WE liked Sam Womack in Game On, the lad-favouring comedy of the nineties, writes Sammy Jones.
And as unashamed Eastenders fans, along with millions of others, we regularly watched the small screen to see her at work with the Mitchell clan.
But it’s one thing to shine on the small screen, another entirely to deliver the goods in the live arena.
And having seen her on the MK Theatre stage in Guys and Dolls, we think it is where Sam really excels.
All of which makes her return to the new city stage this coming week an exciting proposition.
Sam is starring in a classic production too – a winner of seven Tony Awards, and a show from the stable of the golden-wonder partnership that was Rodgers and Hammerstein.
It’s South Pacific, of course.
Having dazzled Broadway for two years and invigorated London’s Barbican Theatre, now the new city gets the opportunity to engage with the sweeping romantic tale.
This is the story of two couples who are threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices.
It first aired before audiences in 1949, but remains as relevant today as it was then.
Joining Sam to do justice to this musical extravaganza is a fellow ex-Albert Square resident Alex Fearns.
You’ll know him as nasty Trevor (Little Mo’s evil husband) but theatre fans will know him better as a stage star whose work also includes Little Shop of Horrors and Guys and Dolls– he was in the cast alongside Sam for that aformentioned MK delivery.
Also onboard, Welsh National Opera ace Jason Howard, Loretta Ables Sayre and Daniel Koek.
So, you have the plot and you know the cast, but what about the music?
South Pacific really does boast one of the best scores out there.
Some Enchanted Evening will form part of your terrific evening when it wraps the theatre in a sound-sational glow.
But don’t forget There Is Nothing Like A Dame and I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair.
Classics, every one of them.
South Pacific will lift the Autumnal and bring back the summer rays with a ten night stay at the venue, from Wednesday.
Call and book on 0844 871 7652.
>Six members of Stagecoach MK have been cast as the children in the production,
Good luck to all of them.
BUT WILL SHE SEND HIM ON HIS WAY?
Sam Womack washes that man outta her hair, above right