It is an unusual piece of casting. Mel Smith, who counts a novelty Christmas single among his singing experience and whose musical theatre credits are even more limited, is taking to the West End stage in the latest all-singing, all-dancing Broadway import, Hairspray.
Patrick Stewart and Henry Goodman, both currently on the West End stage, lead the winners of the 2007 Theatrical Management Association (TMA) Theatre Awards, which were announced last night in a ceremony at Hampstead.
From being recognised the minute she left her front door for playing the country’s favourite murderess, to starring as a German air hostess in the West End, via pregnancy, the 2004 tsunami, a long-term Chekhov adaptation and the fulfilment of a life’s ambition; it has been a busy couple of years for Tracy-Ann Oberman, as Matthew Amer found out.
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