Lucy Kay shot to fame following her performance of Nessun Dorma on Britain’s Got Talent.
The star is now treading the boards as the narrator in Bill Kenwright’s Joseph, a role which marks her first professional job in musical theatre.
Buxton Opera House’s promotions team spoke to Lucy ahead of the show’s run next month at Buxton Opera House. Here’s what she told them.
Tell us how you got involved with the show?
I’m a classical singer, I have been since I was seven, and having not long come off Britain’s Got Talent, I wanted to change my direction. I moved management and I told my new agency I really wanted to try something different to warbling Nessun Dorma all the time (laughs)!
Were you familiar with Joseph when the offer came up?
Yes, actually I used to watch the video when I was younger, it’s very much part of my childhood and I loved it.
Joseph marks your professional musical theatre debut – was this ever in your plans?
As much as I love the musical, I never saw myself in the Narrator part as it’s something I never thought I’d get, it’s a dream. I set out from the age of seven wanting to be like Charlotte Church. But then I went to college and most of my friends were doing a musical theatre course and I thought, I want to do that!
How are you feeling about it, nervous, excited?
I’m so nervous, because it’s completely different style of voice and I’m using different parts of my body I’ve never used before and it’s very guttural. It’s my chance to show people I am more than just a classical singer.
Do you know your leading man Joe McElderry?
I watched him on The X Factor and we tweeted each other the day, but we’d never met before this and I am very excited to be working with him!
How do you feel about being another TV talent show contestant to star in Joseph after Lee Mead, Joe McElderry, Lloyd Daniels and Amelia Lily?
As much as some people knock shows like BGT and the X Factor, it creates stars. I tried so many times to send CDs out to producers but I didn’t know the right people. And that was when I decided to go on the show and stand out. And I did and I am proud of that.
We hear you’re involved with the organisation Anti Bullying Pro because of your own experiences. Tell me about that.
I went through a hell of a time and it was since I was about six years old until I was about 20. It was years of torment and no child should have to go through that. I felt very inspired by this charity as they are enabling children to have the happy childhood they deserve. But also giving them the option to talk to someone about it, for them to be made aware that bullying is not ok.
Joseph, is at Buxton Opera House fromTuesday June 7-11. Go to http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk for tickets.