It has been a while since my last “A spotlight on” post but after seeing a very talented young man in his two cover parts in Rock of Ages last weekend I figured it was about time for another one.
Obviously I’m talking about Tim Driesen, who is currently understudying both Drew and Stacee Jaxx in the London production of Rock of Ages. I first discovered Tim when he was playing Adrian Banks (the Mark Owen part) in Never Forget the musical in London in 2008. Yes, I know – that show was not to everyone’s taste. But I can honestly say that I loved it. It was such a fun night out and the whole cast were absolutely fantastic. Plus I have always been a fan of great choreography and Never Forget was full of fabulous dance scenes.
I managed to catch Tim in a little show called Jet Set Go at Jermyn Street Theatre next which also starred Mark Evans. After the loud party that was Never Forget it was nice to see Tim in such an intimate venue with no flashy lights, huge dance scenes and loud beats to distract from the story and the acting.
And now, after being lucky enough to see Tim as both Stacee Jaxx and Drew in one weekend (yes, I watched the show twice in a row – I just couldn’t resist!) I finally know what an incredibly talented performer he is – not that I had any doubts about this before! But although I knew he had a great voice I was completely blown away by the notes he hit as Drew. Seriously, that was just insane – the guy is a true rocker! And he must be the only person who actually looks good with Drew’s wig (nothing against the other guys I’ve seen in the part but that wig itself just isn’t very pretty). Having said that, Stacee’s long blond hair suits him quite well, too.
Tim has also appeared in Mamma Mia, Joseph and the amazing technicolour dreamcoat (Joseph), Starlight Express (cover Rusty), The Rocky Horror Show (cover Riff-Raff and Rocky), Bat Boy – the musical, We will rock you (Galileo) Notre Dam de Paris and others. He was a finalist on his native Belgium’s Pop Idol and has appeared on several tv shows in both Belgium and the UK.
Beside being a fantastic performer Tim is also a talented songwriter. He has written a full length musical called Super Alice Smith which was showcased at Perfect Pitch in 2009 (Trafalgar Studios, London).
Most recently Tim has written a song with David Ribi in aid of The MAD Trust. Make sure to watch the brilliantly funny video for “Onesie time” (West End Onsie Club) on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE6uK_hkmSc. And please download the song from iTunes. It’s such a fun tune and all for a great cause!
So, what I’m trying to tell you all is this: Watch out for the very talented Tim Driesen in the future. Go see him in Rock of Ages (try and be there for one of his Drew dates – don’t miss out!), download “Onesie time” (and spread the word about the song) and keep an eye open for whatever he comes up with next – whether it’s a role on stage, a new song or a whole new musical… it’s bound to be fantastic!
Follow Tim on Twitter @TimDriesen