Newham’s Roger Wright on his journey from Superstar to West End showman

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 October 2012 | UPDATED: 09:58 29 October 2012

Roger Wright with co-host Paul Hazel in 'You Can Do It'.

Roger Wright with co-host Paul Hazel in 'You Can Do It'.


Fresh from the final of ITV’s Superstar, Newham’s very own soul Messiah has a bolder way of dealing with TV talent show rejection than most.

Roger Wright, voted third in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for the lead part in Jesus Christ Superstar, has put his subsequent fame to use by writing, producing, directing and starring in his own West End Show, ‘You Can Do It’.

Roger said: “I had the feeling I was off, I don’t know why, so I thought, ‘right, I am not going to mope about, I am going to celebrate my time here’ so I just did the moonwalk off and all the other finalists were standing at the back cracking up.

“I needed some time to adjust from that and get out of this bubble. So then I thought I have to get back on track but at the same time using the momentum from the show.”

But the effervescent Roger doesn’t stand still for long and he wrote ‘You Can Do It’ starring himself alongside his friend Paul Hazell.

‘You Can Do It’ is a feel-good show featuring a live band soundtracking the story of ageing brothers who get the chance to revisit their lives as singing sensations ‘the Lightfoot Brothers’.

Showcasing a host of songs from Marvin Gaye to Sammy Davis Jr to Whitesnake, the production was written in three weeks and sold out at the Leicester Square Theatre earlier this month and now it returns to the same venue on November 4.

But Roger is no stranger to the limelight, landing his first theatre role in musical ‘Hotstuff’ after walking into the wrong audition room while working as a model.

He landed the lead role of Simba in the first UK production of Walt Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ before playing Marvin Gaye in Motown show ‘Dancing in the Streets’.

Roger, who is also working on his debut album, said: “I am a lucky man. I’m just one of these people that thinks, if you have an opportunity, you have to just go for it in life.”

‘You Can Do It’ is at the Leicester Square Theatre on November 4. Tickets are £17.50 from or by calling 08448 733433.

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