Anthony Costa (SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME) has Tea With Wilma

For those who may not be familiar with your work, what have been some of your career highlights so far?
In terms of the highlights of my career regarding Blue, it has to be winning 2 Brit Awards. Winning and being part of such a huge celebration of music is something that any artist or band will cherish! Other big moments up there would have to be all of the world touring I’ve done with the boys, meeting fans, seeing amazing places, alongside singing with legends such as Sir Elton John and Stevie Wonder. In regards of highlights in my acting career, personally my favorite would be my first role in the West End as Mickey Johnstone, in Blood Brothers. Playing the role of Mickey was fast paced, exciting and a great start to a different direction of my career.

You are about to star in the UK tour of Save The Last Dance For Me which opens at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 12 April. What is the show about and what attracted you to the part you are playing?
Save the Last Dance for Me follows two teenage sisters through the summer of ’63 as they head off on holiday to Lowestoft for the first time without their parents. They then meet some handsome young Americans who invite them to a dance at the local U.S. Air force base… and love blossoms for one of the sisters. I love my role – Milton’s a Jack-the-lad and the wheeler-dealer of the US Airforce – I also have some great songs such as Viva Las Vegas and One, Two, Three by Len Barrie.

Save The Last Dance For Me follows on from the success of Dreamboats and Petticoats and showcases the hit songs from the 1960’s. What has been your favourite era for music and what are some of your favourite bands/musicians?
Each era of music has good reason to be a favorite. I loved the old Motown music as a kid, it’s the kind of music that you can listen to any-time, it’s uplifting, and takes me back to those great moments when I listened to it as a kid. In terms of favorite artists and bands I tend to favor older music rather than current music; I love Elvis, Sinatra, The Beatles, The 4 Seasons, and then Earth Wind and Fire and George Michael.

How does working in theatre differ from being in a boy band? Has it been a big adjustment going from screaming girls singing along with you to perhaps a slightly quieter type of audience?
Being involved in Theatre as well as being in a band are both amazing experiences, but both so brilliant in different ways. I love the challenge of theatre with different audiences every night. Although it is very different to fan girls screaming, there’s still a huge feeling of success with the rest of the cast at the end of each night and performance. I have also developed a love for performing in panto which I have done over the last few years. It’s something that never gets boring and is also very different to my past boy band life. The adjustment has been a big change from music to theatre, but it’s something that I’m really enjoying at this point in my life.

There are lots of exciting shows coming to London in 2016. What are you most looking forward to seeing?
There really are some great shows coming out in London I must admit. But one that I’m really looking forward to watching has to be Aladdin. I absolutely loved the movie as a kid like everyone else my age…I truly can’t wait for the stage show to be in London. With my love for Motown, going to see Motown the Musical would also be a great experience, I’m intrigued in seeing the exploration of this music and era on stage in action!

If you could be the opposite sex for the day, what theatre role would you love to have a go at playing?
Hmm what an interesting question! I think that I would have a go at being either Rizzo in Grease or Maria in West Side Story.

Why should people come and see Save The Last Dance For Me?
Save the Last Dance for me is a great uplifting show, with amazing music that will get your feet taping! It truly appeals to all ages, and is also great for the people that grew up in the 60’s – a trip down memory lane! It’s got everything going for it – great music with a great story with a great cast! Overall a brilliant production and something I cannot wait to get performing every day!

Thanks for having Tea With Wilma

Save The Last Dance For Me opens tonight, 12 April 2016 at the New Wimbledon Theatre