Interview With… Lucy May Barker

The actress is currently playing Sophie in the hit musical Mamma Mia! She chats to Emma Clarendon about what the secret to the musical’s success over the last twenty years…

Hi Lucy, thanks so much for talking to me.How much are you enjoying being part of MAMMA MIA!? On a scale of 1-10? 1,000,000!

What do you love the most about being part of the show? Getting to sing hit after hit after hit every night, the brilliant people I work with, seeing an audience jump to their feet, telling a brilliant story… I can’t choose!

What do you think has been the secret to MAMMA MIA!’s success over the last twenty years? The perfect combination of timeless music and a timeless story being told by a company of wonderful people, on stage and off, who all care about the show deeply. It’s a very special building to work in.

Have you a favourite song that you get to perform?This changes all the time, but at the moment, one of my faves would have to be Thank You For The Music. It’s the scene in the show where Sophie meets her three potential Dad’s for the first time & she has to round them all up and convince them to stay, charming them & singing at them! What’s not to love?

How would you describe the musical? Love, laughter, sunshine & split-jumps!

When did you first hear the music of ABBA and what did you think? I first listened to ABBA when I was a kid, I played ‘ABBA Gold’ all the time on my CD Walkman and knew every word (which was handy when I started rehearsals!) I still listen to ABBA now, even after a nine show week!! I’m a huge fan.

Do you have a favourite ABBA song? Again, my favourites change all the time but my favourite album is currently their 1975 album, self-titled ABBA. My favourite song is I’ve Been Waiting For You. It gets me right in the heart.

If you could play any other character in the show who would it be and why?I think I’m only a few years off gate-crashing the auditions for Donna! To sing The Winner Takes It All in front of an audience would be incredible, and if I did it half as amazingly as Mazz Murray does every single night, I’d die happy!

For those who haven’t yet experienced MAMMA MIA! on stage – why should they book a ticket? Because over sixty five million people worldwide (plus my parents seeing it thirty six times) can’t be too wrong, eh?!

By Emma Clarendon

Mamma Mia! continues to play at the Novello Theatre. To book tickets click here or visit: West End Theatre Breaks, Encore TicketsSee TicketsTheatre Tickets Theatre.comLast or From the Box Office.

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