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Archives for May 2012

Rehearsals for Loserville start

Last Monday was the first day of Loserville rehearsals, starting with a meet and greet, and read through of the script.  The good people at the West Yorkshire Playhouse saw fit to record it, and made it into a video!

Loserville is on at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds from 18th June to 14th July, and you can find out more and buy tickets at www.wyp.org.uk/what%27s-on/2012/loserville

Graham Norton interview, BBC Radio 2, 19th May

Gareth Gates and Graham Norton at BBC Radio 2

Gareth and Graham Norton

Gareth chatted to Graham Norton about his upcoming appearances in Momentous Musicals, Loserville and his transition into musical theatre, and how he’s enjoying spending time at home while working in Leeds.  His mum makes him a packed lunch each day!

If you missed it – listen here:

You can also download the podcast, which features an abbreviated version of the interview here.  (or right click to save from this link)

He also took the opportunity to have a go on the piano!

Gareth on the Radio 2 piano

Radio Leeds with Liz Green, 16th May 2012

Liz Green and Gareth Gates at BBC Radio Leeds

Liz and Gareth

Gareth popped into BBC Radio Leeds to have a One on One chat with Liz Green.  The interview lasted an hour, and covered a lot of Gareth’s background and career, from back when he was a choir boy at Bradford Cathedral, singing for the Queen through his pop career to his time in musicals.   Liz particularly loved Gareth in Les Misérables, and Loserville got a big old plug.

Gareth also picked some of his favourite songs to play.

The full interview with Liz (minus the music) is available on YouTube.

BBC Breakfast: Fostering Fortnight

Gareth was on BBC Breakfast this morning.  He was talking about his experiences growing up in a family that took in foster children as part of an awareness raising campaign for Fostering Fortnight and the 22 Minutes campaign.

Gareth Gates talks fostering on BBC Breakfast

Gareth’s interview starts at 3 minutes into the clip.

Gareth also manages a quick plug for Loserville, describing it as a fun show – and one where he’s going to need an American accent!

Foster care fortnight

Gareth is supporting Foster care fortnight, an awareness raising event which starts tomorrow (Monday 14th May).  He says,

When I was growing up, I was always surrounded by lots of other children.  In addition to my three sisters my Mum and Dad fostered children. Over the years around 50 boys and girls of all ages, from different backgrounds have been a part of our family.

My parents wanted to give other children some of the security and love that we had. Many of the kids who came into our family didn’t have a great start in life and I know my Mum and Dad made a huge difference. I have seen first-hand, what a difference a foster carer can make on a child’s life.  That’s why I’m supporting the Fostering Network with this year’s Foster Care Fortnight.”

According to the T&A, Gareth will be planting one of trees to mark that a child goes into care every 22 minutes across the UK.

Read more about the issue here.

BBC Breakfast and Graham Norton

Gareth will be on BBC Breakfast News tomorrow, Monday 14th May, on BBC1.  He is predicted to be on at about 8:20am.

Next Saturday (19th May), Gareth will be on the Graham Norton radio show on BBC Radio 2.  That show runs from 10am – 1pm, but Gareth is expected on there at 12:30pm.

Visit the GPG forum for more details and to discuss it.

Momentous Musicals: New Wimbledon Theatre 19th July

Gareth will be starring in a one off special production of Momentous Musicals at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London, on 19th July 2012.

Gareth Gates leads this sophisticated homage to musical theatre, featuring songs from much-loved shows including West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Miss Saigon. He is joined by a cast of West End stars including blonde bombshell Rachael Wooding (Jersey Boys, Hairspray), an amazing ensemble of dancers and a live on stage band.

For more information, and to buy tickets, go to: http://www.momentousmusicals.com/

Interview: OK Magazine, 24th April 2012

 

Zoe Birkett and Gareth Gates

EACH weekend, the nation’s viewing millions have become transfixed with the small-screen battle between BBC1’s The Voice and ITV1’s Britain’s Got Talent, proving that the reality TV search for a star has never been bigger or more compelling.

In fact, it’s a full decade since the first example of the genre, Pop Idol – the predecessor to The X Factor – made its debut and turned us all into phone and text-voting obsessives, so we reckoned the time was right to celebrate the tenth anniversary of that ratings-grabbing show with two of its biggest young overnight stars, Gareth Gates and Zoe Birkett.

Gareth, of course, reached the Pop Idol final with the ultimate winner, Will Young – but coming runner-up has never held him back, and since those heady days he’s gone on to achieve major chart success, selling over three million records in the UK alone, while making his mark as the star of several stage musicals including Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Les Misérables.

Likewise Zoe – at 16, one of the youngest Pop Idol contestants, who went on to become the female champion – has never stopped working, also specialising in musical theatre in productions such as Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert – The Musical and Fame, and she’s just finished a hugely successful run of Hair in Munich.

 With 27-year-old Gareth a busy family man – he and wife Suzanne have a three-year-old daughter, Missy – and Zoe, 26, currently preparing for her next UK show, we were lucky to grab some time with the talkative twosome who’ve remained best mates over the years. 

So we whisked them off to one of Gareth’s favourite London restaurants, the exotic La Porte des Indes, where executive chef Mehernosh Mody’s stunning dishes combine traditional Indian cuisine with a French-Creole inspiration…

Read the full interview on the OK Magazine website

Join the discussion on the GPG forum.