|Pride and Prejudice
Biggins | Darren Boyd | Sheri
Copeland | Michael Ducarel |
Thelma L'Estrange | Linda
Jarvis | Peter Karrie | Janet
Mooney | Claire Moore | Gay
Soper | James Staddon
MOORE (Elizabeth Bennet) has starred in most of the recent major musicals
in London and in 1993 was acclaimed by Impressions Magazine as 'the
greatest singer on the British musical stage today'. She created the role
of Ellen in 'Miss Saigon' and took over from Sarah Brightman in the original
West End production of "Phantom of the Opera". She has also played
the role of Fantine in the West End production of "Les Miserables".
Her debut solo album "Child of the Earth", on which she sings songs specially written for
her by Bernard J Taylor, has received glowing reviews both in Britain and
the United States (Show Music in the USA magazine describing her as "terrific"
and "the next pop diva"). Claire appears on recordings of other
Bernard J. Taylor musicals.
KARRIE (Darcy) has made a big impact with his portrayal of the Phantom
in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom Of the Opera", playing the
role in London and Toronto. He has been hailed by the founding members
of the British-based Phantom Appreciation Society as "the greatest
Phantom of them all", eclipsing firmer favourites Michael Crawford
and Dave Willets. A co-founder of the society bestowed a most personal
accolade by changing her surname to his! Peter has played leading roles
in a number of other hit musicals, including Jean Valjean in the West End
production of "Les Miserables". Judas in "Jesus Christ Superstar"
and Che Guevara in the first national tour of "Evita". Born in
Wales, he has had his own programme on Welsh radio and has given concerts
at many major venues including the Albert Hall. For more information about
Peter, write to the Peter Karrie Fan Club, Salkyns, Gt Canfield, Bishops
Stortford CM22 6SX, UK.
GAY SOPER (Mrs Bennet) has been a leading light of the
British stage in the 3O-odd years since she first appeared alongside Jeremy
Irons and David Essex in the original London production of Godspell~. Other
starring roles include Barbara in the London production of "Barnum",
opposite Michael Crawford, and in the original Drury Lane production of
"Side by Side by Sondheim". She recently completed three years
as Madame Thenardier in the West End production of Lea Miserables and is
widely considered to be the finest Madame Thenardier to date. When it comes
to playing and singing character parts, Gay has few rivals. But at the
time of this recording she was extending her talents to opera, playing
Marcelina in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro".
JAMES STADDON (Bingley) was, at the time of this recording,
playing Javier in the West End production of "Les Miserables"
to great acclaim. He has appeared in a number of West End productions -
including "Miss Saigon" - in both singing and non-singing roles.
He created the role of "Edgar" on the Silva Screen recording
of Bernard J. Taylor's musical version of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights
and has assisted Bernard J. Taylor in the recording of demos for other
musicals. His singing is attracting a growing number of admirers.
JANET MOONEY (Jane Bennet) can sing with a voice of unrivalled
sweetness and purity - as she proves on this recording, and as she also
proved in her performances as Cosette in the West End production of "Les
Miserables" - but she can also do the big belters. A highty-trained
singer of considerable versatility, she has successfully turned her talents
to opera and, at the time of recording, was preparing to play the title
role in a touring production of Bizet's "Carmen'.
MICHAEL DUCAREL (Mr Bennet) was a successful accountant
before deciding to forsake the security and financial rewards of his accounting
practice to embark on an operatic career. He has never regretted this decision,
partly because he was lucky enough - and talented enough - to make his
professional debut with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in the title role
of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'The Mikado'. This was followed by a succession
of prominent roles in British operatic productions. He has also performed
extensively in Europe, as well as in Africa and the United States of America.
(Mr Collins) became a household name
in Britain through numerous roles on television, in such series as "Porridge"
and for his performance as Nero in the highly-acclaimed production of 'I
Claudius', alongside Derek Jacobi, Sean Philips and other luminaries of
the British stage and screen. Constantly active as a performer, producer
and director for stage and television, he is also constantly in demand
as a pure celebrity. At the time of this recording, he had just completed
his role as a producer for a television series with Joan Collins and was
directing and performing in a play scheduled for a tour of Barbados.
LINDA JARVIS (Lydia Bennet) has appeared in a number of
British theatre productions, including the West End productions of 'Lea
Miserables' and 'Aspects of Love'. She had her first leading role in the
production of Bernard J. Taylor's first musical, 'Neighbours and Lovers',
at the Oast Theatre, Tonbridge, in 1987, shortly after leaving drama school.
She was acclaimed by the provincial Press as a potential star - and her
performance led immediately to her being offered a leading role in a touring
production of a musical version of Roald DahI's 'James and The Giant Peach'.
She temporarily abandoned the theatre for a few years before this recording
to give birth to two sons, but has now returned to the boards.
THELMA L'ESTRANGE (Lady de Bourgh) trained at the Guildhall
School of Music and in Vienna and Studied with Rupert Bruce Lockhart. She
has had wide experience in films, stage and cabaret work and has given
recitals at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Purcell Room, The Wigmore Hall,
Mermaid Theatre and the London International Festival of Opera, among many
other venues. She has presented a series of 'Victorian evenings' at ancestral
homes and has also sung extensively in France and Spain.
COPELAND (Kitty Bennet) makes her solo debut recording on this album. She
began acting with local amateur productions while still at school and has
appeared in a number of productions in East Sussex, most recently in Chess
at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. She has appeared on three previous
recordings of work by Bernard J Taylor - Pride and Prejudice, Much
Ado and Nosferatu the Vampire. She also played the female lead,
Mina, in the production of Nosferatu at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre,
Eastbourne, in November, 1995, and at the time of writing was appearing
in a production of Starlight Express in Germany.
DARREN BOYD (Wickham) had only recently left school at
the time of this recording, but had already taken leading roles in a number
of amateur productions in the East Sussex area of England and won awards
in singing competitions. Darren was a member of the chorus on the recording
of Bernard J. Taylor's 'Success!' (First Stage Records, Catalogue number DCSCII) and also provided the speaking voice for 'Robert' in dialogue with
Cedric E. de Ville (Lon Satton) on the 'Success!' album. Darren has since
been appearing in the West End production of "Les Miserables".