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SUSSEX’S RISING STARS TO JOIN WEST END MARVEL MARISHA WALLACE ON STAGE

Young singing stars will join Broadway and West End leading lady Marisha Wallace on stage when her debut UK tour hits Horsham.

The powerhouse star of such smash-hit shows as Dreamgirls, Waitress, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon – and very soon Hairspray – is currently playing a series of spectacular live shows throughout March.

And now singers/students from the Showdown Theatre Arts and Act Too Arts Academy will take to the stage with Marisha at the Capitol Theatre tonight, for an unmissable rendition of This Is Me from the blockbuster movie The Greatest Showman.

Showdown Principal, Carli Jones, said: “Our students are huge fans of Marisha and have followed her career for many years. They let out a huge cheer when we announced the fantastic news.

“To be invited to join Marisha on stage is so exciting and a huge honour. We would like to thank her for this amazing opportunity, and we can’t wait for the show!”

A spokesman for Act Too Art Academy, whose youngest member is nine-years-old and the eldest 17, said: “We are delighted to be performing with Marisha Wallace who is an inspirational role model for all of our future stars!”

Marisha is currently winning rave reviews in the West End smash hit Waitress and will soon play the iconic role of Motormouth Maybelle in the eagerly awaited West End return of Hairspray, alongside Michael Ball.

Before then, Marisha cannot wait for her debut UK tour and to perform alongside young singers from Horsham: “I could not be happier that young performers from Showdown Theatre of Arts and Act Too Arts Academy are joining me on stage for my Horsham date.

“This is my first ever headline theatre tour and I really want to make these shows unique and extra special. I cannot think of a better way to do that than to be joined on stage by such super-talented local performers.

“These shows are going to be amazing – my advice is to get your tickets now!”

Inspired by the likes of the late, great Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald, Marisha’s voice will pull you from your seat and to your feet. She effortlessly infuses jazz, gospel and R&B with a healthy dose of soul that will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted.

On Broadway, she has starred in shows including Disney’s Aladdin, The Book of Mormon and Something Rotten and then here, in the UK, as Effie White in the stellar West End hit Dreamgirls. Last summer she starred alongside Will Smith in Disney’s big screen summer blockbuster Aladdin.

Tickets – priced just £25 – are on sale now via www.cuffeandtaylor.com

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