|Kid Creole 'BRUTUS T FIREFLY'
Kid Creole & The Coconuts were born in 1979. The parent: Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. But the parent was also the child. August Darnell was a bassist, lyricist, and background vocalist for Dr. Buzzard. His brother Stony Browder, Jr. was the mastermind. The Doctor to be exact. Sibling rivalry was the direct cause for the eventual demise of the Savannah Band and the rise of Kid Creole. The brothers were very competitive and each wanted to prove to the other that he could do it alone. In fact, neither one was really alone. Stony kept Cory Daye, the smooth, sultry vocalist whose dulcet tones and distinct style had already helped the brothers achieve a number one hit (‘Chechez La Femme’); August drafted the manic Suger-Coated Andy Hernandez (who became Coati Mundi) and as a result gained an excellent arranger, incomparable showman and comic-foil (for the legendary live shows). And so the brothers parted.
Since that day August Darnell has fronted one of the hardest working bands in show business. Kid Creole and The Coconuts have played thousands of shows, recorded 12 albums, spawned 4 greatest hits collections, been featured on six film soundtracks, and showcased in three feature films not to mention the countless television shows (from England’s Top Of The Pops to America’s The Tonight Show with prestigious ‘specials’ such as the Barry Manilow one and their very own made-for-TV musical There’s Something Wrong in Paradise, thrown in for good measure).
Nowadays the band is celebrating their 26th Anniversary quite a feat when you consider how quickly musical tastes change these days. And now, Mr. Darnell, a.k.a Kid Creole, after all the gold and platinum albums, all the concerts, all the travels around the world, all the special events, all the accolades and awards…what remains to be done?
What is left to achieve?
Perhaps the answer is blowing in the wind. In 1997 August Darnell managed to find himself back in the theatre world he had abandoned way back in 1973. August majored in drama at Hofstra University way back then. His dream was to become a thespian. But along came the Vietnam War and the draft forced him to adopt a ‘legitimate’ major (English/Literature). So instead of acting, he turned to teaching to make a living. When he tired of the pedantic ways of the New York City school administration (and tired of his bohemian brother heckling him for taking a ‘9-5’), he heeded the alluring call of the wild. In 1975 Rock N’ Roll sucked him out of the comfortable, predictable, conventional world of education and catapulted him into the unconventional, unpredictable, unstable world of Rock N’ Roll. And he never looked back.
Fast-forward twenty four years to 1997 and we find Mr. D. involved in a musical theatre experience in of all places, Blackpool, England! ‘A chance to return to my theatre roots’, he smiled. And smiled and smiled. For now in the year 2008 over 1,000 performances later, we find August Darnell once again cheerfully creating the role of D.J. Brutus T. Firefly for the 11th year in that musical tribute to the glorious 70s known as Oh! What A Night.
And so, yet another alias for Mr. Darnell (from Kid Creole to Brutus T Firefly).
Yet another detour?
Or perhaps just a circuitous route back home. Maybe a dream deferred can actually be a dream achieved, after all.
|Sharn Adela 'ROXIE ROCHELLE'
Sharn trained at London Studio Centre.
Her theatre credits include Martha Reeves in Dancing in the
Streets (Cambridge, Aldwych and the Playhouse Theatre),
Aretha Franklin in A Tribute to the Stars (Cannes Palm Beach
Casino), Chiffon in The Little Shop of Horrors (national tour),
Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show (European tour), one of
the Three Degrees in Sheila Ferguson’s Tribute to the Three
Degrees (Grand Theatre Blackpool), a Blues Sister in The
Brian Conley Show (Blackpool Opera House, Futurist Theatre,
Scarborough and Pavilion Theatre Weymouth), a solo vocalist
in Variety Nights (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Eadie in Long
About Midnight (Lillian Bayliss Theatre), Fairy in Dick
Whittington (Peckham Civic Theatre).
TV credits include The Royal Variety Performance (LWT), The
Brian Conley Show (LWT), Des O’Connor (LWT), Wogan
(BBC), The Richard Whitely Show (Yorkshire TV).
Video credits include Robert Palmer, Brian Conley and the
Cambridge Diet video. Sharn spent a number of years singing
with international female trio The Divas, and would like to
thank her family and friends for their never-ending love and
Sharn is represented by Kelly Management www.kellymanagement.
|Nigel Roche 'STRETCH'
Nigel trained at the London Studio Centre.
His West End credits include the role of Travis in Miss Saigon
(Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Show Boat (London Palladium,
national tour and RSC/Opera North); Carmen Jones (Old Vic);
Porgy and Bess (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); My One
and Only (London Palladium); Mr Wonderful - Sammy Davis Jr
(Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and Nine (Royal Festival Hall).
Additional credits include Carmen Jones (Japanese tour); the
role of the High Priest in Jesus Christ Superstar (European
tour); the Lion in The Wiz (Hackney Empire); Julian in the
workshop for the musical Love Shack and the role of Scar in
The Legend of the Lion King (Disneyland Paris).
Pantomime credits include three appearance in the role of the
Genie of the Lamp in Aladdin and the role of the Sultan of
Morocco in Dick Whittington (Grand Opera House, Belfast and
Opera House Manchester). Various cabaret appearances
include the London Hippodrome, the Battersea Show Palace,
the Benidorm Palace (Spain) and lead singer on a cruise ship
in the Carribbean.
Television and film credits include The Lawrence Olivier
Awards, The Princes Trust 21st Anniversary Gala, Talking
Telephone Numbers, Hotel Babylon (Channel 4), The
Generation Game and Good Morning Australia.
Film credits include Porgy and Bess (BBC) and This Year’s
Love (directed by David Kane).
Presenting credits include Host in Abba Mania (national tour)
and Co-Host for Dig for Dollars (Crown TV, Australia).
Nigel created the role of Stretch Mulligan in the original
company of Oh! What a Night (Opera House Blackpool) and
has subsequently appeared in the role at the London Apollo
Hammersmith, UK and European tours, Hamburg, Germany,
Monte Carlo and Australian tour.
|Mathew Craig 'JACK VETTRIANO'
Mathew trained at Mountview theatre school where he received a 1st class Ba (Hons) in performance. He has since appeared in Aspects of Love, Ken Hills Phantom Of The Opera, A little night music, Disney's original touring cast of Beauty And The Beast, Miss Saigon, Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream for UKTT, Showboat at the Royal Albert Hall, Imagine This ( a new musical at the theatre Royal, Plymouth) and a A little house music at the Arts theatre, london. On Television Mathew has appeared in episodes of Nuts And Bolts for Htv Wales, Coca Cola commercials and most recently Richard Thomas's Kombat Opera series for BBC2. Mathew is a currently a lead vocalist for the band Baby No Name.
|Colin Charles 'JT'
Colin Charles was trained at the Ballet Rambert School in Twickenham. Since leaving he has performed in various productions for English National Opera as an Actor/Dancer in the productions of Orpheus in the Underworld, Faust, Don Carlos and Aida.
His first West End musical was Cats, in which he performed the roles of Corricapat cat and Mr Mistofolees.
As soloist dancer/singer he has performed with Wayne Sleep and his company on tour and at London’s Dominion Theatre.
Other West End credits include King at the Piccadilly Theatre and Children of Eden at the Prince Edward Theatre. He played the role of Four-Eyed Moe in Five Guys Named Moe at the Lyric Theatre; Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, opposite Jason Donavon and Phillip Schofield, at the London Palladium; the role of T Bone and understudy to the part of Joe in Carmen Jones the musical; the role of John in Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane; the role of Steven in Seeing the Light at the Roundhouse, Camden; the role of Tyrone in a production of Fame touring Scotland and played the principle role of Britney in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre for the last 2.5 years.
Colin has also travelled around the worked as a production singer for Costa Cruise Lines, and as a singer/choreographer for Celebrity Cruises.
|Charleen Quaye 'CAT'
Graduating with a BA (Honours) degree in Musical Theatre in 2005, Charleen went straight into the hit musical ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ as a featured dancer and vocalist understudying both leading ladies – Kele le Roc and Nicola Hughes.
During her training Charleen appeared in a string of high-profile pop campaigns and videos for artistes including Beverley Knight, Keisha White, DJ Casper, Anis Moth and Kele le Roc to name but a few.
Since ‘I Can’t Stop Stop Loving You’ Charleen has worked none stop. She toured the United Kingdom as one of the Cell Block Tango girls in ‘Chicago’ understudying the lead roles of Roxie Hart and Mama Morton and going on as Roxie to great acclaim. After this she went straight into the hit Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins show ‘Viva la Diva’ and had only a week’s break before rehearsals for this production.
Television credits include CD-UK, Discomania, The American Superbowl for Channel 4, the Children’s Royal Variety Performance and the Queen’s Jubilee Show for the BBC. Most recently she appeared on our screens during the 2007 Royal Variety Show with the cast of ‘Viva la Diva’.
|Adam Scown 'SAL'
Adam is no stranger to the stage and has been performing in one way or another for most of his life. He trained at Brent Street School of Performing Arts in Australia and his previous musical theatre credits include The Music of Dirty Dancing, The Boy From Oz (with Hugh Jackman), Grease – The Arena Spectacular, Oh! What a Night (AustralianTour), Aloft, Shadowbox and Aladdin. Adam has also performed internationally in numerous shows in Dubai, Korea, China, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai.
Adam performed in the Australian handover ceremony at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Closing Ceremony and in the tap segment at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. He has danced with and vocally supported Tina Arena, Kelly Clarkson, Rogue Traders, Marcia Hines, Caroline O’Connor, Kate Ceberano, Times 3 and many others. He has also recorded and performed with new pop group Vigo. He has done numerous voiceovers for commercials such as 3Mobile and McDonald’s.
Adam has worked with many of Australia’s leading choreographers at numerous live events and corporate functions. He has been seen on television in a guest role in Home and Away (playing the part of Kym), Australian Idol, The Midday Show and tele-series Octavia for Itv2. His film credits include Oscar winning film Happy Feet, Bootmen and Oscar & Lucinda.
Adam is keen to pursue his passion as a dancer and singer in London and would like to thank his family for their ongoing support.
|Hayley Newton 'CANDY'
Training: Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
Theatre: ‘Dance Captain’ in ‘Viva La Diva’ – National Tour, June’ in ‘Chicago’ – Cambridge Theatre ‘Kristine’ in ‘Movin’ Out’ -Original London Cast- (Apollo Victoria, London); ‘Geminae’ in ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ (Royal National Theatre); Company & Understudied/Played ‘Girl on a Swing’ in ‘Contact’ -Original London Cast- (Queens Theatre); ‘Melanie’ in ‘’The Goodbye Girl’- Original London Cast- (Albury Theatre) ‘Broadway Theatre Project’ Director Ann Reinkin (Tampa, Florida) credits also include: Workshop for ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Gillian Lynne); ‘Mysti’ in ‘The Mysti Tour (National Tour); ‘Vocalist’ ‘Kelly Osbourne Tour’ (UK and Europe Tour) ;’Lead Dancer’ in ‘Fosse Tribute’ (Grosvenor House) ; Featured Artist in ‘Dancers Uncovered’ (Clear Channel) ; Featured Artist in Phil Collins ‘Little Dreams’ Geneva.
Television: ‘Guest Artist’ in Phil Collins ‘Little Dreams Christmas Special’ (Geneva TV) ; ‘Take That Special (LWT); ‘Bet’ in ‘BBC Celebrates Oliver’ (BBC TV) ; ‘Tally’ in ’24 SEVEN’ (2 series) (Granada TV) ; ‘Monica’ in ‘Jo Brands Christmas Special’ (Channel 4/Vera Prod) ; ‘Lorna’ in ‘Grange Hill’ (BBC TV) ; ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (LWT); Singer/Dnacer’ ‘Kids Say the Funniest Things’ (LWT) ‘Vocalist’ for Kelly Osbourne ‘Top of The Pops’ (BBC) Featured in ‘Star School’ (LWT) ; Presenter ‘ Cyberstar’ (Disney).
Concerts: Lead Dancer ‘’Take That Stadium Tour’ (Kim Gavin) ; Vocalist ‘Kelly Osbourne Tour’ Europe and UK Tour/
Recordings: ‘Ca Ira’ (Roger Waters Music) ‘The Goodbye Girl’ (Original Cast Recording)
Hayley is delighted to be joining ‘Oh What A Night’ and would like to dedicate her performance to her sister Carrie and Dean who will be getting married in the Summer of 2008.
|Craig Whymark 'DIRK'
Craig is thrilled to be back in Oh! What A Night to play Dirk
after thoroughly enjoying the previous tour.
Craig studied at the Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama
(M.A.D.D). Upon leaving college he joined a boyband with a
recording contract in the USA appearing on various radio and
TV stations. On his return to the UK he has concentrated on
the commercial dance scene. Most recently he has been
dancing for the pop group Girls Aloud. He has performed in
three of their UK tours, appeared alongside them on TV shows
such as The Davina Show, ITV; Girls Aloud Unplugged, ITV;
Children in Need, BBC1; Top of the Pops, BBC1; Best Songs
From the Movies Ever, ITV, to name but a few.
He has danced on the X Factor Netherlands, The Paul O’Grady
Show and Loose Women. Also at the Mobo Awards for the girl
group Mystique. Pop promos include Lionel Richie, Texas, All
Stars. Armand Van Heldon and Daft Punk.
He has been a featured artist in commercials for Hewlitt
Packard, Nationwide, BT Cellnet and Macdonalds. On Top of
the Pops for dance Dj’s Trev and Simon, urgon Reese and on
CD UK with Liza Mafia.
Craig has backing danced for pop singers such as Rozalla,
Adeva, Space Dust and the Eurovision Song contest winner
Dana International. He went to Mumbai India to film the
Bollywood Blockbuster Khabi Khushi Khabi Khan and Indian
Bamboo, also toured with the Bollywood show Bollywood
Theatre credits include Cinderella at Glasgow King’s Theatre,
Mother Goose, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella all at
the Theatre Roval Norwich.
|Becky Hanks 'BRANDY''
Becky started dancing at the Tiffany Stage Academy, Clacton, and went on to train professionally at Laine theatre arts as a scholarship student
theatre work- grease- victoria palace london, uk tour and tokyo japan, dance captain /swing playing patty, marty and cha cha, fame- victoria palace and cambridge theatre london, iris kelly, fame-uk tour ensemble, 42nd street-ensemble, the royal variety performance, lyceum theatre.
commercial work- for take that: concert for diana, "shine" video, san remo festival italy, echo awards germany and "dancing on ice" (itv). "grease is the word" resident dancer (itv), "grease is the word" opening credits, "just the two of us" resident dancer (bbc), debenhams tv commercial, motorola tv commercial, various hairshows for trevor sorbie, john freida, l'oreal and ghd.
becky is thrilled to be joining the cast of oh what a night and dedicates her performance to her husband and family for their continued support
|Johnny White 'OTIS'
Johnny is orginally from Dublin, Ireland. He trained at Stella Mann
Performing Arts College, where he graduated in 2006.
Johnny’s professional credits include: Ensemble Dancer, Cinderella
at the Regent Theatre Stoke, for First Family. Saks at Salon
International 2007 Tour. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, nine month
contract around the Caribbean and Europe. And while in college
Johnny performed in two pantomines at the Gaiety Theatre,
Johnny is delighted to be a part of this wonderful cast of Oh! What
A Night, and would like to take this opportunity to say a big thanks
to all his family and friends for all their support.
|Darvina Plante' DONNA'
Darvina trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts & London Studio Centre.
Credits include: ‘Company’ in ‘Daddy Cool’ Shaftesbury Theatre & European Tour, ‘Dancer’ in ‘Will & Gareth Tour’ Wembley Arena, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone’ Warner Brothers Films, Principal Singer in ‘Chains UNICEF’ Sadlers Wells, ‘Cynthia’ in ‘The Goodbye Girl’ E & B Prod National Tour, ‘Tiki’ in ‘My Friend Soweto’ Channel 4, ‘Presenter’ in ‘Urban Rights’ ITV, ‘Company’in ‘Cinderella’ Epsom Playhouse, ‘Company’ in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Hackney Empire.
Darvina is delighted to be joining the cast of ‘Oh What A Night’.
|Jeremy Cave 'GENO'
Jeremy trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
Credits include: ‘Company and U/s & Played Captain Hook’ in ‘Peter Pan’ Millfield theatre, ‘Company’ on M/S Orianna – World Cruise – CMC Productions, ‘Lord Jermeiah’ in ‘Top Cat the Musical’ – Phil McIntyre Prod., ‘Henry Higgins’ in ‘My Fair Lady’ Avondale Theatre, ‘Oliver’ in ‘As You Like it’ Complete Works Shakespeare Company, ‘Lucentio’ in ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ – Complete Works Shakespeare Company, ‘Billy’ in ‘The Cripple of lrishman’ Landor Theatre, ‘Jon’ in ‘The Demon Hedmaster’ –Churchill Theatre, ‘Curly’ in ‘Peter Pan’- Lewisham Theatre, ‘Vocalist in ‘Royal Masonic Gala’ – theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Jeremy is delighted to be joining the cast of ‘Oh What A Night’
|Vicky Chandler 'JO JO'
Vicky trained at Ridgeway Studios from a young age, where she was inspired to take up performing as a career. She then went on to a three year musical theatre course at Performers College in Essex, under the direction of Brian Rogers.
Theatre credits include: Fame (2007 UK Tour) where she played Lambchops and understudied and played Carmen & Mabel on several occasions, Sweetbox (Concert, Japan - Korea Tour 2006), Ensemble in the West End production of Fame where she played various leading roles, Oh! What A Night (European Tour) and Oh! What A Night (UK Tour) where she understudied and played the role of Cat. Vicky has also appeared in the following pantomimes: Princess Balroubadour in Aladdin (Grays), Snow White in Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs (Plymouth Theatre Royal), Maid Marian in Babes In The Wood (Grays) and Snow White in Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs (Rotherham).
Television credits include: An Audience with Kylie Minogue (ITV), Pump it up (Work-Out Dance DVD), World Cup (Music Video), Tonedef All-stars, Children In Need (BBC), Pilot show for Mungo Jazz (BBC), Host/Dancer for Ali G In Da House (Film Premiere), Lynx Babe for Lynx Webcam, IBC Sunday Spectacular (Amsterdam) and numerous T.V Commercials including BT advert with Bob Hoskins.
As well as many corporate events at top London hotels, Vicky has also been a model for the L’Oreal Hair Colour Trophy and Wella.
Vicky is delighted to be back in Oh! What A Night and would like to thank her husband and family for their constant love and support.
For more information on Vicky, please visit www.access-associates.co.uk/vchandler
|Karl Newsam 'SANCHO/SWING'
Karl Newsam trained professionally at Arts Educational Schools London. Where he gained a first class BA Honours Degree in Musical Theatre.
Karl made his theatrical debut in the tony award winning musical The Producers, (Drury Lane).He then went to complete a successful run of The Producers National Tour. Other credits include, Principle dancer in the World War Two Commemorations (BBC1, BBC1 and ITV).Hans in Jack and The Beanstalk (Wyvern Theatre). Dance captain Olympia Horse Show (BBC1).Several appearances on Top of the pops, Hair shows and Fashion shows.
Whilst at College Karl played the roles of Mac in 42nd st, The Grinch in Suesical The Musical, The Lion in The wiz, The Solicitor in Lucky Stiff and Ensemble in Steel Pier.
Karl is delighted to be joining the exciting cast of Oh What a Night. He would like to thanks his loved one, Family and friends for their continuous love and support.
|Gemma Cousins 'MISSIE/SWING '
Gemma is delighted to be rejoining the cast of Oh What A Night. Since finishing the last tour she has choreographed/co-directed and performed in “Stubborn Kinda Fella” on tour in Belgium, a musical based on the life and music of Marvin Gaye. Gemma has also become one of Kid Creole’s famous Coconuts, touring Europe and America extensively over the past three years ( for TV appearances, live shows and festivals); recently they took part in The Night of the Proms Tour in Europe, performing alongside Macy Gray, Donna Summer and Chic. Gemma’s recent TV Commercials include Smash Hits (MTV), Clublands 10 and New Magazine for ITV.
Gemma has also experienced Bollywood at its best, filming a hit movie Jhoom Barabara Jhoom in India. She also travelled to China to take part in the Euro-American show.
Gemma is proud to have supported Pink at the Brit Awards and to have performed at the National Music Awards. You can also see Gemma in Music Videos for artists such as Misteeq, Jamelia, Keisha White and The Cheeky Girls. She has also played a cameo role in Eastenders! Recently she supported Take That on Tour with a new artist – Karen Bishko- getting to perform in the 02 Arena, London.
Gemma loves to get funky and there is no better show than the one you are about to see that lets her do just that!!