Tom Brandon stars as ‘The Hard Man’ in the West End transfer of The Choir Of Man, the runaway international hit from the creative minds of Andrew Kay and Nic Doodson
Following three sell-out seasons at the Sydney Opera House and multiple sold-out US and European tours, The Choir Of Man is currently playing at The Arts Theatre, and is currently booking to 13 February 2022.
You’re appearing in The Choir of Man at The Arts Theatre, what can you tell us about the show?
The show is about community, friendship and the importance of talking to one another in a world where so many suffer in silence – all whilst sharing a beer and singing together.
This is a show that’s found success at home and abroad, how does it feel to be part of it as an original cast member?
I feel very privileged to be opening the show in the West End in a role loosely based on myself – I’ve a little bit of creative licence to “be me” than perhaps I wouldn’t get in any other show which makes it that extra bit special and fun.
It’s a bit different to a typical West End Musical, how would you describe the songs and music?
We sing (and play) a bit of everything. From MT to Adele & Guns ‘n’ Roses to Irish folk acapella. We also play multiple instruments – I believe between the cast there’s over 20 instruments played throughout the show!
You play a character called The Hard Man, what are you enjoying about the role?
I play the stereotypical gym-junkie, but he really has much more to him than meets the eye. He’s a caring, warm-hearted. and passionate person who loves bringing people together.
What’s been the best audience feedback you’ve had about the show so far?
Our first preview at the Arts Theatre was incredible. We had 5 or 6 standing ovations throughout the show and many of us were in tears – it was an incredibly emotional and overwhelming night for us all.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to see The Choir of Man?
I have no doubt we are the most fun show in the West End right now. It’s the perfect show to see if you want something light-hearted, uplifting and cheerful. We promise to leave you smiling!