The European Premiere of the off-Broadway musical hit ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely‘ opened last week at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London.
Katie Kerr (‘Little Shop of Horrors‘, Menier Chocolate Factory; ‘Fat Pig‘, Comedy Theatre; ‘Sweeney Todd‘, English National Opera) and David Bardsley (‘Titanic‘, Charing Cross Theatre; ‘Guys and Dolls‘, National Theatre; ‘The Fix‘, Donmar Warehouse) will be performing every night until Saturday 20th May 2017. So, I truly recommend you to book your tickets now!!!
As you may know, I really enjoy talking to the actors of a new musical about how the rehearsals are going, how they are preparing for their new roles on the show and what do they like the most about musical theatre. So, here you have a new Q & A with the amazingly talented Katie Kerr and David Bardsley.
Cesar: How are the rehearsals of ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’ going so far?
Katie Kerr: Fabulous, we are laughing a lot which bodes well.
David Bardsley: It’s the end of the first week. My brain looks like a potato which was put in a hot oven and forgotten about. Being a two-hander, there is a lot to learn. Fortunately, everyone involved is gorgeous, talented and funny. So it’s been fun. So far!
C: What can we expect from this musical, can you explain me a bit what is it about?
Katie: It’s 1968. America’s Swingin’ Sweethearts, Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, are performing live on national television! The only catch? They haven’t spoken to each other in five years……
David: There’s more than one way to answer this question, but if you ask me, it’s about marriage. Or, if you like, relationships. The ups, the downs: the way in which time breeds both resentment yet mutual dependence. And, set in the world of showbiz, it’s also about ambition, success, disappointment, being famous, being no-one, etc. And it’s about not giving up; on life or each other. With songs.
C: In this show, there is a lot of tension and repressed feelings between the two main characters. How can you deal with that and not take it to the personal atmosphere?
Katie: Myself and David are aware that we are acting and we don’t let ourselves get to involved with that. We play the truth but never let it get on top of us!
David: It’s called acting, darling! I have plenty of drama at home. Theatre is only pretend. Even ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’!
C: What do you like the most about the 50’s and 60’s?
Katie: The hair!
David: 50s – American culture. 60s – The Beatles.
C: Which song is your favourite from ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’ and which one is the hardest to perform?
Katie: The Crosscountry Tour! It’s a beast.
David: We’re still learning the score, so it’s a little early to answer that question. But the score certainly is tricky!
C: Both of you have been performing in several musicals, which show are you willing to perform, which one would be like a dream come true for you?
Katie: I’d love to play Fanny Brice in ‘Funny Girl‘…Or Effie White in ‘Dreamgirls‘ but unfortunately that really is a dream.
David: I love Sondheim. I’d like to play ‘Sweeney Todd’ and Ben in ‘Follies‘ before I die. But if I don’t – I’ll live.
C: What song from a musical on your playlist do you never skip? Also, which duet would you love to perform together?
Katie: ‘One Second And A Million Miles‘ from “The Bridges of Madison County” – it means a lot to me. I would love to perform anything ‘Sweeny Todd‘ with David! Would love to be his Mrs Lovett.
David: ‘In Buddy’s Eyes‘ from ‘Follies‘. ‘Too Many Mornings‘ from ‘Follies’
Thank you very much for your time Katie and David, I would like to wish you all the best!!!