We have been hard at work for the past three weeks and have just began our two week preview period before we take to the Edinburgh Festival. Check out a few of our rehearsal snaps below. We hope to see you at a venue near you soon!
I am very excited to announced that I will be playing ‘Ross Geller’ in the UK tour of ‘Friendsical’.
“Full casting has been announced for the eagerly awaited world premiere of Friendsical. Playing everyone's favourite friends are Jordan Fox (Joey), Sarah Goggin (Monica), Jamie Lee-Morgan (Ross), Thomas Mitchells (Chandler), Ally Retberg (Phoebe) and Charlotte Elisabeth York (Rachel). They will be joined by Duncan Burt (Ensemble) and Rebecca Withers (Ensemble).
The hilarious parody musical, written by Miranda Larson, will embark on a extensive UK tour, opening at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham on 15 July 2019 followed by: Darlington, Derry, Newcastle, Kingston, Malvern, Blackpool, Chelmsford, Southampton and Croydon. Friendsical will also enjoy a full run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1 - 25 August as part of the Assembly Festival programme in The Assembly Rooms' Music Hall.
When Ross' wife leaves him for another woman, he fears he will never find love again. But then Rachel runs back into his life... will he end up with his one true love?
Featuring original songs such as '(He's her) Lobster!', 'Richard's Moustache' and 'You're Over Me? When Were You Under Me?', the gang take on naked Thursdays, a power cut, and a dinosaur convention.
What could possibly go wrong?
Friendsical is written and directed by Miranda Larsson, with designs by Anthony Lamble, lighting by Dom Jeffery, sound by Julian Butler, musical composition by Barrie Bignold, choreography by Darren Carnall, associate choreography by Michael Vinsen and is produced by Birdbrooke Entertainment ltd.
CHELTENHAM Everyman Theatre
17 - 20 July 2019
01242 572 573
24 - 27 July 2019
EDINBURGH Assembly Rooms
01 - 25 August 2019
DERRY Millennium Forum
28 - 31 August 2019
028 7126 4455
NEWCASTLE Northern Stage
3 - 7 September 2019
0191 230 5151
KINGSTON Rose Theatre
9 - 14 September 2019
020 8174 0090
MALVERN Festival Theatre
16 - 21 September 2019
BLACKPOOL Grand Theatre
23 - 28 September 2019
01253 290 190
CHELMSFORD Civic Theatre
14 - 19 October 2019
01245 606 505
SOUTHAMPTON Nuffield Theatre
21 - 26 October 2019
CROYDON Ashcroft Playhouse
28 October - 2 November 2019
0203 292 0001”
It’s been an absolute adventure. Last week the current cast of Madagascar said goodbye to the show after a whole year.
It has been an honour being a company member of the original UK and Ireland cast of Madagascar and also to be the first ever person to play Melman through the use of puppetry. I wish the next company all the very best as they embark on the next chapter of the show.
Thank you to everyone who has supported myself and the show this year. It’s been a blast.
The original cast of Madagascar the Musical:
With the help of a fantastic cast and crew we have completed a very successful three days of filming for the currently untitled piece of comedy writing I have written and am producing in collaboration with Dan Eycott from Pixelform Studios. The piece is currently being edited and I am very much looking forward to sharing it with you all as well as beginning work on the next one!
Firstly a very Happy New Year to you all!
It has been a very busy start to 2019. As I am currently on a break from ‘Madagascar The Musical’-an idea that has long been in my mind is coming into fruition. Below are a few rehearsal snaps from my recent workshop of my own writing for a comedy project I will be producing and will also be appearing in. We shall be shooting at the end of this month in collaboration with Pixelform Studios and then more details shall be revealed… STAY TUNED! I am very excited about this one.
Check out the brand new poster for ‘Madagascar The Musical’ as the cast is announced for the 2019 section of the tour. I will be continuing the role of ‘Melman’ into the new year!
THE BRAND NEW TRAILER FOR MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL HAS BEEN RELEASED! CHECK IT OUT!
MADAGASCAR HAS OFFICIALLY OPENED AND IS RECEIVING GREAT REVIEWS!
HERE'S JUST A FEW...
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REWRITE THIS STORY MY THEATRE MATES BEHIND THE ARRAS FRANKLY MY DEAR BACKSTAGE ACCESS
"JAMIE LEE-MORGAN AS MELMAN SHONE BRIGHTEST. FROM HIS FIRST APPEARANCE ON STAGE TO THE LAST YOU COULD SEE HE WAS RELISHING EVERY SECOND AND THE GIFT OF SCRIPT BESTOWED UPON HIM"
-North West End
“BEST OF THE QUARTET, JAMIE LEE-MORGAN TRUMPS THEM ALL WITH A WONDERFUL MELMAN THE GIRAFFE.”
"MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER THOUGH IS MELMAN - JAMIE LEE-MORGAN IS PART PERFORMER, PART PUPPETEER AND HAS SOME OF THE BEST THROWAWAY LINES"
"JAMIE LEE-MORGAN IS VERY ENTERTAINING...HE HAS GREAT COMEDIC ABILITY"
JAMIE LEE-MORGAN NOT ONLY DELIVERS SOME GREAT COMEDY WITH MELMAN, THE HYPOCHONDRIAC GIRAFFE, BUT ALSO SHOWS SOME SLICK PUPPETRY SKILLS HANDLING HIS IMPRESSIVE GIRAFFE COSTUME WHICH COMPLETELY BRINGS MELMAN TO LIFE.”
-Southend Theatre Scene
"THE USE OF PUPPETRY IS MASTERFUL, WITH JAMIE LEE-MORGAN PROVING HIMSELF TO BE AN EXPERT OF PUPPETRY MANIPULATION"
"MELMAN THE GIRAFFE IS CONTROLLED BRILLIANTLY BY JAMIE LEE-MORGAN"
"JAMIE LEE-MORGAN MAKES THE WHOLE AUDIENCE FALL IN LOVE WITH MELMAN"
"JAMIE LEE-MORGAN'S MELMAN THE GIRAFFE BROUGHT FANTASTIC COMEDY AND IMPRESSIVE PUPPETEERING SKILLS"
"JAMIE LEE-MORGAN PLAYS AND OPERATES MELMAN WHO IS DELIGHTFULLY REALISTIC WITH HIS MOVEMENT"
-Broadway World Scotland
"I PRETTY SOON FORGOT THERE WAS A MAN IN THE SUIT AS JAMIE HAD THE HEAD MOVEMENTS OF HIS GIRAFFE PERFECTED"
"THE JOKES KEPT COMING, PARTICULALRY THANKS TO JAMIE LEE-MORGAN'S DEADPAN DELIVERY AS MELMAN"
-The Culture Vulture
"TIMMIKA RAMSAY AND JAMIE LEE-MORGAN PERFECTLY PLAYED OFF EACH OTHER AND FLAWLESSLY PORTRAYED THE ESSENCE OF THEIR ONSCREEN PERSONAS"
"MELMAN IS EMBODIED PERFECTLY BY JAMIE LEE-MORGAN WHO WANDERS ROUND THE STAGE IN A SOMBER BUT TRULY LOVEABLE MANNER"
-Rewrite this Story
"JAMIE LEE-MORGAN AS THE INTROVERTED HYPOCHONDRIAC MELMAN AND TIMMIKA RAMSAY AS THE LOUD AND PROUD GLORIA ARE COMEDY GOLD"
-Musical Theatre Musings