PROFUMO THE MUSICAL!
A whimsical musical snapshot of the early British post-Colonial Conservative 1960’s before the new dawn of Television and the controversial contraceptive ‘Pill’ that instigated the social revolution of the ‘Swinging Sixties! The setting is in 1961 London outside the Houses of Parliament; Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government are in power;
John Profumo, who is the Minister for War and happily married to the beautiful iconic film star Valerie Hobson, is about to embark on a scandalous love affair with a teenage night-club dancer, Christine Keeler. Together with her friend the foxy Mandy Rice-Davies and their Pygmalion Dr Stephen Ward they unwittingly form the catalyst that will bring the establishment to it’s knees and lead to the eventual downfall of Macmillan’s outmoded government; shocking the whole world and changing the political landscape in the West forever! The spectator follows a journey of political intrigue, sexual misconduct, wild parties, murder, racism and black magic, involving East End and European gangsters, Caribbean drug dealers and Russian spies!
The interpretation of this Period allegorical tale is a lighthearted, kitsch impression told within the framework of a Comic-Book setting!
Original eclectic accessible, simplistic Classical Pop/Rock music score expanding beyond the 60’s into the early 70’s; performed in a pop-video visual setting expressing the imaginary world of the protagonists!
A simple linear chronological narrative with a dark provocative interior landscape that taps into the hidden human psyche and the mysterious world of human mythology in which the characters represent the inner moral conflict of the human soul! It is an exploration of why humans ignore moral intellect and risk everything in the act of sexual betrayal!
ARTISTS featured on the ‘Profumo the Musical’ CD
MICHAEL McLEAN as John Profumo
Michael studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His theatrical career as an actor and director has literally taken him around the world, with tours to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, Norway, Europe and numerous seasons in London’s West End. His extensive credits include ‘Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd’, ‘Albin in La Cage Aux Folles’, ‘Jean Valjean in Les Miserables’, ‘Walter de Courcey in Chess’, and many others. In addition Michael has directed six separate productions of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in Japan and national tours of ‘Chicago’ and ‘Evita’ in New Zealand. Michael has appeared in many British television and film roles and his recording credits include work with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London City Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. He is also a regular broadcaster for BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4. Michael has been teaching singing for over twenty years and regularly gives master classes in both singing and audition techniques to amateur, professional and educational groups throughout the United Kingdom and in Europe.
ANNETTE YEO as Valerie Hobson
Annette was born in Kent, South East England, and began training as a classical singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She trained at Mountview Theatre drama school and went on to her first West End theatre role in the award winning 'City of Angels'. Annette has had a long and successful career as a musical theatre actor and concert singer, performing in numerous West End shows including ; 'Les Miserables', 'The Phantom of the Opera', 'Kiss Me Kate' and 'Mamma Mia'. Combining work in the theatre and as a cabaret artist, Annette sings all over the world, performing songs from musical theatre, opera, swing and jazz.
CLAIRE-LOUISE MEALOR as Christine Keeler
Claire-Louise is an exciting musical talent. She has starred in numerous pop videos and West End musical theatre productions including 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Cinderella', 'Chess In Concert', 'Wendy-Jo, Footloose no.1 UK Tour', 'Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad UK Tour' and was the winner of the 2007 BBC1 Dance X competition.
SOOPHIA FOROUGHI as Mandy Rice-Davies
Soophia is an extremely talented Actress and Singer based in London. She has toured all over the world with musical theatre productions. Soophia is currently on tour with ‘The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas’, having just finished a run at the Wyndhams Theatre in West End.
DANIEL CARTER as Reggie Kray / Peter Rachman
Dan Carter is a multitalented Actor, Musician, Singer and Dancer. He is a graduate of the Bird College of Dance, Music & Theatre Performance, in Sidcup. His performing credits include Boy George's ‘Taboo’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Les Miserables’ and is currently in the innovative World Tour of the ‘Blue Man Group'.
GORDON KENNEY as Harold Wilson / Kenny Dee / Lord Boothby
Gordon is an actor, musician, song-writer and has appeared in numerous No.1 Musicals including ‘Cliff the Musical’, ‘Dusty the Musical’, ‘Aspects of Love’, the ‘Patsy Cline Musical’, and more.
Under his real name, Ken Gordon,he is a well known Rock musician having performed as the front man with the iconic, early 70’s cult proto-rock band, ‘Incredible Hog!
(Current re-issue on ‘Rise Above Records’).
GERRY CHAPMAN as Stephen Ward / Johnny Edgecombe / Lucky Gordon / Ronnie Kray / Man in the Mask
Gerry is a renown session musician and has featured on the recordings of famous artistes including ‘The Animals', ‘Mott The Hoople', ‘Screaming Lord Sutch', ‘Brian Poole & the Tremolos' and many more. Gerry is currently keyboardist / Musical Director on the European Tour of 'The Great British Pop Invasion’.'
LAURENCE PAYNE as Harold MacMillan / Mervyn Griffith-Jones
Laurence studied trombone and piano at the Royal Academy of Music. As Musical Director of shows ranging from Rock ‘n’ Roll compilations to Salad Days, he has travelled all over The United Kingdom and as far afield as Hong Kong. He now works mainly in Variety and Music Hall Shows around the country and at ‘The Brick Lane Music Hall’ in London’s Docklands.
JO ANNE LEE MARTIN as Barbara Castle
Jo is a graduate of the Bird College of Dance, Music & Theatre Performance, in Sidcup. She is a highly qualified teacher of dance and an experienced choreographer. She has starred in many musicals including ‘The Sound Of Music’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Peggy’, ‘Doctor Dolittle’, 'Dinner Ladies' and ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ among them. Jo is also a very talented actress and has appeared on television in ‘The Bill’ and ‘Holby City’. When not working Theatrically, Joanna teaches Jazz and Tap at many professional colleges around London. She also appears with many Live Bands in and around London and the UK as lead female vocalist.
Joanna is currently performing in ‘Iolanthe’ at the Chichester Festival Theatre with the Carl Rosa Opera.
PETER LAVELLE as Eugene Ivanov
Peter has performed all over the United Kingdom and abroad as a headlining cabaret artiste. His repertoire includes music from different eras as well as from wide-ranging genres.
LINDA HALL as Marilyn / Additional voices
Linda is an accomplished recording artiste, session singer and live performer, and is currently promoting the release of her new album ‘Wonderful’ on Right Track Records.
She has toured with The Crystals and is a member of ‘Ritchie Milton and Lowdown’.
Linda voiced ‘Everytime You Go Away’ at the end of the 1987 film, ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’.
PETE DYOS as Additional voices
Pete is a veteran Marketng ExecutIve and former Promoter in the recording industry, he is also a singer and voice artiste.
JELENA SIDOROVA as Additional Voices, Member of Parliament, Reporter, Jury member etcetra.
Jelena is a graduate of The Volgograd University in Russia where she studied Physical Culture. Consequently, she is a highly qualified Sports Coach and Physiotherapist and has represented her country at National level. Jelena's hobbies include vocal and music studies.
EMILY WISEMAN as Additional voices
Emily is a medical professional with an active interest in the performing arts.