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THE CAST

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Lisa Baird
Soozie; Juno; Hairdresser; Secretary; Smiley; Posh

Lisa trained at Arts Educational in London. Theatre credits include Roberta in Debbie Does Dallas (Oxford), Anna in Silk Stockings (Sadlers Wells), Bridget in Brenda Bly Teen Detective, Lisa in A My Name Is Alice and The Farewell Concerts (The Bridewell Theatre). Lisa received the award for Best Actress from Musical Stages for her performance as Tina Denmark in Ruthless (Stratford Circus.) Other theatre credits include Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Kings Theatre Edinburgh, Weymouth Pavillion and The Wakefield Theatre Royal), Fanny Brice in Jolson, Ann in Half A Sixpence, Bunny in A Murder Is Announced, Judy Garland in Las Vegas (CMC), Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show (Ovation Productions), Fairy in Babes In The Wood (The Players Theatre), Claudia in Nine (Stageworx.) Film credits include Pamela in Accidental Day and a commercial for Schwarkopf.

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Jon Boydon
Zak Love; Z Hate; Kaz Amour

Although officially untrained as a performer, Jon graduated from Loughborough University with a BA Hons in Drama, the University Drama Prize and no money. He then spent some time in his home town of Birmingham working in fringe theatre, which did nothing to improve his financial situation – although it enabled him to play Rock in Mike Leigh’s Smelling A Rat, The Doctor and Murderer in Macbeth and Eduardo in Ben Elton’s Silly Cow. Jon’s first UK tour was with Bill Kenwright Ltd. in The Blues Brothers Meet The Soul Sisters as Earl Blues, which enticed him into taking the brave step of relocating to London.  In 2001 he made his West End debut at the Queen’s Theatre in the world premiere of All You Need Is Love!, a magical journey through the songs of Lennon and McCartney. For two years Jon then toured the UK and Europe in The Rocky Horror Show, playing both Brad Majors and Frank N Furter, during which time he performed over 600 times in more than nine countries.  He was recently invited back to appear as a special guest Frank N Furter in a one-off open air concert in Hanover. Rocky Horror: Time To Say Goodbye celebrated the ten year success of the touring show on the continent. During 2004 Jon worked for EC1 International and Musical Director John Maher twice, playing both Kenickie in Grease (Municipal Amphitheatre Larnaca, Cyprus) and Judas in a touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar (Denmark/Sweden). For most of this year, Jon has been on tour in the UK rediscovering his role of Judas in Bill Kenwright’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar, for which he has received great critical acclaim. Jon is thrilled to be taking part in this brand new production, working once again with John Maher, and not living out of a suitcase for the next few months.  He thanks his family and his agents at Olivia Bell for their love and support. To keep up-to date with Jon’s career, visit www.jonboydon.com

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Anna Carmichael
Julianne; Julie; Hairdresser; Kylie; Baby

Anna trained at Guildford School of Acting. Theatre credits to date include: Jailhouse Rock (Piccadilly Theatre), Alternate Narrator / Handmaiden; Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour); Cabaret (Chichester Festival Theatre), Babes In Arms (Cardiff Festival of Musical Theatre/New Theatre, Cardiff), Hollywood and Broadway (National Tour) and Aladdin for Qdos Entertainment (His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen). Anna worked for the New York Company, Broadway Bound in two productions: Enter The Guardsman and The Sammy Cahn Review (QE2 World Tour). Other credits include: Alaura Kingsley/Carla in City of Angels, Charlotte in Flora, The Red Menace, Paulina in A Winter’s Tale and Lucy Lockitt in The Beggars Opera (all at GSA). Anna has also appeared in many Cabarets and Revues including: Sullivan to Sondheim and Magic of the Movies at venues including The Dorchester Hotel, London. She is delighted to be creating the role of Julianne and others in The Next Big Thing here at the New Players Theatre.

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Glenn Chapman
Ken Posh; Terence; Death; Malcolm; Watermain 

Glenn trained at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. His Theatre credits include:  Scarus in Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Exchange, Manchester);  Larry in Closer (English Theatre, Frankfurt); Silas in Mr Placebo (The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh);  Joey in The Lieutenant of Inishmore (The Really Useful Theatre Co. and The RSC); Barnardo in Hamlet, Servant in Macbeth (The RSC); Thor and Narrator in The Wolf Road (The Gate, London);  Reynaldo in Hamlet (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Officer Hicks in A Question of Mercy (The Bush, London). Glenn’s television credits include: Waking The Dead and Casualty (BBC);  The Bill (Talkback Thames);  Macbeth (Channel 4 Illuminations); Badger for (Feel Good Fiction). Glenn has appeared in the films HIT (Hit Productions) and Bent (Channel 4 Films).

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Keiron Crook
Ted; Druggsy; Elton; Tony; TV Presenter; Jason

Keiron trained at Mountview Theatre School.  Since then, roles have included Mr Manning in Ann Veronica (Theatre Museum, Covent Garden), Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Caliban in The Tempest and Hektor in Wrath of Achilles (Aquila Theatre, New York), Doctor in Wit (Vaudeville Theatre), Dennis Barlow in Dearly Beloved (Bridewell Theatre), First Cover Raoul in Phantom of the Opera (UK & Dublin), In The Red (International Festival of Musical Theatre, Cardiff), Issachar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (New London Theatre), Jason in Waiting for Hillsborough (Jackson’s Lane Theatre), Bridegroom in Blood Wedding (Worden Park Theatre) and Ensemble in A Handful of Keys (Prince Edward Theatre). Film credits include The Agatha Christie Diaries, Sienna Moon and Champion’s Choice. 

 

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Hugo Degenhardt
Drums; Neat Ronnie; No Shit Sid.

Hugo is currently working with the Bootleg Beatles, regularly touring worldwide.  He has also toured and recorded with, among others, Bryan Ferry, Steve Hackett, Jack Bruce, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Shea Seger and ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor.  He has also been a drummer and Musical Director for Ted Viles TV (Channel 4), The Lenny Beige Variety Show (BBC3), and the Cuban Brothers.  His drumming can also be heard on the sound of Bernado Bertolucci’s 2003 film The Dreamers. Hugo has featured in commercials for Grolsch in the Netherlands and Russia, as well as commercials for BT and Virgin Megastores.  He also made a brief but violent appearance arresting a criminal mastermind in Swedish cop drama Dance With an Angel.

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Jon-Paul Hevey
Mike West 

Jon-Paul comes from the North West of England where it's cold and wet, he moved to London in 1996, where it's just as cold and wet but less people speak to you about it on the bus. His credits include; Clint Youngbuck in Spittin' Distance, The Boy in Jonah Boy & He-Mail in Beginners Guide To Cybershopping (All at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Craig Cameron in Merseybeat (BBC); God in Rhona's Pantry (Landor Theatre, London); Montparnasse in Les MisÚrables (Palace Theatre, London); Ritchie in Ironic (Short film); Ben in Rags (Bridewell Theatre, London); Les MisÚrables Concert (To celebrate the Centenery of the Entente Cordiale, for the Royal Family and President Chirac at Windsor Castle); Man 1 in On The Wings Of A Dream (Bridewell Theatre, London); Actor in the Verdi Requiem (Coliseum, London); Bus Conductor/Postman (Understudied and played - Sammy, Mr Lyons & PC/Teacher) in Blood Brothers (Phoenix Theatre, London); Frederick Hinks in Between Love And Passion (New End Theatre, Hampstead) & Christmas Humphreys in Let Him Have Justice (Cochrane Theatre/Covent Garden Festival). He has been involved in the workshops of; Three Sides, Drive Ride Walk & The Next Big Thing (all at the Bridewell Theatre) and is featured on the cast recording of Let Him Have Justice (TER/Abbey Road). He would like to dedicate this performance to anyone who empathises with a struggling northerner who talks to his guitar.

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Guy James
Bass Guitar; Normal Ronnie; Sid; Rick

Guy made his professional and West End debut in Buddy as Jerry Allison of the Crickets at the Victoria Palace Theatre. He returned to Buddy in 2002 this time to play Tommy and Buddy Holly (Strand Theatre).Guy comes to The Next Big Thing direct from playing Schlomo in Fame (Aldwych Theatre). Other theatre: Eugene and Doody in Grease (UK Tour), Elvis and The Sound of Fury (UK Tours for Bill Kenwright), Three Steps to Heaven (UK Tour), Itchycoo Park (UK Tour) and Summer in the City (UK tour).Recordings: Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens on the recording of Heaven Can Wait (Tiger Records), Love & Spare Parts (Refit Records) and the film and cast recording of Buddy (1st Night Records). Guy wrote and directed the national tour of the musical Walking on Sunshine. He also directed the London revivals of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (Landor Theatre) and The Fantasticks (Pentameters Theatre) for Passion Productions. Guy is really chuffed to be part of The Next Big Thing and looks forward to seeing you in the bar! For more information on Guy go to: www.access-associates.co.uk/gjames

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Robin Johnson
Guitars; Nice One Ronnie; Bollocks Sid

Robin trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. His credits include Go And Play Up Your Own End (Birmingham Alexandra Theatre), Good Golly Miss Molly (Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke), Return to the Forbidden Planet and Aladdin (New Victoria Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme), From A Jack to A King and Up on the Roof (Harrogate Theatre), Heaven Can Wait and Good Golly Miss Molly (Oldham Coliseum), Three Steps to Heaven (Watford Palace Theatre), The Firebird and The Snow Queen (Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster), Dick Whittington (Solihull Theatre) and The Creeper (Palace Theatre, Westcliff). Robin also appeared in a national tour of Truckers, a co-production between Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Harrogate Theatre and Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds.

 

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Melissa Lloyd
Fenda; Scary
 

Melissa trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Theatre credits include: Faust, Richard III, Woyzeck (all with The RSC), The Snow Queen (Theatre Clwyd), The House of Ruby Moon (London New Play Festival), Channel 4 Sitcom Festival (Riverside Studios). TV and Film credits include: Chromophobia, The Sketch Show, The Armstrong & Miller Show, Holding The Baby, The Bill, Casualty, Spaced, Uncut Funk, In Defence, Sins, Black Books, Shades, Hot Money, The Slightly Filthy Show, Baby Father, The Cry, Eastenders, Canterbury Tales, Sea of Souls, The Brief and Broken News.

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James Parkes
Stage Managers; Barman

James is originally from Staines in Middlesex and began performing from a young age with the Lynne Davis School of Dance. Since recently graduating from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), James has performed the roles of Oberon & Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cambridge Open Air Theatre). James’s LIPA credits include: Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Mr Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors, Dictator & Mr Beetle in The Insect Play, Sedoy in Plasticine, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Antigonus in The Winter’s Tale, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, and his professional debut in The Mayor of Zalemea (Liverpool Everyman Theatre). Prior to training James performed with the National Youth Music Theatre in Pendragon playing the role of King Pellinore, and the National Youth Theatre in The Threepenny Opera playing the role of Mr Peachum (The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith). James is delighted to be making his professional London debut in The Next Big Thing.

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