Aoife cast as alternate Maria
Posted 21 March 2007 - 10:04 AM
How do you know they haven't offered the role to the 'girl' who came second? Not that there's any particular reason why they should - theatre isn't an equal opportunities business. But Aoife is the obvious choice since she, out of all of them, has WE experience in a leading role. Did she actually audition? I assumed the reference was to the tv show rather than to a separate audition.
But it will be interesting to see if this changes the way they do the Joseph and Grease programmes.
Posted 21 March 2007 - 12:28 PM
But for the sake of the show it's a good move. I hate going back to the see the same show again and again unless things change. So I'm looking forward to seeing somebody new in the lead role.
Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:14 PM
Posted 21 March 2007 - 03:55 PM
I'm hoping this casting might mean that 2nd placed Helena Blackman has landed another role soon to be announced.
Since the TV series, Helena's already played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz [Leicester Haymarket Christmassy Show],
& reached the final of the BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre 2006,
& played Gypsy in Gypsy,
& performed in 2 or 3 other Concerts at the Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre.
Like Julie Andrews, Aoife's blonde (or at least she was blonde on the Maria TV show - I think the ONLY blonde in the final 10).
Several non-frequent-theatregoers with whom I watched one of the tv Maria shows seemed swayed by Aoife's APPEARANCE -
as if they couldn't imagine Maria being played by a non-blonde!
We frequent theatregoers know that if a blonde was essential for the role, ANY of the girls could don a blonde WIG!
However, I'm pleased to read that Andrew Lloyd Webber said:
Aoife has a Music degree, as well as an MA in Acting and Musical Theatre -
and I seem to remember (although we were shown very little on the programme) her Acting seemed impressive.
She has experienced being taught by Nuns;
as a child she played Brigitta;
& her biog for the TV series said she "teaches singing with Stagecoach for 6-16 year olds most weekends".
Posted 21 March 2007 - 05:26 PM
If anyone's seen Chicago recently they would know that Aoife has done a fantastic job as Roxie, one of the best in my opinion.
I'm really looking forward to seeing what she can bring to the role of Maria, so yep I'll be going on a Monday night sometime soon!..........
I don't think Connie should have been allowed to do all 8 shows in the first place as its too much. However if they had limited time before the run started and Emma pulled out, I spose they thought it was the right thing to do........
If they'd have stuck with the initial "alternate" thing from the start no one would be complaining about who they saw..........
Posted 22 March 2007 - 04:03 PM
Posted 22 March 2007 - 05:25 PM
Let's give Connie a little bit of a break, here. She is very young (23), and was eager to show what she can do. I don't see anything wrong with her wanting to do the eight shows. Perhaps it was too much too soon, but she did do the show consistently for several months before the illness. Perhaps the working too hard helped escalate the illness, but again, she's young and this is her first West End role, and it's a lead. I think it's probably better to cut back for a while, but six shows a week is relatively common for lead performers now. I wish her and Aoife all the best.
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