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Susan Jane Tanner is an English actress.

Biography

Beginning her career as a dancer, Tanner became a performer on an American cruise ship, performing shows and music. upon returning to England she became a successful classical stage actress, joining the Royal Shakespeare Company. She was one of three members of the company who was cast in Les Misérables, along with Roger Allam and Alun Armstrong.

As well as stage roles, Tanner also made a number of television and film appearances, including the 1998 comedy The Parole Officer and the BBC production of The Mayor of Casterbridge.

Singing

After succeeding Barbara Windsor in the tour of Calamity Jane , Tanner created one of her most famous roles, that of Jellylorum/Griddlebone in Cats (a role she would reprise for the taped production). In 1985, she originated another role; Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables, and another would follow in 2006, as Aunt Pittypat in the musical Gone With the Wind.

Stage

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  • The Worst Pies in London (solo)
  • Poor Thing (solo)
  • My Friends (duet)
  • Pirelli's Miracle Elixir (contains solo lines)
  • Wait (solo)
  • Epiphany (duet)
  • A Little Priest (duet)
  • God, That's Good (contains solo lines)
  • By the Sea (duet)
  • Not While I'm Around (duet)
  • Parlor Songs (duet)
  • Searching (contains solo lines)
  • Final Scene (contains solo lines)
  • The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (seventh reprise)(contains solo lines)

Calamity Jane (1979)

  • Deadwood Stage (contains solo lines)
  • Everyone Complains About the Weather
  • Men
  • Careless with the Truth (contains solo lines)
  • A Hive Full of Honey (solo)
  • I Can Do Without You (duet)
  • 'Tis Harry I'm Planning to Marry (contains solo lines)
  • Windy City (solo)
  • Keep It Under Your Hat
  • Higher Than a Hawk (solo)
  • A Woman's Touch (duet)
  • Love You Dearly
  • The Black Hills of Dakota (duet)
  • Secret Love (solo)
  • Finale (contains solo lines)

Cats (1981)(originated the role)

  • Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats (contains solo lines)
  • The Naming of Cats
  • The Old Gumbie Cat
  • Bustopher Jones (contains solo lines)
  • Old Deuteronomy
  • The Aweful Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles
  • The Song of the Jellicles (contains solo lines)
  • Gus the Theatre Cat (duet)
  • Growltiger's Last Stand (contains solo lines)
  • Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat
  • Mr. Mistoffelees
  • The Journey to the Heaviside Layer
  • The Addressing of Cats

Les Misérables (1985)(originated the role)

  • Castle on a Cloud (duet)
  • Master of the House (contains solo lines)
  • Waltz of Treachery (contains solo lines)
  • The Robbery (contains solo lines)
  • One Day More
  • Beggars at the Feast (contains solo lines)

Martin Guerre (1996)

  • Working on the Land (contains solo lines)
  • The Imposters (contains solo lines)
  • The Last Witness (contains solo lines)

Hard Times (2000)(originated the role)

Gone With the Wind (2008)(originated the role)

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