We caught up with her to talk about her upcoming London concert and started off by asking what some of her career highlights have been so far?
I have been so lucky to have a really divers mixture of opportunities with work and I love that. I am particularly enjoying Waitress, its been 10 years in the making for me to be playing a role like this in the west end so Im enjoying it big time! I loved American Psycho at the Almeida- and Legally Blonde at Curve was brilliant.
What can you tell us about your upcoming concert Live at the Adelphi on 16 February?
I wanted to do something productive with my 6 weeks off the show. Recording an album has been on my mind for quite some time so I thought I would use the time to do that. That very quickly evolved in to wanting to do a live album, then an orchestra, then a big old venue- before I knew it we had this huge plan in front of us and I could not be more excited. And terrified. But mainly excited. It is honestly a dream come true to even be able to attempt something like this. For the people who are coming- I will never be able to thank you enough for your support.
Can you tell us anything special about the set list and why you have chosen certain songs?
There are some songs on the set list that are there purely because I want to sing them and others are from my career so far and have stories attached to them. Im really looking forward to singing every song on the list.
The concert is being recorded to be released in the Spring. Do you plan to do any touring for the album and what inspired you to record the show?
I am unsure of what’s happening next… you shall be the first to know.
What West End show would you like to see make a comeback and why?
High School Musical… Because it is just pure joy and cheese and I love it.
What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
Oh my, SO many things. Honestly one of the reasons I love my job so much is that these things happen every single day and we have to think on our feet and hold it together. I once ran across the back of the stage in Legally Blonde in just my underwear because I thought there was a curtain in… there wasn’t. Worst thing about it? 90% of the cast were in position for the next scene at the time, all facing upstage, facing me as I ran. Mortified.
What are your thoughts on theatre etiquette? What things annoy you when you are performing or when you are in the audience?
I could write a book about this. The obvious things… phones ringing, people “subtly” checking their messages (WE CAN SEE YOU), taking pictures/video during the show, rustling sweet wrappers, talking… but also things you would never think of as an audience member. For example- why would you wear reflective or sequinned clothes to the theatre? They reflect the light. So we can see you, JUST you, for the whole show. It’s so distracting. I recently had a guy in some sort of high vis cycling outfit in the stalls. Each to their own. BUT WHY!!!!
We are living in a time where films are often being turned into stage plays and musicals. If you had to choose one, what film would you like to see adapted to the stage?
If you won the lottery and could stage one theatre show of your choice, what would you choose and who would be your dream cast?
Really good question. Probably “Gavin and Stacey The Musical”. I’ll let you know about the cast once I get the rights…
Why do you think people should come and see your show Live at the Adelphi on 16 February?
It’s going to be a really special one. The orchestra are IMPECCABLE (London musical Theatre Orchestra- lead by Freddie Tapner) and we have hand picked the setlist so that the orchestra have opportunity to flex their musical muscles in a hug way. We have some beautiful pulled back moments and some huge epic ones. I keep crying when I hear bits of the arrangements! It is so moving. I didn’t want this album to be an overly perfect, studio tweaked sounding one, but to have that wonderful sound and feeling that you only get from a live experience. The audience will be included in the mix of the album and I am so excited for that. Its a huge career moment for me and to have the friendly faces of people who have been supporting me over the last 10 years is just unbelievable. I CAN’T WAIT!