Swinging in from a highly successful run in London’s West End and Berlin and a record breaking sell-out tour in the Netherlands for its first UK tour, is Daddy Cool. Churchill Theatre caught up with leading lady Jane McDonald for a chat.
Hello Jane, how do you feel about being involved in the first national tour of West End smash hit Daddy Cool?
I’m very excited to be playing Ma Baker in the first national tour of Daddy Cool. I have been lucky enough to have been offered some amazing parts over the past few years but due to being too busy (not a bad problem) I’ve been unable to do them. When this part came along I listened to the music and read the script and thought, 'this is the one for me'.
In your own words, what is Daddy Cool all about?
Daddy Cool is a modern version of Romeo and Juliet which I was in the West End production of. It's classic story of boy meets girl then boy and girl don’t see each other for a long time, boy meets girl again they fall in love and the families are NOT happy. Everyday life really.
Daddy Cool is based upon the works of Boney M and other Frank Farian produced artists. What are your favourite songs – both in the production and in general?
Every Boney M song is a classic and the soundtrack to my youth! They are famous for strong bass lines, solid drum beat and lyrics you can sing to! My favourite songs in the production are Sunny and Rasputin but in general anything from the 70s and 80s (I’m showing my age now).
You play Ma Baker in Daddy Cool, what is so special about this character?
Ma Baker is a character who is a bit of a self centred woman with an evil streak, she is someone who always puts herself first she is a business woman who will do anything to get her own way (perfectly cast!)
You have an undeniably fantastic career, what have been the highlights?
I have been lucky in my career and achieved some amazing things. I’ve sold out the London Palladium (twice) and the Royal Albert Hall. I’ve had my own show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Silver/Gold and Platinum albums. Had my own show Star for a Night on prime time BBC 1 and I’m now part of the most popular Daytime TV show Loose Women. These are a few of my highlights but I sincerely hope there are a lot more to come.
What are you most looking forward to upon your return to Bromley?
I’m really looking forward to coming back to Bromley to see the audience. They know how to have a good time in Bromley, so I hope you are all up for it!
Finally, why should audiences come along to see Daddy Cool?
Everyone should come and see Daddy Cool because it’s a great story of love conquering all (even a manipulating mother like me!) it has great songs which will make you want to get up and boogie. Also an unbelievably talented young cast. It will be the campest show around (trust me).
Catch Jane in Daddy Cool from Monday 5 – Saturday 10 November. Evening show times are at 7.45pm, Thursday and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are £19.50 – £32.50. A Ferrari’s Meal Deal is available at £39.