SEVENTH HEAVEN ON 42ND STREET
Steph takes over West End star role from legend Lulu
THE Anglesey dancing queen who came to the rescue of Mamma Mia has been rewarded with her first ever West End leading role.
Steph Parry, from Valley will be taking over the star role of Dorothy orothy Brock in 42nd Street, from singing ging legend Lulu (pictured right), on Monday July 9.
The 35 year-old is the he understudy for the same me role.
Recently, when she was on standby at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, she got a call asking her to fill the leading role in Mamma Mia, down the road at the Novello Theatre.
Mamma Mia’s lead d actress Caroline Deverill rill had gone down injured ured after just one scene and d theatre bosses feared they ey would have to send the 1,000-strong strong crowd home.
But at just 18 minutes notice, super trouper Steph responded to the SOS and delivered a stellar performance.
The story was eerily similar to the plot of 42nd Street, in which the lead actress
breaks her ankle and somebody from the chorus replaces her to steal the show. Now life has imitated art once again. Steph has been promoted to the lead role, her first in more than six years performing on the West End. The announcement has topped off a whirlwind few weeks for the actress. “I’m so excited,” she said. “I can’t be believe it, I don’t think it’s quite qu hit home yet, but I can’t wait. The thought of pla playing the role every nig night is a dream come tr true. “It feels amazing. I I’m just little old Steph Parry from Anglesey and this is what I d dreamt of when I was a young girl.” Although the an announcement has now been made public, the A Anglesey actress had known a few days earlier but was sworn to secrecy. She said said: “I’ve been really looking forwar forward to this coming out. “I’ve had lots of interviews the past week and they’ve all asked what I want to do next and I’ve known all along that I’d be doing this. “I’ve had support off so many people and for so many to be congratulating me,
including people I don’t know, is just quite overwhelming.”
Steph admitted she was overcome with emotion when Lulu congratulated her after the announcement was made to the cast, bursting into tears.
“Lulu said to me: ‘This is your time, I am so pleased that you’re going to get to do this after me. “This is it now, this is your break.’ “And she was just saying all this stuff to me and then I just burst into tears. “This is Lulu! She’s a legend. “She’s just an incredible woman, she’s got the most energy, she’s got an absolute zest for life and she loves this show so much.
“She loves this role and I just want to carry that fun that she brings to the cast.
“She’s going to be missed, she’s such a
wonderful company member and I just want to lead it as well as she has.”
The prospect of going from an understudy to a leading lady could be a daunting one.
But it’s something Steph is relishing, especially as it gives her friends and family the chance to see her perform.
She added: “Going from doing a couple of shows to doing eight shows a week is going to be different but I’m looking forward to finding my feet.
“The thing I’m most excited about is having my old dance school, Barton’s, who’ve never been able to watch me in a show because I’ve never been able to know when I’m going to be on.
“They’re going to do a trip down so it’ll be so lovely having them in the audience.”
Steph Parry, who is taking over from Lulu (inset) in the star role in 42nd Street in London’s West End