Friday, February 2

First reports of Charlie Stemp in Hello Dolly on Broadway

Charlie Stemp who made his name in Half A Sixpence at Chichester and the Noel Coward in London has made his Broadway debut in Hello Dolly at the Shubert Theatre  replacing actor Taylor Trensch on January 20th  as innocent young store assistant Barnaby Tucker.

He has just finished playing Dick Whittington in  panto at the Palladium but as soon as it ended headed to a rehearsal room in Manhattan with Bernadette Peters (replacing Bette Midler), Victor Garber and Gavin Creel to get ready for Jerry Zaks’s  revival of the Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart musical.

Director Zaks, choreographer Warren Carlyle and producer Scott Rudin had an idea to shake things up. Stemp told the Mail's Baz Bamigboye everyone from the team said: Let’s try out new things What do you want to do? I’m about a foot taller than Taylor and there are a lot of new dance steps. The leap shown in the photograph is in  first act number Dancing he performs with Peters, Creel and Kate Baldwin.
 
Stemp has a 12-month contract with director Zaks saying that Stemp lights up the stage

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