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Thursday, 1 September 2016

WICKED 10: Lucy Van Gasse

Firstly, tell us what part you played and what year(s) you were in the company! 
Glinda (standby) 2012-2013. 

Do you remember seeing WICKED for the first time? When and where was it?
I saw it at the Apollo theatre in about 2008/9. 

Did you ever think you’d be in the show one day?
At that time I was working in a hedge fund and didn't think I'd ever be in a musical But I dreamed I would one day be in it and low and behold!

What is your best memory from your time at WICKED?
My first ever performance with fellow standby Hayley Gallivan! We'd joined the cast together and were so excited and we worked so hard and then finally we get to be Glinda and Elphaba together. 

Tell us one embarrassing story from your time in the show…
I mixed up my words in For Good and that was embarrassing but also terrifying with a couple of thousand people watching you!

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Wonderful Town the Musical: Theatre Review

Wonderful Town is based on the novel My Sister Eileen, which itself is based on a collection of short stories by Ruth McKenney. It was then made into a play, then a film, then the musical! The musical originally ran on Broadway in 1953 and closed the following year. A production then opened in London in 1955 and starred the likes of Shani Wallace and Sid James and a revival opened in 1986 at the Queens Theatre. A Broadway production opened in 2003 staring Donna Murphy (Later Brooke Shields) which earned her a Tony Award nomination.
Recently we saw the return of the show when it toured the UK, this production starred 'How do you solve a problem like Maria?' winner Connie Fisher.
Wonderful Town follows the story of two sisters, Eileen and Ruth both of which want to make it in New York. Ruth who is an aspiring journalist and Eileen who wants to be an Actress move into the city and end up having a very hard time, they can't seem to catch a break. Eileen uses her charm to try and help Ruth in her bid to become a professional journalist but that goes wrong as someone who claims to have been able to help was just using the situation to get to Eileen, the Marilyn Monroe type character.
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