Press Release: Brian May & Kerry Ellis to perform their brand new song…



Queen’s Brian May & Broadway and West End Star Kerry Ellis perform their brand new song on RISE UP WITH ARTS Celebrating World Theatre Day

Rise Up With Arts

The First Global Livestream ‘Variety Show’ airs on March 27, 2021 and is available throughout the weekend of World Theatre Day. It will raise money for charities and features stars from the world of theatre, music and dance, celebrating the magical connection and transformative power of the Arts.

Anya says: “Having not been able to perform throughout 2020 and seeing many of my friends struggle without a creative outlet due to the pandemic, we decided we had to take matters into our own hands and create a virtual experience that could bring the Arts back to life”.

The show is an uplifting collaboration between some of the biggest names across the industry. Award winning Film producers, Award winning Songwriters, Actresses, Musicians, Broadway stars and those from The West End, Strictly Come Dancing, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars and more… the result is a show of ‘Variety’ of unity and support for the arts by the arts and for the people by the people.


Profit from ticket sales will support the incredible British charity Theatre Support Fund+ creators of the iconic ‘The Show Must Go On’ design which to date has raised £600K working with charities such as Acting For Others, Fleabag Support Fund and the NHS Covid-19 urgent appeal.
And The Actor’s Fund. Since March 18, 2020, The Actors Fund (USA) has provided more than $19 million+ in emergency financial assistance to over 15,000+ people who work in performing arts and entertainment. *See below for more details.
Starring and Created By

Pasha Kovalev – Co-Creator of Rise Up With Arts – One of Strictly Come Dancing’s Favourite Pro’s who lifted the Glitterball in 2014. He still holds the record for the most 10’s! He will be interviewed about his life in the Arts and will be dancing in the show

Anya Garnis – Co-Creator of Rise Up With Arts – Anya’s professional dancing career has seen her as a finalist on USA’s So You Think You Can Dance, Burn The Floor, Las Vegas’ Dancing With The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing.

Also Featuring

Just announced Queen’s Brian May CBE and The First Lady of Broadway and West End musicals Kerry Ellis will perform their brand new song together in the show.

Don Black OBE British Lyricist whose works include musicals, movie and hit songs with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and James Bond theme tunes Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever and The Man With The Golden Gun.

Arlene Phillips CBE is a showbiz legend, honoured for her services to dance and charity. She is a choreographer, theatre director, talent scout, television judge and presenter, who has worked in many fields of entertainment.

Lisa Riley English actress who starred in BAFTA winning BBC drama Three Girls, Emmerdale, You’ve Been Framed, panelist on Loose Women and contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.

Kevin Clifton Professional Dancer Strictly Come Dancing and Burn The Floor. Winner of the 16th series of Strictly with celebrity partner Stacey Dooley.

Duncan James singer, actor, and television personality. A member of the boy band Blue, and starred in many hit musicals and the British Soap “Hollyoaks”

Robin Windsor British professional Latin and Ballroom dancer best known for his appearances in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
John Logan received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Drama League awards for his play Red. As a screenwriter, Logan has been three times nominated for the Oscars and has received Golden Globe, BAFTA, WGA, Edgar, and PEN Center awards. His film work includes Skyfall, Spectre, Hugo, The Aviator and Gladiator.

Stars from the musical Chicago and jazz performed by Benny Benack III from Jim Caruso’s Birdland New York who have been hosts to Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett and Count Basie.

More to be announced…

Tickets for the livestream £19 via website. Show available for download throughout the weekend.

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