Lloyd Daniels has Tea With Wilma
1. For those who may not be familiar with your work, can you give me a little run down of some of your career highlights so far?
I suppose the X factor was my platform, although I’ve always loved singing – that was definitely a mind blowing experience like no other. The X Factor tour to follow was a sold out 56 date arena tour which is one of my career highlights! After that the rest just seemed to be perfecting whatever it is I have to offer, my confidence grew and my vocal ability got that bit better so I thought I was ready to see if any music theatre roles would suit! My musical theatre debut playing Joseph in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ is of course my favourite highlight to date! A year of great audiences and being part of a theatre family while travelling the country is just phenomenal.
2. You are about to star in You Won’t Succeed on Broadway if You Don’t Have Any Jews, at the St. James Theatre. For anyone not familiar with the story, what is the show about?
Yes and I can’t wait! It’s a celebration of more than 80 years of the Jewish contribution to the musical theatre shows we all love on West End and Broadway! A show where timeless classics are sung by a great cast of singers and dancers on a journey through the decades starting with the 1930’s.
3. Do you have any dream stage roles that you would like to have a go at playing?
I think for me it would be more of a ‘what roles would I be suited too.’ *laughs* I haven’t seen all that many shows so I may need to attend some with you to find out! I have however seen a few and the one that stands out most that would be a great role is Marius from Les Miserable.
4. If you could be the opposite sex for the day, which female theatre role would you like to play?
I’d have to play Elphaba from ‘Wicked’, it’s such a powerful role with songs I just couldn’t help but want to sing when I left the theatre. I’m sure it’s demanding, but whatever female gets the chance to play it. It’s an honour to them.
5. Have you ever had any funny/disastrous on-stage experiences?
I think I’ve been quite lucky (touch wood). I have fallen over a few times while running up steps or getting caught in my own costumes. I’ve witnessed some hilarious stage disasters that have had the whole cast in stitches. Luckily I haven’t been the one on that position.
6.Why do you think people should come and see ‘You Won’t Succeed on Broadway if You Don’t Have Any Jews at St. James Theatre’?
I think if you are a lover of theatre and great music there’s nothing you’ll dislike about the show. We are doing it because it’s what we love to do, and we want to involve the audience so they can have as much fun in their seats as we are having on stage. For me It’s all about having a great time together!
Thanks for having Tea With Wilma – you are welcome to be my guest at the theatre any time you like 😉
You Won’t Succeed on Broadway if You Don’t Have Any Jews is playing at the St. James Theatre from 25 August – 5 September 2014. Click here for tickets