Interviewed by Helen and Garry McWilliams
He’s played Buddy in ‘The Buddy Holly Story’ in London’s West End and is now a huge part of ‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story’. We caught up with performed, Dean Mitchell to find out how he came to be treading the boards in this latest project and what his career highlights have been so far.
Thanks for talking to Break A Leg Review, can you tell us what drove you to become a performer, did you always have this ambition?
Yes I think so, I am a sucker for amazing art. Whether this is a song, a painting, a performance… I always wanted to create.
What have the highlights of your career been so far and why?
Playing the lead role in Buddy the musical in the West End was definitely a highlight. It’s pretty much every actor’s dream and to achieve it by 26 was incredible!!
Tell us about the Simon and Garfunkel Story and how you became a part of it.
I was the one who came up with the idea! – We wanted to tell the story of the couple as the question ‘did they get on?’ always comes up in rock n’ roll conversations. We decide to try and answer that whilst also putting together a concert of all their incredible hits!
Do you enjoy touring and which has been the best venue so far?
We’ve had some amazing shows including selling out overt a 1,000 people in Inverness but the best show must be opening night in High Wycombe, we didn’t know if it would go down well but we had a complete standing ovation and everyone went wild – it was an amazing feeling and a relief!!
Is there a song you particularly look forward to singing?
A Dangling conversation’ – a beautiful song with incredible lyrics and delicate moving harmonies.
As a West End performer do you have a favourite theatre?
I think most the theatres in London are beautiful as most were created during the Victorian period though I have extremely fond memories of ‘The Duchess Theatre’ in Covent Garden where I played `Buddy for 2 years.
What’s your advice for aspiring performers?
Learn to play an instrument, or to juggle, or drive a motorcycle, or anything different and new…. The competition is tough and they might be looking for someone in particular. Fill your tool belt, it might get you the job…
We’d like to thank Dean for allowing us to interview him and for some insightful answers. See our News page for tour information https://breakalegreviewblog.wordpress.com/