Youll Never Walk Alone

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STARS OF STAGE AND SCREEN JOIN FORCES FOR
ONE NIGHT GALA CONCERT
YOULL NEVER WALK ALONE
THE WEST END UNITES FOR THE PHILIPPINES
QUEENS THEATRE
SUNDAY 2 MARCH 2014

Stars of the stage and screen will come together for a special one-night-only
concert Youll Never Walk Alone at the Queens Theatre on Sunday 2
March 2014 at 7.30pm in aid of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal, it was
announced today. Tickets are now on sale from £32.50, with all proceeds
going directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee.
On 7 November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most intense tropical
storms ever to make landfall anywhere in the world, struck the Philippines.
Millions were affected by torrential rain, winds of over 140mph and flooding
of up to 15 feet, devastating coastal areas. Over 14 million people have had
their lives torn apart, with approximately 590,000 homes completely
destroyed and well over 4 million people forcibly displaced due to the
destruction.
Youll Never Walk Alone - The West End Unites for the Philippines is a onenight-
only gala concert in support of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal by the
Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which brings together 14 of the UKs
leading aid charities to raise money in order to quickly reach those in need.
The money raised will contribute to the ongoing need for emergency shelter,
clean water and food as well as helping survivors rebuild their lives.
Promising an unforgettable evening of music and comedy and lead by a cast
of Britains brightest stars of the West End and beyond, Youll Never Walk
Alone will be an uplifting reminder of the importance of collaboration and
the fact that theatre really can make a difference. The concert will also
featuring an ensemble of Filipino performers and a magnificent on stage
band.
Casting so far includes: Julie Atherton (Avenue Q, The Last 5 Years), two
time Olivier Award winner Joanna Riding (Stephen Ward, The Pyjama Game),
three time Olivier Award nominee Hannah Waddingham (Kiss Me Kate,
Spamalot), Filipino born singer and quarter finalist on BBCs The Voice
Joseph Apostol, soon to play John in Cameron Mackintoshs revival of Miss
Saigon Hugh Maynard (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King), two time
Olivier Award nominee Michael Xavier (The Sound of Music, The Pyjama
Game) and Filipino born classical pianist and named One to Watch by The
Independent Emmanuel Vass, with more names to be announced in the new
year.
The event has been instigated by the UK based theatre Filipino community,
many of whom moved to the United Kingdom in the 1990s to take part in
the original production of Miss Saigon, the worldwide smash-hit musical
produced by British theatre impresario, Cameron Mackintosh.
Cameron Mackintosh said: The Philippines have been a special part of my
life ever since Claude-Michel Schonberg, Alain Boublil and I first went there
25 years ago to cast the original production of Miss Saigon. As well as being
an exceptionally talented nation, the people we have met are also warm,
generous and good-hearted human beings who have become our friends the
world over. The recent terrible natural disaster there has affected so many
people and along with the international aid, I am only too happy to offer the
use of the Queens Theatre for a fund raising performance led by stars of the
Philippines and the West End to help gather as much money as possible for
those in desperate need.
DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said: We have been overwhelmed by the
support for our Philippines Typhoon Appeal but even in that context the gala
performance of Youll Never Walk Alone promises to be a real highlight. It is
wonderful to have a cast that includes so many Filipino performers as well as
stars of the stage and screen. We are extremely grateful to the cast, crew,
producer Paul Spicer and to Cameron Mackintosh and Delfont Mackintosh
Theatres for their respective roles in bring together this wonderful event.
Producer Paul Spicer said: In such dire situations we often feel helpless, but
through entertainment and celebration of the Filipino peoples resilience, we
can make a difference. This will be a truly one-off event rooted in hope and
inspired by the Filipino spirit and vivacity. Disasters like this may often seem
a million miles away from our reality, but when a crisis occurs it affects
humanity as a whole. By lending our efforts to this appeal, we are expressing
loyalty not only to the people of the Philippines, but to humankind.
Youll Never Walk Alone is produced by Paul Spicer and Matt Firth for
Stage Acts Productions with the kind support of Delfont Mackintosh
Theatres.

For more information visit:
www.westendunites.com
Twitter - @WestEndUnites
Official hashtag - #WestEndUnites
For further press information please contact Mark Senior
on 07446 169 997 or mark@markseniorpr.com

LISTINGS
SUNDAY 2 MARCH 2014, 7.30pm
QUEENS THEATRE
Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6BA
Tickets £90 (Gold Premium), £52.50, £42.50, £32.50
Box Office +44 (0)844 482 5164 | www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk
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