Jessie Buckley update

18 Jul

Following on from the many emails and comments about Jessie Buckley and Nancy/Oliver, here is an article from the Irish Examiner:

The gifted Killarney teenager Jessie Buckley has no immediate plans to tread the boards in London’s West End. Rumours persist the 18-year-old Kerry girl has been offered an understudy role of Nancy in a production of the musical, Oliver, due to start in December. She won the hearts of millions of TV viewers in Britain when she finished second in the BBC’s I’d do Anything talent search series. The prized role of Nancy was landed by Jessie’s main rival Jodie Prenger, 28.

But Jessie’s mother Marina Cassidy said yesterday the teenager has not signed up for the understudy role. No decision had been taken on anything — yet, she said. “She has started a Shakespearean course in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and has also got a very good agent in London. Everything else is still in the pipeline,” said Ms Cassidy, a well-known harpist and soprano.

“At the moment, negotiations are also still going on about other things. She’s very keen about her future training and is really concentrating on that.” But, judging by the reaction of the British public to her TV performances and the acclamation she received from leading West End figures such as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh, it won’t come as a surprise if a role is found for Jessie in Oliver. Managing director of Cameron Mackintosh Ltd Nick Allot was quoted as saying the company was hopeful of getting Jessie to take the understudy role. “We obviously think she’s fantastic. Cameron’s enthusiasm for her talent was obvious for all to see,” he said.

Jodie Prenger, meanwhile, is contracted to play the role of Nancy in six shows per week — with another artist filling in for the other two performances. Mr Allot felt an understudy role would help develop the talents of the Killarney singer who now envisages a career in musical theatre. “It’s very important she’s nurtured because she has an extraordinary talent. The temptation is sometimes to thrust people too quickly into the limelight without properly bringing it [talent] forward,” he remarked.


3 Responses to “Jessie Buckley update”

  1. Jochak July 18, 2008 at 10:30 #

    Please, can anyone tell me when this article was published in the Irish Examiner? Many thanks, Jo

  2. Dave July 18, 2008 at 10:58 #

    Its in todays paper (July 18th)

  3. Jochak July 18, 2008 at 14:08 #

    Many thanks Dave. Some of Jessie’s fans have just started a Jessie Buckley Fan Blog and any upto dated info or news would be of real interest to them.
    best wishes,

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