Can you tell me about some of your career highlights for anyone who may not be familiar with you work?
Oooh too many to single out really….some for different reasons. I’ve loved being part of the “Mamma Mia!” family (for almost 7 years on and off!), I had a fantastic time doing “Comedy of Errors” for the RSC because we toured the world, I loved playing Mona Kent in “Dames at Sea” because it was such fun…..I think in 30 years I’ve only disliked one job……and no I won’t tell you which one that was!
You’ve been starring in Mamma Mia on and off for a long time now. With some many new shows that have come and gone in the West End, are there any roles you have thought would particularly suit you?
Hmm….let’s see….I’d love to play Mrs Wilkinson on “Billy Elliot”, I think I’d enjoy being Madame Morrible in “Wicked” and I’d LOVE to do “Kiss of the Spiderwoman” , so if anyone’s thinking of bringing that back, call my agent quick. I hate to be seen begging.
Tell me about your upcoming cabaret at the Landor Theatre. What can people expect to see if they come along and how will this differ from your cabaret last year at Lauderdale House?
I’ve put together a new set about luck – both good and bad – and I’m doing quite a few songs I’ve never done in cabaret before. Actually, some songs I’ve never sung in public before. And one song that my MD, the amazing Simon Beck, decided I was doing today during our rehearsal…..which I don’t actually know. I hope to by Sunday. If not, then audience members may be asked to hold up cue cards.
Have you ever had any funny/disastrous on-stage experiences?
Oh Wilma. Soooooo many. I’ve fallen over numerous times, dropped things, broken things…..the list goes on. My best falling over story should be re enacted for best comedy effect but I was doing some VERY dramatic serious moody singing sitting on the floor in atmospheric lighting and swirling dry ice. As I tried to get up, I got my heel caught in my skirt and fell over backwards with my legs in the air. As I was in dry ice, my legs were the only thing visible. I’ll demonstrate one day.
If you were going to name a pet after a musical theatre character, what would you choose?
I think Boq would be a good dog name.
If you could only ever listen to one more musical theatre song, what would you choose?
No no don’t make me choose!!!! If I HAD to, it would probably be the Tonight quintet from “West Side Story”. Funnily enough, Rebecca Lock, who plays Rosie and with whom I share a dressing room, said the same!
Why should people come along to see your upcoming cabaret at the Landor Theatre?
There’s free stuff. I’m not above bribing people to come and see me. Well it IS all about luck…..! Seriously, if you like Tanya in “Mamma Mia!” come and hear her sing something different……and see if she remembers the lyrics.
Thanks for having Tea With Wilma
See Kim Ismay as you’ve never seen her before, in Cabaret at the Landor Theatre.
Sadly this Sunday’s Cabaret (11 January) has had to be postponed. Check back here or the Landor Theatre website for a new scheduled date soon!