18-22 Feb 2014
Ray Shell, Back to Black
The Pheasantry

Ray Shell, Back to Black Ray Shell, Back to Black

West End ‘Soul Man’ Ray Shell makes his London cabaret debut in Back to Black

Ray Shell’s West End career has embraced starring roles in many of the greatest musicals of the past 30 years, from Hair and Starlight Express to The Bodyguard.

He was the original Rusty the train when Starlight Express opened in 1984, he created the role of Normax in 5 Guys Named Moe and has just completed a year in The Bodyguard as the diva's manager, Bill Devaney.

Now Ray is making his London cabaret debut with Back to Black at The Pheasantry, 152 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3, from Tuesday 18 - Saturday 22 February.

Back to Black will feature Ray’s distinctive interpretation of well-known songs from musicals from Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd to current Broadway hit Kinky Boots and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Shell is also an internationally acclaimed author and the evening will include him narrating an excerpt from his acclaimed novel Iced, soon to be a major feature film.

After teenage beginnings in shows like The Me Nobody Knows, Ray took the West End by storm in leading roles in Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express - he was the original Rusty in 1984 - Miss Saigon, he created the role of Normax in 5 Guys Named Moe, Children of Eden, Ain’t Misbehavin’, the narrator in Dancing in the Streets, Pork in Gone With the Wind, The Lion King, and manager Bill Devaney in The Bodyguard.

Back to Black promises to be an amazing musical journey; an evening of storytelling, song and sensational entertainment from the ‘Soul Man of the West End’.

Back to Black is written by Ray Shell. Musical Direction Ian Vince-Gatt. Sound and Music Associate Paul Jenkins. Staged and Directed by Dollie Henry.

It is produced by Street Angels Productions and BOP Productions Ltd in association with The Pheasantry.

INFO: Ray Shell's Back to Black is at The Pheasantry, 152 King's Road, London SW3 4UT from 18 to 22 February 2014 | www.pizzaexpresslive.com

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