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.
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