West End Star Marisha Wallace Releases Album And Announces 2021 Tour Dates
by Geoff Ford
Having been forced to cancel her first ever UK tour back in March, West End and Broadway star Marisha Wallace has announced an all-new 6-date UK tour for autumn 2021 including dates in Ilkley and Lytham.
This news follows the release of Marisha’s new album Tomorrow which was named BBC Radio 2 ‘Album of the Week’. Tomorrow is a celebration of Marisha’s background in musical theatre as the star of such smash-hit stage shows as Dreamgirls, Waitress, Aladdin and The Book of Mormon. The album is a collection of uplifting show songs and sing-along pop classics delivered by one of the most instantly recognisable voices of a generation.
“The thing I have absolutely missed the most in 2020 is performing in front of a live audience,” said Marisha, who will also star alongside Michael Ball in the all-new West End production of Hairspray in 2021. “My first ever UK tour was halted due to the pandemic earlier this year so it will be wonderful to get back into theatres in 2021 and do what I love the most.”
UK audiences took Marisha to their hearts after the girl, who grew up on a North Carolina farm, arrived in the West End to take on the iconic role of Effie White in Dreamgirls.
Having suffered from Covid-19 herself, Marisha spent her recovery putting together a self-recorded version of the classic anthem of hope Tomorrow to raise funds for those in the theatre industry affected by lockdown. Marisha independently released the track, which ended up on the BBC Radio 2 playlist and landed the number 2 spot on the download charts.
Now, with the support of Decca Records, Marisha has released an album with songs full of hope including the radio hit Before I Go, a powerful anthem of pride, inner strength and empowerment, alongside such classics as Purple Rain, Climb Every Mountain, The Show Must Go On, on which she duets with Michael Ball, and Alive (written by Adele and Sia).
Marisha felt passionately there should be strong female representation on the album and all original tracks are written by women: Free by JinJin (Little Mix, Paloma Faith), Divine by Camille Purcell (Jess Glynne, Little Mix) and Faith by Natasha Bedingfield.
“The response to the album has been incredible,” Marisha added. “All the songs on the album have a really personal and special meaning for me, I loved recording them, and I cannot wait to sing these wonderful songs for audiences across the UK.”
Marisha has been seen, recently, on TV performing Tomorrow at the Royal Variety Performance broadcast on ITV1 along with Climb Every Mountain on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Marisha has also recorded songs for the Christmas movie Jingle Jangle, which features in Season 2 of Netflix’s Feel Good.
Marisha Wallace will play the following venues in 2021:
Friday 24 September Ilkley King’s Hall
Monday 27 September London Arts Theatre
Thursday 30 September Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Friday 1 October Cardiff DORA Stoutzker Hall
Saturday 2 October Birmingham Hippodrome (PATRICK Studio)
Wednesday 6 October Lytham Lowther Pavilion
For more information and tickets please visit cuffeandtaylor.com