|Full Name Vivien Carter|
Known for Musical Theatre
|Name Vivien Carter|
Role Theatre actor
|Education Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts|
Vivien Carter is an Australian actress, singer and dancer. She is probably best known for playing Velma Kelly in Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre, London.
Vivien Carter was born in Australia and trained in acting, singing and dancing at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Perth. While there she appeared in productions of Nick Enright’s Spurboard, The Crucible, Perfectly Frank, and Fiddler on the Roof. Carter graduated from WAAPA in 2003.
Work before Chicago
In the summer of 2008, Vivien Carter joined the long-running production of Chicago in the West End. She played the role of June ("Squish") for ten months and Liz ("Pop") for a further nine months. From 26 April 2010 until 5 February 2011, Carter played Velma Kelly, having originally been offered the role for just six weeks.
Carter's portrayal of Velma was well-received:
"Vivien Carter ... [offers] a crisply enunciated, sardonic, commandingly slithery take on the part...: a take-no-prisoners belter of a woman. ... A welcome Australian presence on the West End, Carter has a knack for seeming to sneer while she sings, all the while winning us over with her feral, feline command. On this evidence, she deserves to open a show so that the critical community can take proper note of her talents." - Matt Wolf at theartsdesk.com
"Vivien Carter, playing Velma Kelly, is one of the best actresses I’ve seen on stage in recent years. Her command of the stage, and the rest of the cast was nothing short of fabulous. Whenever she was on stage, you noticed her. Even if she wasn’t doing anything. When she danced, you watched. When she sang, you were rooting for her. She was the star of the show for me." - Sian Meades at lastminute.com
Work since Chicago
In autumn 2011, Carter appeared as Forces' sweetheart Amy Chapman in the Noel Gay musical Radio Times at the Watermill Theatre, opposite Anna-Jane Casey and Gary Wilmot. As well as singing and dancing, Carter played saxophone, ukulele and kazoo. On 1 September 2011 Andrew Lloyd Webber was in the audience and gave the cast a standing ovation.
Radio Times received five stars in The Public Reviews. Carter's performance was also praised:
"Vivien Carter, as Amy, smolders, seduces, sings, dances, plays and ends up with real heart." - Jim Nicholson at The Public Reviews
"Vivien Carter [is] a forces sweetheart to rival Vera Lynn." - Judi Herman at WhatsOnStage
"[Vivien Carter as] the loveable Amy, the forces sweetheart who oozed sexuality." - Robin Strapp at The British Theatre Guide
The show also toured, ending with a week at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. Sara Crowe took over in the role of Olive. Again, Carter's performance was well reviewed:
“..members of the cast such as Vivien Carter that can not only dance, but do tap and ballet alongside singing and playing instruments” - 4*, www.thegoodreview.co.uk
“[Wilmot is] almost eclipsed by the gorgeous Vivien Carter who plays one of the radio cast members. If he is Mr Personality then she is Miss Congeniality, complete with a megawatt smile, a great voice and a talent in the chorus line." - www.leightonbuzzardonline.co.uk
“Vivien Carter (Amy) and Christian Edwards (Jeeps) both shine in so many ways.” - 4.5*, www.thelatest.co.uk
“Vivien Carter as Amy Chapman is an utter delight delivering charm, warmth, presence, and a rich vocal. Both Carter and Christian Edwards as Jeeps are impossible not to watch.” - 3*, www.whatspeenseen.blogspot.co.uk