PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: "Over the Rainbow" Winner and London Les Miz Star Danielle Hope

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11 Jun 2013

Danielle Hope
Danielle Hope

Danielle Hope, currently starring as Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Hope made her professional debut as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium in 2011, after winning the BBC's "Over The Rainbow" casting competition.

She has performed at The Royal Variety Performance and the Macmillan Centenary Gala, presented at the Children's BAFTAs and judged at the Stephen Sondheim Society Competition and Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Prize.

Ms. Hope concludes her run in Les Miz on June 15.


Full given name: Danielle Hope
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born in Manchester UK
Zodiac Sign:Taurus
What your parents did/do for a living:Nothing theatrical!
Current audition song/monologue:Forever changing (as in material, not the name of a song!)
Special skills: Horse riding
Something you're REALLY bad at: Whistling and math
First Broadway/West End show you ever saw: Broadway: In the Heights
West End: The Lion King
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out? I admired various people within the industry especially after seeing shows down in London and on Broadway. It was always so inspiring.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway or West End show, what would it be? Ooooh well, I would have loved to have seen Judy Garland do anything live for starters. And the original production of My Fair Lady or Barnum with Michael Crawford.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: War Horse, always.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: If I even begin to answer this you’ll have pages and pages of songs!
Some favorite modern musicals: Next to Normal, In the Heights, Rooms, Love Story, Into the Woods
Some favorite classic musicals: West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: The West End production of Three Days of Rain starring James McAvoy and Nigel Harman. Just incredible.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Irish Folk, anything with emotion really. Usually music that I listened to whilst growing up.
MAC or PC? MAC although I’m still terrible on it!
Most played song on your iPod: "Set Fire to the Third Bar" by Snow Patrol and "Sweet Disposition" by Temper Trap
Favorite Tweeters: Christian Louboutin, @lifetools, and my cast mates
Last book you read: "Eleven" by Mark Watson
What Lindsey Kelk book would you recommend to the first-time reader? ALWAYS "I Heart New York," because you HAVE to read all of them.

If a film is ever made I’d die to play Angela Clark!! Even if it's just for the shoes!

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