Upminster actor and singer lands lead role in All or Nothing mod musical
PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 March 2016
A young actor and singer had landed himself one of the lead roles of the All or Nothing musical, featuring the delights of mod music.
Drew-Levi Hunstman, 23, of Upminster, will star in the show, which starts at The Vaults Theatre, Waterloo, on March 31.
The show named after the east London boys’ band Small Faces’ 1966 hit song All or Nothing is a tribute to the four musicians’ journey from being one of the most influential 1960s mod bands to a psychedelic act by the end of the decade.
“As an adult actor, this is my first lead role in a musical and I am very excited,” he said.
“The musical is about the band’s journey. It has got highs and lows and it’s funny in places. But the music is really great and we all play the songs live on stage - it’s quite raw.”
An all-rounder, Drew-Levi, will step in the shoes of the band’s drummer Kenney Jones, the only quartet member still alive today.
He explained gatecrashing the audition when a friend told him it was taking place.
With parents long part of the mod scene and his father previously running a scooter club, Mr Hunstman told the Recorder he lived in that world from a young age.
The young artist started his career on stage at the age of 11 when he was cast to play Jeremy in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and later appeared in Les Miserable and Billy Elliot.
A keen rugby player, Drew-Levi joined the weekend classes of the Colin’s Performing Arts studios, North Street, Romford when he 10.
But in 2013, his father had a serious scooter accident after which the promising actor stopped performing on stage and dedicated himself to music, composing songs and lyrics.
All or Nothing is Drew-Levi’s return on stage with a show celebrating the culture and music his father is fond of.
The musical opens on March 31 and will run until the end of April.
More information is available on allornothingthemusical.com.