We are so excited to announce that multi award-winning actor and performer Hugh Jackman is set to open the show with a performance from the global musical sensation The Greatest Showman.
This show-stopping BRITs performance will be under the creative direction of Michael Gracey, the film’s director.
Hugh Jackman has carved a successful career both on stage in front of live crowds. From his award-winning turn on Broadway as the 1970s singer/songwriter Peter Allen, to Wolverine in the blockbuster X-Men franchise, he has proven to be one of the most versatile actors of our time. Jackman garnered his first Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor for his performance in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, and his standout performance as protagonist Jean Valjean also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical, as well as SAG Award® nominations for both Best Ensemble and Best Male Actor in a leading role, and a BAFTA Award nomination. Most recently, he was nominated for his role as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. His ‘The Man, The Music, The Show’ World Tour will kick off this May, which includes five nights at The O2 Arena, London.
The Greatest Showman has taken the world by storm since its theatrical release at the end of 2017, hitting the top spot in the UK by early 2018 and becoming the most purchased home entertainment release after Avengers Infinity War and Star Wars The Last Jedi.
The film’s soundtrack, composed by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, was the UK’s best selling album of last year, topping the charts in several countries including the US, Australia, UK and Japan and reaching No. 1 on iTunes in over 70 countries. The 5x Platinum certified soundtrack has to date sold over 5.4 million records worldwide, with 1.77 million sold in the UK, and is the second album in 30 years to spend 11 consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the UK, equalling the record set by Adele for her album ‘21’, and was the longest running soundtrack at No. 1 in 50 years. ‘This is Me’, taken from the soundtrack, won a Golden Globe for ‘Best Original Song’ and was nominated for an Academy Award; the soundtrack was also up for two GRAMMY awards, and last night was announced as winner of Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK and Ireland Jason lley said: “We are delighted to welcome the Golden Globe and Tony Award winning superstar Hugh Jackman to the BRITs stage this month with a performance that is set to be nothing short of spectacular. The Greatest Showman soundtrack dominated the charts in 2018 breaking records all over the world as well as here in the UK. It’s only fitting that the UK’s biggest celebration of musical successes should be kicked off with a performance from the biggest selling album in the UK of the last year.”
The Greatest Showman is the latest performance to be revealed for The BRITs, following the announcements of P!nk, Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Rag’n’Bone Man, Jess Glynne with H.E.R., The 1975, George Ezra, Little Mix with Ms Banks and Jorja Smith for the UK’s biggest night in music.
The BRIT Awards 2019 with Mastercard take place Wednesday 20th February at The O2 Arena, London, broadcast exclusively on ITV and hosted by Jack Whitehall. Clara Amfo and Alice Levine will be back to host this year’s Red Carpet show on ITV2 on the night of the awards for the third year running.
Having earned herself a
considerable following as a result of her number 1 album The Project connecting with fans on both sides of the Atlantic, and
following a brief visit to the UK earlier this month as tour support for
country superstar Chris Young, it’s fair to say things are looking fairly rosy
for Lindsay Ell, but that’s not to say she’s resting on her laurels. Instead,
currently working on her next LP, Lindsay is looking forward to a bright and
ambitious future, and she spoke to ThisIsTheLatest
to chat musical influences, future performance plans and where she most finds
inspiration for her songs.
TITL: Given that you were discovered at the age
of 13, is it safe to say that music has been always been your passion or
have there been times when you’ve felt even slightly swayed to follow a
Lindsay Ell: Music has always been such a passion of mine ever
since I was a little girl. I started playing shows at such a young
age, that by the time I was 10, I fell in love with performing in front of
an audience. I knew that my heart felt at home playing on stage, and
nothing came close to giving me that same feeling!
TITL: Which bands and artists are you most
influenced by and how do they impact the music you make?
LE: I listen to so many different kinds of music. When I
was growing up I listened to everything in between Shania Twain and Garth
Brooks to Tommy Emmanuel. Of course, I will always be inspired by John
Mayer, and Keith Urban. Currently I’m listening to a lot of Lany, Lauv and
TITL: Tell me a little about
your recent collaboration with Brantley Gilbert “What Happens In A Small
Town”. How did the two of you come together to work on the track?
LE: I was so grateful that when
Brantley and his record label head, Scott Borchetta, sat down to brainstorm who
they wanted to be a part of this duet, they thought of me. I am honored to
be a part of this song, and feel that although Brantley and I aren’t the first
two names you’d think of to put together in a duet, that is what makes it so
special. My favorite collaborations are ones of two artists you wouldn’t
immediately think of performing something together. That is what makes it
unique. That is what makes it special.
TITL: In terms of your lyrics and general
song-writing from who or from where do you find most of your inspiration?
LE: Carole King, Lori McKenna and Brandi Carlile are some of
my favorite songwriters but I
personally get inspired by so many different things. Through traveling a lot,
all over the world, I find myself constantly being inspired by different
cultures and people watching.
TITL: You’re currently working on a new album,
the follow up to your US number 1 LP The
Project. Is there anything you can tell me about it or are you keeping
things hush hush for now?
LE: I’ve been writing a lot towards the next record. A
lot has happened in my personal life and my career in the past two years,
so I think fans are going to be able to see that on this next album. Song-writing
in a lot of ways becomes my therapy.
As someone who has performed on both sides of the
Atlantic, have you noticed any similarities or differences between audiences
here and back home?
Getting to play music for fans across the world is so
incredible. Fans definitely differ a little bit from country to country.
The think that I have always loved about UK audiences is fans want to listen to
the song-writing and the music. As a guitar player, and someone who loops
sometimes in live sets, it is amazing to play for an audience that appreciates
musicality to that degree.
TITL: For anyone who hasn’t seen you before, what
can they expect from a performance of yours?
LE: Hopefully anyone coming to watch our show can walk away
with feeling like they got to see some real music. I try to put on a
dynamic set, with lots of epic guitar solo moments, and intimate acoustic
songs. I like to take the audience through a journey while I’m up there. If
I can make them laugh, cry, and want to dance in the same set I’ve done my job.
TITL: If you could put together your dream show
with four bands or artists, living or dead, who would you choose and where
would you play?
LE: That’s always a hard question…. I would have to say Jimi
Hendrix, John Mayer, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder. If you’d ask me that
question again I probably would have a different answer every time, because
it’s so hard for me to narrow down my list of artists I look up to. But we’ll
TITL: Finally then, what does the rest of the
year have in store for you?
LE: We will be touring a lot over the next year. We’re
just at the start of music festival season…and Brantley Gilbert and I will be
touring together later this fall. Having just finished up a tour here in
the UK, I’m already planning on the next time I can get to come back again. I’m
hoping on a few shows this fall, and then coming back early in the new year!
Check out “What Happens In A
Small Town” below and for more information on Lindsay Ell, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her
Having been in the entertainment business since she was 10
years old, Andrea Evans is no stranger to the highs and lows of Hollywood, but
the events of recent years involving the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby
and the ever growing #MeToo movement have now seen her add another bow to her
already impressive resume, as a producer of the new documentary Rocking The Couch. The documentary
features interviews with many victims of Hollywood sexual assault, as well as
several individuals who were involved in the Wallace Kaye case of 1992 and takes
a long hard look at the cases both past and present and the valuable lessons
that, for the most part, still haven’t been learnt. With the documentary proving
to be a huge success, ThisIsTheLatest
spoke to Andrea about why she got involved, whether she might one day move into
directing and where and when fans can see her on screen next.
TITL: Rocking The Couch is largely fuelled
firstly by the case, led by twelve women who were brave enough to speak out,
brought against Wallace Kaye in 1992. For anyone who is unaware of the story,
could you sum it up for me and explain ultimately how it’s impacted this
Andrea Evans: A lot of documentaries tend to follow their
own path and that’s exactly what happened with this one. My co-executive
producer, friend and director Minh Collins and I were first only going to
interview people from the past few years or thereabouts and build the
documentary around that, but then my husband brought to my attention the case
brought against Wallace Kaye, as you say, in 1992, in Hollywood. The fact he
had to bring this to my attention is kind of the whole point – I was an
actress, living in Hollywood in the 1990’s and I’d never heard this story, or
anything to do with it. The story itself is led by 12 young, aspiring
actresses, interviewing with a talent agent at the time who then sexually
assaulted each of them. They went to their unions to complain, the unions told
them to forget about it and then finally, one of the actresses, who wasn’t with
a union, called the police who got involved, and these women took him to court
You would think that that would make news, and that there
would be a lot of attention about it, but there never was. When I started
interviewing people about the case, they were shocked because I was the first
person who had ever contacted them. That became sort of the main feature, the
meat of the documentary was this case – how did it happen and why, and also why
didn’t we hear anything about it.
TITL: As an actress
yourself, is the behaviour and attitudes towards women addressed in Rocking The Couch something you’ve
experienced yourself or is it something you just feel passionate about enough
to have done something to help stand against it and spread the word?
AE: I think pretty much every actress in Hollywood – and a
lot of actors too – we don’t want to leave men out of this, I think it’s a very
big issue with and for them as well, particularly with gay men – but yes, we
all have stories. My stories, thank goodness, were not as traumatic as some of
the stories we feature in the documentary. We did interview me, as well, as one
of the subjects, but my stories were not that good in comparison to other
people’s so I had to put myself on the cutting room floor – something that I
never thought I would actually do, or say I’ve done. We also bring up the fact
that, I think we have some interviews with Carrie Mitchum, the grand-daughter
of the famous actor Robert Mitchum, where she discusses how we all knew this
was going on and that’s true – we all did. If you heard from celebrities who
said they were blind-sided or didn’t know about it, they’re lying, because we
all knew, and we all saw it. It was definitely something that needed to come
out into the light, needed to be addressed and needs to stop.
TITL: Exactly how
shocked are you that lessons weren’t, and, as proven by the scores of recent
cases made against a number of men in the industry, haven’t been learned in the
more than two decades that have passed since the Kaye case?
AE: I think society is changing and that’s why you and I are
having this conversation. I think the way society looks at sexual abuse and
sexual assault, certainly in the workplace, is changing. And maybe social media
has something to do with this, but I think as a society, we are now finally starting
to actually pay attention to the victims, to listen to what they are saying.
You’re a woman and I’m sure you’ve heard these things before, you know ‘dress
appropriately’ ‘You don’t wanna do this…’ It shouldn’t be the way that a woman
dresses that makes her the victim of a crime. But yet, so many women, who have
been a victim of these crimes, are accused are bringing said crime upon
themselves, because there’s something in or about their behaviour, and I think
as a society we’re finally looking at that, paying attention to what happened
to these women.
My favourite instance I bring up about how society, in more
recent times, is how we look at all these instances in the Catholic church.
Priests have been accused of abusing young boys, and we never asked these young
boys the sort of things that have been asked of women over the years – we took
them at their word. Why wasn’t that the case with the women who spoke out? Why
weren’t they taken at their word, for all these decades? That’s the more
TITL: You’ve said in
the past that this documentary presents a “realistic view of what happened” and
that it includes “things that (you don’t think) the mainstream media did.” What
exactly do you mean by that?
AE: Certainly when we were bringing to light the Weinstein
case, I don’t think the mainstream media paid much attention to the struggle
undertaken by actresses – and actors – trying to get into the business, and
that, to my mind, is where most of the abuse happened. Abuse often happens to
the most vulnerable, and because there’s no real path towards becoming an actor
or actress, much like becoming a lawyer or doctor, there have been a lot of
people who’ve taken advantage of that – people anxious to get their foot in the
door of the industry. They’re eager and anxious…and that’s where and when the
majority of these people end up in trouble.
It’s easier to get a film about A-List celebrities who are
being abused or to get that on the evening news, because we all like to hear
about celebrities, but that’s not the case for the majority of these cases.
They’re people who are just trying to get into the industry.
TITL: If for
instance, the #MeToo movement hadn’t started up and women hasn’t started
speaking up, do you think you’d have still made this documentary and released
it, or is it something you were ultimately spurred on to do as a result of the
outpouring of outrage that came with the accusations and cases made against the
likes of Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby?
AE: I would love to think that I would’ve made this movie
anyway because I do feel strongly about this issue, but I also know that when
the Weinstein and Cosby cases first came to light, my partner and I were just
having coffee and got to thinking about how someone should really look into
this, and could make a great documentary out of it, and we sort of looked at
one another and both had the same idea – ‘Why not us? Let’s do this.’
I was inspired by the #MeToo movement and driven to tell
what we feel is the true story, and to try and show it from several different
angles, including Carrie Mitchum’s remarks that we all saw it. I saw instances
in my working career of women that were being approached and maybe took
producers up on their approach – I certainly saw that – and said nothing, as
did many people. I’m glad now that we can get it out in the open and tell what’s
really been happening.
TITL: You co-produced
this documentary with your director from The
Hit List Minh Collins and Jerry Sommer. What would you say you each
brought, in creative terms, to the documentary?
AE: Minh was the director and obviously, having directed
before, he was able to pull it all together and put into the shape it is now.
Jerry did a lot of the filming as well and the editing. I know from my own
part, that it was extremely important to have a woman on board and I went to
every interview, even if I wasn’t asking the questions – I wanted to be there
to show my support for every single woman, and so that she would feel more
comfortable and know that there was someone there who would understand her
point of view. They were being brave enough to tell their story and I just
wanted to be there to help, in any way I could, to make telling that a little
easier for them.
I also sought out a lot of the people you saw and see on the
air – I was the one that got in touch with them, and I don’t want to say ‘convinced’
because a lot of the people that came forward, even the people on the Wallace
Kaye case – the lawyers, the victims, the very brave policewoman who went in,
knowing she would probably be assaulted, but wanted to be there for those women
and without her, the case would never have come out – they were all very
anxious to tell their story. They wanted the truth to come out and I think it
was therapeutic for them. Hopefully, my being a woman helped them with that.
A huge part of why I got involved with this is that I am
loaning my celebrity to this movie, in publicising it and trying to get it out
there so people pay attention. There are so many good films and documentaries
that go completely unnoticed, that don’t get the attention they deserve and
that’s a big part of my contribution to this film.
TITL: How has the
reaction been to the film so far and, what do you most want those who see it to
take away/learn from it?
AE: I have been thrilled with the reaction. Here in the States,
it’s been really big – it keeps growing and growing. We’re now being
distributed, with Amazon, to pretty much every country that speaks English, and
the interest in the UK has been steadily growing as well, which I am very happy
and pleased to see. It’s very gratifying – I’ve never been a producer really, I’ve
never had this experience of creating something from the very beginning and
taking it out to audience and getting their response. I hope the viewers in the
UK will check it out, look at it and see our work and let us know what they
think. Amazon has been so happy we’re now talking about an addition documentary,
so any comments people have, any ideas, I would love to hear them.
TITL: Is there
anything you can tell me about this potential second documentary or are you
still sketching out ideas etc. for now?
AE: We’re still sketching out the ideas for it, so I can’t
really tell you anything about it, but I would love to talk to you about it
when it is released. I’m so thrilled that I’m even able to talk about it and
that this one has been so successful – that kind of blows my mind, having been
a first time producer in particular.
TITL: Looking to the
future, do you think the likes of the #MeToo movement can, as we’ve seen make
an impact, but one big enough to actually eradicate the sort of behaviour that
the documentary focusses on? What more can and needs to be done to ensure
incidents like those so many women have spoken out about in recent months never
happen again and that those who are actively involved in such are punished in a
AE: We’ve yet to see how big of an impact all this has and
that’s gonna take some time. Hopefully our daughters and grand-daughters won’t
have to deal with this kind of subject, which brings to mind another reason and
part as to why we did the documentary. My daughter happened to be on break from
school when we were fifteen and she wanted to come to the set. I was a little
wary about that – she is not quite fifteen – and I wondered whether or not I
wanted her to hear these stories. She wants to go into the entertainment
industry so I thought ‘yeah, she should hear these stories’, because the really
only true way to prevent these kinds of situations is to truly do everything in
your own power to prevent it. Even if the #MeToo movement has a HUGE amount of
success, even if it reduces these sorts of problems by 90%, there will still be
that 10% where things happen. So the best way for people to eliminate it is to
protect themselves and I hope that men and women who want to go into the
entertainment industry will watch this documentary and use it as a bit of a
cautionary tale. My daughter said she learned a huge amount from watching it,
like how to minimise your risk by doing things like not going out for drinks
with someone who’s trying to help you break into the industry. Minimise the
risk as much as possible, and hopefully that will help that 10% I referred to
TITL: Where do you go
from here then? Do you maybe want to move into the directors’ chair next time or
are you happy where you are, producing and giving your name and status to a
cause or a film you’re passionate about and eager to help get the word out
AE: I really enjoyed the producing. At some point yes, I
would love to try my hand at directing and might have a little go during the
next documentary just to see how I get on, but my main bread and butter is my
acting career. I love it and I love the industry – it pains me to have to do
documentaries about such a negative aspect of a business that I’ve been in
since I was 10 years old, and that has been very good to me – so hopefully I
can help it, and help maintain some of the integrity of this business in my own
little way because I really do love it.
TITL: Finally then, in
terms of your acting career, have you got any projects in the pipeline you can
tell me about?
AE: I don’t know what airs in the UK, and that’s a problem,
but I am in series available on Amazon Prime called The Bay – which is so much fun to do. I’m working with a lot of
people I’ve worked with before in other situations, and I just came on in
season four as a real troublemaker and I believe I will be making a lot of
trouble in season 5 which will air next year. People can watch me there.
Rocking The Couch
is via all VOD platforms including Amazon and Vimeo now. To keep up to
date with Andrea Evans, follow her on Twitter.