Here are press pictures of 4 of the members of ‘Boys Allowed’ yesterday when they appeared on Lorraine.
Tonight Jon will perform as one fifth of ‘Boys Allowed’ a tribute band for ‘Girls Aloud’ tonight for Comic Relief. This post will feature all promotional and behind the scenes pictures and video leading up to the performance which airs tonight!
Be sure to catch Jon along side Gareth Gates, Duncan James, Ritchie Neville, and Ben Ofoedu at 6.45pm on BBC1! Click Here for information on how to vote for Jon and the boys!
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Early this morning the tribute band for Girls Aloud appeared on Lorraine ahead of their debut performance tomorrow night!
Check out the interview below!
Jon Lee is joining members from other bands to perform as a Girls Aloud tribute band “Boys Allowed” in support of Comic Relief.
Duncan James from Blue, Jon Lee from S Club 7, Gareth Gates, Ben Ofoedu from Phats & Small and Ritchie Neville from Five will become Boys Allowed all for a good cause.
The lads will get dolled up – dresses, wigs and all – and perform Girls Aloud hit Biology as part of Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief.
Hollyoaks star James can’t wait to slip into something a little more uncomfortable.
He said: ‘I’m so excited to be taking part in Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief!
‘It’s such a great cause and looking forward to wearing heels again, which I haven’t done since my injury. It should be like riding a bike…I hope.’
Ritchie threw down the gauntlet to the original Girls Aloud, saying: ‘Look out Cheryl, Kimberly and co, Boys Allowed are coming for you!’
Meanwhile Gareth, who had Comic Relief single Spirit In The Sky in 2003, said: ‘I can’t wait to get those high heels on and raise loads of money for such a fantastic cause! You have to tune in!’
We can’t wait to see their performance, and we’re slyly keeping our fingers crossed for BA TV show/charity single/ tour…
The BBC announced this week that they are bringing back the cast of Love Actually for a one-off sequel for Red Nose Day.
Jon isnt the only former S Clubber to join a super group. Bradley previously joined other former members of bands in Upperstreet.
Jon Lee alongside the other ‘Peter Pan’ cast visited children’s ward at Bradford Royal Infirmary a few days ago. The panto runs at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford in until January 29th. Tickets and more information here.
Peter Pan cast visits Bradford Royal Infirmary
Jon has been announced to join ‘Peter Pan’ in Bradford later this year, this would be the second time that Jon has played lead in this play. Previously he did it in 2010 to 2011!
Soap star Charlie Hardwick and S Club 7 singer Jon Lee will be setting sail for Neverland in this year’s Alhambra pantomime.
Bradford Theatres has announced that Charlie, who played feisty Val Pollard in Emmerdale, and pop and West End theatre star Jon will headline Peter Pan alongside Alhambra panto king Billy Pearce and actor, singer and presenter Darren Day.
Charlie Hardwick was a regular on Emmerdale from 2004 until Val was killed in the aftermath of the soap’s dramatic helicopter crash last summer.
She proved a hit with soap fans and critics and was nominated six times for Best Comedy Performance at the British Soap Awards, an accolade
she won in 2006. At last weekend’s Soap Awards she won Best Dramatic Episode, with co-star Elizabeth for the helicopter crash.
In addition to her television work Charlie has also appeared in the films Purely Belter, Billy Elliot and The
Scar, for which she won the Best Actress award at the Monte Carlo Film Awards. She appeared in the UK tour of Cooking with Elvis alongside Frank Skinner and made her panto debut for Qdos Entertainment in last year’s production of Dick Whittington at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.
Charlie will play the Magical Mermaid in Peter Pan, guiding the high-flying hero, the Darling family and the Lost Boys from the evil clutches of dastardly Captain Hook.
Joining Charlie is Jon, in the title role of Peter Pan. Jon made his professional stage debut aged 13 playing the title role in Oliver! at the London Palladium and he went on to appear in EastEnders. In 1999 he joined popsters S Club 7, a group that was launched via BBC television series Miami 7.
They went on to have four UK number one singles, recorded four albums and sold more than 14 million albums worldwide. The band also won two BRIT awards. In 2015 they reunited for a UK tour which saw all seven members together again performing their greatest hits.
After the group disbanded Jon enjoyed a successful stage career, starring as Marius in Les Misérables in the West End, and appeared in the musicals Love Shack, Teen Scream and Tomorrow Morning. Returning to the West End, Jon starred as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys and released his debut solo album, Fallen Angel. More recently he led the cast of Fifties musical Forever Plaid in London.
Billy Pearce plays Smee in the swashbuckling panto and Darren Day is Captain Hook.
Executive producer Michael Harrison said: “The casting of Charlie Hardwick and Jon Lee add further comedy and musical talent to our Alhambra pantomime, which is fitting for Yorkshire’s biggest and funniest pantomime.
“Peter Pan will be packed with special effects and will once again see us using 3D projection to bring the action right out into the auditorium!”
Adam Renton, General Manager Bradford Theatres, added: “It’s exciting to welcome another two talented performers into our fantastic headline cast. “The region’s audiences have huge affection for the Alhambra Theatre’s Christmas show – there’s always something for everyone. I’m sure audiences this year will thoroughly enjoy our outstanding festive entertainment for theatregoers of all ages.”
Peter Pan will be staged by Qdos Entertainment, the company behind previous Alhambra pantos.
* Peter Pan runs at the Alhambra from December 17 to January 29, 2017. For tickets call (01274) 432000 or visit bradford-theatres.co.uk
Happy 34th birthday to Jon! You can send him your wishes below:
The basis of Forever Plaid is so absurdly simple yet incredibly strange that I wouldn’t be surprised if the idea was generated in a primary school classroom. It follows The Plaids, an all male harmony group who are back to give a performance to remember – back, that is, from the dead. Yes, the idea here is that the young group was hit by a bus before a concert they never had the chance to give, and have returned tonight in order to sing to their biggest crowd ever. All this was explained during the first few minutes by an absent voiceover and left me feeling rather dubious about the quality of events to come.
However, once the show was underway my worries were put somewhat at ease. Clear from the off was the impeccable quality of Forever Plaid’s cast. Vocally tight with choreography to match, there was not a weak link in sight or a bow tie out of place. It’s quite hard to pinpoint which cast members stood out most as they all worked so effectively together – almost as if they were a single person. Jon Lee’s solo during ‘Cry’ was very impressive, and special recognition must go to Matthew Quinn for both playing the double bass whilst still being involved in choreography. Luke Striffler and Keith Jack were equally charming as cheeky as Frankie and Sparky and were guaranteed to leave the audience with smiles on their faces whenever they came on stage – and off stage, in fact, as I was asked before we headed into the second act by Frankie if I was enjoying the show. My answer? Yes, on the whole, I suppose I was enjoying myself.
Forever Plaid’s songs all fall into the 1950s close harmony genre. Initially I feared that this would become slightly boring after half an hour or so, but in fact the show’s production meant that each song had something to keep you interested. This ranged from dance routines involving toilet plungers in the place of microphones during ‘Crazy ‘Bout Ya Baby’, to more simple, stripped back numbers and even to my greatest fear of all – audience participation.
Luckily my stern-faced reviewer vibes meant I wasn’t chosen to become involved – unlike the unsuspecting Sabrina in the back row who had probably expected a more relaxing night than being taken up on stage to become involved with The Plaids dance routine. The closest I came to involvement was during ‘Caribbean Plaid’ where audience singing was forcibly encouraged. As a lonely 17 year old in the front row this was deeply traumatic, but I would imagine as an older attendee who had made a few trips to the bar (conveniently located right inside the theatre), it would probably have been a much more enjoyable affair.
Forever Plaid might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you look past the cheese and slightly odd plot, it’s impossible not to sit there with a smile on your face.
Check out this awesome review of Jon’s new play ‘Forever Plaid’ which is scheduled to run through April 24.
This is the concert that “The Plaids” never had. They died in a plane crash with their dreams still unfulfilled.
“With one final chance to give the concert they never gave, The Plaids sing nostalgic hits “Rags To Riches”, “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”, “Catch A Falling Star”, “Three Coins In A Fountain” and many more – all in glorious harmony with patter that will keep any audience rolling in the aisles.”
Previously seen in the 1990’s this show returns to the London stage in the cosy setting of St James Theatre Studio, which I feel is absolutely perfect for this production. Billed as “The Heavenly Hit Musical” these four gents provide us with some divine harmonies which are an absolute dream to listen to.
There’s no real storyline but then you don’t need one for here we are listening to Jon Lee, Keith Jack, Matthew Quinn and Luke Striffler deliver a consistently vocally stunning performance throughout.
There’s light comedy as well and all is underpinned with sublime accompaniment from Anthony Gabriele on the piano. Direction and choreography by Grant Murphy is beautifully crafted and in perfect harmony with performers and the ambience created in this bijou and classy performance space.
This is a charming, nostalgic and endearing evening of entertainment. It’s all about the voices and the harmonies and these four gentleman are in my opinion genius casting by Jane Deitch as each have their own superb vocal talent and all ooze charisma.
A wonderful gem which has a short run so I’d urge you to grab a ticket whilst you can!
Jon did an interview on Celebrity Radio earlier today, check out the audio of Jon’s of the interview below, we’ve also done a brief recap of the interview (it’s 12 minutes long!)
– Discusses being attractive
– Discusses low dating standards (ha!)
– Jon discusses being a vegetarian
– Discusses his time in Jersey Boys
– Discusses ‘Forever Plaid’
– Discusses being in the ‘business’ for 22 years!
– Discusses not being recognized as much anymore, loves his fans <3 - Discusses being attractive - again - to apparently a less attractive radio host
Tonight mark’s the opening night of Jon’s latest play Forever Plaid at St James Theater.
On their way to their first big concert, a singing quartet the ‘Plaids’ are killed in a car accident. Due to the alignment of space and time, the Plaids are able to return to Earth for one final concert. In between telling the stories of their lives, the Plaids perform some of the greatest hits from the 1950s before returning back to Heaven.
You can get tickets for this by clicking here!
Break a leg Mr. Lee!
Jon Lee is currently starring in Forever Plaid at the St James Studio. His previous credits include Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre) and Marius in Les Miserables (Palace and Queen’s Theatre). He is also well known for being an original member of S Club 7.
We caught up with Jon and asked him: “If you were stranded on a desert island, which five showtunes could you not live without?”
“Who Will Buy” from Oliver! (Listen Here)
This was my very first job when I was 12 and it really cemented that this was what I wanted to be doing as a career. I have so many great memories from this show and still have some amazing friends from this production 22 years ago.
“Mame” from Mame (Listen Here)
This is my favourite musical of all time. It’s such a brilliant, funny, touching and hugely entertaining show. I was lucky enough to do a BBC Radio 4 production as a kid playing opposite Julia McKenzie as Mame.
“A Heart Full of Love” from Les Miserables (Listen Here)
Another show that has been a big part of my life, from my parents taking me to see it as a child to playing Marius at the Palace and Queens theatres.
“Fallen Angel” from Jersey Boys (Listen Here)
I’d been a massive fan of The Four Seasons music all my life so it was a real honour to play Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys for three years and get to meet the man himself. It was also the inspiration and title song for my first solo album.
“Love is a many Splendored Thing” from Forever Plaid Listen Here)
This is the finale song for my current show which I just love. The harmonies and melodies from this era of music are just beautiful. I’m having a ball being part of the cast and can’t wait to open at the St James Theatre Studio next week.
Jon Lee is in rehersals for his new play “Forever Plaid” which begins next month at the St. James theater. You can get ticket information and dates by clicking here.
Earlier today promotional shots from Jon and the rest of the boys were released, check out the images below!
Jon Lee \ Photoshoot \ Forever Plaid
Check out this behind the scenes video from rehearsals!
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