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In Conversation with Emma Williams
Emma Williams shot to fame in 2004 when she starred opposite Michael Ball in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as an 18 year old, at the London Palladium. Since, she has starred in a whole host of musical, from Bat Boy to Desperately Seeking Susan. On Thursday of this week (19 July) she is performing alongside West End favourites Daniel Boys, Jonathan Ansell, Rachael Wooding and Pop Idolís Gareth Gates in Momentous Musicals at the New Wimbledon Theatre. Hit The Theatre are very pleased to offer customers a special offer on the show with tickets reduced down to only £11!
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Hit The Theatre caught up with Emma to find out a little bit more about herÖ
Are you looking forward to Momentous Musicals?
Yes, of course. Itís always nice to do concerts and perform songs that you donít usually get to sing. I think Iím going to be performing 3 or 4 solos and duets on the night, including Hushabye Mountain from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which is not a Truly (Scrumptious) song in the show. Iíve only ever had the chance to perform it once before for a concert that Prince Edward attended, so thatís exciting.
So, when you were off stage, and Michael Ball was singing the song, did you used to hum along?
No, I was actually doing a quick costume and wig change in my dressing room!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was your first West End role, what did it feel like to be on the Palladium stage?
When I was 18 my family and I saw The King and I at the Palladium from the very back row of the Upper Circle. I said to her then that I would on that stage one day. She smiled and replied ďyes dearĒ. Neither of us honestly believed that less than a year later I would be on that very stage. The producers took a hell of a chance on me, a girl from up North with no real theatrical heritage.
Of all the shows youíve been in, which are the favourites?
I absolutely loved Bat Boy. We had a great reception in Leeds. As an out of town cast coming to London we were very close as a group, and although the show didnít do quite as well as weíd hoped in London, Iím still really proud of it.
Who is the favourite performer you performed with?
It has to be Sting. I was doing the workshop for his new show (working title is The Last Ship) and I was singing one of the numbers when he suddenly began harmonizing with me! Thatís pretty cool.
Whatís your favourite holiday destination?
It has to be the Maldives where my husband and I went on honeymoon!
What do you do to relax?
I run a lot, and Iím also in the final months of my 6 year BA Hons in Literature. This year I have been specialising in Shakespeare.
I havenít seen it on stage, but I love the cast album of I Love You Because.
What advice would you give about using Twitter?
I donít use Twitter primarily for self-promotion though itís very useful for that particularly if you donít have a website. I like using it to read about the people I follow. My main advice would be that you have to be careful what you post as itís immediately out there Ė and very difficult to take anything back. Think before you post, I suppose?