Over the Rainbow Judges
You're probably asking yourself (in your best Dorothy voice) "Oh my, I wonder who the judges will be?"
Today we have some exciting news for you.
We can announce that Arlene Phillips, Thom Allison and Louise Pitre will be joining Andrew Lloyd Webber to judge Over the Rainbow!
Read on to learn more.
Arlene Phillips, OBE, is one of the UK's most recognizable TV judges, and was on the original panel for Strictly Come Dancing. She's also judged on prime time entertainment shows, So You Think You Can Dance, DanceX and Strictly Dance Fever.
Arlene has also hosted a number of award shows including The Southbank Show, The National Television Awards and The Oliver's. Arlene has made regular television appearances on programs including Loose Women, Have I Got News For You, Jonathan Ross and The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
As a choreographer she has worked on a number of world famous theatre, film, television productions and music videos. Finally, her directing credits include Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance.
Arlene is a major spokeswomen for charities and campaigns, including the Alzheimer's Society and the Let's Dance International Festival, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Festival.
Thom Allison is currently starring as Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime at the Shaw Festival after finishing a year long run of his Broadway debut in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the musical.
Thom was in the original Canadian companies of Miss Saigon, The Who's Tommy and Rent. He has been nominated for 2 Dora Awards, 2 Betty Awards, a Jessie Award, an Ovation Award and a Sterling Award. At The Stratford Festival, Thom has appeared in Romeo and Juliet, Pericles, My Fair Lady, Threepenny Opera, The King and I, and King Henry VIII and the much heralded Stratford Festival production of Into the Woods as Cinderella's Prince/Wolf. At the Shaw Festival, he was seen in Wonderful Town, A Little Night Music and Follies: In Concert. Some select credits from across Canada include Take Me Out, Outrageous the Musical (CanStage), Evita (MTC/Theatre Calgary), Berlin To Broadway (Theatre Calgary), Annie (Grand Theatre), as well as playing Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone at The Vancouver Playhouse, The Citadel (Edmonton), National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and Manitoba Theatre Centre.
On film, Thom has been seen in MVP (Raoul), Leaving Metropolis (Shannon), Last Dance starring Patrick Swayze (Babysitter), Road to Christmas starring Jennifer Grey and Clark Gregg (Michele), and I Me Wed (Bill). His CD, "A Whole Lotta Sunlight" is available on iTunes. You can learn more about Thom on his website at thomallison.com
Receiving a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in the smash hit Mamma Mia! was a highlight for Louise Pitre, Canada's first lady of musical theatre, in a career that has spanned theatre, television and concert stages across North America and Europe.
In addition to headlining the Toronto, Broadway and US touring company casts of Mamma Mia!, Louise is known for her signature performances as Fantine in Les Misérables (Toronto, Montreal and Paris) and the title character in Edith Piaf. She also earned rave reviews for leading roles in Annie Get Your Gun, Song & Dance, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; The World Goes 'Round; Blood Brothers; Tartuffe; Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?; The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd; Applause; Rock 'n' Roll; The Toxic Avenger and A Year With Frog and Toad.
In September, 2009, Louise made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the role of Ulrika in the concert version of the musical Kristina by ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, which she reprised at Royal Albert Hall in April 2010.
Her small screen appearances include Lifetime's A Christmas Wedding, Recipe for a Perfect Christmas, MVP, Flashpoint and the CBC biopic Celine in which she played Celine Dion's mother, Therese. She can currently be seen as the host of Star Portraits on Bravo!
Louise is the winner of a National Broadway Touring Award, a New York Theatre World Award, a San Francisco Theatre Critics' Award, a Betsy Mitchell Award and four Dora Mavor Moore awards, all for best performance by a leading actress in a musical.
Since earning her Honours BA in Music Education (piano) from the University of Western Ontario, Louise has become the proud recipient of honorary degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music and Humber College along with a Doctorate of Music from the University of Western Ontario.
She has released a new all French CD, La Vie En Rouge, in addition to three solo CD's: Shattered, All of My Life Has Led To This and Songs My Mother Taught Me. She is heard as Fantine in the Paris Cast recording of Les Misérables and as Ulrika in the Kristina cast recording.
More to come!