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

By Matthew Blank
June 11, 2013

Danielle Hope, currently starring as Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables, fills out Playbill.com'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 youíll 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 Ė 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 Iím 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 Iíd die to play Angela Clark!! Even if it's just for the shoes!

Must-see TV show(s): "Homeland"
Last good movie you saw: "Skyfall" and "Bourne Legacy"
Some films you consider classics: Ohh Iím sooo bad with films. I need to sit down and watch SO many that most people consider as classics! So work in progress!
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, James McAvoy
Pop culture guilty pleasure: It's got to be 90ís R&B and bands from naughties (90ís) as it reminds me of growing up.
Three favorite cities: New York, Rome, London
Favorite sport/team/player: Anything Equestrian, I adore
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Janet Jackson tape of "Again." It was broken so you had to stick your finger in to rewind it back.
When you first realized you could sing: I donít think I realized I could. I was just forever mimicking my mumís tapes in the car!
First stage kiss: West Side Story at college
What are some of your most memorable roles as a kid or teenager and how old were you? Maria in West Side Story
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: At school, because I wasnít very good or very interested in anything else!
Favorite liquid refreshment: Starbucks coffee
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: A huge breath and a smile
Most challenging role you have ever played: Dorothy was so physically demanding, lifting/skipping/dancing with the dogs in arms. I think every role challenges you in a different way and thatís what makes it so rewarding.
Single most difficult song you have performed live or on television: Probably the pressure of singing ďOver the RainbowĒ to the nation on live television. It is one of the most famous songs in the world, could you imagine forgetting the words to that???
Craziest audition story: Probably auditioning over three months with your auditions being broadcast to the nation every week. Auditions are terrifying anyway!
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: Tripping over the dog leash on my exit after "Over the Rainbow" and falling flat on my face onstage, when my mum was watching for the first time. Gutted!!
Worst costume ever: I played a line dancing oyster in a primary school adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Huge grey cardboard sheet with a small hole cut out in the middle for my head.
If you could trade roles with anyone in the cast for a week, who would it be? Probably Javert
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Mary Poppins
Leading man role you'd like a shot at: Usnavi in In the Heights
Is performing on Broadway something you aspire to? Definitely. New York is a second home. I adore it.
Something you are incredibly proud of: My independence
Career you would want if not a performer: To work with horses everyday. Teaching/riding/cleaning. Just anything.
Three things you can't live without: Music, my friends and animals
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Be strong, be daring, be forgiving and kind to yourself. Be supportive and love what you do. Just be you!