DIVA DREAM TEAM
An album of classic show tunes sung by three leading lights of musical theatre looks set to be a smash hit
WLOUISE GANNON ULI WEBER hen three West End divas got together in a studio to collaborate on an album of theatre songs, Leading Ladies – it could have been the mother of all catfights. But in the bar of the Savoy hotel, where I’m meeting Hollywood actress Amber Riley, British soul star Beverley Knight and West End veteran Cassidy Janson, the only sound you can hear above the tinkling of glasses is laughter.
‘This album is by women for women – and any man who wants to buy it,’ says Amber. ‘We are three very different ladies with very different life experiences. We are different ages, different shapes and from different ethnic backgrounds but we all love music and that has bonded us. The album is full of emotion, full of joy and, we hope, a bit of old-fashioned glamour.’
With TV shows such as already fighting to book them, and offers of a tour, the Leading Ladies project has already captured the imagination of the British public. The album includes songs from shows such as (‘Seasons of Love’), (‘Love Will Stand’), (‘Memory’), (‘One Night Only’) and
(‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’). ‘But there is a bit of a twist to the way we harmonise and the songs we sing,’ says Cassidy. ‘The one track we all absolutely fought for was the Queen song “Somebody to Love” (from the show There was a feeling it wasn’t “musical” enough but we stood firm together and refused to let it go. It’s one of the most incredible tracks on the album.’ Here, each of the Leading Ladies talks about their road to West End stardom.