Tuesday 18 February 2020

Interview with Gareth Gates

Boasting numerous number ones, mesmerising musical performances, and even ice-skating success, SoGlos speaks to star of the West End and hit singer, Gareth Gates.

From finding stardom in Pop Idol and selling millions of records worldwide, to starring in the West End and touring the country, singer and performer, Gareth Gates, has gone from strength to strength.

Most recently, Gareth shines as lead in the tenth anniversary of hit show Mad About the Musicals, which will take to Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury on Sunday 8 November 2015, celebrating best-loved hits from all-time favourite shows.

SoGlos talks to him about career highlights, his passion for musical theatre, and what audiences can look forward to in his current show.

First things first, can you tell me about your role in Mad About the Musicals?

Well, it’s the tenth year anniversary of the show and I was asked to be a part of this year’s celebration, which I was thrilled about. We perform all sorts of songs from some of the world’s best musical theatre, from Broadway to West End.

I’ve done big shows before, such as Les Miserables, Legally Blonde, and Joseph, and have carved a career out of musical theatre, so, to be singing some best-loved songs from theatre, and all within one evening’s performance, is a great thrill.

During the show, do you have a favourite song to perform?

‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’ is a favourite of mine. I played Marius in the 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables and in the West End, so that’s always a great one to perform.

There’s also the song, ‘Heaven on their Minds’ from Jesus Christ Superstar, a rocky song which I can really give my all on –that’s a new number which I will definitely be adding to my repertoire in the future.

What drew you to performing in musicals, and what do you enjoy about it?

For me, it’s the live aspect of performing to a different crowd – a live crowd – every evening.

When you’re a recording artist working in the studio, or on television shows, you often lose that live element. But with theatre, you get a live audience every night, and getting that amazing reaction is something quite special.

Do you have an all-time favourite musical?

Les Miserables is probably my favourite. I also played the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and that musical means a hell of a lot to me; I first performed in that role in my first school at the age of eight, and it’s because of that role that I fell in love with music. So to be offered by Andrew Lloyd Webber the lead role in the West End was a real honour.

You’ve experienced difference types of performances throughout your career, would you say that musicals are your favourite?

Absolutely. I’ve achieved quite a lot within my short(ish) career, and to now have a foot in the door for performing my own material – which I constantly do – but also in musical theatre as well, is great. I think my career from now on will hopefully be a mixture of the two.

How has becoming a Dad changed your career?

Well, becoming a Dad changed my life!

She’s my world – she’s now six years old, and it’s most amazing feeling. It’s difficult when working as I’m constantly on the road and it’s hard to be away from her. However, she comes to see me a lot. In fact she was with me last night and she’s seen this show four or five times. She loves to sing along and see her daddy perform onstage – and of course, she’s always in the front row.

What would you say is the best thing about touring the country?

I love touring, because it means I get to see a different place every night, with a different live audience too. The West End is great and I’ve done quite a few performances there, but it’s the same venue every night, whereas I love the variation of travelling around and seeing different parts of the country.

You’re going to be performing in Footloose in 2016. What are you most looking forward to with this show?

It’s such a classic show. It first debuted in Broadway 17 years ago and it’s toured the UK before, but this is a brand new version of the show. I really love the movie, and this will be a great show with some big hits too. It’s sure to be a fun night out for those who love 80s music.

Are there any other shows which you’d love to perform in?

There are quite a few. I love the musical Miss Saigon, so maybe that’s something I could do in the future, as well as Wicked – that’s a show which I’d love to perform in. And a few others, we’ll have to wait and see!

What do you think about talent shows such as the X Factor, and do you watch them?

Well I came from a very similar show and I think it’s a great platform for those who have a passion to perform. As long as the television shows are creating stars, then it’s great. Pop Idol really helped me with my career and I’ve achieved so much from it.

You took part in Dancing on Ice, how did you find that experience?

Dancing on Ice was lots of fun and I learnt a brand new skill. I love to perform, and singing and music is definitely what I do best, but put a pair of skates on me and I’ll learn how to do it. I was petrified at first, but I got better and better.

What has been your most memorable moment on stage during your career?

That’s a difficult question!

I think it would probably be my first number one record. I was performing at Hyde Park in London when I heard live on stage that I was top of the charts. To be performing in front of 120,000 people, and to then find out I was number one was probably the greatest moment during my career.

And finally, what can Gloucestershire locals look forward to from your upcoming performance in Mad About the Musicals?

It’s such a great show for all ages, and we have music from a wide range of musicals such as older, classic shows, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, and right through to more modern day shows such as We Will Rock You. It caters for all ages and tastes, and is sure to be a brilliant evening out!

For more information see Mad About the Musicals at Roses Theatre.

By Kathryn Godfrey

© SoGlos
Friday 30 October 2015

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