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28

Feb

* New Interview *

Danielle and Tom Parker on TalkRadio

Danielle and Tom Parker were on TalkRadio discussing Politics and the UK tour of Grease The Musical

 

 

28

Feb

* New Video *

Behind The Scenes for Grease the Musical

Check out this behind the scenes video of the Grease cast at a photoshoot:

 

12

Dec

* New Event *

Dick Whittington at Birmingham Hippodrome

Danielle will be performing in the festive production of 'Dick Whittington' at the Birmingham Hippodrome from Monday 19th December to Sunday 29th January

 

Also in the cast with Danielle are: John Barrowman, Steve McFadden, Jodie Prenger

and Matt Slack

 

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22

Nov

* New Event *

'Christmas Goes... Pop' - Giggin4Good Concert

Danielle has been announced as a performer at the 'Christmas Goes... Pop' Concert by Giggin4Good

Event is on Sunday 11th December, 7.30pm at Union Theatre

 

~ Book Tickets & More Info ~

07

Nov

* New Event *

Grease The Musical - UK Tour

Danielle has been cast as Sandy in the upcoming UK Tour of 'Grease the Musical'

Tour starts in March 2017.

Other cast announced:

Danny - Tom Parker (The Wanted) , Rizzo - Louisa Lytton, Teen Angel - Darren Day

02

May

* New Event *

The Magic Of The Musicals

Danielle will be headlining 'The Magic Of The Musicals' tour in Doncaster

on Sunday 23rd October at 7.30pm

29

Mar

* New Video *

Performance and Q&A at The Theatre Café

Here is the video of Danielle's appearance at The Theatre Cafe

Danielle sang two songs and answered some fan questions

 

 

Songs performed:

Soft Place To Land - Sara Bareilles

Touch The Sky - Brave (the movie)

24

Mar

* New Event *

Performance and Q&A at The Theatre Café

Danielle will be making an appearance at 'The Theatre Café' in London

for a performance and a Q&A on Tuesday 29th March at 5.15pm

 

Address:

The Theatre Café
66 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 6LX

(Opposite the Queens Theatre)

01

Mar

* News *

Danielle joins 'The Knights of Music'

Knights Of Music which will be hosted exclusively by Phillip Schofield is a celebration of the legendary Knights of the entertainment industry who have transformed the face of music, film and theatre throughout the ages - Sir Elton John, Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Paul McCartney and The Beatles, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Tim Rice, Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Bob Geldof, Bono, and many more including the newly knighted Sir Van Morrison.

 

Cast includes: Danielle Hope, Liam Doyle, Hannah Grover, Andy Coxon, Emily Jane Brooks and Simon Schofield.

 

Tour Dates:

Thursday 21st April - Cardiff (St Davids Hall)

Friday 22nd April - Ipswich (Regent Theatre)

Saturday 23rd April - Northampton (Derngate)

Sunday 24th April - Southampton (Mayflower)

 

To Book Tickets - Click Here

 

Source: Official 'The Knights of Music' Website

01

Mar

* New Video *

The Sound of Gaga

At the 2015 Oscars, Lady Gaga performed a medley of songs from The Sound of Music to mark the 50th Anniversary of the classic movie. In return, the cast of The Sound of Music pay their thanks to the 'Mother Monster' by performing their take on some of Lady Gaga's hits.

 

 

08

Jan

* News *

Danielle returning to Les Miserables

It has been announced that Danielle will be playing Eponine in Les Miserables

from Monday 15th February till Saturday 2nd April.

 

To read more on the Les Miserable cast change click here: BroadwayWorld

 

Click Here To Book Tickets for Les Miserables

 

09

Nov

* New Video *

Danielle performing at the Kennedy Center

Last night Danielle performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

 

Link to the Concert:

http://www.kennedy-center.org/video/index/M6537

 

About the Show:

Broadway Tomorrow: ASCAP presents Rosser and Sohne

 

ASCAP presents Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne, who are recipients of the 2015 Jonathan Larson Award, writers in the 2015 Rhinebeck Retreat, and 2014–2015 Dramatists Guild Fellows. Mr. Sohne and Mr. Rosser were also members of Civilian's R&D Group and ASCAP's Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project. Their songs have been featured at their sold-out 54 Below show, Birdland, Contemporary Classics at Seattle Rep, Cutting Edge Composers at Joe's Pub, ALNM at Rockwell in Los Angeles, and later this fall at Above The Arts and Theatre Royal Stratford East in London and Broadway au Carre in Paris.

 

23

Aug

* New Interview *

Danielle Interview & Performance on RTE Radio 1

A new Danielle interview on the The Ray D'Arcy Show - With Kathryn Thomas

on RTE Radio 1

Danielle talks about the UK Tour of 'The Sound of Music' and performs 'My Favourite Things' & 'The Sound of Music'

 

 

 

MP3 Downloads of Danielle's Performances:

My Favourite Things

The Sound of Music

 

11

Aug

* New Interview *

Danielle & Steven Houghton on BBC Radio Ulster

A new interview on BBC Radio Ulster with Danielle and Steven Houghton discussing 'The Sound of Music' UK Tour

 

 

 

02

Jun

* News *

Pre-Order Danielle's New Album

Danielle's new album 'Danielle Hope: Bring The Future Faster - LIVE at 54 BELOW'

will be released digitally and in stores on the 23rd June 2015

 

The album is now available for pre-order at Broadway Records & Amazon

 

Album Cover

 

Album Track List:

  1. Today
  2. "Welcome to New York"
  3. Manhattan
  4. "The five year plan"
  5. Bring The Future Faster
  6. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  7. "Three men, one song"
  8. The Music Of The Night
  9. Mambo Italiano
  10. I Have Confidence
  11. "My love for the mouse"
  12. My Disney Medley
  13. "A very proper English response"
  14. Invention
  15. Ne Me Quitte Pas
  16. "So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen and thank you"
  17. Feed the birds

 

The album is produced by Michael J. Moritz, Jr. & Executive Produced by Van Dean.

 

Source: BroadwayWorld

02

Jun

* New Video *

Danielle's Interview on 'The Wright Stuff'

Apologies for the delay, but here is Danielle's interview on 'The Wright Stuff' from

the 25th May.

 

Please note:

The video has also been uploaded to 'dailymotion' as the youtube version is blocked for UK & Ireland users.

 

via Dailymotion

 

 

via Youtube

23

May

* Upcoming TV Appearance *

Danielle on 'The Wright Stuff'

Danielle will be on 'The Wright Stuff' on Monday 25th May at 9.15am on Channel 5.

 

Monday's Show Summary

Matthew Wright hosts the topical debate show alongside this week's panelists Katy Brand and Ben Adams. Today's guests are Kimberley Wyatt & Danielle Hope.

 

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24

Mar

* News *

Danielle to Perform at '54 Below'

Back by popular demand! Danielle is performing another gig at '54 Below' on the

12th June 2015 at 9.30pm. Danielle is back to celebrate the release of her new 'Live at 54 Below' album.

 

For more information and to book tickets:

http://54below.com/artist/danielle-hope/

 

24

Mar

* New Video *

The Sound of Music UK Tour Extended Trailer

A brand new extended trailer of The Sound of Music UK Tour with Danielle as Maria

has been released, check it out:

 

 

 

14

Feb

* News *

Danielle's American debut at 54 Below

Article & Photo Source: BroadwayWorld.com

 

Last night, Danielle Hope made her American debut in front of a sold out crowd at cabaret hot spot 54 Below, along with special guests Dan DeLuca, Ceili O'Connor and Edward Baker-Duly. The evening was expertly music directed by Steven Jamial (Music Director and Piano), with Allison Seidner (Cello) and Micah Burgess (Guitar).

Hope lit up the stage and showed off the many sides of her immense talent and range with new songs, classics, and a stunning Disney medley that you'd have to see to believe. In front of a roaring crowd of fans both old and new, it was a night to remember from start to finish. The evening paid tribute to songs she grew up with, music that's moved her and a very moving tribute of 'The Music of the Night' dedicated to celebrating three of the important men in her life Andrew Lloyd Webber (for writing it), Michael Crawford (for singing it) and her father (for whom it's his favorite song).

Check out photos of the performance below and stay tuned for exclusive video coverage and news on the recording of the evening! There's no doubt that last night's American audience fell in love with the British star, and here's hoping (no pun intended) that we see much more of her in NYC -- and soon!

 

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To see more photos from the cabaret CLICK HERE

12

Feb

* New Video *

The Sound of Music UK Tour Trailer

Brand new trailer of The Sound of Music UK Tour with Danielle as Maria:

 

THE SOUND OF MUSIC UK Tour advert

The Sound of Music UK Tour Advert

 

05

Feb

* New Interview *

MusicalTalk Interview with Danielle

Danielle talks to MusicalTalk - The UK's Musical Theatre Podcast about her career from Over the Rainbow to The Sound of Music and her upcoming cabaret in New York

 

Click Here to hear the Interview

(opens a new window)

 

Source: https://twitter.com/musicaltalk

25

Jan

* New Photos *

Danielle as Maria in The Sound of Music UK Tour

Here are some new photos with Danielle as Maria from The Sound of Music UK Tour:

 

 

Photo Source: WestEndFrame

 

Follow SoundOfMusicGB on twitter for the latest news

https://twitter.com/SoundOfMusicGB

05

Dec

* New Video *

The Sound of Music Tour Blog: Meet Maria

A brand new video with Danielle talking about her new role as Maria, the show and answering some fan questions.

 

 

Follow SoundOfMusicGB on twitter for the latest news

https://twitter.com/SoundOfMusicGB

27

Nov

* News *

Danielle to Star in 'The Sound of Music' UK Tour

Danielle has been announced as Maria in 'The Sound of Music' UK Tour 2015

Here are the UK tour dates so far:

 

15-17 January: Bromley, Churchill Theatre
21-31 January: Southampton, Mayflower Theatre
2-14 February: Sheffield, Lyceum Theatres 
16-28 February: Glasgow, King's Theatre
3-14 March: Carlisle, Sands Theatre
17-28 March: Cardiff, New Theatre
30 March-11 April: New Wimbledon Theatre
13-25 April: Hull New Theatre
25 May-6 June: Milton Keynes Theatre
8-20 June: Woking, New Victoria Theatre
22 June-4 July: Bristol Hippodrome
7-18 July: Eastbourne, Congress Theatre
20 July-1 August: Leeds Grand Theatre

 

For Ticket Info Click Here

10

Nov

* New Event *

Danielle performing at '54 Below' in New York

Danielle will be making her American debut at '54 Below' on Friday 13th February 2015

Tickets Range from $25 to $60

 

To Book Tickets Click Here

 

 

Danielle Hope brings her cabaret to New York City to make her debut just steps away from the heart of Broadway. The evening will feature a celebration of music including performances of songs from shows that have shaped her career so far, West End favorites and some very special new material - and some very special Broadway guests.

 

Sources: BroadwayWorld & 54 Below

 

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23

Oct

* New Interview *

Danielle on BBC Radio Manchester

New interview with Danielle on BBC Radio Manchester discussing the 'Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat' tour.

22

Oct

* New Event *

Danielle performing at 'A Night Full of Song'

Danielle has been announced as a performer at a new event: 'A Night Full of Song'

 

Date: Sunday 16th November | Time: 7:30pm | Tickets are £10/£15

Venue: The Actors' Church (St Paul's, Covent Garden), London

 

To Buy Tickets Click Here

For More Info: https://twitter.com/NightOfSong

02

Oct

Danielle nominated for

BroadwayWorld UK / West End Awards 2014

Danielle has been nominated for two BroadwayWorld Awards this year:

 

* Theatrical Event of the Year *

An Evening With Danielle Hope  (The Delfont Room)

&

* Best Leading Actress in a New Production of a Musical *

Danielle Hope - The Last Five Years  (Greenwich Theatre)

 

To Vote Click Here

18

Sep

* New Interview *

Danielle & Lloyd Daniels on BBC Radio Stoke

Danielle & Lloyd Daniels were interviewed by James Watt on BBC Radio Stoke,

discussing the 'Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat' tour.

 

26

Aug

* New Event *

Danielle Hope: Homecoming Concert

Danielle has announced a new solo concert on Sunday 19th October

at The Grange Theatre, Northwich

 

Click Here for Ticket Info & to Book Online

or Call the Box Office: 0333 666 3366

13

Aug

* New Interview *

Danielle has Tea with West End Wilma

New video with Danielle having tea with Wilma and chatting about

'Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat'

 

 

Read West End Wilma's review of 'Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat'

~ Click Here ~

22

Jul

* New Videos *

Joseph Rehearsal Clips

Check out some Joseph rehearsal clips posted on youtube by Musical Theatre Review

 

 

There's also a new interview with Danielle, Lloyd Daniels & Matt Lapinskas by RTE Ten:

Click Here To Watch

22

Jul

* New Interview *

From school stage to national tour for Hope's narrator

Taking on the role of Narrator in the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber spectacular will be 22-year-old Danielle Hope

 

The Manchester native shot to fame at the age of 17 when she took part in Lloyd Webber's search to find a Dorothy in BBC One's Over the Rainbow.

After winning the show, Danielle went on the star in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium before spending a year as Éponine in Les Misérables.

 

Danielle, who dreamed of being a Disney princess when she was younger, said she is 'super excited' about being in a touring production and getting to see lots of regional theatres.

"I played the narrator when I was age, maybe 13-14 at school," she said.

"And it's just a great show, like the Wizard of Oz, it's great because whether you're six or 96 you are going to enjoy it and I think that's really important. "I like doing shows that can cater to everybody."

Danielle spoke about what she thinks of her character. "Although she is separate and telling the story, I think you have to warm to her as an audience, and also believe that she cares about these characters as well," she said, "It's almost like a Mary Poppins-y figure, you know, it's kind of motherly and warm and a little bit cheeky because there's a couple of lines in there every now and again where she's having a bit of a play."

 

She added the part she is most looking forward to performing is the Technicolor dreamcoat song where she will be listing all the colours. "I mean, oh my goodness I'm going to have to try and remember all of those colours in the right order!"

"I love shows when everyone's on stage and I think the big company numbers are always my favourite, especially as the narrator as I imagine she's quite isolated for a lot of it so it will be nice when there are a lot of others around."

 

So how does the self-confessed chatterbox wind down from the day job?

"It's very strange after a show because I kind of don't remember the 45 minutes after," she said, adding she likes to hang out with the cast after a performance. "I couldn't really tell you what I watched if I watched some television or what I talked to my best friend about."

 

As well as her big break landing the part of Dorothy, Danielle said being in Les Misérables when the film was coming out was 'just glorious', However, she added her career choice has come as a 'bit of a surprise' to some as she was 'horrendously shy' when she was younger.

 

"I was very much into going down to the yard and looking after the horses and for other people and doing all of that," said the annual visitor to the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

"So I kind of think it came as a bit of a surprise to a lot of people, but from being about age 12 onwards I just found that I couldn't see myself doing anything else.

"There was nothing that drove me and gave me as much as live theatre and acting did.

"It found me."

 

Source: Windsor Express - Written by Lucy Elder

18

Jul

* Danielle's New Blog *

 

 

Check out Danielle's new blog, it's called 'Through Life's Looking Glass'

~ Link to Danielle's Blog ~

10

Jul

* New Interview *

Reality TV star Danielle Hope divines her Irish roots

Reality TV show winner and musical star Danielle Hope couldn't be less diva-esque if she tried. The 22-year-old winner of BBC's talent contest Over The Rainbow is all about the great opportunity which has come her way since winning Andrew Lloyd Webber's TV search for his perfect Dorothy for The Wizard of Oz, when she beat 9,000 other young performers for the starring role at the London Palladium.

 

 

Rather than proof of any diva traits, the Manchester singer's large entourage for her forthcoming trip to Ireland to perform in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Bord Gais Energy Theatre and Cork Opera House, is all down to her extended Irish family. Most of whom, she admits with a gasping apology, she has yet to meet.

 

"This is my first time in Ireland, though at home in Manchester people are always telling me how Irish I look," says the young star who is on a day trip to Dublin to promote her forthcoming performance.

"They're always pointing to my long dark hair and pale skin and greenish eyes and saying you'd know immediately I was Irish," she says.

Her grandfather, Michael Slevin, left Ringsend for Manchester at the age of 12 with his mum Bridget, and he will proudly lead the family entourage when Danielle is on her working tour here. "He's one for jangling his keys against a glass to the tune of an Irish folk song," Danielle says. "None of the rest of my family would be performers, but the house was always full of music when I was growing up, and a lot of it was Irish," she says.

"My grandad has warned me that there'll be lots of driving around Dublin when I'm here for the show, as we've relatives spread out across the city," Danielle says. And when she gets to Cork, she'll be staying in a cottage owned by her great-aunt Pat. "My mum and eight other women from my family in Manchester will be travelling over for the show, and we'll all be staying in the cottage," says an excited Danielle. "Can you imagine how much fun it's going to be? My mum hasn't been in Ireland since she was five, and it'll be my first real time, so we'll be doing a lot of visiting," she says.

 

But perhaps it's fair to say that the real leader of Danielle's entourage when she's in Ireland for Joseph next month, will be her boyfriend, Dan DeLuca. Dan is an up-and-coming coming 22-year-old musical theatre star whom Danielle met in New York in February.

"A composer friend of mine introduced us, and was certain that we would hit it off, and we did, straight away," Danielle says, beaming.

"He's also Irish from way back, his family came from Dublin, and he has never been here either, so when his mum heard that I would be performing in Dublin, she was like 'Dan, you so have to go to Dublin and see the city with Danielle.'"

 

So what will she be reporting back to Dan following her first whirlwind trip to the city?

"It's much more modern than I had expected, and the people are so friendly," she says.

"At home, I'm always saying 'Hello' to people and trying to strike up conversations, but they just look at me like I have 10 heads.

"But here, they tell me what kind of day they're having," Danielle laughs.

"We arrived late last night and went for dinner in a Thai restaurant and we had a conversation with a person across the restaurant. That would never happen at home," she says.

"I'm hoping to have my first Guinness in a pub this afternoon before getting on the plane back to London."

 

Life has indeed changed very dramatically for the young drama star since she won the BBC reality TV show, and was plucked from obscurity.

Danielle's mum Tracy works behind a bar in Manchester, and her dad Brian is a builder. She has a brother and three half sisters. She was working part-time as a waitress while doing her A Levels when she auditioned for Over The Rainbow.

Five years later, she has enjoyed a long run as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and another as Eponine in Les Miserables in the West End.

 

"It's not all red carpets and photos and parties. It's about rehearsals, and hard work and vocal strength and stamina, but that's all fine with me," Danielle says.

"I've always wanted to get into the business to perform and to be the best I can be. I was going to do drama and dance after my A Levels and my parents were like, 'do English and History too so you've something to fall back on'. They knew I could sing-I had been in musicals in school -but I don't think they ever believed that I would get to perform at this level," she says.

"It's incredibly exciting for us all. None of my friends are in the business -they all went to college and are now teachers and psychologists - but they are very supportive and come and see the shows and remind me of my nights sitting in learning songs while they were out having fun. They're very pleased for me," Danielle says. She has the role of narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. "Everyone from four to 94 loves Joseph," Danielle says.

 

Source: Independent.ie

 

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04

Jul

* New Interviews *& Photos *

Promos for Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat

Here are 2 interviews with Danielle, Lloyd Daniels & Matt Lapinskas discussing the upcoming 'Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat' tour

 

 

New promo pictures for the production have also been released:

 

Danielle as Narrator

Go to the Gallery

 

Photo Credit: Darren Bell

03

Jul

* New Videos *

More Performances from Danielle's Cabaret

Here are two more performances from Danielle's cabaret at The Delfont Room.

First one is a duet with Celinde Schoenmaker, performing 'Flight'. The second video was the cabaret finale, Danielle sings 'Feed the Birds' from Mary Poppins and 'Hushabye Mountain' from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

 

02

Jul

* New Video *

Danielle performing 'Mambo Italiano'

Here's Danielle performing 'Mambo Italiano', her favourite song from the BBC show 'Over the Rainbow' at The Delfont Room.

 

30

Jun

* New Video *

Danielle performing 'Manhattan'

Here's Danielle performing 'Manhattan' by Rodgers and Hart at The Delfont Room.

 

28

Jun

* New Video *

Danielle performing a duet with Stuart Matthew Price

Here's Danielle and Stuart Matthew Price performing a duet version of Jonathan Reid Gealt's 'September of '92' at The Delfont Room.

 

27

Jun

* New Video *

Danielle performing a Disney Medley

Here is Danielle's Disney Medley from last night's cabaret

 

 

The song list:

* 'Belle' - Beauty and the Beast

* 'So This Is Love' - Cinderella

* 'Once Upon a Dream' - Sleeping Beauty

* 'Reflection' - Mulan

* 'When Will My Life Begin?' - Tangled

* 'Part of Your World' - The Little Mermaid

27

Jun

* New Photos *

Danielle's First Cabaret

Last night was Danielle's first solo cabaret... here are some pictures we took:

 

 

For more picures from the cabaret check out the gallery, more will be added soon:

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27

Jun

* New WhatsOnStage Interview *

A Few Of My Favourite Things: Danielle Hope

So Danielle what is your favourite...

 

Film

Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge. I grew up watching and singing along to this film and I think between this and Disney it is one of the reasons I started to sing (a solo version of the elephant love medley being a personal favourite haha). I adore Paris and I think the costumes and the way the movie is shot is so decadent. I have to admit when I visited the actual Moulin Rouge for the first time I was a tiny bit disappointed Ewan McGregor wasn't swinging from the top of it.

 

Place to hang out in London?

I adore being near water and anywhere along the Thames is ok by me. There is so much to do and see and also many a bench available if you just need a great place to take ten minutes for yourself.

 

Restaurant? (What would you order?)

I would definitely have to say Bills. I visit this restaurant more than any other and there is ALWAYS one by many of the theatres in the West End. It's the perfect between show pit stop and a great place to take visiting family and friends. (It's a simple fish finger sandwich and an elderflower cordial for me usually)

 

Holiday Destination?

Just has to be NYC. My favourite place in the universe after home. Although most of the time it feels like I'm returning home when I visit.

 

Play/Musical that you have seen?

I can NEVER answer this question as I have been lucky enough to have seen SO much amazing theatre in my life so far, so I will pick something quite recent to narrow it down for myself. I was so inspired when I saw Jason Robert Brown's Bridges of Madison County on Broadway, it was so simple and just so beautifully scored and sung, it really touched my heart and I have been addicted to the soundtrack since. I also have been lucky enough to see Miss Saigon twice already in London and it is just gorgeous, so if you can get to see it take your tissues and your friends!

 

Theatre to visit?

The Palladium is such a special theatre to me that whenever I return to either watch a show or just pop in for a walk around it always fills me with the warmest fondest memories. I am forever inspired and grateful to this theatre for everything it gave me during my very first west end experience.

 

Theatre to Work in?

I think it's such a different experience performing in various theatres, I don't think there are two the same. I could never say one more than another however, I do know I am so excited to finally get the opportunity to perform at the Manchester Palace Theatre in my home town this autumn In Joseph though, as I have never done a show in Manchester yet!

 

Actress/Actor?

I admire so many performers in this industry for so many of their endless talents and have been inspired throughout my life by lots of them. One Actor in particular though helped, shaped, inspired, nurtured, taught and cared for me throughout one of the biggest challenges and adventures at the start of my career. Michael Crawford will always be a theatre, TV, film and recording legend but also I am so proud to call him my friend and mentor. He is not only one of the most crazily talented and versatile performers I have come across, he is generous with his time and love for the industry and the people within it too. Michael will always be one of my favourite people.

 

Source: WhatsOnStage

 

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22

Jun

* New Video *

Danielle at West End Live 2014

Danielle performed 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' as part of West End Live's '10 from 10' cabaret special for their 10th anniversary

 

Here's the video of Danielle's performance:

3

Jun

* New Announcement *

Danielle cast in UK Tour of Joseph

Danielle has been cast as Narrator in the upcoming UK Tour for 'Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'.

The cast includes former X Factor finalist Lloyd Daniels as Joseph and Eastenders' Matt Lapinskas as Pharaoh. The tour starts on the 23rd July in Windsor.

 

Official UK Tour 2014 Dates

21 Jul - 2 Aug: Theatre Royal, Windsor

4 - 9 Aug: Cliffs Pavillion, Southend

12 - 23 Aug: Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin

25 - 30 Aug: Hall for Cornwall, Truro

2 - 6 Sep: New Victoria Theatre, Woking

15 - 20 Sep: Regent Theatre, Stoke

22 - 27 Sep: Churchill Theatre, Bromley

30 Sep - 4 - Oct: Opera House, Cork

7 - 11 Oct: Sands Theatre, Carlisle

14 - 18 Oct: Empire Theatre, Liverpool

21 - 25 Oct: Palace Theatre, Manchester

28 Oct - 1 Nov: Theatre Royal, Norwich

4 - 8 Nov: Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

25 - 29 Nov: Swan, High Wycombe

17 - 22 Nov: Civic Theatre, Darlington

 

For more information about the UK Tour and to Book Tickets Go To:

http://www.kenwright.com/index.php?id=638

2

Jun

* New Interview *

Danielle on RadioJiblets.com

Danielle was a special guest on RadioJiblets.com discussing 'Over the Rainbow,

her upcoming cabaret and answering fan questions

 

Listen to the Interview now:

1

Jun

* Radio Jiblets *

Danielle is a Special Guest

Danielle will be a special guest on Radio Jiblets tomorrow at 8.00pm, send in questions for her by tweeting @radiojiblets or fill in the form on their website

 

Listen online via the website: http://www.radiojiblets.com/

30

May

* New Announcement *

Danielle To Perform at West End Live

Danielle has been announced as a performer at this year's West End Live.

 

Danielle's West End Live Tweet

 

No performance day or time has been confirmed yet, we will update when

more details are released.

 

This year West End Live is on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd June in Trafalgar Square

For more information visit: http://www.westendlive.co.uk/

25

May

One Month To Go:

An Evening With Danielle Hope

Not long now until Danielle's first headlining cabaret, to book your tickets Click Here

 

Evening with Danielle Hope

 

Date & Time: Thursday 26th June, 11.00pm

Venue: The Delfont Room, Prince of Wales Theatre, London

19

May

* New Interview *

Danielle Hope and Jon Robyns have Tea With Wilma

Danielle Hope and Jon Robyns are about to star in a production of Jason Robert Browns musical, The Last Five Years, at Greenwich Theatre. I had a quick chat with them over a cup of tea about the show and themselves.

 

For those who may not be familiar with you work, can you tell me about yourself and some of your career highlights?

Danielle - I'm best known for winning BBC's Over The Rainbow when I was 17 and then playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. After that, I played Eponine in Les Miserables in the West End.

Jon - I've been working professionally in musical theatre for ten years and in that time have performed in the West End in shows such as Les Miserables, Spamalot and the original London cast of Avenue Q.

 

You are about the star in a production of the well loved musical The Last Five Years at Greenwich Theatre. Can you tell me what the show is about and the character that you play?

The Last Five Years is about two New Yorkers, Cathy and Jamie, who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Jamie's story is told chronologically while Cathy's is told in retrograde. Danielle plays Cathy, who is an aspiring actress and Jon plays a novelist who achieves success very quickly.

 

If you were going to write a musical about your life, what would it be called? Danielle - Late Nights and Early Mornings

Jon - Cereal for Dinner: The Musical

 

Do you have a favourite Musical Theatre show or song that means a lot to you? Danielle - Mary Poppins because the movie was a huge part of my childhood and the show has always felt like pure magic to me.

Jon - One Day More at the end of the first act of Les Mis because it never got old.

 

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?

Danielle - during Munchkinland, Toto found himself in a tricky situation and needed to use the Yellow Brick Road as a bathroom. I also fell over after singing 'Over the Rainbow' the first time my mum watched the show.

Jon - I fall over a lot on stage, but the worst time was probably at the Menier when I had to push backwards on a wheeled chair, but the brakes had been left on, so I tipped back and ended up in a heap on the floor.

 

If you were going to name a pet after a musical theatre character, would would it be?

Danielle - I'd have a fish called Flounder so I could be the Disney princess Ariel.

Jon - I'd like a pet chinchilla called Schmuel – if you come and see The Last Five Years you'll understand what I mean…

 

Interview Source

 

Read West End Wilma's Review of 'The Last 5 Years' - Click Here

19

May

* The Argus Article *

Cult musical The Last Five Years visits Brighton Fringe before a big-screen adaptation hits cinemas later this year

JASON Robert Brown's innovative Drama Desk Award-winning musical is currently a cult favourite in the UK, but with the imminent release of a new cinematic version it may reach a wider audience. Before all the silver screen hype begins, the Greenwich Theatre has teamed up with production company As Told By to stage the show in the UK for one last time, including a brief stay at the Brighton Fringe.

 

The Last Five Years details a relationship from both sides of the story – with the male wannabe novelist Jamie starting from their first meeting, and his struggling actress partner Cathy working backwards through time from after they have broken up. "It's like a one-woman show and a one-man show that meet in the middle," says Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope, who has left the yellow brick road and the role of Eponine in Les Misérables behind to play Cathy. "It is so well-written. It takes you on an amazing emotional journey, with the mood constantly changing from song to song."

 

The only time Hope and her co-star Jon Robyns share a stage is when Jamie proposes and they get married. "The audience come away from the show piecing it together and experiencing the emotional journey," says Robyns, who last appeared in Brighton as part of the Spamalot cast. His CV includes West End roles in Les Misérables and the original London production of Avenue Q. "It's very clever in juxtaposing the miserable and the elated at the same time – the show feels bittersweet all the way through. The only bit of light is in the centre when they get married. "Almost every song is a soliloquy – either an internal monologue to the audience or performed to an imaginary character. In rehearsals we are working with the other actor in front of us, so we can get the feel of how it is to talk directly to somebody."

Both were already fans of the show – Hope had a copy of the soundtrack at college and used Brown's songs in showcases and revues. Meanwhile Robyns saw a 2006 production in London's Menier Chocolate Factory, starring Lara Pulver and Damian Humbley – admitting they are big boots to fill. "I'm a massive fan of the show," he says. "It's a real inspiration for how shows should be constructed and how imaginative they can be, especially with the jukebox musicals that were coming out at the same time."

 

For the Brighton shows, the intimacy of the story is set to be underlined by the sole piano backing from musical director Michael Riley. When The Guide spoke to them, the pair were on a break from the early stages of rehearsals with director Katie Pesskin, ahead of yesterday's opening night in Greenwich. "We did the whole thing chronologically so we could get a feel of what the world of the relationship would be like – it was really helpful figuring it out," says Hope. "You have to keep in your time frame. When I finish my opening song, Still Hurting, I have to stand in the wings and hear Jamie sing about his Shiksa Goddess at the start of the relationship. "It's about keeping your own energy so the dynamic shift is clear between the songs. We don't want to spoonfeed the audience – we let them discover it in their own way."

 

Written by Duncan Hall - Article Source

 

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14

May

* New Video *

Danielle performing 'Always'

Danielle was a performer at Scott Alan's Hippodrome concert on the 13th May,

Singing 'Always'

 

08

May

* New Photos *

The Last 5 Years Promo Pics

New promo pics for 'The Last 5 Years' have been released:

 

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Source: BroadwayWorld - Photo Credit: Joseph Sinclair

03

May

* New Interview *

'The Curtain Up' Show

Here is 'The Curtain Up' show interview with Danielle, Jon Robyns &

Katie Pesskin from 'The Last 5 Years'

 

 

Download an MP3 of the Interview

Click Here

01

May

* New Radio Interview *

Danielle on 'The Curtain Up' Show

Danielle will be on 'The Curtain Up' show tomorrow (Friday) at 4.00pm

with Jon Robyns & Katie Pesskin from 'The Last 5 Years'

 

The show is on Resonance FM - 104.4 FM

Link to Website To Listen Online

29

Apr

* New Event *

An Evening With Danielle Hope

Danielle has been announced to headline an intimate cabaret evening at The Delfont Room.

 

Evening with Danielle Hope

 

Date & Time: Thursday 26th June, 11.00pm

Venue: The Delfont Room, Prince of Wales Theatre, London

 

To Book Tickets for Danielle's Cabaret Click Here

 

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26

Apr

* Happy 22nd Birthday Danielle *

 

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19

Apr

* Forum Project*

 

There's a project we would like everybody to take part in

All details can be found in the forum

 

Link To Forum Topic

26

Mar

* News *

Danielle to play Cathy in 'The Last 5 Years'

Danielle has been cast as Cathy in 'The Last 5 Years' with Jon Robyns as Jamie.

 

The show will be playing for a strictly limited run in London and Brighton,

starting from the 15th May. See dates and ticket prices below:

 

Greenwich Theatre, London
15th - 16th May 2014 - 8.00pm
17th May 2014 - 2.30pm & 8.00pm
Box Office - 020 8858 7755

www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk
Tickets - £16 full, £11 concessions (including booking fee)

 

The Warren Theatre, Brighton
21st - 22nd May 2014 - 7.30pm
24th May 2014 - 4.00pm
Box Office - 01273917272

www.brightonfringe.org.uk
Tickets - £11, £9.50 concessions

 

For More Details About The Production

~ CLICK HERE ~

 

BroadwayWorld Article

21

Jan

Snow White & Her Prince visits

Birmingham Children's Hospital

Danielle and John Partridge visited the Birmingham Children's Hospital to present a cheque

and took a tour to visit children and staff in the Neurology Ward.

 

Read the whole article and see more photos

~ CLICK HERE ~

 

21

Jan

* New Event *

You'll Never Walk Alone - The West End Unites For The Philippines

Danielle has been announced as a performer at this event. Also added are:

Pasha and Katya (BBC's Strictly Come Dancing), Cynthia Erivo (The Colour Purple, I Can't Sing!) Cassidy Janson (Lend Me a Tenor, Candide) and Francine Lewis (ITV's Britain's Got Talent).
Avenue Q original London cast members Jon Robyns (Les Miserables, Spamalot), Simon Lipkin (Rock of Ages, I Can't Sing!), Julie Atherton (The Last Five Years, Sister Act) and Giles Terera (The Book of Mormon) will also be sharing the stage with the likes of Princeton and Kate Monster for a special reunion performance.
They join the previously announced Joanna Riding, Hannah Waddingham, Julie Atherton, Joseph Apostol, Hugh Maynard, Michael Xavier and Emmanuel Vass. The concert will also featuring an ensemble of Filipino performers and a magnificent on stage band. 

 

Event is on Sunday 2nd March at the Queens Theatre, London - 7.30pm

 

~ About the Show ~

On 7 November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most intense tropical storms ever to make landfall anywhere in the world, struck the Philippines. Millions were affected by torrential rain, winds of over 140mph and flooding of up to 15 feet, devastating coastal areas. Over 14 million people have had their lives torn apart, with approximately 590,000 homes completely destroyed and well over 4 millionpeople forcibly displaced due to the destruction.

You'll Never Walk Alone - The West End Unites for the Philippines is a one-night only gala concert in support of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which brings together 14 of the UK's leading aid charities to raise money in order to quickly reach those in need. The money raised will contribute to the on-going need for emergency shelter, clean water and food as well as helping survivors rebuild their lives.

The event has been instigated by the UK based Filipino theatre community, many of whom moved to the United Kingdom in the 1990's to take part in the original production of Miss Saigon, the worldwide smash-hit musical produced by British theatre impresario, Cameron Mackintosh.

Promising an unforgettable evening of music and comedy and lead by a cast of Britain's brightest stars of the West End and beyond, You'll Never Walk Alone will be an uplifting reminder of the importance of collaboration and the fact that theatre really can make a difference. The concert will also featuring an ensemble of Filipino performers and a magnificent on stage band.

You'll Never Walk Alone is produced by Paul Spicer and Matt Firth for Stage Acts Productions with the kind support of Cameron Mackintosh and Delfont Mackintosh Theatres.

 

~ Click Here To Book Tickets ~

Sources: WestEnd Frame & WestEnd Unites

08

Jan

* New Interview *

Danielle on BBC Radio Stoke

A new interview with Danielle on BBC Radio Stoke, talking about playing

Snow White at the Birmingham Hippodrome

 

01

Jan

* New Video *

Danielle on 'Gok Does Panto'

Here is a compilation of Danielle's scenes from the TV Special 'Gok Does Panto'

 

 

Screenshots of the TV Special can be found in the Gallery

 

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24

Dec

* Panto Reviews *

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

Check out some reviews for Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs:

 

Scott Bird - The Theatre Blog

Linzi Grant

The Public Reviews

British Theatre Guide

Behind the Arras

19

Dec

* Panto Opening *

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

Snow White Pic

 

Danielle starts her run as Snow White today in the Birmingham Hippodrome,

the show is on until Sunday the 2nd February 2014

* For Tickets Click Here *

 

There's a New Podcast Interview featuring Danielle starting at the 12.37 min mark

* Click Here for the Interview *

 

12

Dec

* TV Alert *

'Gok Does Panto' on Channel 4

There will be a behind the scenes TV Show on 'Snow White' following Gok Wan and his preparations for the panto. Looks likely that Danielle may feature in this.

 

Show Summary:

Gok Wan signs up to star in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Birmingham Hippodrome as he attempts to fulfil a lifelong dream of becoming a star of the stage.

 

Appearing alongside fellow cast members John Partridge, Stephanie Beacham and Gary Wilmot, and under the watchful eye of panto director Michael Harrison, Gok has three weeks to get ready as he learns to sing and master the art of flying on a wire.

 

From building the set to creating the costumes, the magic of this Christmas tradition is revealed and the enduring appeal of panto explored.

But will the pressure of delivering a solo show-stopping tune and a succession of against-the-clock costume changes prove too much for the fashion expert?

 

The show will be on Monday 30th December on Channel 4 at 7.05pm

 

02

Dec

*New Video*

Danielle singing 'Roar'

Here's a video of Danielle performing the Katy Perry song 'Roar' at the 'Tatler Magazine & WWF Gala' in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday 29th November

 

 

Video source: Forever Dance Crew

26

Nov

*Christmas Project*

 

Check out the forum for details of a special Christmas project

 

~ Forum Link ~

 

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26

Nov

*New Video*

Snow White - Blooper Reel

Out-takes and bloopers from filming the cast of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' for the upcoming panto at Birmingham Hippodrome 

 

26

Nov

*New Video*

Danielle Performing 'In His Eyes' with Karina Webb

 A video from a school master class, with Danielle and Katrina Webb singing 'In His Eyes'

 

02

Nov

*New Audio*

Danielle's Interview on BBC Radio Stoke

Here is Danielle's interview with James Watts on BBC Radio Stoke discussing 'Over the Rainbow' and all her other various upcoming projects.

 

23

Oct

*New Video*

Danielle singing 'All I Need'

Here is the video of Danielle's 'All I Need' performance from the Jonathan Reid Gealt concert on the 15th September

 

19

Oct

*New Event*

Danielle to Perform at 'The S & S Award Presentation'

Danielle has been announced as a performer at 'The S & S Award Presentation'

 

About the Awards:

The S&S Award Presentation – An Evening of New Musical Theatre Writing

 

The S&S Award is the new name for The Sidney Brown Memorial Award, inaugurated by the bookwriter/lyricist Warner Brown in honour of his late parents, the hoteliers Sidney and Sylvia Brown.  The Award goes to the best new unproduced musical of 2013.

The evening spotlights a cast of West End names performing songs from an amazing range of new shows commended by a panel of the industry’s movers-and-shakers.  A surprise celebrity guest will present the Award to the writers of the winning show, “Forest Boy”, and an extract from the show will be featured – revealing a startlingly original new work.

 

Event Details: Sunday 24th November at 7.30pm

Venue: St James Theatre, London

 

~ Click Here for Ticket Information ~

14

Oct

*New Interview*

Danielle's Interview from Birmingham Panto Launch

Here is an interview with Danielle from the Birmingham Hippodrome on the 23rd September on Panto Launch day, Danielle talks about her role as Snow White and how she got the part:

 

~ Click Here for Source ~

Interview from http://franontheatre.blogspot.co.uk/

 

12

Oct

*New Audio*

Danielle's Interview on BBC Radio Oxford

If you missed Danielle's interview this morning here is the audio...

 

10

Oct

*Radio Alert*

Interview on BBC Radio Oxford

Danielle will be interviewed on BBC Radio Oxford on Saturday from 6am

 

9

Oct

*News*

Danielle nominated for a BroadwayWorld UK Award

Danielle has been nominated in the category 'Best Performance In A Long-Running West End Show Actress' for her role as Eponine in Les Miserables

 

To vote and see the current voting statistics CLICK HERE

 

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7

Oct

*New Video*

Danielle on 'Pointless Celebrities'

Here are highlights of Danielle on the 'Pointless Celebrities' West End Special:

 

 

~ Click Here to Discuss this on the Forum ~

29

Sep

*TV Alert*

Danielle on 'Pointless Celebrities'

Danielle's episode of 'Pointless Celebrities' will air on Saturday 5th October

at 5.30pm on BBC One

 

The West End special will also feature the following stars: Jodie Prenger, Gary Wilmot,

Kerry Ellis, Tim Rice, Paul Nicholas, Ben Forster and Richard Blackwood

24

Sep

*Website News*

Forum Upgraded & Gallery Updated

Our forum has now been upgraded, please check your emails for your new password to login to the forum. You will be able to change your password once you have logged in.

 

Our Photo Gallery has been updated with photos from yesterday's press launch of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'

 

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23

Sep

*New Announcement*

Danielle to play Snow White

Danielle is to play Snow White in this years production of 'Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs' in Birmingham.

 

 

Danielle with John Partridge:

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Danielle and the cast:

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Pic Sources: Link

 

To find out more about the show & to buy tickets: CLICK HERE

 

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23

Sep

*New Videos*

Danielle's performances from 'Collaborations

Here are some videos of Danielle's performances from last nights 'Collaborations'

concert in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

 

The songs are written by Elliot Davis & Andrew Drewe.

 

18

Sep

*New Audio*

Danielle singing 'All I Need'

Here's an audio of Danielle singing 'All I Need' from the Jonathan Reid Gealt

concert on Sunday 15th September:

 

16

Sep

*New Project*

ATG Workshop

Danielle is involved in a new workshop, see the tweets below:

 

 

Source: https://twitter.com/SimGProductions

10

Sep

DanielleHope.co.uk Website

 

Danielle's official website has been relaunched today... check out the new design:

 

 

Link: DanielleHope.co.uk

04

Sep

* Upcoming Gig *

TransAtlantic: Jonathan Reid Gealt, Craig Adams

& Steven Luke Walker

Danielle has been added to the line-up of another Jonathan Reid Gealt gig on Saturday 14th September at St James Theatre.

 

Gig Poster

 

For more information and to book tickets CLICK HERE

 

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19

Aug

* Upcoming Gig *

COLLABORATIONS: The Songs of Elliot Davis

COLLABORATIONS: The songs of Elliot Davis written with Anthony Drewe, George Stiles, Graham Gouldman (10cc), Stephen Clark and James Bourne (Busted).

 

Performed on the night by the finest performers from the West End including:

Julie Atherton, Paul Baker, James Bourne, Robbie Boyle, Cassie Compton, Danielle Hope, Gary Kemp, James Rhodes, Jenna Russell, Caroline Sheen, Joss Slovick, Kara Tointon and Michael Xavier.

 

Writer and composer ELLIOT DAVIS was Olivier Nominated for best musical for LOSERVILLE. His other musicals include SOHO CINDERS, OUT THERE, BEST FRIENDS AND BUTTERFLIES. He has collaborated with some of the best songwriters and artists working in the theatre and pop industry.

COLLABORATIONS brings together some of the best songwriters in the music industry with some of the best performers currently working in the West End.

 

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Produced by Paulden Hall Productions in association with SimG Productions.

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Sunday 22nd September at St James Theatre

The evening performance is already sold out but tickets are available for the 4pm matinee performance.

 

For more information and to book tickets CLICK HERE

15

Aug

* Upcoming Gig *

Here For You: Jonathan Reid Gealt in concert

Danielle will be performing at the upcoming Jonathan Reid Gealt concert on Sunday 15th September at St James Theatre.

Gig Poster

 

For more information and to book tickets CLICK HERE

28

Jul

* New Article in the Sunday Express*

 

Queen of the swingers! Danielle Hope flies high on trapeze

By: Clare Heal


THE 21-year-old won Lord Lloyd-Webber's 2010 show Over The Rainbow and the part of Dorothy in a West End production of The Wizard Of Oz. She has just finished a run as Eponine...


WHEN I was growing up in Manchester my nana and my grandad used to take me to see Cirque du Soleil when it came to town on tour. We went every year and it became a bit of a family tradition.

I was probably about nine when we first went and I just loved all of the trapeze work. It is so impressive and to a child it looks impossible, like magic.

You just think: "How on earth are they doing that?" Then when Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies was on in the West End, it reignited something in me. It was set in Coney Island, New York's amusement park, and had loads of circus stuff in it.

Last summer, a friend of mine mentioned something about circus schools and I did a bit of internet research and found the Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze School in London's Regent's Park, which is really near me so I thought I would give it a go and did my first lesson last autumn.

It's the whole flying through the air thing, the spectacle and the risk of it, that attracts me to the trapeze. I don't know quite why because I am scared of heights. There's a huge ladder that you have to climb to get up to the platform. Then you just have to reach for the swing and go for it.

I said to the instructor that the ladder was probably the scariest bit of the whole lesson. Actually getting on the trapeze and hanging upside down: absolutely fine. Climbing up there: terrified.

I just kept looking at each bar and thinking: "You must do this because you're going to get on a giant swing in a second and do something you have wanted to do since you were nine years old." Also, there were children in the class and they were fearless so I thought I would look really daft if I chickened out.

Sadly an injury meant that I had to give up after only a few lessons so I've only just started again. I can do one trick.

I'm not sure what it's called but you tuck up like you're doing a roly-poly, put your knees on to the bar so you're upside down hanging from your knees and then you do a little somersault off the bar and land. Hopefully next time I do it I'll do it with a catcher, a professional, on the other side.

The fascinating thing is that timing is so important. If you are a little bit late getting your knees on to the bar then the other person's swing will be going at a different time to you and you won't be caught. The precision and control that they have is amazing. To watch them demonstrate it, it's great.

It uses so many muscles you can't move the day after because you're so stiff and aching but it's so much fun. I'm so glad I did it.

At the moment it is just a hobby, fulfilling an inner passion and interest. It's something really different for me so I couldn't honestly say I have any expectation of being able to join Cirque du Soleil. Although if they want me, I'm here!

I love acting and that is definitely what I want to focus on with my career but if I got to a decent standard on the trapeze and was offered a part in which I could use those skills too, that would be great.

I haven't got any other circus skills. I remember thinking about running away to join the circus when I was a child but then realising that I couldn't do any of the necessary tricks and that I would get stuck sweeping up the elephant poo or something.

I would also love to learn the aerial silks. Those are the long lengths of fabric that hang from the ceiling and performers wrap themselves up in it and roll up and down. I would love to have a lesson in that. The core strength of the people who do it is amazing. I end up cocooned in the air like a kind of caterpillar and have to get someone to come and get me down.

The trapeze demands so much physical strength but when I've built it up maybe I'll have a proper go at the silks as well.

At the moment I'm working on getting my timing right so I can be caught and then I would like to be able to do a small routine. Everyone is very careful and there are massive safety nets and harnesses. I hope one day I'll be good enough to do it without a harness. The thought is scary but amazing.

 

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03

Jul

* Upcoming gig *

Speckulation Acoustic Sessions: Andy Coxon

Date & Time:

Sunday 14th July, 8pm

Venue:

The Pheasantry
Chelsea, London

 

Danielle will be performing as a special guest at Andy Coxon's acoustic sessions gig.

 

For more information and to book tickets, click the link:

http://www.speckulationentertainment.com/andycoxonacoustic.html

21

Jun

* Forum Announcement*

Lefora migrating to Yuku

Our forum host Lefora will soon be migrated to the Yuku platform.

The Yuku environment offers better servers and improved software, and will provide Lefora admin and users with an enhanced forum experience on a software platform that is actively developed and continually supported and updated by the engineering team.

 

What you need to know:

* The URL for the forum will change so you would need to update your bookmarks to the new address.

* Please make sure your email address associated with the Lefora account is up to date and valid, as all members will be sent emails immediately after migration with new passwords.

* There will be some forum downtime when migration happens: between 15 mins to several hours, depending on the size of the forum.

 

For more information see our forum ~ Click Here ~

12

Jun

* New Article*

PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A

PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: "Over the Rainbow" Winner and London Les Miz Star

Danielle Hope

 

Danielle fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and

pop-culture tidbits:

~ Click Here for Article ~

 

12

Jun

3 Days to go!

 

Danielle's run as Eponine ends on Saturday 15th June 2013, there's still time to leave a message for her scrapbook, deadline is Thursday 13th June...

Please send messages to @DanielleProject or email: daniellehopeproject@yahoo.co.uk

 

25

May

3 Weeks left to see Danielle as Eponine

 

Book your tickets now to see Danielle as Eponine in 'Les Miserables' before her last performance on Saturday 15th June 2013

 

~ Click here to book tickets ~

25

May

We are 3 Years Old!

 

Happy Birthday to the Forum... We are now 3 years old!

 

05

May

* The Danielle Project*

 

Send your messages for Danielle's scrapbook to @DanielleProject

 

 

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26

Apr

*NEW EXCLUSIVE FORUM INTERVIEW *

Part 3

The final part of our exclusive interview with Danielle is now here!

 

*Click Here for Part 3 of the Interview*

 

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26

Apr

Happy 21st Birthday Danielle

From all at the Forum!

 

Send Danielle a birthday tweet... @DanielleHope26

24

Apr

*New Audio*

Danielle talks Accents and American TV

Here's an exclusive audio taken from our interview with Danielle:

24

Apr

*Special Project*

2 days to go...

Only 2 days left to get involved in our special little project...

Sign into the forum and click the link for more details:

*LINK*

24

Apr

*New Video*

Danielle on 'The Many Faces of Michael Crawford'

Danielle made an appearance on the BBC programme 'The Many Faces of Michael Crawford' talking about her former 'The Wizard of Oz' co-star...

 

22

Apr

*NEW EXCLUSIVE FORUM INTERVIEW *

Part 2

Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Danielle is now here!

 

*Click Here for Part 2 of the Interview*

 

 

* Watch this space for Part 3... coming soon! *

19

Apr

*NEW EXCLUSIVE FORUM INTERVIEW *

Part 1

The brand new forum exclusive interview with Danielle is now here!

 

*Click Here for Part 1 of the Interview*

 

 

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17

Apr

*New Video*

Danielle Greets the Forum

Here's a brand new video greeting from Danielle to the forum...

Danielle Hope Greets the Forum 2013

17

Apr

*New Video*

'What London Theatre Means To Me'

Danielle celebrates the Oliviers by telling us what London theatre means to her...

 

04

Apr

*New Video*

'The Price of NYC' from Concrete Jungle Album launch

Check out the video of 'The Price of NYC' from Bobby Cronin's 'The Concrete Jungle' Album launch featuring Danielle, Cynthia Erivo, Tash Holway, Sarah Naudi & Natalie Bush

 

27

Mar

*New Video*

'Lucky In Love' from Concrete Jungle Album launch

Check out the video of 'Lucky in Love' from Bobby Cronin's 'The Concrete Jungle' Album launch featuring Danielle, Rebecca Trehearn and Olivia Philip

 

07

Mar

The Concrete Jungle Album featuring Danielle

released on iTunes

To hear a preview of the songs featuring Danielle or to buy it, head over to iTunes now

~ LINK HERE ~

 

Danielle is featured on two tracks:

4. Lucky in Love (feat. Danielle Hope, Olivia Phillip, Rebecca Trehearn & Ensemble)

 

15. Reasons/Finale (feat. Rebecca Trehearn, Alex Gaumond, Olivia Phillip,

Dean Chisnall, Nick Adams, Jos Slovick, Danielle Hope & Ensemble)

 

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To mark the release of the CD there will be a concert on the 24th March at St James Theatre Studio, where Danielle is scheduled to perform:

 

Click here to book tickets: LINK

 

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21

Feb

*New Videos*

Danielle's acceptance speech at WhatsOnStage Awards

Here are some videos from the WhatsOnStage Awards 2013...

The first video is Danielle's acceptance speech for picking up Les Miserables' 'Best West End show' award. The second video has highlights of the award ceremony with a short backstage interview with Danielle.

 

19

Feb

Whats On Stage Awards 2013

 

Unfortunately Danielle didn't win for 'Best Takeover in a Role' but she was there to represent for the cast of 'Les Miserables' as they picked up the award for Best West End Show!

 

Check out our gallery for more Danielle photos from the event

 

Picture Sources: Wooller, Zimbio & ContactMusic

18

Feb

Shout Out from Danielle...

 

 

Thanks Danielle!

10

Feb

*New Interview*

Danielle on the Gordon Burns show

This morning Danielle was interview by Gordon Burns on his radio show for BBC Radio Manchester... Listen to the interview here:

 

 

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06

Feb

A year ago...

 

06

Feb

Danielle performance at

The Concrete Jungle Concert

Bobby Cronin celebrates the release of The Concrete Jungle International Studio Recording with a concert featuring songs from the album as well as a handful of tunes from his other musicals including ‘Til Death Do Us PartW2ML, & Sunset City.

 

Date: Sunday 24th March at 7.30pm

Venue: St James Theatre

 

Link to Source & Link to Buy Tickets

30

Jan

Danielle to perform 'The Music of Lee Freeman' at the Landor Theatre

 

*Update*

Tickets are available to buy.

Go to the website & select 'musicals', then 'from page to stage'... from the drop down box select 'Sun 3rd (Lee Freeman) 7.30pm' and add to cart.

 

Link to buy tickets: http://www.landortheatre.co.uk/

Link to source

12

Jan

* Forum Exclusive *

Happy New Year Message from Danielle

Head over to the forum in the 'News' section to read a special New Year's message from Danielle to all the forum members...

 

Link here: Forum

20

Dec

* New Video *

The Muppets Christmas Carol Medley

Danielle and Les Miserables cast members sing 'The Muppets Christmas Carol Medley' at

'A West End Christmas 2012' concert

19

Dec

*New Photos*

West End Voices Concert

Danielle singing at the West End Voices Concert on the 16th December 2012

Photos taken by Darren Bell, see his website for more concert photos: http://www.darrenbellphotography.com/blog/2012/12/18/west-end-voices-concert/

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08

Dec

*Vote for Danielle!*

WhatsOnStage.com Awards 2013

Danielle has been nominated for 'Best Takeover in a Role' for playing Eponine in Les Miserables.

To vote for Danielle click here: http://awards.whatsonstage.com/awards/vote


Some photos from the WhatsOnStage Awards Launch Party:

Source: Wooller.com

08

Dec

Danielle & the West End cast of Les Miserables attend the Les Miserables World Film Premiere

Watch the West End Les Miserables cast walk the red carpet:

30

Nov

*New Photo*

Danielle singing at Adams Park

Photo of Danielle singing at the London Wasps game last Sunday:

Danielle singing at Adams Park

Source: http://twitter.yfrog.com/ocvrdaoj via benBAMwilliams

 

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19

Nov

*New Radio Interview*

Danielle on the Nick Coffer show

Listen to Danielle's interview with Nick Coffer discussing 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Les Miserables' and her upcoming gig on Sunday at the London Wasps Rugby game:

 

19

Nov

Danielle to perform at the London Wasps game

on 25th November 2012

Danielle will perform before and after the game in the Wasps Nest at Adams Park this weekend.

She will also perform on the pitch at half-time.

 

Source: http://www.wasps.co.uk/news/Wasps33495.ink

Book Tickets: Click Here

19

Nov

* New Article*

West End star to sing at Wasps game

Source: Bucks Free Press By: Rebecca Cain

 

At the age of 20 Danielle Hope has already been a West End leading lady after winning an Andrew Lloyd Webber programme and is now starring in the iconic show Les Miserables, just as it is set to hit the big screen with Anne Hathaway. But the Manchester performer is still incredibly grounded and is looking forward to performing at Adams Park next weekend. She talks about Michael Crawford, Toto the dog and rugby.

 

I spoke to Danielle Hope whilst she was enjoying a well earned week off from her West End stint in Les Miserables playing Eponine. It was the last time she would get a holiday until February so she was at home in Manchester enjoying some family time. She was rocketed to stardom in 2010 , when she won the Andrew Lloyd Webber show, Over The Rainbow.

At the age of just 18 she came first and was given the role of Dorothy in the musical adaptation of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in the West End. And she said she was absolutely thrilled to land the role of Eponine this June.

She said: "I mean I could not have gone from two more different roles- from doing Dorothy to doing Eponine. "It is such a great challenge.

"I was absolutely thrilled when I got the opportunity to be a part of it.

"Obviously they are releasing a film so it is so exciting to be involved in it at this time."

Les Miserables is coming to the cinemas on January 11, 2013 and stars Anna Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman.

Danielle said: "I am a huge fan of Anne Hathaway. I love the things she has done."

And Samantha Barks is in it, who starred in another Andrew Lloyd Webber programme, coming third in I'd Do Anything in 2008. She will play Eponine in the film version.

"That was amazing to have one of us make it into a big film which was so exciting," Danielle said.

But she said starring in the West End when she landed the role of Dorothy actually turned out to be less demanding than the show.

She said: "Because I did the TV programme first- that was even more demanding in a completely different way. "At first I had to get used to that. "It was every day. We had Mondays off but in a competition style environment you can never relax until it's over."

And she said rehearsals for the West End show are 10am-8pm, but when they are performing they rehearse 1- 5pm and get ready for the show at 6.30pm and finish at 10.30pm.

She said: "When we do rehearsals we have got to wake up with the rest of the world- that seems really backward!"

When she moved to London she lived on her own for the first two years, which she said she didn't find too much of a shock as she always helped out at home. She left the Wizard of Oz show in February which she said was very said but her and co-star Michael Crawford, who played the Wizard, had talked at length about it.

Danielle said: "It was something we felt we should go together as a pair as we started as a pair. I have a very special relationship with Michael.

"I see him like an Uncle. We felt we should go as one."

She said she loved working with the dogs who played Toto, who even had their own little dressing room, although there were a few tense moments.

She said: "My show was totally based around the dogs once I was onstage.

"If that dog got trapped or went in the wrong space that is kind of my fault.

"That responsibility for me was my main thing- to take care of them.

"He did pooh on stage once on the yellow brick road.

"One of the dancers had to come on and pick it up.

"It was the worst moment for everyone on stage."

She said the audience noticed when it was being cleaned up.

Danielle said: "I think that was the worst.. He was my favourite dog.

He was mortified. "He tucked his bum under and stood by my feet."

Once she left the Wizard of Oz she joined Les Mis in June. Her boyfriend, Robbie Boyle, is currently in Loserville, which she got to see on a rare day off.

 

Next weekend she is making a special guest appearance on Sunday, November 25 at London Wasps fixture against Leicester Tigers at Adams Park where she will be performing during the day.

She said her whole family love rugby.

She said: "I have never really watched it. I was always cooking Sunday dinner while the lads were watching." But she said she is really excited and rugby would be her sport of choice. She said: "I haven't done a gig or anything like that for a year. It is really nice to come down and do something completely different."

 

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19

Nov

~ Children in Need ~

POP Goes the Musical

Alexandra Burke took part in Children in Needs 'POP goes the musical' this year, singing 'On My Own' from Les Miserables

Here's the video of Alexandra preparing for her performance with a brief chat with Danielle:

 

17

Nov

Danielle to perform at 'Jingle Belles'

Christmas Charity concert in aid of Cancer Research

Female stars of the West End will be singing in aid of Cancer Research UK

Thursday 6th December - 11pm

Venue: Leicester Square Theatre

 

To book tickets follow the link:

http://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873485857/events

16

Nov

Danielle to sing at WEST END VOICES Christmas Charity concert in aid of Cancer Research

WEST END VOICES Christmas Charity Concert in aid of Cancer Research

Sunday 16th December - 7pm

Venue: St Paul's (The Actors Church) - Covent Garden

 

West End Voices present a fabulous festive evening of Christmas songs and carols performed by stars of the West End in aid of Cancer Research.Accompanied by the West End Masterclass Choir.

 

West End Stars confirmed to perform so far : Peter Polycarpou (Sweeney Todd), Michael Xavier (Love Story), Summer Strallen (Top Hat), Damian Humbley (The Last Five Years), Jess Parker (Seussical The Musical), Christian Billet (Phantom Of The Opera), Adrian Hansel (Hairspray), Danielle Hope (Wizard Of Oz), Layla Benn Harris (Phantom Of The Opera).

 

Tickets: £20 & £15 - To book go to: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/190600

 

 

Source: http://www.actorschurch.org/calendar.html

 

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03

Nov

*New Video*

Danielle singing 'And There It Is' by Scott Alan

Last night Danielle performed at Scott Alan's impromptu concert in The Matcham Room at the Hippodrome Casino, London

 

 

* Download the mp3: Click Here *

18

Oct

*New Photos*

Danielle at the Loserville press night after party

Last night Danielle attended the after party for Loserville's press night:

 

 

Source: Wooller.com

02

Oct

*New Interview*

'Les Miserables' cast interview by UKTicketmaster

Check out the cast interview featuring Danielle, Sierra Boggess, Tam Mutu and Geronimo Rauch in the video below:

 

15

Sep

Danielle to feature on The Concrete Jungle album

 

Due to the overwhelming audience and industry response, THE CONCRETE JUNGLE, music & lyrics by Bobby Cronin, book by Bobby Cronin & Crystal Skillman, with additional material by Brett Teresa, Mark Petty & Angelyn Benson, will be recorded this month in London & New York.

This recording will present highlights of the original new musical THE CONCRETE JUNGLE, which was originally commissioned by Chris Hocking, Director of Musical Theatre at the prestigious Arts Educational School London (President: Andrew Lloyd Webber) for the graduating students of 2012.

 

A contemporary take on the Cyrano de Bergerac story with a female twist, THE CONCRETE JUNGLE is a romantic comedy of epic proportions, set in The Concrete Jungle Bar & Grill in New York City, where Abby, a nearing 30-year old Ivy League graduate, works while waiting for her writing career and love life to finally start. When Abby receives a phone call at work that changes her life forever, mistaken identity gets in the way as Abby searches deep within herself to expose her true self, flaws and all, to the man she loves.

 

The International Recording Cast includes: Rebecca Trehearn (Ghost, Love Story) as Abby; Alex Gaumond(We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde);Dean Chisnall (Shrek, Love Never Dies); Danielle Hope (Les Miserables, The Wizard Of Oz); Kate Shindle (Wonderland, Legally Blonde); Ross Hunter (Rock Of Ages, Legally Blonde); Olivia Philip (Ghost, Priscilla); Nick Adams (Priscilla, La Cage Aux Folles); Jos Slovick (Soho Cinders, Spring Awakening). Other characters will be played by members of the original Arts Ed cast.

The band is under the baton of West End musical director Mr. Michael Haslam.

Casting by Will Burton CDG for David Grindrod Associates.

 

Source: Broadwayworld.com article


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11

Sep

Official Les Miserables photos released

 

Check out Danielle as Eponine in these officially released pictures:

 

 

Source: PlayBill.com and BroadwayWorld.com

05

Sep

Danielle appearing at the 'Mercury Musical Developments
20th Anniversary Gala'

Date: Sunday 14th October 2012 at 8.00pm - Novello Theatre, London


Celebrating songs from British musicals past, present and future including Our Day Out (Willy Russell), Meantime (Douglas Hodge), Soapdish (Stiles & Drewe), French Without Tears (Charles Hart), The Buskers Opera (Dougal Irvine), The Go Between (Richard Taylor and David Wood), One Man Two Guvnors (Grant Olding), Mathilda (Tim Minchin), Billy (Don Black and John Barry), The Boyfriend (Sandy Wilson), A Day In Hollywood a Night In The Ukraine (Frank Lazarus and Dick Vosburgh) and many other shows by MMD Members.

Artists appearing include Michael Xavier, Janie Dee, Sally Anne Triplett, Haydn Gwynne, David Bedella, Paul Kaye and Jenna Russell. Maria Friedman, Danielle Hope and Michael Ball will present the Sidney Brown Memorial Award.

From its inception in 1992, MMD was the only writer-based organisation in Britain dedicated to the development and presentation of new musical theatre. Established from a core of 11 students who worked with Stephen Sondheim at Oxford University, the organisation now has over 260 members and this year joined the Arts Council England Portfolio in partnership with Musical Theatre Network. www.mercurymusicals.com

 

Book tickets here: http://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/Mercurymusical/default.asp

 

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31

Aug

*New Interview*

Eagle Radio West End Special

Les Miserables

After 27 sensational years in London's West End, Les Miserables is still one of the hottest tickets in town. Eagle Radio's Lewis Mason has been behind the scenes to catch up with Geronimo Rauch, who plays Jean Valjean, Danielle Hope, Sierra Boggess and Samantha Dorsey.

 

Download the interview here: Les Miserable Interview (26.06 MB, 28:28)

 

Source: http://www.964eagle.co.uk/podcastdirectory/curtaincall.php

23

Aug

*Interview*

Danielle Hope has Tea with Wilma

Danielle won the BBC's Over the Rainbow talent contest and went on to play the role of Dorothy in the West End production of Wizard of Oz. She is now playing Eponine in Les Miserables.

Danielle recently took a few minutes out of her day to have Tea With Wilma…

 

How would you describe yourself in 5 words or less?

A dreamer, risk taker, a friend.

 

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

Not really, theatre can sometimes be so unpredictable so I don't like to create any strict routines.

 

Can you tell us about the last time something went wrong on stage?

My last show as Dorothy, we lost most of the power and did the show with no yellow brick road or moving set! But we had lots of fun telling the story!

 

What's your favourite song in this show?

Probably One Day More because it's a little bit of everyone's character and is the only time everyone is on stage together.

 

Apart from the show you are in, what current show in London's West End would you love to work on?

It's not on but I'd love to do Mary Poppins and if if I were a boy Albert in War Horse (I said I was a dreamer!)

 

What West End show would you like to see make a comeback and why?

There are so many!

 

What was the last West End show you saw (apart from the one you are in) and what did you think of it?

I saw Posh – a Laura Wade play and it was brilliant witty and clever.

 

 What's your favourite West End musical song of all time?

Oh I couldn't possibly say. I constantly change my mind!

 

Thank you for having Tea With Wilma

 

Source: http://www.westendwilma.com/danielle-hope-has-tea-with-wilma/

05

Aug

*New Article*

'Your Questions for Danielle Hope'

The current Les Miserables programme includes an interview with Danielle answering

some fan questions:

 

 

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02

Aug

*Updated*

Danielle's 'Les Miserables' Holiday Dates for 2012 - 2013

Please note Danielle will not be performing in 'Les Miserables' on the following dates:

 

9 - 12 August 2012

5 - 10 November 2012

14 - 16 February 2013

18 - 23 March 2013

22 - 30 April 2013

1st May 2013

The Over The Rainbow winner has left Oz behind for Revolutionary France and Les Misérables. Matthew Amer meets the star who brings the reality to TV casting while living her dream.

Think back two years. A fresh-faced 18-year-old has just triumphed in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s televised search for a Dorothy, Over The Rainbow. Danielle Hope’s life has changed forever.

Immediately, aptly enough, she was thrown into a whirlwind. From a life of worrying about A-levels in Manchester, she had already lived through the pressures and pains of starring in a publicly voted reality casting show. Now she had won, had a weight of expectation stacked on her young shoulders, was tossed into a world of interviews and press, given a three month crash course at Arts Educational then asked to lead a cast of musical theatre professionals including Michael Crawford and Hannah Waddingham on the stage of the London Palladium.

As life-changing events go, she may as well have been whisked away by a cyclone and deposited in a strange world. She isn’t in Manchester any more, but, pleasingly, she doesn’t want to go home.

She may have left the yellow brick road behind and said goodbye to the Scarecrow for the last time, but Hope is still very much thriving in the West End. She joined the cast of London theatre stalwart Les Misérables last month to play grubby street urchin Eponine who, short of a sex change, probably couldn’t be further away from the prim and proper Dorothy Gale.

“Eponine is probably closer to me,” says Hope as we chat backstage at the Queen’s theatre, the venue that has been home to London’s longest running musical since 2004. “I can relate to the unrequited love thing she’s going through; there was always one person that I would help and be best friends with, but they never looked at me that way.”

The young actress, who was “always one of the boys at school,” has a touch of that about her. Despite her long ebony locks that would have Rapunzel tugging her hair out with jealousy and a bubbly personality that is effortlessly effervescent, she is so amiable that you could easily miss the signals that slip from friendliness into something more.


She’s also remarkably honest and happy to admit her own faults. During the live rounds of Over The Rainbow, she sang On My Own, the iconic Les Mis tune that she now sings eight times a week and recently performed to a packed Trafalgar Square at West End LIVE. That first time, though, she was criticised by judges Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charlotte Church. She doesn’t remember the judges’ criticism, she says, because she was already criticising herself. Back then, she “didn’t have a big voice. I have it now because I retrained everything.”

When she auditioned for Les Mis, she took the heartbreaking song to her singing teacher: “Every time I sang it, I just cried. I got half way through and that was it. Something subconsciously was telling me ‘You can’t do this. It’s not in you.’ But I worked on it and worked on it and now the joy that I feel getting to sing this song eight shows a week, I love it and feel like I’ve progressed so much with it.”

Sitting opposite Hope as she tosses that unbelievably long hair and lounges back in wellies, it’s hard not to smile. She has an irrepressible enthusiasm that dissolves cynicism like cheery bleach on hardened lime scale.

“I love being here,” she says. “There’s so many things every day that puts it into perspective. I do this as a job. I’m 20 years old and I get to go and sing and play characters for a job. That’s what I make my living from!”

But don’t let that cheeriness fool you. She’s not the type of actress who puts it all down to being in the right place at the right time. “I don’t know what the word is; I want to say I’m grateful or thankful, but I know I’ve worked hard to be here.”

There are some who would say that, in fact, Hope had her chance delivered to her the easy way. She didn’t have to slog her way through university or drama school or work her way up through the ranks to get her first leading role. She just had to audition in front of millions of watching TV viewers week after week, constantly being judged by a nation of theatre fans. If, in fact, TV auditions are a fast track to success, it could have been the only way Hope’s talent would have been discovered. “I was auditioning for drama school as well,” she explains, “but if I hadn’t got a scholarship I just wouldn’t have been able to afford to go. Without that opportunity, without Andrew and the show, I wouldn’t be here and I’d still be a waitress somewhere hoping to move to London. That’s the reality of it.”

Despite the pressure that knowledge must have piled upon her and the unblinking glare of the spotlight focused on her, she still describes choosing to enter Over The Rainbow as “the best decision I’ve ever made. The TV show was amazing. There was no room for nerves. We were so busy and if you weren’t in hair and make up or doing a tech run or doing an interview for a VT, you were performing, so there wasn’t five minutes to sit on your own and think. I think you psyche yourself out if you do that. By the time you stood on the stairs, the credits were rolling and you were on.”


Had she looked at the other casting show winners and taken note of their decisions – Connie Fisher’s long association with The Sound Of Music, Jodie Prenger’s dabbling in presenting – I ask. She had, she answers, but not to the extent that it shaped any of hers. “I just thought ‘whatever comes my way, I’ll take it and roll with it. That’s the way I live life really, just see what door opens and be really honest.”

This is where it becomes clear that Hope was not your average 17-year-old when she first auditioned for Over The Rainbow, or your average 18-year-old when she won. She’s not in it for the fame, nor is she floundering in the world trying to find her path. She knows exactly what she wants her path, her own yellow brick road, to be. “I am an actress. That’s what I want to focus on. I can’t do Dorothy for five years; I’d be 23, 24 and there’s only so much they can do with make up. I knew that when I went in I would want to do Dorothy for a year and then move on.”

That is, of course, exactly what she did, leaving the show in February along with original co-star Crawford. It was then she got her first taste of ‘normal’ auditions, attending five or six, but knowing instinctively when the call came from Cameron Mackintosh and this year’s BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award winner Les Misérables that this was the right choice for her. “I think it’s a rite of passage,” she tells me. “To be part of this or Phantom [Of The Opera], longest running shows, if you’re in musical theatre and you get the opportunity I think you’d be daft not to take it.”

Fun and lively Hope might be, daft she surely isn’t. She’s all too aware that even though she has led a cast on one of London’s most prestigious stages, refers to Lord Lloyd Webber as Andrew and can now count Mackintosh among her list of admirers, she still has much to learn and is learning it from those experienced performers around her.

“I’m the youngest in this cast bar the children, but I don’t feel it because I take things on life experience and the things you’ve dealt with and the way you’ve dealt with them. I’ve always been like that. I grew up very quickly. I’m very lucky to be in the position I am, working so young, but I don’t take that lightly either. I learn so much more about characters and people and myself by learning on the job. I thrive on working.”

With that attitude, her reality show-winning talent and two of the West End’s most powerful producers supporting her along with the public, Hope won’t need the help of any wizards from now on.

 

Source: http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/backstage-pass/article/item147980/danielle-hope/

 

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30

Jun

* Video*

Danielle's sound check for 'On My Own' at West End Live

Check out the video of Danielle's sound check the day before West End Live and compare it to the performance on the day:

26

Jun

* New Video*

Danielle's interview on ITV's Loose Women

Danielle was on 'Loose Women' chatting about her journey from 'Over the Rainbow' to 'Les Miserables' - Watch the interview now:

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Pic: Danielle with Keith Duffy in the Green Room:

25

Jun

* New Interview*

Danielle on BBC Radio Manchester

Danielle was on the Gordon Burns show talking about 'Les Miserables'

Listen to the interview now:

24

Jun

Danielle & the cast of 'Les Miserables' at West End Live

 

Check out our new video of the cast of 'Les Miserables' performing at West End live, including Danielle singing 'On My Own'

Some pictures from West End Live:

Click here to see more pictures

20

Jun

* TV Alert*

Danielle on ITV's Loose Women

Danielle will be on 'Loose Women' on Tuesday 26th June at 12.30pm

Link: http://www.itv.com/loosewomen/

20

Jun

New Danielle Hope Forum Facebook Page

 

Check out our new Facebook page and 'Like' us:

Link: https://www.facebook.com/DanielleHopeForum

19

Jun

Les Miserables Cast Performing at West End Live

 

The cast of Les Miserables will be performing at West End Live on Saturday 23rd June 2012 at 12.10pm in Trafalgar Square

 

Link for more information: http://www.westendlive.co.uk/

19

Jun

BBC News article

***Warning, contains spoilers***

Danielle Hope joins Les Miserables cast

By Tim Masters Entertainment and arts correspondent, BBC News

 

Talent show winner Danielle Hope has taken over the "dream role" of Eponine in hit musical Les Miserables. She shot to fame in 2010 when she won the BBC's Over the Rainbow and the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.

"I've gone from playing this pristine character to a grubby urchin," joked the 20-year-old actress after Monday night's Les Mis debut.

"To be part of Les Miserables is a rite of passage for musical theatre."

Also joining the largely new London cast at the Queen's Theatre were Geronimo Rauch as Jean Valjean and Tam Mutu as Javert.

 

Les Miserables, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, is the world's longest running musical.

As tragic heroine Eponine, Hope sings one of the show's best known songs, the tear-jerking On My Own.

"This is such a dream role," she told the BBC. "Unrequited love is one of the most fascinating things to play and it's something that we all go through at some point in our lives."

Hope auditioned for Les Miserables as she neared the end of her year in The Wizard of Oz. She left that show in early February and was offered the part of Eponine two weeks later.

"I grabbed it with both hands straight away, it's the one," Hope said. "I had a lot more in stage time as Dorothy, and that was physically exhausting, but this is emotionally exhausting.

"I die eight times a week - twice a day, sometimes!"

The original London production of Les Miserables opened at the Barbican in 1985, later transferring to the Palace Theatre.

The show moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre in 2004.

The film version of the musical is due to be released at the end of the year, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried.

Eponine will be played on the big screen by Samantha Barks, who came third in BBC talent show I'd Do Anything in 2008.

Several members of the current cast at the Queen's Theatre have small roles in the movie version.

"It's exciting to be part of the show with the film coming out," said Hope.

"There's lots of people in this cast who have been part of the film. We're hoping to take a cast trip to go and watch it."

 

Article Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18497754

 

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18

Jun

It's Today! Dan is Eponine!

 

Break a leg Danielle & the rest of the new cast!

 

LesMisLogo

 

17

Jun

One Day More!

 

Tomorrow Danielle will make her debut as Eponine in Les Miserables

To mark this occasion there will be a special Les Mis related quiz on the chat box tonight at 8pm!

 

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08

Jun

10 Days till Danielle's Debut in Les Miserables!

 

Check out the forum to see details of a 'forum meet-up' and a fun project for next week!

 

Book your tickets now to see Danielle make her debut as Eponine on the 18th June

~ Click here for ticket information ~

29

May

New Danielle Photoshoot & Interview in M Magazine

 

The new issue of M Magazine features a brand new photoshoot and interview with Danielle

 

To get your issue follow the link: http://m-isfor.co.uk/

27

May

Apply for a free masterclass with West End stars including Danielle

It's the last day to apply for a masterclass which takes place on Sunday 3rd June

For more details follow the link: http://www.westendmasterclass.co.uk/

14

May

Danielle's performances at the Bridgewater Hall

*New Videos*

Danielle sang 'Breathe' from 'In the Heights' and a duet with Ramin Karimloo singing 'Somewhere', from 'West Side Story'

 

Videos were recorded at Ramin's Manchester Bridgewater Hall show on 12th May 2012

Many Thanks to @ollbing for the videos

 

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09

May

New Danielle photoshoot by Carter Photography

 

Check out Danielle's brand new photoshoot

Go to the website then click on 'Portfolios' to see the pictures:

Link: http://www.carterheadshots.com/

09

May

Danielle to sing alongside Ramin Karimloo in Manchester

 

To book tickets: Click Here

Date & Venue: Saturday 12th May at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

 

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26

Apr

HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY DANIELLE!!!

 

18

Apr

Danielle to judge the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer

Taking place on Sunday 27th May at the Queen's Theatre will be the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Competition and Danielle will be one of the judges.

For more info go to news sources: BroadwayWorld & Sondheim.org

06

Apr

*Exclusive Mini Interview*

'Looking Forward to Les Mis'

Read Danielle's new exclusive mini interview:

Congratulations on getting the part of Eponine! What do you think about being given the opportunity to play one of the most coveted roles for a young musical theatre actress?

Thank you, I’m truly thrilled to be a part of such a long running, successful show such as Les Mis. I can’t wait to take on the challenge of a new role and I am delighted that it is going to be Eponine. It is such a different character to Dorothy too which is great.

What is your personal experience with Les Mis? How did you first discover the show, and how many times have you seen it?


I saw Les Mis three years ago for the first time but was familiar with the music/story/characters as most people are. I then saw the show again just over a month ago. I think it’s such a beautiful show.

 

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06

Apr

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope is so happy that she's Miserables

*New Daily Mail Article*

Danielle Hope was thrown in the deep end of fame when she won that Over The Rainbow TV show and found herself, at 18 and with zero professional experience, playing Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Wizard Of Oz opposite Michael Crawford at the London Palladium.

Often, when an unknown is hurled into the spotlight, they underwhelm. They lose their voice, and play the provinces. Sometimes for ever.

Not Danielle. Her voice can do anything she wants it to, which is why another impresario now has her under contract.

Cameron Mackintosh has picked her to play Eponine in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre from June 18.

Danielle did four auditions. ‘It was nice to do a real audition and earn the part. Eponine is in love with Marius, but she’s helping him to be with Cossette. Unrequited love is the most painful thing — and the most interesting — to play,’ she tells me as we drink tea at the Union club in Soho.

She’s eager to get back to work and feels uncomfortable when she’s not labouring away. While still at school she took a part-time waitressing job.

‘My mum’s a waitress; my dad’s always had building contracts. I don’t come from a particularly special background, but I’ve got a lovely family.

They work hard, I work hard. I didn’t have things done for me at home. I knew how to put on washing, make my bed and get something to eat.’

It put her in good stead for when she moved to London. She lived alone until this week, but is now sharing a flat in Chelsea.

Danielle says she’s pleased to be getting the experience of working in another West End show.

The Wizard Of Oz was her first professional acting job and she was lucky that Lloyd Webber showed her the ropes and Michael Crawford — and Hannah Waddingham, who played the Wicked Witch — took her under their wing, and gave her a nightly master class in stagecraft.

If you want to understand a sense of the enormity of what she went through, then check out the hit U.S. backstage TV drama Smash that starts on Sky Atlantic on April 21.

It shows how an actress with no experience of big time theatre goes up for the title role in a musical about Marilyn Monroe.

Danielle said she learned a lot about comic timing from Crawford, and how to establish a relationship with an audience.

Their friendship has continued after their Wizard contracts ended. Crawford has returned to his home in New Zealand, but they still email and have hopes of meeting up in California when Crawford and his partner go there later this month

By Baz Bamigboye
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20

Mar

*New Video*

Teaser of Exclusive Danielle Photoshoot

Danielle poses exclusively for M. Magazine

Danielle's Interview will be in Issue 8 which will be out April/May. For more info go to http://www.m-isfor.co.uk or Twitter: @m_isfor

09

Mar

Danielle to Star as Eponine in 'Les Miserables'

 

Danielle will join the cast of London's West End production of Les Miserables starring as Eponine beginning June 18.

She joins Geronimo Rauch and Tam Mutu, who will join the cast to play Jean Valjean and Javert respectively. 

Congratulations Danielle!

 

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News Source: Daily Mail

 

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23

Feb

*Exclusive Interview*

'Danielle Hope: Oz & Beyond'

Read Danielle's exclusive interview just for the forum right here on our website...

1. So, you have just completed a one year run in The Wizard of Oz. What do you think about having spent a year in the same role?
As it was my first job, I was curious myself as to how I would maintain the same role for 12 months, but to be honest the time passed by so quickly as I was continuing to discover new things about the character so it never felt "finished" if that makes sense?
2. You have said in the past that you have wanted to be a performer for a long time, and now you've been the lead in a West End show for a year. How has the reality lived up to the dream?
It has been just as thrilling and equally as challenging as I always expected. Theatre is hard work and that's why I love it.

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14

Jan

Danielle to leave 'The Wizard of Oz' on the 5th February

 

Danielle has announced that her last performance of Dorothy will be the 5th February 2012, which is also Michael Crawford's last show as The Wizard.

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Only 3 weeks left to see Danielle as Dorothy. Book your tickets now.

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24

Dec

Danielle Hope: Being Dorothy

*Interview*

She's the lady in the ruby slippers, whose dream took her from TV talent show Over the Rainbow to starring in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. Almost a year on, Danielle Hope talks about talent shows, staying healthy and working with dogs...

 

Would you recommend the TV talent show experience?

To be honest, I’m not sure. It’s a very individual and specific route, and there are so many ways into the industry – none of them are easier than the others. I had the chance to go to drama school for a term at Arts Ed in Chiswick, which is where I had wanted to train, and I think studying for three years absolutely has a lot of value too.

The industry is amazing, though. I’ve always just taken things in my stride – I’ve never thought, “Ooh, can I? Can’t I?”, I’ve always just gone and done my absolute best, and I’ve always been the kind of person who learns really well on the job. For example, now I work with dogs every day, and I’ve never had to do that before, but I turned up at rehearsal and it was like, “Here you are, here’s your dog!” and you have to get on with it, it’s just one of those things.

 

How do you stay fit and healthy during a long, exhausting run?

The show is very physically demanding. During the show the dog is my responsibility, so there’s a lot of lifting and carrying, and working the muscles in my back and legs, so I have to be careful. Plus of course our revolve is on a tilt, so you have to be careful when moving around. And then there’s the wear on the voice as well. Dorothy facilitates the whole show – she’s kind of a narrator – so my stamina has improved, it’s had to improve! At first I thought that two shows a day would be impossible, and it is gruelling, but the break between the TV show, then the rehearsal period, then opening the show helped me prepare for it. 

 

You’re still very young, though – you’re not 20 till next year. Is it hard to turn down invitations to nights out because you’ve got a matinee the next day?

Yes, once the show finishes I’m in a taxi and on my way home. But I’m old and boring – I like that! If I get a week off I like to spend time with my friends, and if there’s a big birthday or a wedding or something I can go out for a bit.

 

How do you prepare for going on stage? 

I don’t have any superstitions, because I think you can get caught up in them and it can be so unpredictable. But we have company warm-ups – a physical warm-up with the dance captain, space to do your own thing, and then a vocal warm-up with the musical director. It’s also a great time to catch up with the rest of the company.

 

Has performing in West End lived up to your expectations?

It’s been mad. This entire year has flown by, but it’s absolutely great to be here, and it’s such a lovely show to do, particularly at this time of year.

 

What advice would you give to a wannabe musical actor? 

Just be prepared. Be prepared to work very hard, and be prepared for the fact that you can’t control everything. You never know what’s going to happen, and sometimes the more you try for something, the more it slips out of your grasp. But if this is something you are 100% committed to, then go for it. Believe in yourself and your hard work.

 

Source: http://www.ideastap.com/ideasmag/the-knowledge/danielle-hope-interview (by Carrie Dunn)

 

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05

Dec

Danielle wins Best Leading Actress in a Musical at the BWW UK Awards

The results for the 2011 BroadwayWorld UK Awards have been announced and Danielle has picked up the award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical!

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The Wizard of Oz also picked up wins in 4 other categories:

Best Choreography - Arlene Phillips

Best Orchestrations - David Cullen 

Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Michael Crawford

Best Musical (TIE!) - The Wizard of Oz & Rock of Ages

 

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08

Jul

Urmston's Danielle Hope is a true West End star

- Messenger Newspaper Article -

THERE couldn’t be a more appropriate role for Urmston’s Danielle Hope to perform than Dorothy in the classic story of The Wizard Of Oz.

For the 19-year-old’s dreams really do come true every time she performs to thousands of theatre-goers at the London Palladium every week.

“Doing something like this was my absolute dream and aspiration,” she says.

“To start my career doing this is amazing. I can’t believe that I’m now doing this for a living. I had a couple of part time jobs in a pub and as a waitress but this is my first real job.

“The strangest bit is that I’m the leading lady and I’m fresh out of school – I didn’t even get to go to drama school.”

The former Highfield primary school pupil beat thousands of stage hopefuls to win BBC’s Over The Rainbow last year to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new smash-hit musical.

The film The Wizard Of Oz, starring the legendary Judy Garland, was first released in 1939 and is one of the most watched motion pictures of all time.

The special effects in this stage version are amazing and the show manages to stay true to the film’s original backdrop but with a modern day twist.

And the whole cast is fabulous – from the Tin Man to Toto – not forgetting the legendary Michael Crawford as the Wizard.

“Michael is great – he’s a father figure for Dorothy in the show and he’s like that off-stage too,” says Danielle.

“He was performing at the Palladium 30 years ago and has so much experience. He’s taken me under his wing. Having said that, I think he learns from me too. I bring the fresh, young approach and he brings the knowledge and wisdom.”

Four dogs are used to play the role of Toto every week and while a bit daunting at first, Danielle has got to know her canine characters.

She explains: “Because there’s so many shows we can’t use the same dog all the time. I adore dogs and get on with all four so that’s a help. It’s second nature now to look after the dog and perform at the same time but at first I was like ‘Oh my god – how am I going to do both.”

Danielle performs seven times a week – three matinees and four evening performances – and says she’s adjusted to the routine, although it does put her out of sync with family and friends.

“The opportunity to live in central London is great and I’m the type of person who likes to lie in and stay up late so the hours suit me in that respect.

“On the days when there are two shows it can be hectic. The shows can be emotionally and physically draining because of the amount of effort you put in so you need to conserve your energy. We have to take care of ourselves and get plenty of rest in between shows.

“I find texting family and friends is easier than phone calls because most people I know are finishing work or collage at 6pm and that’s when I’m warming up for the shows, so it’s like we’re at opposite ends of spectrum.

“It’s great when people come down to see the show because even though the audiences are warm anyway, to know that there are people in the audience completely routing for you is great.”

There have been so many highlights since winning the TV show last May, that it’s hard for Danielle to pick any single moment.

When Messenger caught up with her she was excited about being photographed for The Half – a new book of photos by Simon Annand portraying actors half as themselves and half in character.

“I love this book and had it on the coffee table at home growing up – I can’t believe I’m going to feature in the next volume,” she enthuses.

She will also feature in the new series of John Barrowman’s Tonight’s The Night to be aired soon.

Danielle is huge theatre fan and recently enjoyed a whistle-stop visit back home to catch Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge at Manchester’s Royal Exchange.

“I do try to get back home to Urmston once or twice a month but I was only there for three hours last time to watch the play.

“I had commitments in London but I’d bought the tickets ages ago so had to go. I love straight theatre and I’m a huge fan of Arthur Miller.”

And Danielle is attracting quite a following herself now she’s a leading lady - but says thankfully, she’s not recognised too much in the street.

“Kate Moss was in my dressing room the other day as she’d taken her daughter to see the show,” she says.

“I’ve met a few famous people like Katherine Jenkins and McFly and when Andrew Lloyd Webber took me to the Night of Heroes which was on ITV recently I sat next to David Beckham and his son Brooklyn.

“But even though I get asked for autographs in theatreland, a lot of people don’t recognise me when I’m out and about and I don’t walk around wearing dark shades or anything.

“I was in the shop this morning buying flowers and when I was about to walk out of the door the woman who served me gasped ‘Oh my God, that’s Dorothy!’ It’s hard for people to spot me if I’m not wearing a gingham dress and red ruby slippers.”

Danielle – who hopes to one day achieve her ultimate dream of performing on Broadway – will be starring in The Wizard of Oz until April 2012.

 

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07

Jul

Danielle follows her dream at Palladium

- Knutsford Guardian Article -

THERE couldn’t be a more appropriate role for Danielle Hope to perform than Dorothy in the classic story of The Wizard Of Oz.

For the 19-year-old’s dreams really do come true every time she performs to thousands of theatregoers at the London Palladium every week.

“Doing something like this was my absolute dream and aspiration,” she said.

“To start my career doing this is amazing. I can’t believe that I’m now doing this for a living. I had a couple of part-time jobs in a pub and as a waitress, but this is my first real job.

“The strangest bit is that I’m the leading lady and I’m fresh out of school – I didn’t even get to go to drama school.”

The former Knutsford High pupil beat thousands of stage hopefuls to win BBC’s Over The Rainbow last year to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new smash-hit musical.

The school’s drama teacher, Helen Mayne, organised a trip for students, staff, parents and friends of the school to see Danielle, and the party of 80 travelled to see her perform on Sunday, June 26.

Stephen Cunliffe, deputy head teacher at the school, said: “The show was marvellous, the set and effects were fantastic and the staff and students all felt so proud of Danielle – there were some tear-filled eyes among her teachers.

“I know all of us who went down were very proud, and she is just the same as ever, so down-to- earth.”

The film The Wizard Of Oz, starring the legendary Judy Garland, was released in 1939, and is one of the most watched motion pictures of all time.

The special effects in this stage version are amazing, and the show manages to stay true to the film’s original backdrop but with a modern-day twist.

The whole cast is fabulous – from the Tin Man to Toto – not forgetting the legendary Michael Crawford as the Wizard.

“Michael is great – he’s a father figure for Dorothy in the show and he’s like that offstage too,” says Danielle.

“He was performing at the Palladium 30 years ago, and has so much experience. He’s taken me under his wing.

“Having said that, I think he learns from me too. I bring the fresh, young approach and he brings the knowledge and wisdom.”

Danielle performs seven times a week – three matinees and four evening performances – and says she’s adjusted to the routine, although it does put her out of sync with family and friends.

“The opportunity to live in central London is great and I’m the type of person who likes to lie in and stay up late, so the hours suit me in that respect,” she said.

“On the days when there are two shows it can be hectic. The shows can be emotionally and physically draining because of the amount of effort you put in, so you need to conserve your energy.”

Danielle – who hopes to one day achieve her ultimate dream of performing on Broadway – will be starring in The Wizard of Oz until April 2012.

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22

Jun

New Danielle Interview from Broadway.com

 

Danielle Hope on Jumping from Reality TV to the Lead in London's The Wizard of Oz

 

Nineteen-year-old Danielle Hope is the latest performer to have landed a starring role in a big-budget West End musical via reality TV. Hope won out over some 9,000 girls to become “the people’s Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz, a project masterminded by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Now settled into her run at London’s Palladium Theatre, the charming, clearly intelligent newcomer took time during a day off to talk TV renown, her love of New York and how it feels to sing “Over the Rainbow” live on stage.

You’ve been playing Dorothy for almost four months now. How are you settling in?
I’ve actually been moving today, to a place that's more of a home. My new accommodation is a small, split-level property with a staircase, and there’s nothing like a good old staircase, is there? [Laughs.] The other flat had a really weird controlled air system which was completely drying my voice. I’m still only renting, though, and don’t want to be tied down. If I did ever get to go to New York, I want to be able to pack my bags and go! I'd love to get over to New York as soon as possible.

Fair enough—though it must be nice after all the casting hoopla to be settling into a year-long London run.
It’s nice to feel as if some of that pressure is off. With Over the Rainbow [the BBC reality TV program from which Hope was cast], we were doing different routines every week, and it was such a workout for the muscle memory and your organizational skills. It wasn’t like a normal audition, where you come home afterwards and sit on your couch with a mug of tea. We were all in the “Dorothy House” in Wembley [northwest London] sharing bedrooms and doing auditions in front of millions of people; it was completely mad. Being onstage feels like where I’m comfortable. All I ever wanted was to do live theater. This is where I thrive.

Is there a different kind of pressure that comes with being cast in such a public way?
I went into this knowing I was going to have that extra level of attention and knowing that it would be a very pressurized thing. But what I really liked in rehearsals was that they didn’t reference the TV show. I was just another actor coming into a rehearsal room—not “that girl off TV,” but Danielle Hope, actress/performer. I’m working to sustain that, hopefully.

And yet you’re stepping into one of the most readily identifiable roles, Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, singing one of the world’s best-known songs, “Over the Rainbow”.
That was definitely a tricky one [laughs]! You need the gingham dress and the red ruby slippers and the dog and the three boys. But you also think, “OK, I’m carrying an iconic role and the image that everyone has of Dorothy, and then I’ve got to sing probably the most famous song in the world within 15 minutes, in my first job!” At first, it was really, really nerve-wracking, but now I completely adore it. I just hope I do that beautiful piece of music justice.

You’re not imitating Judy Garland. Was that a temptation?
The thing is, I’ve only ever seen The Wizard of Oz film twice, both times around Christmas as a young girl, and that’s probably been a benefit to me. What it meant was that I got my script on the first day of rehearsals like everybody else and read the lines as a 14-year-old girl in that situation without trying to imitate anything I’d heard or seen. It wasn’t about trying to copy someone or, on the other hand, trying to completely change it. It was, what is this character communicating, and how is this person communicating? I wanted to create a real person with real problems.

You convey a palpable sense of Dorothy as outcast. Within minutes of the start of the show, there she is saying, “Nobody understands me.”
So much of it is about 14 being that horrendous age as a girl where you want to be part of the adult conversation because you see yourself as old enough to be, even though you’re actually not. At the same time, you’re too old to be with the children anymore doing childish things. And then, of course, Dorothy’s “family” aren’t really her family either. She’s an orphan on a farm, and she’s so confused and unsure. But it’s a beautiful adventure she goes on because she’s incredibly optimistic. She’s not some stroppy, bratty teenager; she’s just a little bit lost.

It must be nice to be working with Michael Crawford [as the Wizard], who is such a seasoned theater professional.
That combination is really, really lovely. He’s done so much already and I’m right at the beginning of my career, and I think that works. I think of him as both an adviser and a kind of father figure; he’s a very wise man.

I felt for you on opening night acting alongside a Toto who clearly had a mind of his own!
There are four of them [West Highland terriers], and they all react differently. But we’re doing live theater, and you can’t get more live than a live dog, can you? [Laughs.] The thing, too, is that I’m solely responsible for this animal when it’s on stage, and we’ve got a very technical set which, for an animal, can be quite dangerous. That was a massive challenge at first, but now they know the deal. It’s like [imagining Toto’s point of view]: “I do this bit now, and I get a treat in five minutes.”

What’s next? It must be hard to know what to do for an encore after such a high-profile stage debut.
Because I’m only 19, hopefully there will be a lot of doors to choose from, fingers crossed. I haven’t done much—no, anything—professionally before this, and I’m really, really aching to do a play or any kind of straight theater. At the same time, I’d love to play Mary Poppins or Christine in The Phantom of the Opera or something like Natalie in Next to Normal, which I saw in New York and loved. But the truth is I have no idea what’s going to be next. All I do know is that I am ready to work very, very hard.

 

Link to Source: Broadway.com - By Matt Wolf

 

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08

May

The Girls of The Wizard of Oz doing Race for Life London

 

On Sunday 12th June the girls of The Wizard of Oz company are going to get up super early after a two show Saturday & before a Sunday matinee to run 5K in the hope that they can raise 5K for this brilliant cause. 

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To sponsor the Oz girlies & help raise money for Cancer Research UK follow the link:

http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/ozgirls

 

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21

Mar

Hannah Waddingham Interview on Broadway.com

 

Hannah Waddingham, Wicked Witch of London's Oz, on Not Playing Elphaba and More

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Small Excerpt about Danielle from Hannah's interview:

What do you make these days of the TV casting thing, given that Danielle Hope was cast as Dorothy through a reality TV process as was your Swedish replacement [Nina Söderquist] in Spamalot?
Well, I’ll just say that in this instance, I think it was absolutely the right choice, and you know I don’t say that lightly. I don’t give credit where credit isn’t due. Danielle is a very mature actress and has been professional since day one, there is not a trace of arrogance about her, and she carries the show. She’s 18 going on 30.

Would you have been ready for that degree of exposure at that age?
Categorically not, and in fact I always say to Danielle, “I can’t believe how mature you are!” She’s extraordinary—really, really lovely, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised. She’s our baby girl...

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04

Mar

Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope reveals all about her "magical" opening night in The Wizard of Oz

by Simon Boyle, Daily Mirror 3/03/2011

Wizard of Oz star Danielle Hope’s biggest opening night worry was that Toto would make a mess on the stage.
And the Over The Rainbow winner, 18, says her fear for her four-legged co-star meant she didn’t have time to be nervous as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical premiered.
Danielle joked: “I was too busy trying to keep the dog calm. He’s my responsibility and he’d never seen the audience before. It’s bound to happen eventually!”
In a London Palladium full of acting royalty – including Sir Michael Caine, Barbara Windsor and Rowan Atkinson, – Danielle had every right to be nervy on her big night.
But show supremo Lord Lloyd-Webber was worried she wasn’t tense enough.
Danielle added: “Andrew was actually telling me I was too calm, he was telling me to get worked up, but in the end the stage was where I felt most comfortable.
“Once I stepped out, everything we’ve been working on for months came to life and just felt fantastic.”
The show – which also sees a return to the West End for Phantom of the Opera legend Michael Crawford – won rave reviews yesterday after Tuesday’s debut.
Despite that, Danielle says she hasn’t been able to read them. She says: “I’m still not sure whether I am going to or not.”

 

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02

Mar

Danielle interview in The Telegraph

 

The Wizard of Oz: West End's new Dorothy walks her own Yellow Brick Road

Stepping into Judy Garland's ruby slippers is a daunting task for any actress.

 

Danielle Hope, the star of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new Wizard of Oz musical, has found a neat way of avoiding the comparison.

She refused to watch the 1939 film classic as she prepared to play Dorothy on opening night at the London Palladium. Instead, the 18-year-old unknown chosen via a BBC talent contest was determined to carve out her own role in one of the world's most beloved musicals.

"I've seen it twice in my entire life," she said before the show was unveiled last night. "I purposely didn't pick up the film before doing this because I wanted to find Dorothy in me and explore the character purely based on the script.

"After we've opened, a couple of weeks or months down the line, then it will be nice to watch the film. I just wanted to clear my mind of Judy Garland's version and create my own."

The teenager from Urmston, Greater Manchester, won the BBC One show Over The Rainbow in May last year, beating 9,000 hopefuls in the process. Before her win, she was a student and part-time waitress with no professional experience.

The series also selected a miniature Schnauzer called Dangerous Dave for the role of Toto, Dorothy's faithful friend. However, he only appeared in a one-off gala performance. At the Palladium, Toto is played by four different Westies called Bobbie, Topper, Razzle and Dazzle.

Hope said: "There are four Totos, all completely different, and I've had to work individually with each one. I absolutely love dogs - I've got a labrador at home - and I really do feel like I've made a connection with all. It's so important because Toto is Dorothy's only friend until she meets the boys in Oz."

Working with animals can be fraught with difficulty, but Hope said there had been only one mishap during the preview run. "One dog needed a toilet break mid-show so we did a quick trade off-stage. We swapped him for a different dog but I don't think the audience noticed."

Hope appears alongside Michael Crawford, who starred for Lord Lloyd-Webber in The Phantom of the Opera in the 1980s. He plays the Wizard and has taken Hope under his wing.

"Me and Michael have a really special relationship. He comes round for a chat before every show just to say hello. He found out I like nectarines so part of the ritual now is Michael bringing me a nectarine before each performance," she said.

Lord Lloyd-Webber has returned to the source material, L Frank Baum's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in making the musical. The production features Harold Arlen's original score, including the songs Over the Rainbow and Follow the Yellow Brick Road, as well as several songs composed by Sir Tim Rice, Lord Lloyd-Webber’s long-time musical collaborator.

Sophie Evans, runner-up in Over The Rainbow, will stand in for Hope once a week. "That way for my shows I can be fully rested and have time to chill out," Hope said.

The producers are determined to avoid the problems that beset Connie Fisher, who starred in The Sound of Music after winning another BBC talent show. The strain of performing every night took its toll and she was forced to take a break after straining a vocal cord.

There are rumours that the show will move to Broadway next year, and Hope said that appearing there "would be a dream come true".

 

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11

Feb

The Wizard of Oz Reviews

 

Read some reviews for The Wizard of Oz

* The Wizard of Oz London Palladium Review: Link

* We've been to see The Wizard... UK Tickets Review: Link

* Urmston's Dorothy gets standing ovation at first show: Link

* 'Oz you're worth it' - First review - The Sun: Link

 

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