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Jodie Prenger Talks About "Daunting" Role On The First Night
Jodie Prenger has a tough act to follow in the starring role of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's wonderful stage musical, but she does it superbly.
The role made famous by Marti Webb, and later performed by Sarah Brightman, is a "daunting" one - as Jodie herself admitted during a post-show chat in front of the audience. This new production of Tell Me On A Sunday, which enjoyed its first night on tour at Lichfield Garrick theatre on March 3, has apparently had some of the songs and words slightly changed.
Jodie Prenger stars as Emma in Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Tell Me On A Sunday
But it nevertheless stays true to the original in the moving, but occasionally funny story of Emma, an optimistic English girl trying to find love and romance in New York in the 1980s Helped by hit songs, Take That Look Off Your Face and Tell Me on A Sunday, the one-hour show sees Emma fall in and out of love at regular intervals, which she chronicles in letters home to her mum.
Jodie, who sings and performs brilliantly, shot to stardom after winning TV talent show "I'd Do Anything" in 2008 - resulting in a starring role as Nancy in a revival of hit musical Oliver in the West End.
A successful opening night of tour of new production
During her post-show chat she said: "This is such a daunting process because it's a one-woman show so there's no-one else if it goes wrong. But what was so fantastic was that Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black were so involved. They were there at the rehearsals. We were so nervous but it was a really exciting process. It's so great to work with two of the greats."
Jodie, who has since gone on to star in the UK tour of Spamalot and, more recently, as the lead in Calamity Jane in the West End, revealed that she was contemplating quitting showbusiness before the Nancy opportunity arose.
She said: "I tried so much to get into the West End and it didn't happen. I tried to get into Hairspray but didn't get it. I was so destroyed. At the time I kind of gave up. I felt I couldn't do it anymore, but then it came on the radio that they were auditioning for Nancy. The whole thing was so scary but I managed to get it."
Jodie, who also sang Secret Love from Calamity Jane during the post-show chat, said her "ultimate dream role" would be to play Mama Rose in Gypsy. "I saw Imelda Staunton in the role and she was phenomenal."
There was seemingly one final question left for Jodie to answer, but she then turned the tables on one member of the audience by reading out a marriage proposal intended for a woman in the dress circle. Fortunately she said 'yes'.
Tell Me On A Sunday enjoys 3 nights at Lichfield Garrick
Tell Me On A Sunday remains at the Lichfield Garrick until Saturday 5 March before continuing on tour. Call the Box Office on 01543 412121 for ticket availability.
UK Tour Dates for March and April
March 3-5 Lichfield Garrick Theatre 01543 412121
March 6 Chelmsford, Civic Theatre 01245 606505
March 7 King's Lynn, Corn Exchange 01553 764864
March 8 Bradford, Alhambra Theatre 01274 432000
March 10 Coventry, Belgrade Theatre 02476 553055
March 11-12 Swindon, Wyvern Theatre 01793 524481
March 13 Richmond Theatre 0844 871 7651
March 14 Dartford, Orchard Theatre 01322 220000
March 15 Poole Lighthouse 0844 406 8666
March 17 Crawley, The Hawth 01293 553636
March 18 Grimsby, Auditorium 0300 300 0035
March 19 Chesterfield, Winding Wheel 01246 345 222
March 20 Stoke-on-Trent, Regent Theatre 0844 871 7649
March 21 Sunderland, Empire Theatre 0844 871 3022
March 23 Southend, Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351135
March 24 Milton Keynes Theatre 0844 871 7652
March 31 Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre 0844 871 7607
1 April Rhyl, Pavilion Theatre 01745 330 000
2 April New Brighton, Floral Pavilion 0151 666 0000
3 April Buxton Opera House 01298 72190
5 - 9 April Cardiff, New Theatre 029 2087 8889
10 April Brighton, Theatre Royal 0844 871 7650
12 April Broxbourne, The Spotlight 01992 441 946
13 April Lowestoft, Marina Theatre 01502 533200
14 April Basingstoke, Anvil Arts 01256 844244
15 April Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Hall Theatre 01892 530613
16 April Dunstable, Grove Theatre 01582 602080
17 April Southampton, Mayflower Theatre 02380 711811
18 April London, New Wimbledon Theatre 0844 871 7646
20 April Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall 0115 989 5555
21 April Stevenage, Gordon Craig Theatre 01438 363200
22 April York, Grand Opera House 0844 871 3024
23 April Southport, Theatre & Convention Centre 0844 871 3021
24 April Birmingham, New Alexandra Theatre 0844 871 3011
25 April Manchester Palace Theatre 0844 871 3019
27 April Leeds, Grand Theatre 0844 848 2700
28 April Oxford, New Theatre 0844 871 3020
29 April Scarborough, The Spa 01723 821 888