Tuesday, December 6

Ramin Karimloo, John Owen-Jones, Simon Bowman & Earl Carpenter on 2011 Royal Variety Show

The 2011 Royal Variety Show took places at the Lowry Theatre Salford Keys last night in the presence of HRH Princess Anne.

West End Stars performing included Adam Cooper and the cast of Singin' in the Rain which had rave reviews at the Chichester Festival Thetre earlier this year and is due to open in London's West End at the Palace Theatre in February.

Four West End leading men who did not appear in the ITV1 billing also made an appearance:  Ramin Karimloo who has just taken over the role of Jean Valjean from Alfie Boe in Les Miserables: John Owen-Jones who is currently the Phantom of the Opera and is shortly leaving the show to play the role on a national tour which starts next year: Simon Bowman who has played Jean Valjean and the Phantom and Earl Carpenter who has been playing the role of Khasoggi in We Will Rock You and is currently in  rehearsals to take over the role of Phantom from Owen-Jones and also play it in the latter half of the tour.

They were joined by Nicole Scherzinger who was spotted having dinner with Lord Lloyd Webber (who was in the audience last night) before the show.  She was introduced by the Lord as "performing alongside the cast of Phantom of the Opera".  She is known to be a Phantom fan and has made a recording of "Love Never Dies".  She said: “It was an honour to be in his company. To be asked to sing Phantom Of The Opera is amazing. I’m so excited to be performing again.

The date on which the show is to be broadcast on ITV1 is December 14th at 7:30 pm

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