Piano Smithfield London
The Westway Sessions is a new intimate concert series launching on 9th May at music venue Piano, Smithfield. Set in a smart basement near The Barbican and boasting a superb setting for live music it is set to host some of the most exciting names in Musical Theatre, hosted by new music and film label Westway.
Monday 9 Rob Houchen / Emma Kingston
Fresh from playing the leading role of Heather Chandler in Heathers: The Musical and about to star as Julie Jordan in Kilworth House’s production of Carousel, Emma Kingston is reunited with her Les Miserables co-star Rob Houchen, who is soon to reprise his role as Lieutenant Joseph Cable in South Pacific at Sadlers Wells and then on tour. Long-time pals, Emma and Rob often sing together in various concerts up and down the country and around the world. With songs from West Side Story, Evita and some new spins on old classics, at this evening you’re set for exceptional vocals, enticing storytelling, and most importantly, a lot of fun!
Tuesday 10 Rachel John
As one of the West End’s most versatile performers, Rachel has appeared in successful West End productions for the last 17 years. In 2017, she opened as Angelica Schuyler in the original West End cast of Hamilton, a role for which she received critical acclaim and gained an Olivier Award nomination. Rachel is looking forward to performing in this intimate venue where she’ll sing songs that are close to her heart, from a broad range of genres, including musical theatre, pop and gospel.
Sunday 15 Alice Fearn
Alice Fearn, currently to be seen as Capt. Beverley Bass and others in the award winning West End musical Come From Away, is bringing her new cabaret to the Piano Smithfield . Having stamped herself as one of the West End’s leading ladies in recent years, Alice has starred in Les Miserables, Shrek The Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and famously as green witch Elphaba in Wicked. At this intimate cabaret, Alice will explore the journey over her career spanning over 15 years. It will feature never before seen songs from the musicals and the writers that have inspired her and drive her to continue in this wonderful creative world.
Monday 16 John Owen-Jones
John Owen-Jones is a West End and Broadway actor and singer. John is best known for his performances as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. John remains the youngest actor in West End history to have played Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and has performed as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera nearly 2000 times. John has appeared in concert at the The Royal Albert Hall in London, Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and Carnegie Hall in New York. Also for BBC Proms in the Park concerts, toured the UK in concert with Katherine Jenkins and has been a special guest in concert with Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, and Bryn Terfel.
John has released six solo albums. ‘Hallelujah’ EP (2006) 'John Owen-Jones' (2009), 'Unmasked' (2011) ‘Rise’ (2015) ‘Bring Him Home’ (2017) ‘Spotlight’ (2019) and ‘The Christmas Album’ (2021)
Sunday 22 May Kelly Mathieson
Scottish Born actress and singer Kelly Mathieson made her name in musical theatre when she landed the prestigious lead role of Christine Daaé in the original production of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in London’s West End. She has gone on to star in concert halls and theatres in the UK and overseas. Kelly will bring her stunning voice and engaging character to Piano Smithfield, where you can look forward to an eclectic mix of songs from musical theatre classics to Scottish folk songs.
Tuesday 24 Jenna Lee James
From the West End of Glasgow to London’s West End. In this exclusive new show, Jenna takes you on a journey through her incredible career from humble beginnings in Scotland to making her debut in London’s Theatreland, and beyond. With music and stories from performances all around the world including The London Palladium, Madison Square Garden, and Hollywood Bowl to name a few. Join Jenna for an intimate evening of entertainment at the Piano Smithfield as she performs songs from her debut album, ‘On The Edge’, some musical theatre favourites and much more.
Sunday 29 Cassidy Janson
Oliver Award Winner and star of & Juliet and Beautiful the Musical, Cassidy brings her exciting show to Piano Smithfield for one night only as part of this series of Westway Sessions.
Cassidy brings you an hour of her favourite tunes unplugged. Ranging from Carole King, to Lady Gaga to her own originals. Look forward to a night of Cassidy’s dry humour and her powerful and unique vocals.