PLAYING OUR PART 2015 "Mini Interview" – Louise Dearman and Gina Beck

In support of PLAYING OUR PART – a wonderful concert taking place on the 1st March at the stunning Cadogan Hall all in aid of Comic Relief – my mini-interviews continue with two amazingly talented ladies, who are one of my all time favourite on stage pairings.

From WICKED, THE WATER BABIES and EVITA – the stunning Louise Dearman, and from PHANTOM, LES MISERBLES and WICKED – the fantastic Gina Beck.

(Pictures from www.musicaltheatrereview.com and www.atgtickets.com respectively)

Tell us a little known fact about yourself – something we wouldn’t know by looking at you


LD: I used to do BMX racing, competition level and dressed as a giant bear to present a TV programme for Steiff Bears.

This is your first time at Playing Our Part – how did you get involved with this wonderful event?

LD: I was contacted by Nadim who is organising the event. Once he had explained who was involved and the charity the concert was supporting, I didn’t need to be asked twice.

GB: I was asked by Nadim to take part and I’m delighted that this year’s charity is Red Nose Day. Also gives us a chance to flex our comedy muscles!

How does it feel to be a part of such a versatile cast of performers – some of whom you know or have worked with before?

LD: It feels great. It’s always lovely to catch up with friends I maybe haven’t seen or performed with in a while. Plus it’s lovely to hear those performers sing material I’d never have had to chance to hear them sing before.

GB: Oh, it’s going to be such a fun night because I consider a lot of the performers to be close friends, we are gonna have a right laugh!!

Comic Relief is all about looking at serious issues in a lighthearted way. That being said, what is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you on stage?

LD: Ooh, lots of things but the funniest when I look back is being centre stage in Evita during Buenos Aires, doing a high kick and my leg being swept away from under me! I’ve never gone down and got up so fast!! The reaction of the cast around me was what made me laugh though, nice to know they were concerned!!

GB: I’ve worked with David Burt twice now and his mere presence on stage next to me is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to me, he is a law unto himself!

Can you tell us anything about what song you will be singing?

LD: I’m singing a duet but won’t spoil it, stop trying to squeeze that out of me cheeky! My solo will be by William Finn. It’s one of favourite songs to sing, the lyrics are incredibly moving, emotional yet positive. It holds a beautiful message.

GB: Well I’ll be doing a song that Kristin Chenoweth once sung.. And perhaps a duet with a certain ex witch 🙂

Convince my readers who have NOT bought a ticket yet why they should buy a ticket – in no more than 10 words.

LD: Versatile, diverse performers. One room. One evening. For Comic Relief.

GB: Come and buy tickets for laughs and great singing!

There are still tickets available to see Louise, Gina and a huge array of West End talent take the stage all in aid of Comic Relief – just head over to https://secure.cadoganhall.com/event/playing-our-part-150301/book/?performance=1216 for all the details. You can also find out more over on Twitter @PlayingOurPart1

It has been such a pleasure to interview all of these amazing performers and I once again have to give a HUGE thank you to Nadim Naaman for giving me the opportunity to support this amazing event!

I can’t wait for the concert itself now – will you be there? I know I will!

Signing off for now

Blue Eyed Girl Xxx

PLAYING OUR PART 2015 "Mini Interview" – Jeremy Secomb and Christopher Howell

In support of PLAYING OUR PART – a wonderful concert taking place on the 1st March at the stunning Cadogan Hall all in aid of Comic Relief – my mini-interviews continue with two amazingly talented gentleman, who are both returning for a second time to PLAYING OUR PART this year.

From WICKED, BETTY BLUE EYES and HAIRSPRAY – the brilliant Christopher Howell, and from PHANTOM and SWEENEY TOOD – the sensational Jeremy Secomb.

(Pictures from www.westendframe.com and www.globalartists.co.uk respectively)

Tell us a little known fact about yourself – something we wouldn’t know by looking at you


CH: I have double jointed thumbs and love Star Wars.

JS: I’m known by my family as Jerm!
 
This is your second time performing at Playing Our Part – what made you want to come back again?

CH: I wanted to come back to the project because of all the fun we had last year and the huge amount of money that was raised. I hope we beat last years amount and put on a fantastic show!

JS: The first Playing Our Part was such a great success both for the Charity and well received that when I was asked again I jumped at the chance. Great Venue, Great orchestra and great people involved. What’s not to like?
 
How does it feel to be a part of such a versatile cast of performers – some of whom you know or have worked with before?

CH: I feel very blessed to be part of this amazing cast – the line up is ridiculous! I have played along side many of these actors as teacher, goat, stage hand, mother (I could go on) and I really look forward to hearing their songs with Alex Parkers’ wonderful orchestra.

JS: It’s great to be asked in the first place but then you add all the people involved as well then, it’s a no brainer. Great to be working with Nadim again as well as all the others. A few people that I don’t know personally but I know of their work.

Comic Relief is all about looking at serious issues in a lighthearted way. That being said, what is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you on stage?

CH: I have had lot of fun on stage so it’s hard to pick one – possibly the most recent is good. I managed to fall down a steep staircase after an exit in a scene, put my foot through a wall and was not able to get it out as the play continued – the audience and cast found this amusing, I was not hurt and the whole thing was filmed for posterity!

JS: Probably Killian Donnelly doing the whole of the first Managers scene in Phantom with toilet paper under his shoe. He had no idea what we were all laughing about.
 
Can you tell us anything about what song you will be singing?

CH: I am singing a song from a show I did 10 years ago and I have also sung this in The Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

JS: I’ll be singing a song that is a bit of a classic in Musical Theatre. It’s very well known as a comedy song and it’s a song that I’ve known and been singing for years. When Nadim asked me to sing it, I was thrilled AND it has some backing vocals.

Convince my readers who have NOT bought a ticket yet why they should buy a ticket – in no more than 10 words.

CH: Theatre fans book now – it’s a no brainer!

JS: Great Venue, Orchestra, Cast. West End Performers having FUN.

There are still tickets available to see Christopher, Jeremy and a huge array of West End talent – including Simon Bailey, Jamie Muscato, Laura Tebutt, Adam Linstead and many more, take the stage all in aid of Comic Relief – just head over to https://secure.cadoganhall.com/event/playing-our-part-150301/book/?performance=1216 for all the details. You can also find out more over on Twitter @PlayingOurPart1

Coming next – two new additions to PLAYING OUR PART this year, who together form one of my all time favourite on-stage pairings.

Signing off for now

Blue Eyed Girl Xxx

PLAYING OUR PART 2015 "Mini Interview" – Steph Parry and Laura Jane Matthewson

I am once again truly honoured to be supporting the fantastic PLAYING OUR PART, which will this year be taking place on 1st March at the stunning Cadogan Hall all in aid of Comic Relief.

I have also been given the opportunity to chat to some of the phenomenal performers ahead of what is sure to be a wonderful night of music and fundraising that I am certain will exceed the spectacular total raised last year.

Lets start my mini-interviews with two amazingly talented female performers, who are both new to PLAYING OUR PART this year.

From MAMMA MIA and BILLY ELLIOT – the stunning STEPH PARRY, and from DOGFIGHT – the truly enchanting LAURA JANE MATTHEWSON.

(Pictures from www.reganmanagement.co.uk and www.westendframe.com respectively)


Tell us a little known fact about yourself – something we wouldn’t know by looking at you.


SP: I tried my hand at stand up comedy – I did 5 gigs before realising that it really wasn’t for me! I’m not very good at “off the cuff” stuff. If I got heckled then my knee jerk reaction was to cry!

LJM: I have a borderline unhealthy obsession with Katy Perry. I’m so inspired by her determination and individuality! She’s so beautiful. I have some of her lyrics tattooed on my ribs…

This is your first time at Playing Our Part – how did you get involved with this wonderful event?

SP: I did a charity concert with Nadim a few years ago and was very keen to get involved so offered my services and thankfully he took me up on them!

How does it feel to be a part of such a versatile cast of performers – some of whom you know or have worked with before?
 
SP: It’s amazing. I’m thrilled to be working with Killian again and I know Louise and Nadim so I’m excited to share the stage with them. It’s just so great to be a part of such a talented group of people – I still get star struck. I feel like I’ve won a competition and my prize is to perform with this lovely lot 🙂

LJM: I’m really excited be a part of this cast as they’re all outrageously talented and each so unique; everyone will bring something different to the table which will make for a great show. Jamie Muscato is like a big brother to me after playing opposite him in Dogfight so I’m really looking forward to singing with him again, but I’m also looking forward to working with the others just ‘cos I’ll get to watch them doing their thing! I would pay to see Laura Pitt Pulford, I think she is sensational, so it’s a treat to be involved in the same show.

Comic Relief is all about looking at serious issues in a lighthearted way. That being said, what is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you on stage?

SP: I’ve got a few things – my skirts fallen down, I’ve fallen flat on my face several times but I think the funniest was a night in Mamma Mia where I was on for the role of Donna and during a quick change, my zip got stuck so I didn’t make it on stage in time for my wedding. But the whole thing is choreographed so the vicar just married Sam on his own with no bride – I just ran in rather late and proceeded to giggle for the rest of the number. Terribly unprofessional!!
 
LJM: Jamie HATES tomatoes so for the final matinee of Dogfight, me and some of the lads put tomatoes and tomato puree all over the food I was supposed to share with him during the restaurant scene. It backfired because the look on his face entertained me so much that I was the one who couldn’t sing for laughing.

Convince my readers who have NOT bought a ticket yet why they should buy a ticket – in no more than 10 words.

SP:
To quote Nike – “just do it!”
 
LJM: GREAT line-up. If I wasn’t performing, I would buy a ticket.

There are still tickets available to see Steph, Laura and a huge array of West End talent – including Killian Donnelly, Nadim Naaman, Laura Pitt Pulford, Wendy Ferguson and many more, take the stage all in aid of Comic Relief – just head over to https://secure.cadoganhall.com/event/playing-our-part-150301/book/?performance=1216 for all the details. You can also find out more over on Twitter @PlayingOurPart1

Coming next – two of the gentleman of PLAYING OUR PART, both returning performers from last years concert.

Signing off for now

Blue Eyed Girl Xxx