JOE MAKES HIS WEST END GRADUATE DEBUT AS THE 22/23 WICKED CAST OPENS
Joe opened in Wicked, marking his graduate West End debut on 1st February 2022. Wicked plays at the Apollo Victoria Theatre London and the cast includes Lucie Jones, Helen Woolf, Ryan Reid, Gary Wilmot, Sophie-Louise Dann, Simeon Truby, Carina Gillespie and Nicholas McLean.
JOE MAKES HIS PRINCIPAL WEST END DEBUT AS BOQ IN WICKED
On Thursday 10th March, Joe made his debut as a principal role in the West End. Joe debuted as the role of Boq, fulfilling his 1st cover understudy duties.
JOE TO JOIN THE WEST END CAST OF WICKED IN FEBRUARY 2022
It was recently announced that Joe will be joining the cast of Wicked in February 2022 at the West End's Victoria Apollo Theatre. Joe will be starring as Ensemble & 1st Cover Boq in the new cast change and is thrilled to be making his graduate West End debut.
Read the WhatsOnStage announcement here.
JOE JOINS THE CAST OF SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS AT WOKING
Joe will be starring as Skipper in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at New Victoria Theatre Woking this Christmas, alongside a stellar cast including Gok Wan, Harriet Thorpe and Aaron James. The production is produced by Crossroads Pantomimes (formerly known as Qdos) and will be running from 4th Dec - 2nd Jan.
JOE JOINS CAST OF WEST END STARS TO SHOWCASE NEW MUSICAL THEATRE WRITING
Joe joined a cast of West End stars to showcase a series of new musical theatre writing: The Chamber Musical Sessions. The concert took place at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End and was produced by Aria Entertainment & ALP Musicals.
Joe debuted the song 'Rockstars' from the show 'Enthusiastically, Yes!', written by duo Payne & Webb.
JOE STARS IN 'FLOP!' MUSICAL CABARET LIVE AT THE CRAZY COQS IN SOHO
Joe performed alongside West End stars in 'Flop!' the musical cabaret celebrating hidden gem songs from West End and Broadway shows that flopped! The cabaret was held live at the Crazy Coqs in Soho, London and was hosted by Michael Robert-Lowe and Becca Barrett.
JOE CAST IN R&D WORKSHOP FOR SOON-TO-BE-ANNOUNCED PROJECT
Joe took part in a week-long Research & Development workshop for a new, soon-to-be-announced, project. Joe spent the week working with a fantastic group, including creatives Debbie Isitt, Andrew Wright and George Dyer.
JOE FEATURES IN 'TAKE YOUR PLACE' - A CELEBRATION OF BRITISH EAST AND SOUTH-EAST ASIAN IDENTITY SHOOT
In response to the escalation in racially motivated incidents against the ESEA community in the UK, over 20 British East and South-East Asians collaborated to produce a non-profit photoshoot titled: Take Your Place: A Celebration of BESEA Identity. The purpose of the shoot was to empower the community by humanising a group of people who are typically misrepresented or under-represented in mainstream media. Joe was honoured to take part and represent the musical theatre industry.
JOE JOINS WEST END STARS IN CHARITY SONG FOR INDIA COVID RELIEF
Joe joins a diverse cast, including West End Stars, to launch a video supporting India Covid-19 Relief charities. The video is produced and directed by Irvine Iqbal and features South Asian and Middle Eastern/North African performers - 'SAME Voices Unite' - performing "It Means Beautiful" from Everybody's Talking About Jamie. The video and donation link can be found here.
NEW EP RELEASED: SONGS FROM KING MUSICAL
The official EP studio cast recording of songs from KING, a musical about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has officially been released. The album is produced by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, in collaboration with Hackney Empire. Directed by Susie McKenna and musically directed by Freddie Tapner, the album features performances from Cedric Neal, Sharon D. Clarke, Debbie Kurup, Cavin Cornwall and a full orchestra. Joe was a part of the Ensemble vocals in the studio recording. All profits from the album will go to the charity, Blueprint for All.
ORDINARY DAYS BEGINS STREAMING AND RECIEVES BRILLIANT REVIEWS
Ordinary Days has started streaming via the Theatre Café website. The online production has received fantastic responses from a number of reviewers. Highlights include:
"The cast of four are simply exquisite ... Joe Thompson-Oubari brings bounds of charisma and sweetness to Warren ... a refreshingly platonic relationship, the pair bounce off each other perfectly, bringing their contrasting personalities to humorous and riveting effect." - All That Dazzles
"The impeccable, naturalistic diction of all four performers ensures that we hear each & every – often very powerful – word." - Musical Theatre Review
"The production is also aided by four strong and emotionally forthright performances ... Bobbie Chambers and Joe Thompson-Oubari pair up beautifully as Deb and Warren whose path to a hard-won friendship feels pitch-perfect for a time of metropolitan isolation." - There Ought To Be Clowns
JOE INVITED AS GUEST ON 'UP CLOSE WITH CARLOS TSENG' PODCAST
Joe has been invited as the guest on this week's episode of the Up Close with Carlos Tseng podcast. Joe chats with Carlos about his career journey to-date, life as a musical theatre actor during lockdown and, of course, Ordinary Days!
Carlos' previous guests have included Kerry Ellis, Ria Jones and Tracie Bennett.
The episode is available to listen to now. The Spotify link can be found here.
JOE CAST AS WARREN IN ORDINARY DAYS
Joe has landed the role of Warren in Ordinary Days. The musical was initially set for a small UK tour, before the third national lockdown. The production will now be fully staged and filmed live for streaming towards the end of May via The Theatre Café website.
Daniel Smith is to direct and design the show, with musical direction from Ben Barrow, plus a new cello arrangement and assistant musical direction from Jessica Brydges.
The cast also includes Will Arundell as Jason, Nic Myers as Claire and Bobbie Chambers as Deb.
The Theatre Café press release and ticket information can be found here.
CINDERELLA RECEIVES RAVE REVIEWS
Despite closing early due to the third national lockdown in England, Cinderella played for over 30 performances, spreading panto joy to thousands of audience members. The show received brilliant reviews, including:
"As the Prince’s equerry, Dandini, Joe Thompson-Oubari exudes cheeky-chappy charm and provides Windsor with plenty of star quality in his second pantomime for the venue." - British Theatre Guide
"Completing the main cast are Dominic Sibanda as Prince Charming and Joe Thompson-Oubari, returning after last year’s Aladdin, as Dandini. They are engaging to watch – both have astonishing voices and expressive faces that light up the auditorium when they sing." - Wokingham Today
JOE CAST AS SHANE IN SQUAD GOALS
Joe has been cast as the role of Shane in the new, outdoor, immersive football play, Squad Goals. The production will play at Dagenham & Redbridge Football Stadium from 14th September to 10th October. The show is written and co-directed by Michelle Payne, working alongside Mia Jerome and choreographed by Sundeep Saini. The production is supported by Mercury Theatre Colchester and Queens Theatre Hornchurch.
The What's On Stage press release can be found here.
ZORRO THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT AT CADOGAN HALL
23 February 2020
Joe performs as part of the Ensemble in Zorro the Musical in Concert at Cadogan Hall, starring Ricardo Afonso, Emma Williams, Lesli Margherita, Roberto Tripolino, Jo Parsons and Zubin Varla.
The concert is directed by Annabel Mutale Reed, musically directed by Freddie Tapner and produced by Take Two Theatricals and Club 11 London, with music by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.
The What's On Stage press release can be found here.
JOE GUEST STARS AT HIBA ELCHIKHE'S SOLO CABARET
Joe was invited as a graduate guest star to perform at West End leading lady, Hiba Elchikhe's, solo cabaret at Jack Solomon's Club in Soho. Joe performed alongside Rob Houchen, Emma Kingston, Luke Bayer, Roberto Tripolino and Arts Ed graduate Georgia Onuorah, with whom Joe performed 'Only Us' from Dear Evan Hansen. The event was produced by RyCa Creative.
JOE LANDS THE LEAD ROLE IN ALADDIN
Joe has been cast as the title role in Aladdin, playing at the Theatre Royal Windsor from 29th November - 12th January. Joe will be performing alonside stars including Basil Brush, Marti Webb, Paul Nicholas, Steven Blakeley and Kevin Cruise. The pantomime is produced by Bill Kenwright Ltd.
Joe has graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, gaining an MA Musical Theatre degree, classification: Distinction. Joe would like to thank all the staff and students at the Academy for what has been a life-changing year of training.
Joe has officially signed with Global Artists and is represented by agent, Simon Bashford. Joe is thrilled to begin his career with Global Artists and excited for what the future holds.
Sedos' production of Pippin, in which Joe played the title role, has made it into London Theatre Reviews Top 10 Shows of 2018. Joe is eternally grateful to have been a part of such a fantastic production. Pippin played at the Bridewell Theatre, London, from 9-19th May 2018.
Read the full article here.
ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC
Joe begins his training in Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. The course is led by globally-renowned musical supervisor and director, Daniel Bowling.
JOE PERFORMS IN SINGING FOR THE ARTS
Joe will be performing in the digital charity concert, Singing for the Arts, produced by Joseph Newport. The concert will be introduced by Kerry Ellis and will raised money to support those in the arts who have been struggling during the pandemic.
The concert will be streaming on Friday 15th January at 8pm.
JOE STARS AS DANDINI IN CINDERELLA
Joe will be playing the role of Dandini in Cinderella this winter at Theatre Royal Windsor, produced by Bill Kenwright Ltd. Joe will be starring alongside Debbie McGee, Basil Brush, Steven Blakeley and Kevin Cruise.
Cinderella will be dazzling audiences, with social distanced measures in place, from 3rd December 2020 - 17th January 2021.
CHARITY CONCERT - ACTING FOR OTHERS
Joe performs as part of a musical theatre charity concert, to help raise funds for Acting for Others. The concert was organised by fellow performer, Daniel Amity.
ALADDIN SHINES AT THEATRE ROYAL WINDSOR
Audiences are embracing the magical spirit of panto as Aladdin opens at Theatre Royal Windsor, with Joe playing the lead role of Aladdin. The show has received rave reviews including:
" ... a stunning opening number, one of several that showcases the talents of Joe Thomson-Oubari as Aladdin. A terrific voice and great stage presence, he makes a truly believable street urchin." - The Wokingham Paper
"Youngster, Joe Thompson-Oubari charms the audience as Aladdin with his energy and enthusiasm." - Theatre-News.co.uk
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA IN CONCERT AT CADOGAN HALL
20 September 2019
Joe features in the Ensemble of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella live in concert at Cadogan Hall, starring Christine Allodo, Jac Yarrow, Maz Murray and more. The concert is directed by Jonathan O'Boyle, musically directed by Freddie Tapner and produced by Take Two Theatricals and Club 11 London, with music by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.
The What's On Stage press release can be found here.
Creed is a new musical written and directed by Ian Grant (After the Ball, Stella Europe, Thomas Boleyn) and composed and orchestrated by Christopher Walker (Top Hat, Cabaret, Follies, Funny Girl) of Creative Structure Ltd. As part of the closed workshop performance, Joe originated the role of Crispus, son of Constantine.
CITY OF ANGELS
City of Angels opens at the Susie Sainsbury Theatre, Royal Academy of Music. Joe is alternating the roles of Buddy Fiddler and Angel City Four Tenor in the double-cast production. City of Angels in directed by Bruce Guthrie, choreographed by Lee Proud and musically directed by Luke Holman and Ezra van Nassauw.
JOE SINGS FOR COMPOSER OF LES MISERABLES
Joe was chosen to sing for composer of Les Miserables, Claude Michel-Schönberg, as part of a public masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music. Joe performed the song 'Master of the House' from Les Miserables, singing the part of Monsieur Thénardier.
RONALD WILLIAM WHITE PRIZE
Joe came runner up amongst his cohort in the Ronald William White Prize for acting through song. The prize was judged by composer of Les Miserables, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and British theatre and opera director, Jonathan Kent CBE.
The curtain closes on Sedos' production of Pippin, in which Joe played the title role. The production played from 9-19th May at the Bridewell Theatre, London.