Call centre worker's West End dream comes true
A SWANSEA call centre worker who writes songs in his spare time is on cloud nine after being put through to the West End.
By day Rory Bridgeman works in a Swansea call centre but in his spare time he is a musician who hopes to make a living out of his music one day.
That dream could be a step closer after the 23-year-old was chosen to write songs for a stage musical about Marilyn Monroe which will star Kerry Katona as the screen legend.
Karen Struel-White (right), the producer of Norma Jeane The Musical’ which stages in London on September 21st was so impressed by a tape sent to her by Mr Bridgeman that she decided to bring him onto the songwriting team for the musical.
Mrs Struel-White is the daughter of former Swansea City Football Club chairman Malcolm Struel and recently produced the West End hit WAG! The Musical.
She said: “Rory has a fabulous raw talent and will complement our songwriting team which includes Eurovision song winner Jay Aston. Everyone has to start somewhere — and I assure you young Rory won’t be an unknown for much longer.
Mr Bridgeman who works for Virgin Media at their Llansamlet call centre and lives in Port Tennant was overwhelmed on hearing about being picked to work on a West End musical.
He added: “Apparently someone had told Mrs Struel-White about my part time singing job in a wedding band. Karen asked for some samples of my work about two months ago and I thought she had forgotten about me. Then BAM! I get an email with a contract to write songs for her West End show about Marilyn Monroe.
“I’m not a huge fan of her to be honest, she’s obviously before my time, but I’m really excited to be part of this project and I’m looking forward to doing some research.”
Of the opportunity to be part of the musical the former Bishops Gore pupil, who plays in a band called iRock, said: “It’s nice to be asked and is like a dream come true. I’m really looking forward to the show and moving ahead with my career in music. It’s going to be a ballad-based, it’s what I do best.”
The musician will have to get a move on as an industry only reading of Norma Jean — The Musical is set to take place on September 21.