Legally Blonde's Sheridan Smith Amongst Those in YouTube Hit
Sheridan Smith, Julie Atherton and Others Appear in Portrait of a Princess Online
West End stars, and amongst them Laurence Olivier Award-winners, have taken on a brand new role recently as their latest song and dance numbers find their way to YouTube. The video has become somewhat of a viral success as stars such as Sheridan Smith, Jon Lee and Julie Atherton parody the tales of princes and princess often found in Disney movies. It is a twist on a well known theme and has already (as of Tuesday 22nd March 2011) accumulated tens of thousands of hits.
Sheridan Smith portrays Cinderella in the piece and it is her latest acting role since she won a Laurence Olivier Award at this year’s ceremony at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. She picked up the Best Actress in a Musical Award for her work as Elle Woods at the Savoy Theatre’s Legally Blonde (a role currently occupied by Susan McFadden). Smith is best known for her television work in the successful BBC Three sitcom “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps”, as well as “Growing Up” and “Gavin & Stacey” for the same channel.
But the most prominent member of cast is Julie Atherton who portrays a princess whose life is far removed from those portrayed in Disney movies. Atherton recently appeared in “Ordinary Boys” at the Trafalgar Studios, though her best known role is that of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in the West End hit “Avenue Q”. Her other credits include “Tomorrow Morning” at the Landor Theatre and various productions as part of the “Notes from New York” series in her capacity as a founding member of the company. She has also released an album titled “A Girl of Few Words”.
Other members of the cast in “Portrait of a Princess” include Jon Lee of S Club 7, who is currently appearing in Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre, Paul Spicer, Steven Webb and Russell Tovey. Music is from Michael Bruce, has just released his latest album (the video is made to showcase his work).
London theatre audiences, meanwhile, can still catch “Legally Blonde” as it continues its run at the Savoy Theatre to Saturday 31st March 2012.