Graduate Vicki Bebb’s stage debut wows Tiger Bay audiences

Welsh musical theatre graduate Vikki Bebb is set to star in Wales Millenium Centre’s Tiger Bay the Musical after winning acclaim from audiences at the show’s South Africa previews.

Tiger Bay is the Centre’s most ambitious production to date, created by a multi-award-winning team led by composer, Daf James, writer Michael Williams and director, Melly Still.

Following her outstanding performance during previews in Cape Town, Vikki, from Abercynon, will join musical legend John Owen-Jones to lead the cast for the world premiere in Cardiff.

Vikki plays Rowena Pryddy, a shop girl from the Welsh Valleys, who journeys to the big city, finding love in her quest for a place in society.

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama alumna impressed the musical’s creative team and cast so much that her co-star and Broadway actor, John Owen-Jones has invited her to join him on his homecoming tour this month.

Vikki, 26, said: “It is an absolute honour to play Rowena for the world premiere of this new musical in Cardiff and performing with John on his tour is a fantastic opportunity.

“I went to Cape Town looking to learn as much as I could from the extremely talented people around me, and being cast for Cardiff is beyond anything I expected.”

Award-winning and record breaking West End and Broadway performer John Owen-Jones, said: “My Bring Him Home tour will travel throughout Wales so it would be rude not to take Vikki along with me and showcase her amazing talent to a home audience before we perform together again in November.”

The world premiere of Tiger Bay the Musical takes place this November at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Produced in association with Cape Town Opera, the musical is set in 1900s Butetown, the docklands and Cardiff city centre, at an extraordinary turning point in history, when coal was king and the industry booming.

Vivien Care, head of musical theatre, RWCMD, said: “Vikki is a star in the making, a wonderful ambassador for our professional musical theatre training at Royal Welsh College and deserves her place on the Wales Millennium Centre stage.

“She wowed the crowds in Cape Town and we have no doubt she will do it again in Cardiff in November.”

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