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MOUNTAINSTAR PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS...
The feel good show

the feel good show is back! 

Starring West End leading man 'Mr Showman' Roger Wright

Featuring timeless classic songs to leave you feeling good!

 

Following the success of The Feel Good Show, this fabulous concert is returning to the KMT, starring West End leading man 'Mr Showman', ITV Superstar finalist, Roger Wright.  Roger was the very first man to play the role of the adult Simba in Disney's West End production of The Lion King, starred as Marvin Gaye in Dancing in the Streets and was Principal Singer and Compere in the Michael Jackson West End show Thriller Live.

This energetic fun and uplifting show will feature Roger singing songs from some of the theatre productions he performed in, including songs made famous by legends such as Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, The Righteous Brothers, Elvis Presley and Tom Jones.  There will also be some of Roger's original compositions and a whole lot more.  With a world class, 14 piece orchestra, this is a rocking show not to be missed; this production will literally get you dancing out of your seats!

 

 

Ticket Info

Tickets: £23.00 Adult, £20.00 Concessions

Cast & Credits

Cast

Roger Wright

Lead Vocals; Producer, Director & Creator of The Feel Good Show

Trained:

The Actors Centre - London

Morley College - London

The Acting Corps - Los Angeles

 

Roger launched his career in the entertainment industry as a fashion model. During his school days the only career Roger dreamed about fulfilling was to become an airline pilot. Little did he know his career would divert towards a different direction..

Roger entered a 'Just Seventeen' male model competition for fun and much to his surprise he was selected for 'the final' and eventually landed second place! He was invited to join a top model agency in London called Models1. He enjoyed a successful modelling career in the UK (and internationally) for over ten years shooting covers & fashion spreads for mainstream magazines, gracing fashion shows, appearing in pop videos, going on location catalogue trips, shooting portraits, TV commercials, campaigns and much more. 

From an early age Roger discovered he could sing. There was always a wide range of music and songs playing at his home thanks to his Mum's love for many different genres and styles! Primary school teachers often cast him to play the leading roles in the annual school plays such as Mary Poppins and Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

As well as singing, Roger later discovered a talent for writing songs in his teen years. During his modelling career he took a break to form a pop group 'Fresh' with his brother Steven.  The Wright Brother's released two records 'Feel My Rhythm' and 'Did I Say Tiamo' signed under the 'Magnet' label a subsidiary of 'East West' records.

Following the 'Fresh' project Roger went back into fashion modelling.

One day Roger walked into the wrong room whilst on his way to a TV commercial casting at Pineapple studios by mistake and Theatre director Paul Kerryson and musical director Julian Kelly were holding auditions for two musicals Hotstuff and Sweeney Todd.

Roger apologised then spontaneously and jokingly told them he could sing whilst leaving the room to go to the correct room...they kindly invited him to audition and sing for them...he got the job! They offered him the lead role in one of their musicals playing the role 'Joe Soap' in the former West End show Hotstuff at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre.

This was a dream come true.  Roger's love for the stage and the transition from fashion to musical theatre began that day.

Following HotStuff he went on to play Cab Calloway in the Tribute to The Blues Brothers musical which toured the UK and Germany.  At the end of The Blues Brothers tour, Roger was invited to audition for a brand new show on it's way to the West End; The Lion King.

Nine auditions later, Roger landed the role as the adult 'Simba' in the Disney original West End cast. This was his West End debut in a brand new show which opened in 1999.  He performed in the production as 'Simba' for three and a half years at the Lyceum Theatre performing to over three million people until 2003.

Other West End roles include 'Marvin Gaye' in the Motown West End production, Dancing in the Streets at the Cambridge Theatre and Show Compere and Principal Singer in Thriller Live the Michael Jackson tribute musical at the Lyric Theatre.  

In 2012 Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber went on a quest on national TV together in conjunction with ITV Studios to look for the man to play 'Jesus' for his Arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar and Roger landed third place.

Roger has been adding another string to his bow in the film industry playing roles in short films and Independent films like Meet Pursuit Delange as a singing policeman directed by Howard Webster.  In 2018 he had the pleasure to play the role of 'Paul Robeson' in the Genius 2 National Geographic TV series with Antonio Banderas about the life of artist Pablo Picasso shooting on location in Budapest Hungary, produced by Ron Howard.

Since 2012 to the present day Roger has been enjoying performing in his Feel Good Show worldwide, singing songs he loves by legendary recording artists and including songs he has had the pleasure to perform playing various roles on stage. 

Roger is happy to return to the wonderful KMT with a 14 piece, world class orchestra. The performance will also include some of Roger's original song compositions from his forthcoming album due for release in 2019.

 

Enjoy the show!

Duncan Waugh

Musical Director / Piano / Keys

Duncan has a wide and varied experience as a musical director, keyboard player and musical arranger. He has toured and recorded with, amongst others, Dame Shirley Bassey, Tommy Steele, Joe Longthorne and Lee Mead.


Duncan has been musical director and played for many musicals including Saturday Night Fever (Scandinavian tour, UK tour and West End), Tommy (West End), Dirty Dancing (West End), Sister Act (West End & UK tour), Chess (UK tour & Oslo Spektrum Arena), Hairspray (West End and UK tour), Aspects Of Love (UK tour), Les Miserables (UK tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK tour), Soul Train (UK tour) and Phantom of the Opera (UK tour).  He also spent nearly three years with the record breaking UK tour of The Lion King.  Alongside this he has been musical supervisor to several companies specialising in the corporate entertainment market.


In 2003 Duncan was appointed musical supervisor, arranger and co-ordinator for the set up of the award winning production shows on the newly built Cunard Queen Mary 2 for the Northampton company Belinda King Creative Productions. He has continued to be musical supervisor for the many ships that they provide production shows for.


Duncan had the honour of playing in the orchestra on the Royal Variety Performance in 2003 in the presence of HRH the Queen and Prince Phillip, accompanying Luciano Pavarotti and Gloria Estefan amongst others.  He has recently been working with Sir Tim Rice, acting as musical supervisor, arranger and musical director for his ‘Evening with…’ concerts. He was the musical director, arranger and conductor for the recent concert at the Sage in Gateshead featuring, amongst others, Rick Wakeman, Kerry Ellis, James Fox, Darius Campbell, Clare Teal and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.


Last year saw a trip to Antarctica with Tim Rice, two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, the naming ceremony of the latest Seabourn ship in Malta, a three month tour with Strictly stars Kevin & Karen, a bit of panto at the London Palladium and, of course, the first Feel Good Show with Roger Wright.

Eric Appapoulay

Guitar / Vocals

Eric is an Ivor Novello/MPG award winner, singer-songwriter, producer, multi instrumentalist and session Guitarist.  He was born in East London to Mauritian parents and began playing the guitar at the age of eight. Though Eric is mainly self-taught, he was encouraged to study Classical guitar at age nine and Jazz Guitar with Dave Cliff at the age of 18.  Eric is a founder member of the jazz/fusion/funk band ‘Quite Sane’; Capital Radio young band of the year 1995 winners and has been a touring musician internationally from the age of 19. 

Artists he has performed with include: Yusuf (Cat Stevens); Plan B; Jason Derulo; Neneh Cherry; Daniel & Natasha Bedingfield; Craig David; Don Blackman; Beverley Knight; and Nitin Sawhney

Eric won an Ivor Novello and MPG award for work as a Songwriter and co-producer on the single 'She Said' from the award winning Plan B album The Deformation of Strickland Banks in 2010.

Other work as a producer includes: Plan B Ill Manors, 2011; Garou Rhythm & Blues, 2012; Garou Au Millieu de Ma Vie, 2013.

Co-Producer for Ady Suleman’s debut 2016 album.

As well as writing songs for himself and other artists Eric has co-written many songs with Roger Wright. The two songwriters have been good friends for many years, so much so that Roger asked Eric to produce his new upcoming album which is due for release in 2019.

Eric has been the Lead Guitarist for Yusuf (Cat Stevens) since 2005/6.

Recent tours include: Yusuf (Cat Stevens): North America & Canada September/October 2016; Natasha Bedingfield Play That Song Tour (Train), May/June July 2017; and Yusuf (Cat Stevens) South Africa, Australia & New Zealand November/December 2017

Theatre Productions for Mountainstar Productions: Musical Director You Can Do It  at The Leicester Square Theatre, 2012; and The Feel Good Show at the KMT, 2018

He uses, Gibson acoustic guitars, Fender Electric guitars, Marshall Amplification, The Gigrig, Ernie Ball strings & Protection racket cases.

 

Eric is delighted to share the stage once again with The Feel Good Show family at the wonderful KMT.

Vanessa White-Smith

Vocals

Vanessa is a Singer and Actor and a Mother of a now, grown up son.

She studied Classical piano privately at a very young age, eventually taking exams at Trinity College and Royal College of Music.  

After graduating from high school, Vanessa went to The College of North West London to Study Modern Drama for a year; after that she tried unsuccessfully to get into Drama School, but instead decided to go to University where she succeeded in gaining a BA Honours Degree in Drama Film and Television at Brunel University, Richmond.

During the Summer of 1999, Vanessa landed a role in the West End cast of Soul Train as the sole swing to Sheila Ferguson, Melanie Marshall and Sharon Benson at the Victoria Palace Theatre, which was a musical compilation devised by Mark Clements and Michael Vivian celebrating classic soul hits such 'Under The Boardwalk', 'Soul Man', 'Dock Of The Bay', 'Living In America' and 'Love Train'.

 In 2000 Keith Strachan successfully auditioned Vanessa and she accepted an ensemble role in Dancing in the Streets which featured Martha Reeves and the wonderful Musical Director Elio Pace . The songs featured all of the Top 10 hits of The Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and many more.  As well as Ensemble, Vanessa performed two duets with Roger Wright which were hits for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell hits, ‘It Takes Two’ and the ‘Onion Song’, which ended up being the highlight of the second half of the show!  In the same year, she joined the ensemble of The Blues Brothers Meet the Soul Sisters, again directed by Keith Strachan, which also toured the UK and then in 2002 she re-appeared in Dancing In The Streets on yet another National Tour until it gained a residency at the wonderful Cambridge Theatre in 2006-2007. 

In 2006 Vanessa joined the Polka Theatre in Stamping Shouting & Singing Home, directed by Richard Shannon, partnering up with Ms Miguel Brown.  In 2007 she was cast as ensemble in King Cotton at the Lowry Theatre, Manchester which was directed by Jude Kelly who was successful in producing the Southbank ensemble piece Carmen Jones in the same year.

Vanessa has also appeared in Commercials for Autoglass, Marks & Spencer (Mothers Day Memories), Marie Curie (The Great Daffodil Appeal), The National Trust (12 Walks of Christmas), and in (2018) Kelloggs Special K (Powering You),

Short Films: The Playground (2008), Directed by Avril Evans (Film London); Be-Longing (2015) Drumcam Films; Life of Hers (2017) Cardy Films; and in 2018 for ITV, Autopsy of Donna Summer.

Vanessa appeared as Backing Vocalist in Roger Wright’s The Feel Good Show in 2018 and is really looking forward to reprising her role this year.

Denise Pitter

Vocals

Denise grew up in Coventry and trained at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama.

Musical Theatre includes: Guys and Dolls (West End); Buddy (Tour); Dancing in the Streets (Tour); All You Need is Love andThe Goodbye Girl (The Gatehouse);Thursford Christmas Spectacular; and Mass Carib for NitroVox

Theatre includes: To Kill a Mockingbird, Ion, and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Partus (Crucible Studio); Journey to the RiverSea (Unicorn Theatre & UK Tour; Go Noah Go (Little Angel Theatre & UK Tour); and has appeared in 12 Pantomimes playing a wide variety of Roles.

She spent a wonderful year at Toyko Disney Sea performing  in the hugely popular jazz show Big Band Beat and currently sings with a number of Motown bands.

She is delighted to be back performing with The Feel Good Show.

www.DenisePitter.com

Facebook: Denise Pitter

Insatgram: DenisePitterSings

Otto Williams

Bass

Otto Williams is a professional producer, bassist, and musical director.  He studied at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (The Fame School), The Jazz Mobile of New York City and the City College of New York.

His live performances include: Ray Charles; Chaka Khan (Musical Director Japan); Keziah Jones (Musical Director); Bobby Brown; Michal Urbaniak; Sia; Marc Antoine; Brian Culbertson; Peter White; Peabo Bryson; and Rebbie Jackson. 

Movie soundtracks: Tomb Raider, 2018 – Artist: Ray BLK –  Track title: ‘Doing Me’.

Album recordings include: Sia; Michal Urbaniak; Lapsley; and Fumiaki Miyamoto. 

London West End Musicals he has performed in include: Dancing in the StreetsThrillerJail House Rock; and 125th Street.

Numerous Artists played for include: Jackie Wilson; Martha Reeves; Alexander O'Neal; Ray Charles; The Drifters; Amy Winehouse; Bobby Brown; Chaka Khan; Peabo Bryson; Connor Reeves; David Gest; Deniece Williams; Don Blackman; Evelyn 'Champagne' King; Frank McComb; Gwen Dickey - Rose Royce; Gwen McCray; Jocelyn Brown; The Jones Girls; Jessie J; Keziah Jones; Kid Creole and the Coconuts; Lee Ryan; Lenny Henry; London Beat; Roachford; Shalamar; The Drifters; and Wayne Marshall.

Mikey Ciancio

Drums

As a child, Mikey's parents were both avid music lovers, so he grew up around the sounds of soul, Motown, funk and rock. He is really happy to be back playing with The Feel Good Show as he feels completely at home with the music.  He's also very proud to be part of the Feel Good family; the musicians are truly among the best out there and more importantly, are all amazing people.

Credits include: The Billy Joel Songbook played by Elio Pace and his band (2015 - Present); The Feel Good Show with Roger Wright (2018 - Present); Peter Donegan’s Band (2018 - Present); and Oraton (2016 - Present)

Studied with: Damian Fisher; Louie Palmer; Doug Harper; and Craig Blundell.

Basil Isaac

Percussion

Basil Isaac is one of London's unique Musicians and DJ's, with a career spanning 30 years.  Following his first career in Dance & Acting, it was a natural progression to evolve into becoming a musican himself.

Having danced professionally for Music Videos, TV and a traditional South African Percussive Dance Troupe called Uthingo, it inspired him to take the plunge to become a Percussionist himself. "He watched and he learnt" and with a lot of hard work and determination, he is now recognised as one of London's Finest Musicians.

Basil has recorded with artists over the last 30 years such as Joyce Sims, Des'ree, Moodswings, Robert Owens, Noel McCoy, Pauline Henry(Chimes) Basement Jaxx,  Robert Owen, Vanessa Freeman, Roger Wright (Lion King), Pete Simpson, and close friends Christian Ellesse & Cyndi Handson Ellesse (Handson Family), Reel People and Lloyd Wade to name just a few - he feels blessed. 

His humble and dedicated approach is what has served him well for many years, from being Front Man in his own Band Black2Basic, hosting, the longest running live Jam session of the 90's in London at the legendary Bar Cuba, called Spontaneous Construction, with Wife Simone and longtime friends. 

Basil also worked performing in Turkey (Istanbul) for Power FM Live shows for the best part of 10 years.

Many great things have since transpired for the 2000's: Basil's DJ Sets incorporating his own live percussion, are what makes him a pure individual performer.  "DJing, whilst playing Percussion, with his boundless energy and mind bending percussion technique, is a complete one man show in itself" he certainly knows how to draw in a crowd!

Basil has performed at all the main festivals all over the country, as the face of Bacardi (Bacardi B Bar) alongside many top dj's and has been a Resident DJ himself at most of London's prestige clubs and bars, such as Kensington Roof Gardens, Guanabara, Sanderson Hotel, St Martin's Lane Hotel and Coya Mayfair, with his DJ Percussion performances, and is still continuing to do so today.

Although Basil loves to perform his visual Dj Percussion sets his heart and passion will always be playing in a band.  For him, it 's all about the vibe, and say's "you can't beat the feeling you get, when playing with outstanding musician, there's nothing like it".

Whilst still working on his own projects to date and doing his DJ Percussion Gigs in and around London, for the past 2 years he has been playing percussion in a new band, created and orchestrated by one of his oldest friends Maxi Jazz aka: Faithless, called, 'Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys.'  He describes it as being a real honour to be part of Maxi's New Chapter and that Maxi's energy for what he does, keeps us all inspired; the Album ;Simple Not Easy' is now released.

Basil is a unique and talented Musician, who projects a great passion and vibrancy with every performance and is happy to be part of The Feel Good Show orchestra returning to the KMT for this fun concert!

Natalie & Stephanie Cavey

Violin & Viola

Natalie and Stephanie studied the violin and viola at The Royal Academy of Music in London on full scholarships.

Following music college, they have gone on to enjoy great success in session music, recording and performing with established artists such as Adele, Beyoncé, John Legend, Celine Dion, Rita Ora, Muse, Ariana Grande and Spice to name a few.

Natalie and Stephanie tour extensively around Europe with artists such as Adele, Stereophonics and Katie Melua and perform regularly on prime- time TV shows such as The X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, The Graham Norton Show and The Jonathan Ross Show.

They both now concentrate full time on their twin string duo 'Stereo Twins.'

Diane Aidenbaum

Violin

Born in Nice, France, Diane began playing the violin at the age of four. After obtaining a Master of Music at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, Belgium as a student of Lilya Umnova, she obtained a Master of Performance with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music in London in Maurice Hasson’s class.

Diane was invited to perform in many festivals as a soloist, including: Blossom Festival in Ghent, Belgium on the opening night tribute to Steve Lacy; as soloist and duetting with Mikhail Bezverkhny, Musiques en Vacances in La Ciotat, France; C’est Pas Classique in Nice, France; Rencontres Musicales en Montagne Ardéchoise, France; Baia Das Gatas in Cape Verde; and Les Classiques de Villars, Switzerland.

Diane has begun an international career spanning Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Romania, England, China, Brazil as well as all around France, as a soloist and in chamber music. She has formed a classical violin and accordion duo with Aude Giuliano playing a wide repertoire composed from their own arrangements which has been performed internationally for the past five years.

She is currently playing with Giorgos Pafitis in an original duo Violin and Guitar, called Duo Corcovado with a repertoire extending from Classical to American Evergreens, Tango, Latin Music, Film Music, Gipsy and Klezmer. They performed in the most prestigious hotel lobby’s, restaurants, corporate events in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Mykonos and London. Duo Corcovado released their debut album entitled Hymn a L'Amour in 2015.

As an entertainer, Diane performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the world and was invited to perform for Her Majesty The Queen of England at the The Royal Ascot Races event in Ascot and for Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall at Lancaster House in London.

She has collaborated with many artists of different genres like Ivry Gitlis, Liza Minelli, Mikhail Bezverkhny, Sir Simon Rattle, Roberto Benzi, Dirk Brosse, Okiem, Sami Nathan, Luke Corradine and Roger Wright

Maria Rodriguez Reina

Cello

Originally from Spain, María is a professional cellist & Spanish and cello tutor based in London. She holds an MA in English Studies, received a postgraduate certificate in Education, a BMus in cello, and a Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).

Maria has been getting involved in a wide variety of events since she moved to London in 2008.  Although coming from a classical music training background, this City has definitely helped her broaden her aims and expectations and experience within the music field mainly in orchestras, chamber groups, bands, musical theatre productions and recordings. 

www.mariacello.com

Frank Walden

Saxophone

Frank is an active gigging saxophonist.  He spent five years with Amy Winehouse before joining Sir Tom Jones in 2010 and has also toured with Mark Ronson amongst others.  Frank is a member of Elio Pace’s band and the Simon Mulligan Quartet. 

West End work includes: Dancing in the Streets and Jersey Boys.

Henry Collins

Trumpet

Henry studied at the Royal Academy of Music. 

He has worked with various recording artists including Omar, Miloko, Tom Jones, Seal, Zero 7, Amy Winehouse, Katie Melua, Michael Bublé, Seal and Josh Groban.

Trevor Mires

Trombone

Trevor has been at the forefront of the London music scene for the last fourteen years.

His performing credits are wide ranging. He has performed with, among others, George Benson, recorded and toured with multi-instrumentalist James Morrison, toured with Sam Rivers Big Band, Michel Le Grand, and recorded with Pat Metheny, Toots Theilmans and David Sanborn. 

Trevor was a member of jazzfunk band Jamiroquai, and Incognito, recording and touring with both for a number of years.

Maintaining a healthy balance between commercial and more creative projects, recording in studios for TV and film, Trevor is currently Trombonist/arranger for Sir Tom Jones, and recently toured with Randy Brecker's European Big Band, as well as recording with Radiohead, and performing with the likes of Alicia Keys, Beyonce and recording and performing with Mark Ronson.

Recent Positions: Professor of Jazz Trombone, Trinity College of Music; visiting Professor of Jazz Trombone, Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music; and recording with Gregory Porter and Mark Knopfler. 

Trevor is happy to be back with The Feel Good Show at the KMT.

Creatives

Contie Chow

Lighting Design & Operator

Contie, began her journey into the arts ten years ago and first found her calling operating lights in many of London’s rock clubs.  She has worked on a variety of shows and festivals across the UK and Europe and in her own words “enjoys every minute of it”. 

Contie's recent lighting design took her on a UK tour with the theatre show Creeds Cross The Celtic Journey and a UK tour providing pyrotechnics and special FX for UK rock band 'FM'.

She is also a co-funder of SW10 Productions. Her keen ear for music and sharp eye for colour, make the stage come to life; filled with a ray of beautiful colours and textures which is very pleasing for the eye indeed.

Contie designed the lighting for The Feel Good Show's KMT debut in 2018 and is delighted to return with this wonderful uplifting show!

James Ridley

Sound Engineer

James started out in the world of theatre at the age of 14, working alongside skilled technical crew at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking on shows such as the Rocky Horror Show and plays such as One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

After accepting that becoming a lighting designer would be impossible for James due to a degenerative eye condition, he then decided to train in the world of live sound..

James trained at the Royal National College for The Blind in Hereford as a sound engineer and five years later graduated from Thames Valley University (now University of West London) with a BA in Music Technology.  Since then he has toured the world working on numerous stage production shows as a successful sound engineer with a multitude of singers/artists and productions in a variety of London theatre venues and nightclubs, not forgetting the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

James is a co-founder of SW10 Productions, based in Chelsea, London together with his wife Contie, who is The Feel Good Show lighting engineer.  SW10 Productions is celebrating over 20 years of experience in providing sound, lighting, special effects in live concerts, theatre shows and corporate events. The success of the Company is due to a 'can-do attitude' love for music topped with pride and perfection in their work.  SW10 extensive stock of equipment suits all needs.

James and Contie first worked alongside Roger Wright's brother Steven with his band 'Candy Apple Blue', then Steven introduced Roger to James and Contie.  Roger was so impressed with SW10's lighting and sound he requested them to work for him on The Feel Good Show production.

SW10 Productions is proud to be a part of The Feel Good Show and is very much looking forward to getting the show on the road.  They are delighted to return to the KMT once again with this show and would like to thank The Feel Good Show family for having them as part of this great production team!

Email: info@sw10productions.com

Tel: 07799771031

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sw10productions/

Instagram: #sw10productions

Twitter: @sw10productions

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