SEV­ENTH HEAVEN ON 42ND STREET

Steph takes over West End star role from leg­end Lulu

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Tom Mol­loy

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

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