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Broadway comes to Hornchurch's Queen Theatre

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:06 17 September 2018

Queen's Theatre. Picture: Tim Anderson

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Warm up your vocal chords and show off your jazz hands, Broadway is coming to Hornchurch.

The production, dedicated to musicals, will step under the spotlight at the Queen’s Theatre.

Eddie Kaziro, 23, from East London, will be starring in the musical centred show, Back to Broadway, at the theatre, in Billet Lane this weekend.

He said; “If you like musicals, then this is the show for you. It has got a good mix of great classic tunes from different popular shows that I’m sure people would love to hear.”

Eddie grew up in Hornchurch, where he loved singing from a young age and was heavily influenced by family members who had a knack for performing.

He said: “My brother played piano and my mum played the organ so it was always there when I was growing up but no one was particularly into musicals.

“We can all hold a note and do harmonies but nothing too spectacular!”

Eddie attended several performing arts schools including Collins Performing Arts in North Street, Romford.

He got his first job in the world of performance in a production of the panto Aladdin, in Northampton, where he took on the role of the genie. After that he soon went to work on a cruise ship, performing to the passengers.

He said: “It was a lot of fun, especially playing the genie! It’s definitely something I won’t forget in a hurry that’s for sure.”

Eddie’s first experience taking to the stage at Queen’s Theatre was when he performed a show with his primary school in year six. Now he returns back to the stage to star in Back to Broadway.

He said: “It’s a great theatre that lots of people love. I think it’s at the heart of the community round here and I am really excited to be back here again.”

Back to Broadway was formed in 2007, initially to raise funds for the Devon based cancer charity Force, but since then the show has turned into an exciting musical extravaganza.

The production features hits from all the well loved musicals including Les Miserables, Copacabana, Dirty Dancing, and Wicked.

Eddie said: “I love doing all of the jazz numbers but my favourite musical would have to be Into The Woods.

“It’s not really a well-known musical but it is something I enjoy watching and taking part in.

“The thing I think is good about these sorts of shows is the story behind them. The plot behind a musical makes the music itself even more spectacular as without a story line we wouldn’t be able to relate to these show-stopping productions.”

Back to Broadway has travelled all over the world, visiting Mexico, Paris, and various locations in the UK arriving on its way to Queen’s Theatre, where it arrives this Sunday.

Eddie said: “Any musical lover will love this show. So if you feel you know most of the productions off by heart and find yourself singing along to the songs, then come and see Back to Broadway for yourself!”

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