Q&A: Talking with Viva Forever's Sally Ann Triplett

Q&A: Talking with Viva Forever's Sally Ann Triplett

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    Sally Ann Triplett is spicing up the West End every night as feisty mum Lauren in the new musical VIVA FOREVER!. But Sally Ann herself is no newbie, having taken on such iconic roles as Grizabella in Cats, Roxie Hart in Chicago and Miss Adelaide in Guys & Dolls. Her impressive portfolio of West End theatre credits includes Follies, Chess, Grease, The Villain's Opera, Acorn Antiques – The Musical, Take Flight at the Donmar Warehouse and the Trevor Nunn-directed production of Anything Goes.

    Sally Ann first worked with Judy Craymer starring as Donna in Mamma Mia! at the Prince Edward Theatre. When Craymer joined forces with Jennifer Saunders, Sally Ann came on board, delivering sass, attitude and girl power at London's Piccadilly Theatre through the songs of the The Spice Girls.

    LT: How does it feel to be involved in a brand new musical in the West End?

    SAT: It is very exciting to be involved with a new British musical, and especially one written by Jennifer Saunders and produced by Judy Craymer. I've worked with Judy on Mamma Mia! so have known her for many years and enjoy working with her. It is always a challenge working on something new and you don't get too many opportunities to create a character from the beginning.

    LT: Can you give us three reasons why everyone should see VIVA FOREVER!?

    SAT: 1. It's great fun and about relationships, which everyone can relate to.

    2. It has got lots of catchy Spice Girls hits.

    3. It's a great night out and anyone who likes musicals will love the show.

    LT: Who do you think VIVA FOREVER! would most appeal to?

    SAT: It is for everyone, we get lots of women but every night I can see men dancing in the aisles too. We get standing ovations at almost every performance. If you were in any way a Spice Girl fan in their hey-day, you will love it.

    LT: Are you fully embracing Girl Power now that you are singing Spice Girls hits every night?

    SAT: I certainly am now. The Spice Girls completely passed me by but my niece is Spice mad and she has taught me all about the girls. I love singing their songs. Mama/Goodbye is a particular favourite of mine especially as I have a daughter.

    LT: Your daughter in the show enters a TV talent show and your own son in real life was a contestant on The Voice. Have you drawn on this experience for the role?

    SAT: At the time Max was in The Voice I was involved in the workshops of Viva so it seemed it was life imitating art all day long. It was stressful and wonderful all at the same time and has helped me enormously to understand the role of Viva's mother Lauren.

    LT: You’ve starred in many first class musicals such as Cats, Anything Goes, Chicago and Mamma Mia!. Are there any great musical theatre roles you would still love to play?

    SAT: I'd still love to play lead in Kiss of the Spiderwoman.