Emma Lucia as woman and Daniel Healy as man in when the Musical. Picture Mark Senior
DANIEL Healy and Emma Lucia are playing the lead roles together in when the Musical maybe perhaps perhaps not when, but twice.
They first did therefore into the local premiere in Autumn 2018 at the brand brand New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.
Now, that production’s director and director that is musical the normal group of Peter Rowe and Ben Goddard, have actually reunited the duo when it comes to very first Uk tour that opened this thirty days (January) and it is playing the Grand Opera home, York, this week.
First a cult, micro-budget Irish film written and directed by John Carney in 2007, then a Broadway, West End and Dublin show, when the Musical tells the uplifting yet yearning story for the hopes and goals of two lost souls, a jilted Dublin road busker and an even more good Czech musician, whom unexpectedly fall in love across five brief times when you look at the Southern Irish money town.
The touring cast of 16 is led by Scotsman Healy as man and Lucia, from Durham, as woman, whoever chemistry had been obvious instantly when press and media had been invited to generally meet the business three days into rehearsal at Toynbee Hall in London’s East End: a question-and-answer session introduced with rousing renditions of Irish pub and ceilidh tracks additionally the show’s starting scene.
This peaked with Healy and Lucia’s performance of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s Oscar-winning signature track Falling gradually, with the cast that is actor-musician their component around them, “leaning to the story” within the pub setting.
Daniel’s relationship with When dates back to “a very long time ago”. “My first run-in with all the show had been once I ended up being performing a show in LA Los Angeles called Backbeat and I also had an audition for the Broadway type of as soon as but couldn’t get it done due to different reasons,” he recalls.
“But then we understudied the lead and played among the characters that are main Eamon the music studio supervisor where man and woman record their record within the London manufacturing, once I understudied Ronan Keating.”
Daniel is a singer-songwriter inside the right that is own relationship aided by the Boyzone singer changed into a co-writing partnership that elicited Keating’s solitary inhale. So i ended up writing six songs with him and touring with him in his band,” he says“After he heard one of my songs, Ronan said, ‘I’d really like to write with you.
Emma saw Daniel in When within the London manufacturing. “I became nevertheless at Mountview drama college, and doing stunning, the Carole King musical, on tour at that time making her debut that is professional as and understudying the lead role,” she claims.
“Then we heard there clearly was likely to be a manufacturing of When in Ipswich, and I also understand the musical manager, Ben Goddard, from doing a few classes led by him at Mountview.
“You’d do all the tracks thought that is you’d of for auditions and he’d give you advice.”
Emma landed the role of woman after two auditions, also it ended up being just then that she came across Daniel for the very first time for rehearsals.
“Peter and Ben auditioned us individually and additionally they should have believed we might have chemistry as we had been placed together,” she says. The partnership worked a treat – “we get on very well” – and there clearly was instant talk of a trip.
“But we required a producer,” claims Emma. “ we didn’t think it absolutely was planning to happen, so that it was a quite a shock whenever it did, but we’re therefore happy,” says Daniel.
“The producers have actually provided Peter and Ben complete control as it was at Ipswich. while they liked the show”
Hearing Emma’s Czech accent on phase when you look at the rehearsal room then her North Eastern one in the meeting reveals just how much work she put in finding your way through the part. “I’d just came across someone through the Czech Republic during my life, and shortly at that, therefore I contacted the Czech Embassy in addition they put me personally in contact with two Czech girls who had been right right here for half a year and enjoyed the show!” she claims.
“So, we came across for a sit down elsewhere and chatted concerning the show, and I also recorded their sounds and asked any concerns site that we felt we needed answering.”
Likewise, Daniel’s Dublin accent seems just right. “I think, without having to be big-headed, I’ve got an ear for accents,” he claims. “I’d ask Irish buddies too, also it’s all about maybe perhaps not being afraid to inquire of.
“Though being Scottish doesn’t allow it to be simpler to learn because, when accents are near to one another, like these two, they’re actually more tough to separate…but I’ve been able to fool some people with my Irish accent, thinking i truly should be from Dublin!”
Daniel and Emma’s skills that are instrumental because important to their functions as his or her singing and acting. “My dad’s a guitar player, and I did theatre that is musical the chronilogical age of five, and television dramas and movies too, and I’ve now got a synchronous profession as being a singer-songwriter,” says Daniel.
“i really could never phone myself a busker, but We have busked within the past, but we sympathise more with Guy’s fight with devoid of the courage to check out through together with his desires whenever you wish you may make it being a singer-songwriter.
“It’s in contrast to I’m playing Titus Andronicus, but i actually do empathise more utilizing the peoples battle than the musical one.”
Emma’s way to Once started having an itch to dancing through the chronilogical age of three. “i simply couldn’t stay nevertheless,” she recalls. “Then we picked through to playing the piano the tool she plays in Once at 5 years old.
“I’ve always liked theatre. My father I did so a large amount of am-dram amateur dramatics and I also knew it absolutely was one thing within my life we constantly wished to do.”
Exuding an atmosphere of positivity, she seems a connection that is strong her part as woman. “She sees it as her objective to simply help other folks, and I also empathise with that as I adore to achieve that myself,” says Emma.