31 August 2009

Message from Siobhan!

Siobhan recently just sent me the low down of what's been going with her in the last few months, check it out!

Ok, So... I was busy recording one of my songs in the studio with my producer Eliot Kennedy when I had a phone call from Bill Kenwright's office asking me if I wanted to audition for Sally in his 3 month UK tour of Cabaret!

I didn't even think about it.... I just said YES and the following week was auditioning!
They offered me the part 2 days after and that's when the fun began!

I took 10 days holiday in the South of France and when I returned I had two weeks of constant work.. learning lines, songs, choreography and subtext of the radically complex characteristics of Sally Bowles!

This job for me has been such a massive learning curve, it's rapidly turning into a spiral of learning curves!! The thought of learning a whole musical in two weeks was daunting but now I'm completely absorbed within this fantastic role and am absolutely loving every second. I couldn't wait to get my teeth into a really meaty acting part and finally, here it is!

This musical is essentially a play with extraordinary dancing and music... Which, I realise, sounds obvious, but I never really understood the meaning behind these iconic songs. They are a continuation of the script and seem to have so much more meaning in context.
A gripping story line, beautiful, haunting, sexy and just plain saucy songs! Amazing choreography from aggressive tap to contemporary ballet, cleverly written dialogue and a wonderful cast!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just hope I do this amazing part justice!

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who often message me on Facebook showing their support and sending love and luck... It's always so great to know people enjoy being a part of what you do...

I will send in little updates when I have news, and let you know how it's all going!.. As for me right now... I'm just resting up before our first night in Birmingham on Wednesday (Day after my Birthday! 25 now! Getting old!)

Bye for now! From a nervous, but very very excited Siobhan! Fingers crossed!!!!!! x

There you have it! I just learned quite a bit from this little email. Eliot Kennedy seems like a pretty cool producer having worked with S Club 7 and Spice Girls. Also, now it's confirmed she'll be in Cabaret for 3 months, not a whole year. Well, let's hope I see her one day!

Thanks Siobhan for giving us an update in musical world! We all really appreciate it!

27 August 2009

Life is a Cabaret!

THE MULTI award-winning production of Cabaret returns to Birmingham Repertory Theatre from Wednesday, September 2 following its sell-out run last year.

Directed by Rufus Norris, the production features a star cast including world-renowned dancer and TV favourite Wayne Sleep as the notorious Emcee and Siobhan Dillon, the hugely popular runner-up from the hit BBC series How Do You Solve A
Problem Like Maria, as Sally Bowles.

Dillon, from Lichfield, entered Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for a West End star in 2006 and was watched by millions as she made it through to the finals, eventually finishing as a runner up to Connie Fisher.

The 24-year old has since gone on to appear in the West End in Grease and is due to release her debut album this Christmas.

Since its Broadway premiere in 1966 and the famous movie version, with Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey, Cabaret has won a staggering number of stage and screen awards including eight Oscars, seven BAFTAs and 13 Tonys.

The sensational double Olivier Award winner and Variety Club Awards Best Musical, turns Weimar Berlin of 1931 into a sassy, sizzling haven of decadence.

And at its heart is the legendary Sally Bowles, who performs nightly at the infamous Kit Kat Klub.

It features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre including Mein Herr, Maybe This Time and of course Cabaret.

Joining Wayne Sleep and Siobhan Dillon in the cast will be Henry Luxemburg as Clifford Bradshaw and Jenny Logan as Fraulein Schneider.

Cabaret runs until Saturday, September 19 with shows at 7.30pm Monday to Friday, 8pm on Saturday, apart from Monday, September 7 when it starts at 7pm.

Matinees at 2pm on Thursdays and at 3pm on Saturdays.

Tickets cost from £12 to £32 and are available by calling 0121 236 4455.

Christmas was my next guess if the album were to be pushed back again. For once it doesn't bother me at all! So much to look forward to in the next few months, and I know what I'll be asking for Christmas!

Anyone going to see Siobhan in Cabaret and would like to share a review just send me an email and I'll post it on the blog. Good or bad.

14 August 2009

Siobhan Lands Cabaret!

Siobhan has won the leading role of Sally Bowles in Bill Kenwright's touring production of 'Cabaret'! She will be taking over from the current Sally, 'I'd Do Anything's' runner-up Samantha Barks starting September 2nd onwards.

This will be the second Bill Kenwright production she will be starring in but the first production she will be the lead in. I am very excited for this next step into her career and can't wait to see what she will bring to the table.



Hopefully soon in the next week or so we will see some production photos of Siobhan in character. Now I'm wondering if she's going to cut and die her hair. I'm also wondering if this will push back her album release even further. Hmmmmm....