she was three-years-old. Growing up as the niece of Bonnie Langford and the daughter of Sandy Strallen and Cherida Langford, there was never any doubt Summer and her three sisters would follow them into showbusiness. Summer has worked extensively in musical theatre, most recently appearing …
 
After writing to one of the UK’s top casting directors, Pippa Ailion, at 14-years-old, Lucy May Barker bagged the role of Ilsa in the original London production of Spring Awakening. The show opened at the Lyric Hammersmith before transferring to the Novello Theatre in the West End. Sadly, the show didn’t get the ticket sales it deserved and closed …
 
In this episode we meet some of the people whose stories are told in the musical Come From Away which opened last month at the Phoenix Theatre in the West End. If you aren’t familiar with the show, it’s about what happened when the US airspace was closed on 9/11. 38 planes were forced to land at Gander airport on a Canadian island called Newfoundla…
 
Hayden Tee is currently terrorising children in the West End as Miss Trunchball in Matilda the Musical. Matilda is his favourite musical and Trunch is his ultimate role so he’s very excited to be doing the show London. Hayden is originally from New Zealand but has worked extensively in Australia, the UK and the US. He played Javert in the most rece…
 
Best known as Coronation Street’s Cilla Battersby-Brown, actress Wendi Peters has been treading the boards for 30 years. Wendi is currently playing Sylvie in Call Me Vicky at the Pleasance Theatre in north London. We chatted in her dressing room about how she started out improvising on stage at the Piccadilly Theatre when it was a club on a Saturda…
 
Susan Harrison has been with The Showstoppers for about seven years now. Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is on at The Other Palace at the moment but also at the Lyric Theatre in the West End one Monday a month. Last month it celebrated its 1000th show. The show is different every night. The audience make suggestions for the setting and the cast…
 
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