Emily Tierney is bubbling with excitement, and it’s her job that is the cause of the enthusiasm - but then, she is playing one of the lead roles in one of the most spellbinding musicals ever.
Wicked by name, exceptionally wonderful by nature, the show finally arrives at Milton Keynes Theatre from Tuesday, and Emily will be pulling on the sumptuous costumes and stepping into the role of Glinda the Good Witch.
It’s not a new part for Emily, but she sounds as excited to be starring in the piece today, as she must have been when told she had won the role.
“Even now I can’t believe my luck,” she tells me from her temporary base in Dublin, where she will deliver two performances in the show later today.
“I kept asking ‘Are you sure?’” she says, when cast for the piece.
“Glinda and the Wicked Witch are such massive parts, such iconic roles, they are a dream to play,” she enthuses.
“...I love my job!”
Wicked has never been far from Emily’s thoughts: not since she first sat down to watch the show while still at drama school: “I’d never seen anything like it, I was blown away. For women in theatre, there are very few roles where the two leads are iconic female roles, so that resonated with me, and there is so much depth too.”
Emily eventually went from watching in the stalls to starring in the ensemble – her first acting job.
“What’s great is that the job in the ensemble was also with my best friend George, who I went to drama school with.
“Now, on this tour, George (Ure) is back to play Boq...it’s like having my brother with me!”
This stint is also the first time Emily has been out on the road with a touring production.
“So far so good,” she says, when I ask how she is finding the run.
“It is a luxury tour really – it’s not like we are living out of a suitcase too much, because we are doing such long runs at each venue.
“I do have to look after myself though, “I can’t be out drinking every night!” she says with a laugh.
For the uninitiated among you, Wicked ‘wittily re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, explaining the untold tale of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students.’
And it goes down an absolute storm every night: “The reaction has been amazing.
“My breath gets taken away to be honest, and there is a standing ovation every night.
“It’s an absolute musical spectacular,” says our leading lady, “If you want to be entertained and want to see something different, come –our audiences have been blown away too!”
Wicked will enjoy a four-week stay at Milton Keynes Theatre, through to Saturday, March 8th.
For ticket bookings call 0844 871 7652 or hop on-line to atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes
> Next week, GO! talks more with Emily, and she’ll take us through her dazzling Wicked wardrobe.