Scots singer 'honoured' to perform at Russell Crowe's party after virtual duet during lockdown

Jeff Leyton backstage with Russell Crowe
-Credit: (Image: Jeff Leyton)


An Edinburgh-born musical star had the gig of a lifetime after he was asked to perform at Hollywood star Russell Crowe's 'Indoor Garden Party' in Paris.

The actor’s Indoor Garden Party first began back in 2009, when Crowe performed outside a London Pub owned by the late talk show icon Michael Parkinson.

He is bringing the show to the UK later this month but after duetting with Pilton-born Jeff Leyton virtually during the Covid lockdown the two men were keen to meet in real-life.

Jeff, who now lives in Germany, was invited to sing two songs at the show in La Cigale on Saturday night.

He said: "Russell Crowe took the roof in Paris. I was honoured to be asked to sing two songs at the Indoor Garden Party. This is a show definitely not to be missed."

Leyton, who played the lead role of Jean Valjean in the stage version of Les Miserables for over 14 years, later shared a selfie with the A-lister backstage.

Fans were clamouring for more from the pair after their lockdown recording of The Confrontation from the hit West End musical went viral in 2020.

Crowe played Valjean's nemesis, Javert, in the big-screen version of the musical with Hugh Jackman in the title role. The video has racked up millions of hits from fans of both men across the world.

The actor tweeted: 'Paris. La Cigale. What a gig. Next stop Pompeii."

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