For those who may not be familiar with Crazy For You, can you tell me what the show is about and the character that you play?
Crazy For You is a wonderful show about bringing life to a tired little town in Nevada by putting on a show in its run down theatre. I play Polly Baker who runs the theatre as a post office, and Tom Chambers is a banker who arrives to close it down, but luckily he is “Crazy for” show business and helps them put on a show. Of course, there’s a whole Girl meets Boy story too, but that would be telling!
You have done so much in your career so far. Mary Poppins, Les Mis, Into The Woods, The Witches of Eastwick, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mamma Mia! and two separate stints in Grease, to name but a few. What has personally been the single greatest moment of your career to date?
I have had so much luck in my career and I’ve loved every second. Lots of amazing highlights stand out, like opening nights, meeting Michelle Obama when she came to see Poppins in DC, going on last minute in City of Angels at the Donmar last year, working with personal heroes like Adam Guettel, Stephen Schwartz and Jason Robert Brown. But, I think that dinner with Stephen Sondheim is pretty hard to top. My husband was doing Road Show at the Chocolate Factory and I went to meet him and joined him having dinner with Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Great evening!
Do you have any dream roles that you would still love to play over the years to come?
I’m so lucky to have played pretty much every dream role I ever had as a girl. Now I’m a bit older I suppose I’m dreaming of the more “mature” canon. Being a proud Welshie I would love to give my Mrs Anna one day, and get to sing “I am from a civilised land called Wales” with every patriotic bone in my body resonating away!
There are lots of exciting shows coming to London in 2016. Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to seeing?
I have tickets for Harry Potter in October. The fabulous Darren Carnall and I have been crazy Harry Potter fans since we did Witches together. We used to go to see the films in Leicester Square on their first day, every time, even managed to coordinate it when I was touring America somehow! So he went online straight away and got us the seats. I’ve heard that it’s great, but I’m trying not to find out too much about it!
If you could be the opposite sex for the day, what theatre role would you love to have a go at playing?
The American in Chess ( the first ever west end show I saw) and maybe Bobby in Company?!! My favourite Sondheim show is Assassins, and when I did it with the National Youth Theatre of Wales I played the Balladeer, we made it a three part girl balladeer group, lots of fun!
Why do you think people should come to see Crazy For You at the Watermill Theatre? What makes it special?
The theatre itself is so magical and wonderful, and the show itself is an homage to the magic of theatre and what it can bring to a community. The Watermill is living proof of that. A tiny theatre in the middle of a beautiful spot in Berkshire, which has taken its productions to London, Broadway and around the world. Amazing.
Thanks for having Tea With Wilma
CRAZY FOR YOU plays at the Watermill Theatre until 17 September 2016