“It’s an incredibly well-crafted musical, with a really big heart and a great story,” she enthuses. “But it’s also a gritty tale, and I love that. I’d do the show just to perform the number Easy Street, which is one of the best songs ever written for any musical.”
Joseph first played Miss Hannigan some 15 years ago, job sharing with Paul O’Grady. This time she will be alternating with Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood. It is, she believes, the perfect arrangement. Not only is it a clever marketing tool, but crucially, it allows both actors to pursue other projects: Revel Horwood has been able to film Strictly, while Joseph has been able to commit to another series of Birds of a Feather.
“If they needed someone to play the role throughout the whole run, I wouldn’t have been able to do it. Casting someone like Craig is inspired. He used to be a performer before he did any directing and TV presenting, and it allows him to go back to what he has always loved; he’s relishing the opportunity. When people get to a certain stage in their career they can’t always commit to a six month of year long run, because they have other things booked in. This is working out wonderfully for us both.”
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