20 Questions With...Ruthie HenshallDate: 20 August 2001
Musical star Ruthie Henshall, opening this week in the West End's Peggy Sue Got Married, explains what lured her home from Broadway & why she thinks Susan Stroman is a genius.
Award-winning musicals star Ruthie Henshall returns home from New York this month to make her first West End stage appearance in nearly three years.
Henshall's West End credits include Cats, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon as well as Crazy For You and Chicago, both of which she received Laurence Olivier nominations for, and She Loves Me, for which she won the Olivier for Best Actress in a Musical.
Having played Roxie Hart in London, Henshall went on to make her Broadway debut as Velma Kelly in the New York production of Kander and Ebb's Chicago. Off stage, she's recorded her own solo albums and has also contributed to a number of original cast recordings.
Henshall is now playing the lead in the West End production of Peggy Sue Got Married, a musical adaptation of Francis Ford Coppola's film about a fortysomething woman who faints at her high school reunion and wakes up back in her 1950s teens.
Date & place of birth
Now lives in...
First big break
Favourite production that you've worked on
What role would you most like to play (if you haven't already)?
How do you find performing on Broadway differs from performing in the West End?
What's the best thing currently on stage?
What advice would you give to the government to secure the future of British theatre?
Favourite after-show haunt
Favourite holiday destination
What attracted you to your role in Peggy Sue Got Married?
What's your favourite number from Peggy Sue Got Married?
What's your favourite line from Peggy Sue Got Married?
What was the most notable thing that happened during rehearsals for Peggy Sue Got Married?
Peggy Sue Got Married opens at the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre on 20 August 2001, following previews from 2 August.