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Special Guest Star Stephen Ashfield

Thrilled to announce that Stephen Ashfield will be joining us on 1st August at 54 Below Stephen is currently a very excited Glasgow lad making his Broadway debut straight from his Olivier Award-winning performance in the original London cast of The Book of Mormon. West End credits include: Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys (WhatOnStage Award), Casey O’Brien in Boy Meets Boy, Emmett in Legally Blonde, Adam in Imagine This, John in Tomorrow Morning, Nick Piazza in Fame, Boy Georgein Taboo. Film/TV: Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd, Call The Midwife, The Royal Variety Performance 2008.Education: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Royal Academy of Music, London.

Special Guest Star Philippa Lynas

Shona is delighted to announce that she will be joined by the sensational Philippa Lynas at 54 Below on 1st August 2018 Philippa Lynas was born and bred in the Barossa Valley in South Australia. After studying for two years in New York City at the prodigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy Philippa was nominated and went onto win 2011’s Broadway’s Rising Star where she performed at one of the oldest Broadway theatres, The New York City Town Hall. She has performed in various shows in New York and is fresh back from sailing around then world as Cunard Lines’ lead production singer on board the largest ocean liners in the world, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. Philippa is scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall in July and Feinstein’s 54 Below in August. In September Philippa begins rehearsal in London to join the new cast of QM2 […]

Special Guest Star Christina Bianco

Shona is delighted to announce that she will be joined at 54 Below by the fabulous Christina Bianco Christina Bianco’s singular voice and comedic charm have brought audiences around the world to their feet. Bianco captured international acclaim as a YouTube sensation with her ‘diva’ impression videos, gaining over 24 million views. Dubbed ‘the girl of a thousand voices,’ Christina has performed on major television programs such as The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Meredith Vieira Show, The Queen Latifah Show & The Today Show, in the US alone. A Two-Time Drama Desk Award nominee, Christina made her West End debut starring in The Menier Chocolate Factory’s hailed production of Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre in London. New York credits include The Marvelous Wonderettes, the one-woman, multi-character comedy, Application Pending (Drama Desk Award Nomination), Newsical the Musical, and Forbidden Broadway; Goes To Rehab (Drama Desk Award Nomination). Christina originated the role of Dora in the long-running National Tour of Dora The Explorer Live, including two […]

Musical Director Yasuhiko Fukuoka

Shona is delighted to announce that her musical director for her Broadway debut at 54 Below will be Yasuhiko Fukuoka Yasuhiko Fukuoka is a versatile pianist and in-demand composer who is recognized both onstage and off for his virtuosic talents.  His emotional, story-driven music has captivated audiences throughout the world. His works have appeared at prestigious venues from Lincoln Center to Festival de Cannes, spanning many genres of music from orchestral to electronica. His credits include TV, film, theater, industrial videos, and concert pieces. They have been played in North America, Central America, Europe and Asia. He has performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Steinway Hall, Berklee Performance Center and many other venues.  Fukuoka was recently honored with a 2016 student Academy Award for original composition for Yvonne Ng’s film ‘Cloud-Kumo’. As a highly accomplished Music Director Fukuoka has worked with Broadway’s […]

SHONA MAKES NEW YORK CABARET DEBUT AT FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW

  Shona is delighted to announce that she will make her New York cabaret debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below on 1st August 2018. The exclusive performance, entitled The Great ‘White’ Way, begins at 9:30pm; doors open at 8:45pm. The intimate evening will see the Scottish songstress take the audience on a musical journey, sharing the songs that have shaped her story so far. From Wicked to Chess via London’s swinging 60s, ABBA and Scottish folk. The news follows the announcement that Shona will be starring in the International Tour of MAMMA MIA! playing the principal role of Donna Sheridan. The tour will open in the UK on 31st May 2018 and Shona will be performing in this exclusive show en route to Toronto which is the first international venue for the tour. Shona said “I am very excited to be making my New York cabaret debut at the world famous Feinstein’s/54 […]

MAMMA MIA! HERE SHE GOES AGAIN….

Shona is thrilled to announce that she will be starring in the International Tour of MAMMA MIA! playing the principal role of Donna Sheridan.   Shona said “I am delighted to be returning to the island to play the role of Donna once again given that MAMMA MIA! holds a very special place in my heart”.   Having first played Lisa in the London production in 2002-2003, Shona went on to star as Sophie and most recently appeared as alternate Donna at the Novello Theatre between 2014-2016.   Shona is the first actress to have played both the mother and the daughter in the smash-hit musical and is excited to be taking the show on the road!   The tour will open on the 31st May 2018 with several dates in the UK before visiting countries including Canada, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. The full schedule is to be announced. […]

Shona White becomes Patron of the Playhouse Theatre

SHONA WHITE ANNOUNCED AS PATRON OF LONDON’S PLAYHOUSE THEATRE Scottish actress, singer and musical theatre star Shona White has accepted an invitation to become Patron of The Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End. Shona White said “I am thrilled to become Patron of such an historic venue which holds a special place in my heart. I am looking forward to supporting The Playhouse as it goes from strength to strength”. As a well-established leading lady, Shona has played a number of iconic roles including Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show at The Playhouse, Elphaba in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria, Éponine and Cosette in Les Misérables, Florence in Craig Revel Horwood’s Award Winning UK Tour of Chess and most recently Donna in Mamma Mia! at London’s Novello Theatre. Shona added “I feel privileged to have performed onstage at The Playhouse and as Patron I am keen to help promote the […]

Masterclasses

  Shona is an Associate of The Royal Academy of Music and mentor at PPA. She has provided masterclasses, Q&As and workshops at colleges including PPA, Italia Conti, Pineapple and Colchester Institute. If you would like to book Shona for your school contact her here

ABOUT SHONA

Biography

A Scottish native, Shona trained at The Royal Academy of Music in London at which she is now an Associate Artist. During her time at the Academy she won the coveted Ronald White Prize for Acting Through Song. An advocate for new writing, Shona has just performed at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace, celebrating new musical theatre as part of this year’s From Page to Stage Festival produced by Aria Entertainment. Shona recently starred as Donna in Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre where she made history as the first actress to play both the mother and the daughter in the smash-hit musical, having played Sophie 14 years earlier.

As a well-established leading lady, Shona has had the privilege of playing some of the most sought after, iconic roles in musical theatre such as Elphaba in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria, Éponine and Cosette in Les Misérables and Florence Vassy in the Award Winning UK Tour of Chess; the actor-musician show directed by Craig Revel Horwood received great critical acclaim and went on to transfer to Toronto, Canada. Other theatre includes: Anita in West Side Story, Rita in All The Fun Of The Fair, Betty in Shout!, Miss Gordon in Merrily We Roll Along, Leda Cotton in I Capture the Castle and Lorna in The Route to Happiness. In recognition of her contribution to theatre Shona has recently been made Patron of London’s Playhouse Theatre where she performed as Magenta/ Usherette in The Rocky Horror Show.

Shona’s concert work includes the musical celebration Manhattan Nights in which she played homage to her real life idol, Barbra Streisand. She has performed with Sir Elton John at The Royal Albert Hall, featured as a guest artist in a special concert edition of Friday Night Is Music Night for BBC Radio 2 and taken centre stage at The SSE Arena, Wembley in her role of Ambassador for Adoption UK. With a passion for live music in an intimate setting Shona can often be found performing at some of London’s most famous Cabaret venues. She has previously entertained audiences at The Pheasantry in Chelsea, Pizza on the Park in Knightsbridge, Lauderdale House in Highgate and both The Hippodrome Casino and Above the Arts in the heart of London’s West End.

Television appearances include: Dancing in the Streets (BBC), Sing With A Star (ITV), Pebble Mill (BBC), The Royal Variety Performance (BBC) and a documentary entitled Broadway Babies for BBC Wales which featured Shona as a finalist in the First Voice of Musical Theatre competition.

Shona’s recording works include: Bushtales, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie soundtrack, Meadowlark for the Bolshoi Ballet, Summer Always Comes for Don Black and the original cast recordings of Zipp!, Manhattan Nights, All The Fun Of The Fair and Charles Miller’s When Midnight Strikes.

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