So finally the big night arrived and the Wizard of Oz opened! It was such a fantastic evening, a real glamorous West End opening night with celebs and critics a plenty! I loved catching up with the very fabulous John Partridge, who I have know since he was 16 and gave him his very first job! I saw all the Dorothys, Philip Schofield, Barbara Windsor, Duncan James and had a lovely chat with Tamsin Outhwaite, who I have also know since she was a teenager in my production of Grease many years back… ah how time flies!
Last Saturday Brian May, Anita Dobson and Matt Lucas all came to watch the show and when I asked Matt what character he would want to play he replied ” Probably the Scarecrow, but I can’t dance” which made me very proud of Paul Keating who has worked so hard to characterise the movement of the Scarecrow.
Work wise it’s been busy as usual, with book signings at Guildford and Bluewater for my Alana Dancing Star Series and I’d like to thank all of you who came along for your support. My next one will be at the MOVE IT exhibition on Sunday 13th of March 11:15 at the Kensington Olympia : http://www.moveitdance.co.uk/page.cfm/link=105 so look forward to seeing more of you there!
Last week I launched a competition to win a set of 4 of my books on twitter, well done everyone who got the right answer, and @Dilly4 for being the lucky one I drew out of the hat! It was such fun, I’ll be doing another one shortly! So watch out!
I filmed the TV Book Club last week with Jo Brand, Laila Rouass and Dave Spikey and hosted by Meera Syal, we were reviewing Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor, it’s a very heavy book – not a light holiday read – but beautifully and poetically and very thoughtfully written.
Friday night was great as I got to meet up with my old friend Kenny Ortega, we go way back from when he had his group ‘The Tubes’ and I had Hot Gossip, wow those were crazy days! He has had an amazing career and was the creative director of Michael Jackson’s “This Is It”
I’ve been living in the leather jacket from my Marisota collection, it’s so comfy and just goes with everything. I’ve also been trying much harder to do the two things my eldest daughter keeps nagging me about – taking my makeup off at night and using my skin products, which range from Boots to E45 to Creme de la Mer…
Today is International Women’s Day, so check in next week to see how I spent my day with an amazing bunch of Forward Ladies….
Love Arlene x