Lee Mead to come to The Woodville
PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:10 14 March 2018
Lee Mead is celebrating - it's 10 years since the BBC One Holby City star won the coveted starring role of Joseph in the 2007 stage revival - an event that catapulted him into the public eye.
To celebrate this anniversary, Lee has embarked on a year long tour, Lee Mead – 10 Years – The Anniversary Tour, and will be performing at Gravesend as a part of this celebration.
The first of the celebratory dates was a Christmas show in London’s West End, to be followed by 26 dates throughout 2018, ending on November 25.
Lee has also just released a new album, simply titled Lee Mead - 10 Year Anniversary, which features 11 of Lee’s favourite tracks that he has performed over the years, including show songs Dancing Through Life (Wicked), Hushabye Mountain from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Close Every Door (Joseph), As Long As You’re Mine – a duet with Rachel Tucker from Wicked, Bring Him Home (Les Miserables) along with interpretations of some contemporary numbers including Everything, With Or Without You, Leave Right Now, Let Her Down Easy, All Of Me, and Blackbird.
Lee said: “I didn’t think I’d make it this far!
“I am really excited about the tour.”
Lee explained that he is very happy with the way his career has gone, and admitted that he has been approached a few times to do reality TV: “I love watching some of those shows, but I’m not sure I would do very well on something like I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!”
“Touch wood, I like to think that over the last 10 years I’ve made the right career choices.”
In the past 10 years, Lee has managed to successfully combine music with stage and screen with on screen roles in Holby City and Casualty, stage roles in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Legally Blonde, Wicked, West End Men and of course his iconic starring role in Joseph, along with live music tours and album releases.
Speaking about what audiences can expect from the tour, Lee said: “I’ll be doing more than 20 songs.
“I really believe in giving people their money’s worth.
“I’ll be doing the songs that have had an impact on me over the last 10 years - for instance, I’ll be performing Maria from West Side Story which is one of, if not the, greatest musical ever written.”
Lee admitted however that another special song he’ll be performing came from seeing a film with his daughter: “I recently took my daughter Betsy to see the film Boss Baby.
“Five minutes into the film, the girl has to move away because her dad changes job. She is upset and the song her dad sings to calm her and get her to sleep is Blackbird.
“At that moment, I started welling up. I thought, ‘I have to sing that song in my show.’
“I found a rehearsal recording of Paul McCartney performing it with an acoustic guitar.
“There is such a raw element to that interpretation. I just love that song. It’s so simple and yet so beautiful.”
Lee is also a regular in panto, and most recently starred in Jack and the Beanstalk in his hometown Southend.
He said: “I’ve been very lucky to do a West End panto as well – last year I played Prince Charming at the London Palladium.”
Lee said he still gets the same pleasure out of his work as he’s always done: “For me it’s never been about money or fame or applause.
“I just love making people happy.
“I get as much pleasure out of playing to 80 people in a small room as to 80,000 at Wembley Stadium when I was invited to sing for the concert for Diana. “It’s the same buzz for me. I adore connecting with people through music.
“I love my work. It’s a great privilege. I’m a very, very lucky guy.”
Lee will be performing at The Woodville theatre, Wrotham Road, on Saturday, March 24.