Are you a fan of musical theatre?  Well Broadway is about to come steam rollering into Chester this week.

Directors Dani Fray (from BBC1’s Grange Hill) and Phil Cross (children’s director of Oliver! at Drury Lane) have assembled an incredibly talented cast for a summer production featuring hit songs from the biggest shows currently packing audiences in on Broadway and in London’s West End.

Book Of Mormon, Matilda, Billy Elliot, Newsies and Spiderman are featured as well as the older favourites such as Les Miserables and Anything Goes.

The cast of 18 features some members currently living and rehearsing in London, but all of whom have a strong connection with Chester.

For many of the cast this will be their last performance before heading off to study at top theatre and drama schools around the country in September.

Producer Brian Fray said: “What makes this production so unique is that the cast is full of performers who are used to taking leading roles in musical productions.

“So when you combine all of these talents together in one performance you really do hit new levels of excellence.

“The performers all seem to feed off each other’s talent and raise the bar even higher. It is an honour for me to be working with such a remarkable cast.”

Kayleigh Strong, one of the cast members of This Is My Musical at the Forum Studio Theatre in Chester
Kayleigh Strong, one of the cast members of This Is My Musical at the Forum Studio Theatre in Chester

Among the talented young performers taking part are:

Lindsay Kearns, 16, who won a full scholarship to study at Laine’s theatre school in London from September.

Ollie Price in his last performance before starting a theatre production course at LIPA in September.

Jess Pritchard, who starts a course in musical theatre at LIPA, in September.

Harry Smallman, 11, who won full scholarship to study dance at the Hammond School in Chester from September.

Dominic Melluish, 16, who won full scholarship to study musical theatre at the Hammond School Chester from September.

Robert Lyon, ex-Mountview Theatre school, in his last performance before leaving for Australia in September.

The production set up is unique too with experienced choreographers and directors Dani Fray, Phil Cross and Rhian Underwood collaborating with talented musical director Simon Phillips to produce what can only be described as a true musical and dance spectacular.

This Is My Musical can be seen from August 8-17 at the Forum Studio Theatre in Hamilton Place, Chester. Tickets are £10 and are available from the box office on 01244 341296 or online at

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