'Beyond The Barricade' to debut in Australia

Posted on: 23/2/2018 6:55PM

Australian tour of musical showstoppersThe U.K.’s critically-acclaimed show Beyond The Barricade, a glittering concert of musical showstoppers, will make its debut in Australia this year, touring to 24 cities from June 1.


Starring past principal performers from Les Misérables in the West End and on U.K. tour, this two-hour show features favourite songs from the world’s greatest West End and Broadway musicals, including the latest sensation HamiltonThe Phantom of the Opera, ChicagoEvitaWickedMiss SaigonMamma Mia, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King and of course, Les Misérables, to name just a few.


Beyond The Barricade has been delighting audiences throughout the U.K. and Europe for 19 years, from London’s Royal Albert Hall to the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria Cunard cruise liners. The show made its debut in Asia in 2015, performing sold-out concerts in Manila, Singapore and Hong Kong, followed by a 21-venue tour of New Zealand in 2016. Due to popular demand, Beyond The Barricade returns to New Zealand this year, before touring Australia. 


The former cast members of London’s longest-running musical, Les Misérables, include: Andy Reiss, who has played numerous male roles including Jean Valjean and Enjolras; David Fawcett, who played Valjean; Katie Leeming, who played the role of Eponine; and Poppy Tierney, who played Cosette. The four performers are accompanied by an ensemble of talented musicians to create an authentic live experience, capturing all the passions and orchestrations of the original shows.


Reiss and Fawcett met while performing in Les Misérables in the West End and then in Manchester, and in 1996 devised a charity concert comprised of musical hits. Over the next few years the show began to take on a life of its own and in 1999 was renamed Beyond The Barricade with the move to only cast Les Misérables principals. A major U.K. tour followed, culminating in a Gala Performance at the Royal Albert Hall accompanied by a 100-voice choir of people who had worked with Reiss on the numerous Les Misérables master classes he had directed. Ten years later, Beyond The Barricade celebrated its first decade of touring with a Gala Concert at the Birmingham Symphony Hall.


“Our aim was, and continues to be, to deliver these much-loved songs from the top musicals in a way that captures the feel of the original orchestrations, so the audience feels they are listening to the original performance,” Reiss explains. “We don’t use backing tracks, so every musical note is played and sung live, giving a dynamic feel to the show.”


Reiss landed his first professional role in musical theatre following an open audition for the first U.K. production of Les Misérables outside the West End – in Manchester. Not only did he stay with Les Misérables for its entire residency in Manchester, he ended up being the show’s Resident Director whilst performing in the show, and remains the only person ever to do this. He has also performed in Les Misérables in Dublin and Edinburgh, and after a two-year break from the show he returned as the Resident Director for the U.K. 1st National Tour. Reiss was also selected from the worldwide casts of Les Misérables to appear in the 10th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. He’s also performed in the musical Chess, and as Che Guevara in the U.K. national tour of Evita.


Fawcett spent two years in the West End production of Les Misérables, where he played the Bishop of Digne and the lead role of Jean Valjean on many occasions, having previously spent 13 months in the original Manchester production. He also appeared in the 10th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. His other musical theatre roles include Jesus in the rock musicals Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell, the Emcee in Cabaret and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls.


As well as performing various roles including Eponine in the West End production of Les Misérables for three years, Leeming appeared in the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary concert at the O2 Arena in London, and was delighted to be asked to perform at The Royal Variety Performance 2010 at the London Palladium. Her involvement with Les Misérables continued with the televised performance of The Classical Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2011, and as an ensemble vocalist in the 2012 Oscar-winning movie.


Tierney has performed in numerous well-loved musicals, both in London’s West End and on U.K. tour. In addition to playing Cosette in the U.K. tour of Les Misérables, she has performed in Mary Poppins, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Sunset Boulevard with Petula Clark and Miss Saigon in the West End. Her other musical theatre credits in the U.K. include Cats, Aspects of Love starring opposite David Essex, Evita, My Fair Lady and The Witches of Eastwick, playing opposite Marti Pellow. Tierney has also recently finished filming for the upcoming movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again


Beyond The Barricade is produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, whose producer and CEO is James Cundall.


Cundall says, “I was fortunate enough to see Beyond The Barricade perform a few years ago in the U.K. and was bowled over by the quality of their performances, and the intimate ambience of the show. Having brought many of the top musicals to Australia over the last two decades, I instantly thought they would be warmly received by Australian audiences. I am delighted to be bringing these four powerhouse voices on tour.”


For the full list of tour dates and locations, visit BeyondTheBarricade.com.au. Tickets are now on sale.



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