Melanie C has gone from Next Best Superstar to Jesus Christ Superstar, touring the UK playing the role of Mary Magdalene. Melanie recently sat down for a cup of tea and a chat about the show.
1. Can you tell me about the story of Jesus Christ Superstar and what attracted you to the part of Mary Magdalene?
Mary Magdalene is one of the most coveted roles in musical theatre. I’ve been a huge fan of Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice’s work since discovering musical theatre growing up in the 80s. Jesus Chris Superstar is such an interesting show as it isn’t musical theatre in the traditional sense – it has a much more rock n roll sensibility. When I was approached to play the role in an arena production I was very excited as for me it’s like two worlds colliding, my love of music and theatre.
2. Do you have any pre show rituals that you have found yourself getting into over the years when you perform?
I don’t think my rituals are weird but I do like to feel fully prepared on a show day. I like to exercise, I avoid certain foods and warm up properly.
3. You have played some great theatre parts. Do you have any dream theatre roles you would like to play?
There are so many roles out there and so many great new shows appearing in the West End every year so I’m hoping there are roles I have yet to discover. I love Evita and would love to play Eva Peron one day.
4. If you could be the opposite sex for a day, what theatre character would you like to play?
Judas, without a doubt. As mush as I love the part of Jesus, Judas has the most killer songs. Especially after seeing Tim MInchin play him so wonderfully.
5. Have there been any funny/awful moments that have happened to you on stage during your time in Jesus Christ Superstar or any other shows?
I once missed a cue on Blood Brothers leaving Rob, the policeman, waiting at Mrs J’s door adlibbing for a few minutes!
6. How does performing in a theatre show like Jesus Christ Superstar differ to playing your own concerts?
When playing a role you have a serious responsibility to follow direction and not let other cast members down. When you’re being yourself on stage you have more freedom to improvise and making a mistake can be an ice-breaker between you and the audience.
7. Do you have an all time favourite musical show or song?
I’m very excited to see Miss Saigon in the West End. I went to see it in its original run in the early 90s and and it’s still to this day my joint favourite score alongside Jesus Christ Superstar.
Thank you for having Tea With Wilma!
Starting 15th November you can bid for a Jesus Christ Superstar souvenir brochure, signed by the cast of the show in my online charity theatre auction in aid of MAD Trust. Click here for more information.