LEE HARVEY OSWALD'S youth was characterized by extreme mobility; before the age of 18, Oswald had lived in 22 different homes. His mother put him in a foster home for 13 months in 1942–1943, when she was too poor to take care of him. Despite his avowed Marxist sympathies, Oswald enlisted in the US Marine Corps on October 24, 1956, but did 'defect' to the then Soviet Union on a trip to Moscow offering his US military radar knowledge to the Soviets. This simply ended with his rejection from the marines and a 30-month stay in Minsk as lathe operator under KGB surveillance. He grew bored of living out his Marxist working class dream stating 'No nightclubs or bowling alleys, no places of recreation except the trade union dances. I have had enough'. Shortly afterwards, Oswald opened negotiations with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow over his return to the United States.
Back in the United States, the Oswalds settled in the Dallas/Fort Worth was married and had two children. The FBI kept close ties on him and his wife and he wrote to the police stating ‘Let this be a warning. I will blow up the FBI and the Dallas Police Department if you don’t stop bothering my wife. Signed - Lee Harvey Oswald'.
He found a job filling book orders at the Texas School Book Depository.
Assassinated President John F. Kennedy (Novermber 22, 1963)
MARC JOSEPH was born and raised in Liverpool and originally trained as a chemical pathologist having obtained a degree in Chemistry. However, after a couple of years of working in this field, he knew he had to pursue his lifelong passion for performing, so he took the leap, moved down to London and after leaving pathology behind him and living on the breadline for a couple of years, eventually applied for the musical theatre course at the Arts Educational School. The decision paid off when Marc learned that, not only had he been offered a place on the course, but he had also been selected as the very first winner of the highly prestigious ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship’ which covered his three years of tuition fees.
Since this auspicious start, Marc has worked all over the UK and in Europe in musicals, concerts, cabaret, TV and radio.
His West End credits include 'Les Miserables', 'Annie', 'The Fields Of Ambrosia' (UK premiere in which he played the show stopping leading role of Jimmy Crawford to wide critical acclaim), 'Coloured Lights' (Jermyn St Theatre - 2008) and concert versions of 'Mack & Mabel' and 'La Cage Aux Folles'. He was also thrilled to appear in the International, televised concert version of 'Les Miserables' at the Royal Albert Hall celebrating the show’s 10th anniversary, 'The Royal Variety Show' (1998) at the Lyceum Theatre and most recently as a Special Guest in 'Dora – A Tribute To Dora Bryan' at Her Majesty’s.
Other Credits include: Seymour Krelbourn in 'Little Shop Of Horrors' (Marc played opposite Su Pollard on the number 1 UK tour and then repeated the role at the English Theatre in Frankfurt), Alan-a Dale in Bill Kenwright’s UK tour of 'Robin, Prince Of Sherwood', The Grandmother and Priest in Stephen Sondheim’s 'Pacific Overtures' at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Charley Kringas in Sondheim’s 'Merrily We Roll Along' (Firebrand productions - Greenwich), Cosmo Brown in 'Singing In The Rain', Charles in 'Me And My Girl' and Freddy in 'My Fair Lady' (Shanklin Theatre) and Cornelius Hackel in 'Hello Dolly'(Norden Farm Theatre).
Marc has toured as lead singer with numerous review shows including: 'The Wonderful West End' (David Graham Productions), 'The Best Of Broadway' and 'London Pride' (New London Entertainment) and Gary Willmot’s highly regarded and critically acclaimed 'Show Stoppers' UK tour.
TV credits include: Carlton in 'Eastenders' and a guest appearance on the 'This Morning' with Richard and Judy singing songs from 'Little Shop Of Horrors' with Su Pollard. Marc has also been guest soloist on BBC Radios 2’s 'Friday Night Is Music Night'.
In the last couple of years Marc has branched out into the world of cabaret and has performed in many venues including Lauderdale House, Battersea Barge and Norden Farm Centre for the Arts (Cabaret Night). Marc has also been flexing his directorial muscles with his productions of 'Cowardy Custard', 'Some Enchanted Evening' and 'The World Goes Round', also at Norden Farm. (2005-2007)
Album recordings include: 'The Fields Of Ambrosia' (Definite Maybe Productions – Original London Cast – Aldwych Theatre), 'The Wonderful West End' (David Graham Productions), 'Little Shop Of Horrors' (UK national tour recording) and of course 'Clear Blue Sky', Marc’s debut solo album featuring Helena Blackman and comprising all new previously unrecorded songs by composer Charles Miller – released by MaKinG records.
For more information please visit: www.marcjoseph.co.uk