Tosh Wanogho-Maud is currently receiving huge acclaim for originating the roles of Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis & others in The Drifters Girl.
The musical tells the story of The Drifters and the truth about the woman who made them, Faye Treadwell. As their manager, Faye fought for three decades alongside her husband to turn the vocal group into a global phenomenon. Tosh has been with The Drifters Girl since its world premiere in Newcastle in October 2021, through to its West End run which began in November 2021 and concludes later this month.
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Tosh began his theatre career as a child, playing Winston in Whistle Down The Wind (Aldwych) before starring as Young Simba in The Lion King (Lyceum).
Some of his other theatre credits include: Four Eyed Moe in Five Guys Named Moe (Newtown Abbey), Respect La Diva (Garrick), Rufus/cover Curtis in Save The Last Dance For Me (UK Tour), Sweet Smell of Success (Arcola Theatre), understudy Mufala/General in the original West End cast of The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales) and The Producers (UK Tour).
Tosh played Willie in Daniel Evans’ revival of Show Boat at the Sheffield Crucible. The production transferred to the West End (New London), with Tosh taking over and starring as Joe for the final months of the musical’s run. Tosh then joined the West End premiere of Dreamgirls (Savoy), understudying the iconic role of Jimmy Early. Tosh took over as Jimmy full-time to huge acclaim in the musical’s second year.
On screen, Tosh worked on Bridgeton and Jingle Jangle for Netflix, as well as BBC’s Roadkill. He’s also an avid writer and regularly does various workshops and concerts across theatreland.
In this candid interview, Tosh discusses his career to date, all things Dreamgirls and The Drifters Girl as well as his ambitions for the future and lots more!
The Drifters Girl runs at the Garrick Theatre until 15th October. Visit http://www.thedriftersgirl.com for info and tickets.
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