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About Jacinta

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Biography

Dublin born Jacinta has a career which encompasses all aspects of the entertainment industry.

As a child attending the Billie Barry Stage School, she was chosen from thousands of hopefuls to play the title role in the original production of Annie at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London’s West End, alongside Stratford Johns & Sheila Hancock. This subsequently led her to originate the role at The Gaiety Theatre in her home city playing alongside the late, great Maureen Potter.

A child star in Ireland, she worked alongside all the Irish theatrical greats in yearly pantomime & the Gaels of Laughter Summer seasons at both the Gaiety & Olympia Theatres. She appeared in commercials, radio shows, concerts, cabaret, voiceovers, jingles & was a regular guest artist for RTE Television in shows such as The Late Late Show, Play The Game, The Live Mike, Open House, The Lyrics Board, A Christmas Story (with Colm Wilkinson) Sunday Night Live from the Gaeity, Sunday Night Live from the Olympia, Live At Three, The Brendan Grace Show, Trom Agus Eadrom, The Three Tenors, and The National Song Contest, to name a few!

She continued to work throughout her teens in Ireland appearing as Louise in Gypsy, Nora in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Delia in One of Our Own, Maeve in The Scatterin & Can't Stop The Music (Gaiety, Dublin) Hollywood Ladies (Tivoli Theatre, Dublin) Mary in Mary Makebelieve (Gate Theatre, Dublin & Opera House, Cork).
She was the principal girl yearly for Brendan Grace’s infamous Bottler in Nipperland panto series.
A regular guest also on the Dublin cabaret scene at this time, she performed at The Braemor Rooms & Clontarf Castle. She worked with Jurys Irish Cabaret as resident guest, recorded an album and toured America with them.

Later, Jacinta moved to the UK and began to pursue her first love, theatre…..She played Anne in Anne of Green Gables & Sandy in Grease (Wolsey, Ipswich) Polly Perkins in Cinderella, Maid in Private Lives & Rosalia in West Side Story (Everyman, Cheltenham) Penny in A Slice of Saturday Night (Royal, Northampton), Alice in Dick Whittington (with Jimmy Tarbuck, Churchill, Bromley) Catherine in View From The Bridge (Portobello, Edinburgh) and Nellie in Cameron McIntosh’s revival of The Card (Watermill, Newbury)
On UK National Tours, she played Giuilietta in Aspects of Love directed by Gale Edwards and Rizzo in Grease. She appeared in the concert stagings of Nine (Royal Festival Hall) Tutankhamen by George Stiles & Anthony Drewe and the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert at The Albert Hall and was involved with the highly acclaimed 2007 & 2009 production of Seven Deadly Sins at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Her West End performances include Eponine in Les Miserables (Palace Theatre) a role she also played at The Point Theatre, Dublin and The Edinburgh Playhouse on the first UK Tour. She played Linda in Blood Brothers (Phoenix Theatre) and Ellen in Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal, Drury lane)

On the concert platform, Jacinta has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras including: The Melbourne Symphony, The Gothenburg Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Icelandic Symphony, Royal Philharmonic of Flanders, Lithuanian National Symphony, The Ulster Orchestra, Royal Scottish National, Bournemouth Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, and the CBSO in repertoire ranging from West End to Broadway style shows, The Musical World of Bond, Beatlemania, Queen Symphonic Spectacular, The ABBA Symphonic Celebration, through to Rogers & Hart, Sondheim, Cole Porter, Gershwin and Bernstein.
She is soloist annually for White Christmas (RGL) at the Royal Albert Hall, Glasgow Concert Hall, NCH Dublin, Symphony Hall Birmingham and The Bridgewater Hall Manchester

For BBC Radio 2, Jacinta is a regular guest on Friday Night Is Music Night with the BBC Concert Orchestra, her personal highlights being appearances in the 50th Anniversary broadcast of West Side Story, the broadcast of Once Upon A Time & Tomorrow to celebrate the 80th birthday of composer Charles Strouse, The 25th Anniversary Les Miserables concert and the featured soloist in Call Me When You’re In Something, which won the 1989 Montreaux Golden Rose

She has had a long association with the RTE Concert Orchestra having been guest soloist on numerous occasions at The National Concert Hall, The Helix and for many televised Proms series.
Her performances of Tell Me On A Sunday, conducted by Stephen Hill, were a sell-out and she recently played Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, The Concert, a co–production with the RTE CO and Musicians UK Ltd.

She has worked extensively for RTE Radio & Television, including her own TV Series Jacinta.
More recently, Jacinta was a member of the judging panel and a mentor for the RTE/Shinawil production of Fame the Musical to find new Irish talent and also celebrity judge for Starsearch

Her film credits include My Left Foot, The Commitments, The Lilac Bus and A Green Journey

Reviews

‘’Jacinta Whyte oozed confidence & self assurance as she belted out tunes from Evita, Oliver, Les Mis and good old ‘Memory’ from Cats. The show stopping ‘Blow Gabriel Blow’ from Anything Goes however, illustrated Whyte’s vocal power and strength, providing glimpses of her status as one of the Best of the West End’’
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, MSO Pops

‘’Jacinta Whyte sang ‘Macavity’ from Cats, and this was a really nice surprise for me! This is one of the few songs from Cats I’ve never really liked much, but Miss Whyte totally changed that. She made this song into something totally fantastic. Miss Whyte is so energetic with so much personality, you just couldn’t help smiling the entire time!’’
Lofbergs Lila Arena, Sweden

‘’Jacinta Whyte had a lovely 20th century swing to her voice, especially in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’. With her fresh and fiery voice her performance of ‘Macavity’ from Cats was outstanding’’
Cloetta Centre, Sweden

‘’Jacinta was particularly impressive during divine solo renditions of Blow Gabriel Blow, the powerfully emotive So In Love, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and Why Cant You Behave’’
Friday Night Classics ~ ‘You’re The Top’ ~ Symphony Hall Birmingham

‘’Jacinta gave what for me was the performance of the evening when she sang ‘So In Love’ with an intensity and assurance that was intensely moving. And how did they get on with ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin?’ Well, there were no echoes of Riddle & Sinatra. No bass trombone solo. What we had was pure slow-tempo seduction from Whyte’’
The Independent ~ ‘You’re The Top’ ~ Symphony Hall Birmingham

‘’It’s still early days but it looks like RTE might finally have cracked the talent show nut and come up with a series that doesn’t make you want to sew your eyeballs shut and seal your ears with hot candle wax. For a change, the judging panel is made up of people who actually know what they’re talking about: musical theatre star Jacinta Whyte, actor & writer Simon Delaney, theatrical producer Robert C. Kelly and Erica Gimpel, who played Coco in the Fame TV series’’
Evening Herald ~ Fame: The Musical ~ RTE

Corporate

An accomplished corporate & cabaret artist, with a vocal ability enabling her to embrace a wide range of vocal styles, Jacinta has appeared as guest artist at many prestigious events ~ The Globe Travel & Tourism Awards, The Society of London Theatre, The British Tourist Authority Gala Dinners and American Oil & Tobacco Awards

The Magical West End’, which is jointly run with Orchestral Manager & Conductor, Stephen Hill, produces high quality bespoke evening entertainment for corporate & private events, featuring principal West End performers and musicians.

To date ‘The Magical West End’ has provided high class entertainment for Gala Evenings & Award Ceremonies at ~ The Dorchester Hotel, The London Hilton, Claridges, The Savoy Hotel, RAC Club Pall Mall, The Institute of Directors, The Hempel Hotel, Centre Stage Cabaret @ The Mountbatten Hotel, Hintlesham Hall, The Radisson Edwardian, Manchester Town Hall, G-Mex Manchester,
Grand Hotel Brighton, Cliveden House Hotel, Hilton Brighton Metropole, Great Fosters,
The Grove Hotel Watford, Wembley Stadium, Birmingham Botanical Gardens,
Grand Hotel Birmingham and Hotel de France Jersey.

Stephen is also Executive Music Supervisor for the Performing Arts Academy at Harlequin Hotels & Resorts.

Enquiries regarding Corporate & Cabaret Events…..please contact Musicians UK Ltd

Testimonials

‘’Dear Jacinta & Stephen
Just a brief note to thank you both most sincerely for the Society of London Theatre Cabaret held at the Grand Hotel, Birmingham on Wednesday last.
As you know, the event was extremely well received by the assembled guests and we have since the evening received many glowing comments and even several requests for booking the cabaret!
I look forward to seeing you again in the very near future and again many thanks’’
Sue Uings
Head of Ticketing & Sales, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd

‘’Dear Stephen & Jacinta
I believe that at Hintlesham Hall on Sunday evening, we collectively conveyed our appreciation, admiration and delight. Nevertheless, I should like to drop you this line to let you know that the responses, reactions and comments continue to arrive. Many of Jo’s friends got rather teary after your performances - for two reasons really: one was the excellence and warmth of what they had just seen and heard from you Jacinta - and you Stephen ought not to be surprised but might be gratified to know that your wonderful playing left people awestruck. I watched the party closely as the duet from Chess was ending, wondering if they might need a lead in getting to their feet. No worries! The whole room leapt up as one, knowing to what they had just been treated. Soppy lot, but that’s what the best of words, music and performers can do. Especially, as some observed, when the artists seem to be enjoying it all themselves.
Thank you so much for agreeing to come to Hintlesham Hall and for contributing so positively and perfectly to the occasion’’
David Allan ~ Hintlesham Hall Hotel

‘‘Stephen
It is always an excellent thing when something truly wonderful (your visit to Hintlesham Hall last October) is subsequently surpassed.
To say that our guests were appreciative is, whilst accurate, a colossal understatement. They were riveted by the quality.
One, who rarely ventures to London, got hold of me yesterday and asked me to guide him through ticket buying for the musicals ‘’because now he understands what his wife means’’ His wife was one of those who had serious mascara problems during your performance!
So many wonderful comments have been made to us in our reflected glory about your performance ‘’I could have sat there listening for another hour’’
Thanks to you Stephen & Jacinta for playing and singing so superbly for us once more and for staying awhile in a way that delighted some of those who met you, almost as much as the performance.
Once more, you were everything for which we had hoped’’
David Allan ~ Hintlesham Hall Hotel

‘‘Jacinta, the flowers were for a wonderful performance which was enjoyed by everyone we have spoken to since. Thank you for that excellent performance which added the icing on the cake. It was a very successful evening for us.
We intend to repeat the event later in the year and hope that we may entice yourself and Stephen to perform again for us!’’
Kim & Mike Withey ~ Invest5Star ~ The Dorchester Hotel

‘’Dear Jacinta
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, Stephen and all the cast for an amazing performance at the Globes. It certainly added to the success of the overall evening’’
Clive Jacobs ~ Chairman Travel Weekly ~ The Globes Awards ~ Grosvenor House Hotel

‘’Hi Stephen
Dave & I would like to thank you for putting together such a wonderful evening for The Globes Awards
We had some very high profile people on our table and they were all totally stunned by the performance. Dave and I didn’t want to be the first up for a standing ovation but that was taken out of our hands because people were on their feet before the last note was sung!
Thanks once again and we look forward to working with you, going forward’’
Carol & Dave Ames ~ Chairman ~ Harlequin Hotels & Resorts


 
 
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