Live the­atre has al­ways proved to be music to my ears

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS - Suzanne Wat­son, MD of Ap­proach PR and VP of Brad­ford Cham­ber of Com­merce, on her love for mu­si­cals

I RE­MEM­BER my first ‘proper show’ was Bar­num in 1982 when I ac­com­pa­nied my mum’s friend be­cause my mum was too ill to go.

Thirty-six years later and I am, prob­a­bly, York­shire’s big­gest mu­si­cal fan. Well, so they say here in the of­fice. It’s not just mu­si­cal the­atre – it’s any kind of the­atre. From an­themic bib­li­cal

Je­sus Christ Su­per­star mu­si­cals – is an all-time favourite – to the dark bo­hemian world of Rent, swing­ing back round to the sheer

Grease Starlight es­capism of and Ex­press. There isn’t a bad mu­si­cal in my eyes or to my ears.

Just three years ago I met my all-time music hero, Gary Bar­low, at the Burn­sall press launch of his now highly ac­claimed mu­si­cal, The Girls.

We’re in­cred­i­bly for­tu­nate liv­ing so close to some fan­tas­tic York­shire the­atres. Brad­ford’s Al­ham­bra is my happy place and the venue where I’ve spent many nights be­ing en­ter­tained with fam­ily, close friends and where I’m cur­rently in­tro­duc­ing my own chil­dren to my mu­si­cal pas­sions.

In fact, such is my en­thu­si­asm for all things mu­si­cal, that back in 2009, as part of the Ap­proach team’s an­nual CSR, we agreed to hold a Mu­si­ca­lathon to raise money for York­shire chil­dren’s cancer char­ity Can­dle­lighters.

Held at the char­ac­ter­ful Brad­ford Play­house in Lit­tle Ger­many, we hired the cin­ema screen, dressed in suit­able mu­si­cal-themed cos­tumes and en­joyed from dusk un­til dawn, a full night of en­ter­tain­ment

Rocky Hor­ror cour­tesy of the Pic­ture Show, Mamma Mia, Grease, Moulin Rouge and Hair­spray. We raised more than £800 for a very wor­thy char­ity.

A more re­cent mu­si­cal high­light was join­ing my close friend, Emma, on the Sound of Music coach tour in Aus­tria, vis­it­ing the original film lo­ca­tions in and around Salzburg, cul­mi­nat­ing with a

Do-Re-Mi rous­ing ren­di­tion of as we toured through the beauty and majesty of the Alps. It was sheer mu­si­cal magic and proved much needed es­capism af­ter los­ing my dad only weeks ear­lier.

In our lives where so much is ex­pe­ri­enced through dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy or de­layed on ‘catchup’ or shared at dif­fer­ent times through vir­tual com­mu­ni­ties of ‘friends’, noth­ing beats the im­me­di­acy of live the­atre.


Suzanne Wat­son with her all-time music hero, Gary Bar­low.

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