Drue Williams is an English actor and singer living in Las Vegas. He is married to fellow Starlight Express alumni, Louanne Madorma.
Starlight Express History
Drue began skating as a child. He played roller hockey for England and briefly worked as a stunt skater before training as a builder.
In 1983 while working as a builder, he saw Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe appeal on breakfast TV for skaters to audition for their new musical, Starlight Express. One of 3,000 performers who auditioned, Drue was given a place in the workshop production. After the workshops, he worked briefly as a travel agent before joining the original cast of Starlight Express as the Japanese engine.
Drue Williams is happy to return to Starlight Express resuming the leading role of Greaseball, a role he played for three and a half years prior to his successful appearance as Dominic in Trevor Nunn's production of The Baker's Wife, both at the Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and the Phoenix Theatre, London.
Recent television appearances include All Well and Good and the BBC television series I'd Like To Teach the World to Sing.
As a recording artist, Drue can be heard on both the original London cast recordings of Starlight Express and The Baker's Wife. He is also currently recording his first solo album having previously performed with the rock group Sub Culture.
Drue Williams (Hashamoto) was born in Kent and educated in Crawley, Sussex. On leaving school, he took an apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery, in which he gained Advanced City & Guilds. He then went on to work for a travel firm, which he recently left to join Starlight Express. Drue has been skating for four years and some of his sporting achievements include playing Roller Hockey for South England and Swimming for Sussex.
He stayed with Starlight Express, on and off until 2004, after which he briefly worked as development manager for Troika Entertainment before spending 11 years as the male soloist in Le Reve at the Wynn Theatre, Las Vegas.He also works as a singing teacher and takes occasional building work.
His other theatre credits include Dominic in the West End production "The Bakers Wife" and its cast recording. He also played Gaston In "Beauty And The Beast" in Stuttgart in 2000 also featured in the song "Killer" by ATB reaching Number 4 in the British pop charts. He appeared as "Monty" in Saturday Night Fever, went on to do the USA National tour 2003 US Tour Article