Amanda Coutts has been treading the boards in a number of high profile shows, she’s now starring in An Evening Of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show. I caught up with Amanda to find out all about the show and her career to date.
Link to follow for more information and to book tickets: http://www.aneveningofdirtydancing.com/An_Evening_of_Dirty_Dancing/An_Evening_of_Dirty_Dancing.html
Thank you for talking to Break A Leg, tell me about the production and your role in it.
The show is in its 6th year and is a huge celebration of the multi-award winning soundtrack to Dirty Dancing. We make it all about the music. It’s fully choreographed, energetic and sung live. I get to sing some legendary songs (which I love!) and we like to make it all about the audience by interacting with them and encouraging them to dance and sing along with us. We even get some of them on stage with us! We also sing other classic songs from different eras and genres, from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. It’s so much fun and whoever comes to see it will be in for a real treat.
What’s your favourite part of the show?
I have two. When I get to sing Proud Mary – It really gets the crowd up on their feet dancing and it’s one of my all time favourites songs. And also the finale of the show. It’s the moment the audience have been waiting for and they love it!
Any particular favourite song?
My favourite song from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack is ‘Yes’. I love 80’s music and it’s a great song for the ladies.
What do you hope the audience will take away from the show?
I hope the audience enjoys the show as much as we do and that they come out singing all the tunes with big smiles on their faces! We have an absolute ball on stage. You can’t go wrong with such incredible music. I hope they walk away feeling nostalgic. I hope they’re impressed by the voices and the dancers in the cast. I hope they take away a fabulous evening and want to come back and do it all over again.
What led you to become an actress?
I originally was a dancer. I went to see the musical Cats when I was 7 years old, and I was sold. I loved the costumes, the make-up and choreography. I thought it was amazing and it inspired me to become who I am today.
What have your highlights been so far?
Playing the leading role of Pearl in Starlight Express and playing both the leading roles of Scaramouche and Meat in the Queen musical, We Will Rock You. Both are fantastic shows and I’m so lucky I got to be a part of them. A particular highlight that will stay with me forever was singing on stage next to the amazing Dr Brian May and Roger Taylor during the last ever performance of We Will Rock You in the West End. That was just unreal.
Finally, what would you say to encourage people to buy a ticket to come and see you and the rest of the cast?
If you’re looking for a fun night out, incredible choreography, fabulous voices, probably the greatest soundtrack ever, full of iconic music and tonnes of nostalgia then this is the show for you. I know you’ll love it as much as we do.
Thank you for your time, Amanda, I can’t wait to see the show!
Please note this production is not affiliated with Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage in the West End or on tour in the UK or worldwide.
An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show continues to tour the UK visiting The Cresset in Peterborough 26 Oct, New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham 27 Oct, Epsom Playhouse 28 Oct, The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe 29 Oct, the Princess Theatrein Torquay 4 November & Princes Hall in Aldershot 9 November.
All ticket information atwww.aneveningofdirtydancing.com. Follow the show on Twitter at @HeyBabyUkTour.