STAGE star Scott Anson, currently in The Full Monty, is set to bare his soul - he’s about to release a new album, called Angels Of My Better Nature, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
And, just like him, it’s made in Sheffield.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our full exclusive chat, with Scott talking about The Full Monty and his soon-to-be-released album.
Scott, aged 38, collaborated on the album with the city’s own Grammy Award winning producer Eliot Kennedy.
It was written, recorded and produced at Eliot’s world famous Steelwork’s Studios, which has turned out hits for everyone from The Spice Girls and Bryan Adams to Take That and Aretha Franklin.
Now it’s Scott’s turn to aim for the charts with an album out next month.
“It has been one of the most intense yet rewarding experiences of my life. I can’t begin to describe how excited I am about it,’’ he says.
“ I am going to be sticking it on iTunes next month and linking it to my web and social network sites.”
Not that his voice is unfamiliar to theatre audiences. In the West End he played the lead of American GI Chris in Miss Saigon, which toured in Asia.
He’s been The Narrator in Blood Brothers, played Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar and starred in Canterbury Tales.
Scott has also worked extensively in the TV and film industry. He recently acted opposite Dustin Hoffman in the film Last Chance Harvey.
Now he’s in the stage version of The Full Monty, about unemployed Sheffield steelworkers turned strippers, at the Lyceum until February 23. He made his professional debut next door at the Crucible, aged just 16, as part of the Youth Theatre.
Scott, born in Handsworth, lives with wife Marie and their two sons Reuben and Finley, in Clowne, Derbyshire. But he’s fiercley pround of his roots.
“I’m a Sheffield lad, so it’s a honour to be in this production, with a great director, the original writer and an amazing cast – the finest group of actors I’ve worked with. We feel like we’re part of something quite special,’’ he said.
“It’s dark humour, but the script is so funny – people will go away totally uplifted.
“Funnily enough the film was directed by Peter Cattaneo and my first job after drama school was playing a baddie in The Bill, directed by him.
So it’s all come full circle for me. I was a bit gutted not to be in the film. But I’m in the stage play and it couldn’t be better.”
He added: “I’m playing a few roles, but also covering for three of the stripping boys.
“So if called on, yes I’ll get my kit off – The Full Monty, the lot.”
Tickets for The Full Monty are £9 to £30, subject to a booking fee. Buy in person, call 0114 2496000 or visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.
For Scott’s album details, music videos and to hear tracks, visit his web site at www.scottanson.co.uk, follow him on Twitter at @Scott_Anson, Facebook on facebook.com/pages/Scott-Anson/298494901925 and My Space at myspace.com/scottanson.