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Well, apologies it has taken me over a week, but here are some behind the scenes photos of The Sound of Music Opening Night! Had a wonderful evening, all 9 Marias made it and we had great seats in the beautiful Paladium with Graham. So many celebs were there, it was definitely the night to spot the rich and famous. But, we weren’t interested in them, it was Maria we were there for. Connie did really well and turned from the scatty young nun to a demure Frau Von Trapp. The set was incredible (won’t spoil it for those of you planning to see the show), but it was the kids who completely stole the show. Never work with children or animals eh?? πŸ˜‰

No expense was spared on the party complete with pine trees, plastic cows and a snowstorm! Ate and drank ourselves silly and had a thoroughly fun time. Was so great to see the girls and hear all their news, and I now have a Sound of Music mug to add to my ‘Maria Memorabilia’. Sad but true, and something to show the grandkids….!

Evening Standard

November 2nd, 2006


Strictly Come Dancing…

October 9th, 2006

What a LAUGH!!! :) Simona, Helena, Laura and I had a reunion at the BBC studios on Saturday night to give the ‘Maria’ verdict on the new series of Strictly Come Dancing! Armed with clipboards, and wine and nibbles courtesy of the Beeb, we settled in for a night’s voting. It was really good fun, and I thought all the celebs did brilliantly! Of course I had to support Matt Dawson as having sung at the 2003 Rugby World Cup, we have partied together in Australia. I was so proud to see him mincing around the dance floor, he proved those burly rugger players can be dainty when required!!!

It was also great to see Craig on the panel as he was our wonderful choreographer on Maria. All I can say is, thank God he wasn’t on the Maria panel! What a meany!!! Cut them some slack Craig!

It was great to see the girls, and Helena and I went for oodles of noodles afterwards….sadly no schnitzel this time… πŸ˜‰

EDIT: Here’s the video incase you missed it.

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

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The Winner Takes it all…

September 20th, 2006

Or does she? Connie is Maria – bravo to her and, Toi Toi!!! πŸ˜€ It will no doubt be a rough road as she has a shed load to prove – I hope the critics recognise her for what she is – a trained, professional Music Theatre performer. Yes, they’ll probably argue it was a reality TV show but in reality she can do this. And she deserves it. We all did – this was the toughest audition process anyone could ever survive. If anyone slates her they’ll have me, and 8 other angry Marias, to deal with..!

So, the Final Show! What a Ball! I intended to make the absolute most of it and I really did enjoy and savour every single second. It really was such a huge privilege to be asked back to perform and we again felt like the unit of 10 lucky girls who began the wonderful journey together. Even Simona let her hair down and smuggled in G&T (and a lemon!) which we supped in the dressing room to ‘calm our nerves’….Shhhh! wink


So great to see and work with everyone again: the lovely Craig our choreographer and Nigel the brilliant Musical Director, not to mention the superb team behind the scenes who keep a Live Show running. The wrap party afterwards was one of the best nights I’ve ever had. Everyone involved, cast and crew, worked so hard to make ‘Maria?’ a success that there was a lot of celebrating. And of course the free bar fuelled the party vibe! All Singing, all dancing, we revelled into the wee small hours. Laura, Meliz and Leanne all stayed over mine and we made a ‘Maria?’ weekend of it! Sunday’s sore heads were nursed by gallons of water, a big fat roast dinner and nostalgic conversation – re-living our precious memories but most of all thanking our lucky stars that they shone on us so brightly πŸ˜†

Come hear the music play! The 10 Marias are back in town! We’re performing on tomorrow’s Live Final! πŸ˜› I can’t wait to see the girls again and am so excited about performing again to the nation…Of course most of all I’m excited about having my hair and make up done by those wonderful artists once more!

I intend to savour every second. Having felt in a surreal dreamworld for my performances of ‘Over the Rainbow’ and ‘Fever’, I hope it will be much less pressurised, and therefore a million times more enjoyable, now we’re not ‘fighting’ for the part. I wonder if the panel will still slate us?!

I really think Connie, Siobhan and Helena are feeling the strain. πŸ˜₯ It’s been a journey of incredible highs and lows for 7 long weeks in the Maria House. Not to mention the months before that since our initial auditions across the country. I couldn’t have imagined, back on that sunny May morning, queueing outside Wembley Arena reading my book, what on earth would follow. Four months of blood, sweat and a river of tears. And the time of my life. Life IS a cabaret old chum. I’m so glad I came!

Thankfully, things have worked out brilliantly. Since leaving the show I’ve been badgering away to try to make the most of the exposure and I’m exploring some exciting possibilities. And it turns out that I am a Westend Wendy after all…I start rehearsals for The Phantom Of The Opera on Monday! πŸ˜€

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