Sugababe Jade Ewen withdraws from Godspell tour due to ill health

imageDue to ill health, Sugababe Jade Ewen has regretfully stood down from her role in this spring’s forthcoming tour of Godspell In Concert – the legendary rock musical from Stephen Schwartz – the Grammy® and Academy Award®- winning composer of WICKED. Stepping up to the mark at short notice is Laura Mansell, already a member of the current cast who are in rehearsals ahead of the tour opening at the Hackney Empire on Saturday April 4th.

Jade Ewen said of today’s announcement:

“I’m saddened to have to withdraw from Godspell due to ill health. I wish the cast and crew a truly successful run, although I know they will put on an amazing show, and I can’t wait to see it.”

Laura’s previous theatrical credits include: Diva 2 in Priscilla, Queen of The Desert (Number 1 UK Tour), Princess Lily in Puss in Boots (Gate Arts Centre), Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors (White Bear Theatre), Precious Maguire in Steel Pier (Bridewell Theatre), BBC Proms with Maida Vale Singers and John Wilson Orchestra (Royal Albert Hall), Ensemble in Rent (Garrick Theatre), Lead Production Vocalist on P&O Azura. Roles whilst training include Mama Noah in Children of Eden and Queen in The Life (European Premiere).

The UK tour will feature a brand new, modern-day rock score packed to the heavens with favourites such as Light of the World, All Good Gifts and Day by Day.

This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theatregoers all over the world – and now UK theatre fans can join in the celebration as a spectacular ensemble is set to stir souls and raise spirits, aided by a full live band.

Prior to the gala, the show last played the West End in 1972 at the Wyndham’s Theatre, where it turned David Essex into an overnight sensation and more recently Godspell has enjoyed a hugely successful run on Broadway.

By permission of Stephen Schwartz – the Grammy® and Academy Award®- winning composer of Wicked and Pippin – Russell Scott and Mark Pettitt for Godspell in Concert UK Ltd will produce the 12 week UK tour. Kenneth Avery-Clark directs the production which was critically lauded at its London performance.