Solihull singer Lauren James is celebrating after landing a role in the West End show Wicked. It’s a dream come true for Lauren, aged 29, who first set her sights on stardom when she was given a karaoke machine at the tender age of nine.
Lauren, who has been charming our guests with her smooth tones, will play her final set for us at Alvar Bar on Sunday before heading to the bright lights of London and the Apollo Victoria theatre.
From mid-May she will be understudying the roles of Galinda and Nessarose in the bewitching musical. Lauren, originally from Swansea, said: “I am extremely excited and honoured to be going into such a successful and captivating show. Galinda is the ‘good witch’ and it’s a huge role. It’s a dream job and I can’t wait.” As well as leaving her place as one of a number of regular entertainers at the hotel, Lauren, originally from Wales will also be leaving behind her admin role at a Midlands-based PR agency. She will rehearse for a fortnight before opening in the show as an ensemble member and understudy on May 19.
Adrian Colman, Operations Manager at Hotel La Tour, said: “Lauren’s been singing with us since June 2013 and her super smooth voice has brought great atmosphere to our busy Alvar Bar. I have no doubt she’s going to be a West End smash.”
It is not Lauren’s first experience of the West End: her first professional role was, aged 18, understudying Eponine in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre, London. It’s all adding up to a busy year for Lauren, of Dickens Heath; her band The Doll Mechanics, which headlined Route 44 at Inn on the Green in Acocks Green, bring out their debut album this summer.