Jenny is a Freelance Stage Manager, having graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2010.
Professional stage management work includes: Spend, Spend, Spend & Just So (Birmingham Ormiston Academy), Go & Play Further Up Your Own End (Regional Tour), Godiva Awakes (Imagineer Productions), Wings of Desire (International Dance Festival Birmingham), Stovepipe (Birmingham School of Acting/Crescent Theatre), Dick Whittington, Robin Hood, Aladdin, Cinderella and Jack & the Beanstalk (Solihull Arts Complex), Paul Daniels: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow & Liberace: Live From Heaven (Assembly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Mill On The Floss & Motortown (Birmingham School of Acting/Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome) and Little Shop of Horrors (Birmingham Rep Theatre).
Predominantly Midlands-based, Jenny is also a keen writer in her spare time and frequently writes for Whatsonstage Central. She is proud to be part of the BroadwayWorld reviewers team.
BWW Reviews: THE CONFESSION ROOM Concept Recording
June 5, 2013
Written by Dan Looney & Sam Champness, The Confession Room began as one song. When studying at Southend College, they realised the song had legs and therefore began to add more numbers and develop a show with a strong concept behind it. What has been achieved since then is an extraordinary piece of original writing about a room where people go to reveal their secrets and embarrassing stories to strangers rather than facing humiliation in front of their peers.
BWW Reviews: HAIRSPRAY, Birmingham Hippodrome, May 22 2013
May 23, 2013
The roof got lifted off the Birmingham Hippodrome last night with the rapturous audience reaction to Stage Entertainment's UK touring production of Hairspray. With big hair and fun aplenty, you will not find a show with so much energy and attack as this one. With wide appeal across the board due to the 2007 film starring John Travolta as the loveable Edna Turnblad, Hairspray has something for everyone. It is great to see a younger audience drawn to the theatre; very few shows these days have such power. Hairspray is topical, has good morals, catchy music by Marc Shaiman and brilliantly choreographed dance routines by Jerry Mitchell - the show has everything!
BWW Reviews: HIGH SOCIETY, Birmingham Hippodrome, May 14 2013
May 19, 2013
Vintage Hollywood graced the Birmingham Hippodrome stage last night as High Society is in town for one week only. Adapted from the 1956 film, Cole Porter's classic has been turned into a fully staged musical which continues to tour the UK until July.
BWW Reviews: MOMENTOUS MUSICALS Live Recording
April 21, 2013
Following its premiere at the New Wimbledon Theatre last year, Speckulation Entertainment have released a live recording of the well-received concert. The album features fondly regarded musical numbers sung by professional musical theatre stars.
BWW Reviews: THE HIRED MAN, Curve Theatre Leicester, April 13 2013
April 14, 2013
Since 2004, there have been several other productions of The Hired Man; all of which have achieved similar resounding success. This Curve Theatre Leicester and Mercury Theatre Colchester Co-Production is no different and is nothing short of a masterpiece.
BWW Reviews: STARLIGHT EXPRESS, Bristol Hippodrome, March 27 2013
March 28, 2013
Last night, Starlight Express was celebrating 29 years to the day when it opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in the West End. Since ending an incredibly successful 18-year run in London, the production has not been very far from our stages. With one of the most impressive set designs in a resident venue, taking it out on tour was never going to be quite as lavish. H
BWW Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Birmingham Hippodrome, March 19 2013
March 20, 2013
How does one write about a work of art? Cameron Macintosh's touring production of The Phantom of the Opera is exactly that and brought the house down at the Birmingham Hippodrome last night. The 19th March is apt for the final press night of the current tour as the show is also marking it's 11,000th performance in the West End. That itself shows the incredible draw that Phantom has some 27 years on.
BWW Reviews: Chita Rivera's CHITA! AND NOW I SING!
February 24, 2013
Chita Rivera is one of Broadway's most accomplished performers and is entering her seventh decade in the industry; no mean feat for any artist. She has no intention of retiring either and is currently starring in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood
BWW Reviews: Eric Woolfson's SOMEWHERE IN THE AUDIENCE
February 3, 2013
Somewhere In The Audience is a celebration of Gaudi, Gambler, Poe & Dancing Shadows; four of the late Eric Woolfson's musicals. This compilation is released on March 18th on what would have been his 68th birthday.
BWW Reviews: LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO, Birmingham Hippodrome, February 1 2013
February 2, 2013
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, or the 'Trocks', have just started their 2013 UK tour. Back by popular demand, this ballet company provides an alternate view of classical ballet and features an entire company of men performing roles traditionally danced by women. Their comic approach to the art form has meant critical acclaim all over the world. The Trocks were formed thirty five years ago and judging from tonight's performance, their appeal has no sign of fading.
Behind The Scenes: WAR HORSE Plays Birmingham Hippodrome from October 2013
January 18, 2013
Today saw the press launch for War Horse at Birmingham Hippodrome which coincides with the tickets going on general sale for its run this autumn.
BWW Reviews: ROBINSON CRUSOE & THE CARIBBEAN PIRATES, December 18 2012
December 19, 2012
Panto season is well and truly here and no more so than at Birmingham Hippodrome where Robinson Crusoe & the Caribbean Pirates is playing right through til the 27th January. QDOS pantomimes can always be relied on to deliver the best quality productions and this one is no exception.
BWW Reviews: Simon Bailey, LOOKING UP
December 12, 2012
Simon Bailey is a well established British performer, currently starring as Raoul in the UK touring production of Phantom of the Opera. He has many theatrical credits to his name including Les Miserables and We Will Rock You and is also a member of the brilliantly successful vocal group Teatro. In addition to this, he has somehow been able to find the time in his busy schedule to record this beautifully intimate album Looking Up.
BWW Reviews: MOLLY WOBBLY'S TIT FACTORY Original Cast Recording
November 9, 2012
Original, creative and 'absolutely bonkers' - Molly Wobbly's Tit Factory is anew musical written entirely by the incredibly talented Paul Boyd and produced by The Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
BWW Reviews: Anthony Newley, THE LAST SONG
October 27, 2012
Anthony Newley has had an extremely successful career since the 1950's. A star of stage, screen and music; this new album The Last Song is a celebration of his work and features fourteen previously unreleased tracks including duets with Petula Clark, Julia McKenzie and Marti Webb.
BWW Reviews: BLOOD BROTHERS, Birmingham Hippodrome, October 23 2012
October 24, 2012
Bill Kenwright's production of Blood Brothers seems to be constantly touring the UK. Some may say a little too often but with Birmingham Hippodrome packed to the rafters last night and the reaction that the show received, there is still obviously a high demand for the production.
Behind The Scenes: THE LION KING Plays Birmingham Hippodrome from June 2013
October 23, 2012
This morning I had the pleasure of attending The Lion King UK Tour press launch which will be playing at Birmingham Hippodrome from the 29th June 2013 for a three month run.
BWW Reviews: SISTER ACT, Birmingham Hippodrome, October 10th 2012
October 11, 2012
Sister Act is a musical production based on the hugely popular 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, who is also a producer on the show. Having had a massively successful run in the West End, regional audiences have been treated to this production for the past year or so now and Birmingham Hippodrome marks it's final venue on this outing.
BWW Reviews: Chris Thatcher, JESUS CHRIS SUPERSTAR
September 21, 2012
Unique, laugh-out-loud funny, crude but above all, genius - just a few ways to describe Chris Thatcher's album, Jesus Chris Superstar.
BWW Reviews: Nick Bromley's THEATRE LORE
September 14, 2012
Theatre Lore: A Dictionary of Backstage Language, Expressions and Useful Stage Knowledge for those Theatrically Bent or of a Curious Nature is a new book written by Nick Bromley, a Company Stage Manager who has worked on over fifty plays and musicals in his incredibly successful career. Being a trained Stage Manager myself, I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this publication.
BWW Reviews: Madalena Alberto's HEART CONDITION EP
September 7, 2012
Getting the opportunity to review Madalena Alberto's newly released EP 'Heart Condition' was very exciting to me, having heard her phenomenal performance as Fantine in the 25th Anniversary touring production of Les Miserables. Even more exciting is that the four songs featured on the EP are written by Alberto herself. For me, there is nothing more refreshing than a musical theatre performer who can take direction and deliver someone else's music AND be able to write, compose and perform their own work as well.
Birmingham Hippodrome Gets New Stage Ready For Fabulous Autumn Season
September 6, 2012
We are so lucky in the Midlands to have such a fantastic venue in the Birmingham Hippodrome. Playing host to a massive number of large scale national UK tours and entertainment legends over the years, in addition to being home to Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) and a regional venue for Welsh National Opera, was bound to take its toll eventually. It was during the 1980s when the theatre's stage was last refurbished and some thirty years later it is time again for work to be done to enable the theatre to maintain its five star reputation.
BWW Reviews: Laura Tisdall's THE IN-BETWEEN Original Concept Album
July 19, 2012
The In-Between is a new fantasy musical written entirely by Laura Tisdall, an up and coming musical theatre writer. The show is a fully written, two act production which is yet to receive any commercial backing. Therefore this original concept album is great publicity to showcase Tisdall's work, and judging by what I have heard, she ought be snapped up immediately. All of the orchestrations, original instrumental programming, recording, mixing, lyrics and book have been done by Tisdall which is no mean feat! This is one talented lady.
BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING, Birmingham Hippodrome, July 10 2012
July 11, 2012
"Nobody puts Baby in the corner" and "I carried a watermelon" are probably two of the most iconic phrases in the history of film, and are ones that were welcomed with a rapturous response at the press night of Dirty Dancing at the Birmingham Hippodrome last night.
BWW Reviews: Meredith Braun's SOMEONE ELSE'S STORY
June 23, 2012
'Someone Else's Story' sees the return of New Zealand-born performer Meredith Braun after a ten-year break. During her fruitful career, she played lead roles in 'The Phantom of the Opera', 'Les Miserables', 'Sunset Boulevard' to name but a few. She also starred as Belle in 'The Muppet Christmas Carol', the Disney film released in 1992. This album, produced by Stage Door Records, showcases new material from Braun and is a reminder of just how good she was, and evidently still IS.
BWW Reviews: Dave Willetts' ONCE IN A LIFETIME: The 25th Anniversary Collection
June 22, 2012
'Once in a Lifetime' is a tribute to one of the UK's leading musical theatre stars, Dave Willetts. Celebrating his 25th year in the industry, Stage Door Records have produced an album featuring a mixture of classics, live recordings, as well as two brand new numbers for 2012.
BWW Reviews: Stiles & Drewe's THE THREE LITTLE PIGS Studio Cast Recording
June 20, 2012
The Three Little Pigs is a new Studio Cast Recording with music by George Stiles and the book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe - a powerful combination and a force to be reckoned with! It also features musical arrangements and orchestrations by Ruth Ling and music preparation by James Humphreys.
Birmingham Hippodrome Launches 2012/13 Pantomime, ROBINSON CRUSOE AND THE CARIBBEAN PIRATES
June 19, 2012
Here we are in the middle of June and we are already talking pantomime...but not just any pantomime. Today saw the launch of "Britain's BIGGEST pantomime" Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates, taking place at the Birmingham Hippodrome from Saturday 15th December 2012 to Sunday 27th January 2013.
BWW Reviews: PORGY AND BESS, Birmingham Hippodrome, June 6 2012
June 7, 2012
Porgy and Bess is an opera which, in the past, has predominantly been set in the 'Deep South', or more specifically South Carolina; highlighting African-American life in the 1920's. Cape Town Opera (CTO), on the other hand, have chosen a different approach and decided that strong parallels could be drawn between the original concept and South African urban life in the 1970's.
BWW Reviews: I DREAMED A DREAM, Birmingham Hippodrome, May 29 2012
May 30, 2012
I Dreamed A Dream: The Susan Boyle Musical...I've slept on it and sat for a while now trying to pick fault with this production, but it is proving impossible.
BWW Reviews: WONDERFUL TOWN, Birmingham Hippodrome, May 22 2012
May 23, 2012
Wonderful Town is the Tony Award winning musical with a big heart. With music by the wonderful Leonard Bernstein, this production ticks almost every box for a sure fire hit even before entering the theatre. Having taken a variety of different forms over the last decade, Wonderful Town started out as a group of short stories, followed by a book, then a play and afterwards probably its most recognised form in the 1953 film starring Edith Adams and Rosalind Russell - all before it became a successful musical production.