INTERVIEW: Bonnie Langford talks working 9 To 5 at Milton Keynes Theatre
We all need to pour ourselves a cup of ambition from time to time, and it seems even the renowned Bonnie Langford is no different, as she talks about living her life on the stage during a year-long tour of 9 To 5 the musical.
“It is very much a crowd-pleaser,” says Bonnie.
“Especially for women it seems because it is all about women taking charge and making sure they get treated fairly in the work place.
“The music is great and it is generally going down really well.”
But behind the scenes Bonnie admits it can be tough being away from her family as she travels from place to place ready to entertain thousands of people in the stage version of the 1980 film, which comes Milton Keynes Theatre on March 4.
She said: “I am enjoying it, but I do find it difficult touring and being away from home.
“Thank goodness for Skype and the Internet! I am doing a lot of miles in the car, going back and forth a lot as much as I can.
“But I am here to do a job, so you leave your home life in the dressing room as much as you can. It is not anybody else’s problem it is mine, so I do it and we cope, we’re fine as a family.”
So when Bonnie spectacularly transforms into her 1970s outfit and whips up an old-fashioned hairdo, she puts her personal thoughts behind her and steps into the spotlight to become Roz Keith.
“I play the office supervisor who is about the only person who likes being in the office in the current state,” says Bonnie.
“She’s a bit OCD. She likes to be very clean and efficient and likes to write lots of memos.
“The one person she does adore is her boss, she’s actually the only person in the office who does like him and unfortunately it’s completely unrequited.”
In between her rigorous schedule, the 48-year-old star that found fame on Opportunity Knocks when she was just the tender age of six, says she still tries to catch up on ITV’s Dancing On Ice, the skating show that she came third in back in 2006.
She said: “I’m still a fan and watch it when I can. I was in the first series and only had four weeks training, but at that point it was great because it was such a new thing and we were just working it out as we went along.
“None of us were expecting it to turn out the way it did, with it still going eight series on.
“Things change, they move on, they evolve and that’s nice.”
> Book your tickets now for 9 To 5: The Musical at Milton Keynes Theatre from March 4-9, call the box office 0844 8717652 or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes.
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