My Cousin's Mum sent me this video link today. This is my cousin Vanessa, or Nessa as she is affectionately called, in the original cast of Chicago in London's West End. Vanessa, was the original under study for Velma.
Vanessa is the one singing All That Jazz.
In the photograph she is on the left as you look at the picture on the bottom row, this is a cast photograph with Shirley Bassey.
I also found this link to her giving an interview to ITN News, when she was leaving Chicago.
She's currently on tour in Scotland.
As you can imagine all the Family is very proud of her.
Dance Coach - Vanessa Leagh-Hicks
Vanessa trained in all aspects of dance, acting and singing. She attended the Italia Conti Academy from the age of 10 to 18, qualifying as a Teacher of Dance. She is trained in Ballroom and Latin American dance and was the South East Latin American dance champion for three years.
Her West End stage credits include: La Cage Aux Folles, Crazy For You, Cats, Sweet Charity and Chicago.
Vanessa is currently West End dance captain and understudy the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago, where she has been choreographing and performing for the past seven years.
She has choreographed for Top of The Pops, CD:UK, Will Young, Dannii Minogue and Rachel Stevens at the Royal Variety Performance.
Vanessa also choreographed Emma Bunton's video Maybe, the opening of the British Style Awards, and various performances for Children in Need, working with the cast of Coronation Street for their Oliver Twist medley and the BBC newsreaders rendition of Wild Boys.