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Jade Ewen drops out of Godspell

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Jade Ewen has withdrawn from the upcoming tour of Godspell in Concert due to illness.

Ewen, formerly part of pop band the Sugababes, will now be replaced in her role by Laura Mansell. Mansell was already a member of the cast.

Ewen said she was “saddened” to withdraw from the show, adding: “I wish the cast and crew a truly successful run. I know they will put on an amazing show, and I can’t wait to see it.”

The cast also includes Andy Abraham, Leanne Jarvis, Mitch Miller and Tom Senior.

Following its run at the Hackney Empire, opening on April 4, the show will embark on a 28-venue national tour, which runs until July.

Kenneth Avery-Clark is directing the concert production of Stephen Schwartz’s musical, and the show has musical direction by Russell Scott.

It is produced by Scott and Mark Pettitt for Godspell in Concert UK.