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 most celebrated artists.  Highly sought after in New York City’s Cabaret scene, Yasuhiko’s arrangements continue to display both his versatility as a composer as well as a performing artist.

Fukuoka’s passionate, creative approach towards the art of music has brought multiple successes to his career. Not least among them is his original score for “Seagull,” a short film by Nick Sarafis that was accepted at Festival de Cannes Court Métrage. His orchestral composition “Journey of a Thousand Miles” premiered at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Having been hand selected to participate in BMI’s exclusive film scoring workshop with Dr. Rick Baitz, as well as being chosen to participate in the NYU/BMI Workshop for Music in Commercial Media, Yasuhiko’s disciplined approach to his studies within music have built a foundation from which his career has flourished.

As a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Fukuoka has been able to explore and excel in multiple music genres including classical, contemporary, electronic, film, and world music. As a student at Berklee, Yasuhiko garnered numerous achievements and recognition including an “Award for Excellence” at the Kyoto Piano Competition and the Yamaha PTC Concert respectively. He is the recipient of the Berklee World Scholarship, BMI Scholarship and the Roland Award to name a few.

A highlight of his student career was when Fukuoka was commissioned by Berklee’s Film Scoring Department to compose an orchestral piece representative of their program at the Professional Writing Division Concert. The premier of the piece was a successful debut which awarded Fukuoka enthusiastic praise both in the US, and by Japanese media.

Having recently branched into dance composition, 2017 promises to be a year of outstanding collaborations between Fukuoka and some of the performing arts most successful choreographers. The coming year will also provide a platform for Yasuhiko’s release of his EP.


  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 Below. It’s going to be a busy year but this night will, without a doubt, be one of the highlights!” Shona will be joined by the dazzling talents of friends old and new, from Broadway and beyond! Her first guest to announce is the one and only 2 time drama desk nominee and YouTube sensation Christina Bianco. Check back here for further announcements. For more information and to book tickets please visit


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.


For the latest updates, tour information and to book tickets please visit

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 venue to ensure its future success”. Jenna Harvey, Theatre Manager, commented “The Playhouse is honoured and delighted that Shona has accepted our invitation to become Patron, it’s wonderful to have someone of her calibre on board to represent the theatre”. Shona is the theatre’s first Patron and the first Patron for an Ambassador Theatre Group venue in London.


  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