BLOG EXCLUSIVE: 5 Questions With Tony Hadley

31 Jan

Former frontman of Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley, has just made his West End debut in a limited eight-week season at the Cambridge Theatre in “Chicago” from 29th January to 24th March as superslick lawyer Billy Flynn. This is a role he’s taken over from Ian Kelsey, and stars alongside reality-stars Aoife Mulholland and Brenda Edwards as well as Annette McLaughlin and Julian Sims.

1) How did you get the part of Billy Flynn in “Chicago”?

The Producers contacted my manager to ask if I would be interested. As I had just released my new album, which was a Swing / Jazz album (which I also followed up with a big band UK and European Tour), I just felt like it was a continuation of the same theme and style – so I jumped at the chance.

2) What did you look forward to/dread the most about the first night?

I opened on Monday, and I had a mixture of nerves and excitement. I didn’t really dread anything. I am used to appearing in front of an audience – and I knew my words and moves! It all went well, and the crowd was terrific.

3) What was it like for you to come into an already established cast?

It was slightly weird to be rehearsing with the people I had just seen playing the roles a few nights previously. But it was fine – everyone is really nice and supportive. The Resident Director, Nigel, and the Dance Captain, Dean, have both been really terrific.

4) How did it compare to stand on a stage doing a musical to standing on a stage doing a concert?

I am used to performing in front of people, but of course with theatre, I can’t make up what I say as I go along – every word has to be exactly as written!! And whilst Billy Flynn doesn’t really dance, he has to “move”… so that has been a challenge!

5) What have you got lined up after you’ve finished your run in “Chicago” by the end of March?

I am off on an acoustic tour of South America, Australia and Norway.


17 responses to “BLOG EXCLUSIVE: 5 Questions With Tony Hadley

  1. Evelyn

    January 31, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    Oh how I used to LOVE Spandau Ballet (even if I was just 10 when they were popular). Would be awesome to see Tony Hadley on stage, but that would require crossing the Atlantic. Something sadly I can’t afford to do just yet.

  2. Josie

    January 31, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    Cool interview, Terri. I love the musical Chicago. I saw it twice (in NYC and here in Cardiff) and I love the film version. Would be cool to see Tony Hadley in it too, and Aiofe.

    I always liked Spandau Ballet too. They had some great songs. I had a bit of a thing for Martin Kemp, I remember! 🙂

    Great interview. 🙂

  3. Geoff

    January 31, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    Terri, I’m really enjoying these “Five Questions with…” pieces you’re doing. More please!

    Great to see that Tony Hadley has got off to a great start in Chicago! He’s a great singer, and I’m looking forward to seeing the show in the next couple of weeks.

  4. Cristiana

    January 31, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Cool interview, Terri.

    I’ve seen Tony live a few times: he’s really at home when he’s on stage, very comfortable and great at interacting with his audience.

    His voice is still fantastic, I can tell you that much – it would be great to see him in something so different.

  5. Anne

    February 1, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    That was really wicked! I saw Tony in the show on his opening night. He was amazing. Great to see he enjoyed the audience as much as we enjoyed him!

  6. Marianne

    February 1, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Terri,

    Great to see that the Interview has worked out 🙂 Interesting read and can’t wait to see the show myself – my flight is already booked !

  7. Shelley

    February 1, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    I can’t wait to see Tone in Chicago. As a ‘regular’ at his gigs for the last 20 years+ I really must get to London to see this asap!!!

  8. Lynne

    February 2, 2007 at 11:57 am

    Looking forward to seeing Tone in Chicago next month. Been following him since i was 13. He gets better and better. Keep it up Tony, we love you!

  9. Tina

    February 3, 2007 at 7:30 am

    I was there for the first night – Tony was brilliant – he is a natural on the stage. Well done Tony.

  10. Karen

    February 3, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS. Tony is brilliant in Chicago – I was at the first night and he was fantastic.

    I’m now looking forward to the next time I go and see him.


  11. Carol

    February 25, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    Tony is fabulous in Chicago. Bet he enjoys the bit when he’s covered by the fans. The feathered variety. Just hope he doesn’t do too much theatre though, I want to see him in the North West not just in London!!

  12. Brenda Griffin

    April 14, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    Just been to the matinee and it was brilliant Tony Hadley is so great. I loved the show.

  13. Marilyn Hornsby

    March 6, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    I wish I could have seen it let me know Mr.Hadley if you come to the States.
    Marilyn and Eddie

  14. RedRoseOfNY

    July 15, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    I just adore Tony Hadley. He sounds as good today as he did 20 years ago. I also love Spandau Ballet, they were one of the first all gorgeous guy groups. And their music is timeless. I have all their videos and my one wish is that I could meet Tony someday. Aaaaah, if wishes were horses…..

  15. gloria

    December 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm



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