Actors ply their trade in many different ways just in the same way that well-known actors can headline a big film, some theatre actors have the same ability to lure in the crowds just because they are well-known. The following is a list of 7 of the best musical theatre actors, all of which come with a huge amount of credibility and experience.
1. Michael Ball.
Michael Ball is the true British musical theatre star and he is regularly seen testing his musical strengths on stage in plays such as Sweeney Todd which eventually moved to the West End where he won his second Olivier Award. He has progressed from juve lead to the leading man and he even became a leading woman with his starring role in Hairspray. Every role that he takes on he ensures that he is challenged regardless of whether it is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or Sondheim. One of his latest roles sees him play the part of Mack in Mack and Mabel.
2. Michael Xavier
When the Pajama Game transferred, Michael Xavier took the place of Hadely Fraser and he is now one of the first choice leading men thanks to his amazing voice and good looks. He has worked on shows such as the Sound of Music and in the original production of Love Story by Howard Goodall.
3. Julie Atherton
When it comes to musical theatre, Julie Atherton does not get the credit she deserves. She was one of the original cast members of Avenue Q but she does spend a lot of her time doing smaller scale musicals. Her next role is in Shock Treatment at the King’s Head.
4. Jenna Russell
Jenna Russell is one of the most cherished and loved British musical actresses. She has been in a large number of shows such as Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park With George, which saw her win the Olivier Award along with a Tony nomination when it moved to Broadway and Urinetown. She has recently finished her role in Di and Viv in the West End.
5. Damian Humbley
Damian Humbley as one of the most recognisable and assured voices when it comes musical theatre. He has been seen recently in Menier’s Forbidden Broadway which then moved to the Vaudeville but the actor who was born in Australia has been outstanding in shows such as The Last 5 Years, Merrily We Roll Along which also moved to the West end as well as Life of the Party.
6. Laura Pitt-Pulford
Laura Pitt-Pulford has been forging a career for herself for many years by being part of regional and fringe musicals such as Salisbury’s A Man of No Importance and Leicester’s Hello, Dolly! She is slowly making a name for herself and putting in huge performances which are surely helping her to move in the direction to the West End.
7. Alex Gaumond
Alex Gaumond has gone about his business quietly in recent years but this has seen him grow in popularity especially being part of Legally Blonde the Musical as well his part in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He proved how versatile he can be by taking over the role of Trunchbull in Matilda, he is a leading man who carries charm a real stage presence.