Break A Leg Review Interview: Bonnie Langford

She’s been entertaining theatre goers and for over 40 years, and we’ve been fortunate enough to experience some of her amazing performances, first-hand – therefore we felt it was time to interview the legend who is Bonnie Langford.

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After forty plus successful years in show business, what’s been your highlight so far?
I’m so fortunate to have such a wealth of experiences and it’s impossible to choose one as they have crossed so many phases of my life. However, playing Baby June in Gypsy on
Broadway with Angela Lansbury was a brilliant start! And to think I have had many more
seems greedy ….. Cats, Just William, Pirates of Penzance, Peter Pan, Dancing On Ice,
Chicago, Sweet Charity …..actually most of my career has been well lit!!

Looking back over your career, is there anything you’d do differently if you had your time again?
In retrospect, no as I believe we are presented with challenges to help us learn even if its not to repeat that mistake! But sometimes it’s difficult to see the bigger picture whilst you’re
immersed in a project. I think I could have made some different decisions but that’s life.

We’re sure there must be many roles that you’re still itching to play, which role would be your ‘dream’ at this stage?
I’m a great believer in fate so I never limit myself to ‘dreams’ work wise ….. That way I
remain surprised!

So, ‘9 to 5 The Musical’ has come to a close, now (we really enjoyed it), did Dolly
Parton personally appear at any of the venues?

No.

How long are you back in ‘Spamalot’ for and would this be a show you could see
yourself often making return visits to? We can’t wait to see you as the Lady of the
Lake…

I love being a part of Spamalot, it’s a joy to be in such a talented and happy cast, crew and
band. It’s a privilege to be there. At the moment I’m there until November.

We’ve seen ‘Spamalot’ before and particularly enjoy ‘The Song That Goes Like This’ – how do you prepare to hit those high notes?
I warm up!

You’ve been fortunate enough to appear in the West End and on Broadway, how do the two compare and dare we ask, have you a preference?
There’s a very high regard for Broadway performers and a wonderful community spirit as
well as a strong work ethic, but that’s true of the West End now. I’ve noticed there are many
more events taking place in London now such as West End Eurovision, and they really bring
artists and companies together to create a community here too.

Finally, what’s next for you once you have hung up the Lady of the Lake’s shoes?
I shall be doing pantomime in Guildford for Christmas!

We’d like to thank Bonnie for taking the time to allow us to interview her and can’t wait to review her performance in Spamalot, very soon.

You can catch Bonnie as The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre – see the link here: http://www.spamalotwestend.co.uk/home

If you would like to see Bonnie play Fairy Snow in Cinderella this Christmas, follow the link to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford: http://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/production/cinderella

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