s a kid growing up in Greystones, Róisín Sullivan was surrounded by music…
In particular, the classic musicals, and icons of Broadway and the West End.
“So, you see, I never really stood a chance,” she quips shortly after we sat down at Café Gray this afternoon. “When your mum is playing Streisand and Paige and all these wonderful singers, well, as a kid, you just want to spread your wings and fly that high too.”
The mighty Gladys!
And thanks to an undying passion for raising the roof that saw Róisín bounce from the mighty music teacher Gladys Sheehan to St David’s musicals and on to the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, the Greystones girl with the gargantuan voice has been flying very high indeed. From playing Adele in the West End premiere of A Man Of No Importance and starring alongside Sir Tommy Steele in Scrooge at The London Palladium to celebrating her roots in the Broadway touring production of Riverdance and, back home, having her name in lights for National Concert Hall productions of Oliver! and Annie, the Gaiety’s My Fair Lady and Gigi, the Irish premiere of Daddy Long Legs at Smock Alley and so much more.
“We’re just so thrilled to be able to step back out on a stage after what feels like a decade of singing at home,” says Sullivan. “And to be able to step out at The Whale with Chris is a real kick. When it comes to the setlist, we’re like two kids let loose in a sweet shop. Every song is going to be one that we truly love, and that’s going to make the night something very special…”
Just how the night is coming together, and what it feels like to be finally flying high again, hey, we decided to find out…
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