Anna-Jane Casey

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Anna-Jane Casey
Born (1972-02-15) 15 February 1972 (age 45)
Salford, Lancashire, England
Spouse(s) Graham MacDuff
Website annajanecasey.com

Anna-Jane Casey (born 15 February 1972)[1] is an English singer, dancer and actress best known for her work in musical theatre.

Personal life[edit]

Casey was born in Salford, Lancashire, England. Her sister Natalie Casey is also an actress best known for her television roles in Hollyoaks and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

Casey married fellow actor Graham MacDuff in 1998.[2] The pair started dating whilst on the national tour of West Side Story[3] and have two daughters together.[citation needed]

Stage career[edit]

Casey trained at Lupino Dance School in Bury. She made her West End debut at age 16 as Rumpleteazer in Cats at New London Theatre.[3] After two years with Cats she then went on to Children of Eden at the Prince Edward Theatre.

In 1993 Casey performed in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium in the role of Reuben's Wife.[4]

In 1993 she played Barbara-Lou and Rizzo (replacement) in Grease at Dominion Theatre.[5]

She spent two years in Starlight Express at the Apollo Victoria Theatre playing the roles of Buffy, Dinah and Pearl.

In 1998 Casey fulfilled a lifelong ambition by playing Anita in West Side Story, both at the Prince Edward Theatre and on the national tour.[6] It was during this tour she met her husband, Graham MacDuff.

Casey made her first appearance in Chicago as Velma Kelly in 1998, a role she has reprised on numerous occasions.

In 2003 Casey landed the role of Frankie Frayne in the London revival of On Your Toes at the Southbank Centre.[7]

In 2005 she won the TMA (Theatrical Management Association) Award for Best Performance in a Musical[8] playing Mabel in Mack & Mabel at the Watermill Theatre.[9]

She originated the role of Dot in the London revival of Sunday in the Park with George at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2005.[10]

After that she went on to play Maggie in Hobson's Choice from May to July 2006 at Watermill Theatre[11] before giving birth to her daughter.

During 2009 she appeared in Forbidden Broadway at the Menier Chocolate Factory.[12]

She spent the Christmas period in the title role of Aladdin at Hackney Empire.[13]

Casey returned to Chicago from February until 24 April 2010 playing Velma Kelly alongside Ruthie Henshall.[14]

Casey appeared in the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park production of The Comedy of Errors as the Courtesan, in the summer of 2010.

She appeared in the BBC Prom celebrating the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein. The concert was broadcast on the BBC on Saturday 28 August 2010.[15]

Casey appeared as 'The Lady of the Lake' in Spamalot, at the Playhouse Theatre in London.

From May 2013 Casey appeared as Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London.

From July 2014 Casey appeared in the London edition of the revue Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre.

From July to September 2015 Casey played the role of Lottie in a revival of musical Mack & Mabel at Chichester Festival Theatre.

From December 2016 Casey played the eponymous Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun at the Sheffield Crucible.[16]

In March 2017 it was announced that Casey will step into the role of Mavis in Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre in London after Tamzin Outhwaite, who was supposed to play the role, fractured her foot during rehearsals. Casey will play the role until Outhwaite is able to return. Her sister Natalie Casey also appears in the play.

Television roles[edit]

She has starred in roles on EastEnders, The Bill, Heartbeat and Holby City.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weekend Birthdays", The Guardian, p. 49, 15 February 2014 
  2. ^ "World's a stage for Anna and Graham"[permanent dead link] thisislancashire.co.uk, 5 August 1998, retrieved 5 April 2010
  3. ^ a b Paddock, Terri."20 Questions With...Anna-Jane Casey" Archived 8 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine. whatsonstage.com, 9 December 2002
  4. ^ "'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' Cast List, May 1993" Archived 14 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine. reallyuseful.com, retrieved 5 April 2010
  5. ^ "'Grease' London Revival Cast (1993)" broadwayworld.com, retrieved 5 April 2010
  6. ^ "Archive page for 'West Side Story'" albemarle-london.com, retrieved 5 April 2010
  7. ^ Paddock, Terri."Review:'On Your Toes'" Archived 15 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. whatsonstage.com, 8 August 2003
  8. ^ "2005 Nominees & Winners" tmauk.org, retrieved 5 April 2010
  9. ^ Paddock, Terri.Soul Follows Jerry with Mack & Mabel at Watermill whatsonstage.com, 8 April 2005
  10. ^ Paddock, Terri.Extensions: Sunday in the Park & Emperor Jones whatsonstage.com, 4 January 2006
  11. ^ "Watermill – Hobson's Choice" Archived 19 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine. newburytheatre.co.uk, retrieved 5 April 2010
  12. ^ Bosanquet, Theo."Review:'Forbidden Broadway'" whatsonstage.com, 3 July 2009
  13. ^ Coveney, Michael "Review: Alladin" www.whatsonstage.com, 4 December 2009
  14. ^ Staff.Ruthie Henshall Extends Stay in London's Chicago Through April[permanent dead link] broadway.com, 19 February 2010
  15. ^ Paddock, Terri.Waddingham & Russell Go into Woods, More Cast whatsonstage.com, 31 March 2010
  16. ^ "Full casting announced for Annie Get Your Gun". Retrieved 28 January 2017. 

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