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Emma Williams And Sour Grapes.
25-09-2006, 12:24 AM
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Emma Williams And Sour Grapes.

This week Emma Williams the reported professional handed in her notice to end her contract to share the role of Maria with the winner of the reality talent television programme "How do you solve the problem of Maria?" Connie Fisher.

The press had reported that she was to understudy Connie Fisher and perform on two out of every eight performances over the next six months. Miss Williams however has deemed it upon herself that she is to embarrassed to be thought of as an understudy in view of her experience to date which has been of a professional nature. At the end of which she would play Maria for the remaining six months of her twelve month contract.

The pressure is now on Connie Fisher who has indicated her willingness to give top rate performances on all eight shows for six months beginning on November the 3rd 2006.

My own personal view of this is that Connie will manage to do this, after all she is professionally trained and has graduated from a professional theatre course and it is normally expected that the next stepping stone is directly into professional musical theatre. Although her route was aided by a reality tv talent show.

Hence Miss Emma Williams has behaved rather unprofessionally and could find fiuture work prospects not forthcoming or difficult to attain in the light of her disloyalty to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and the team. I can't imagaine what must going through her mind throwing away the opportunity of working with the man that owns 10 of London's theatres, and David Ian who has controls of over 50 productions in 50 theatres throughout Britain.

Sour grapes seems to be ruling the day.

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25-09-2006, 03:40 PM
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Isn't this like any job where if you don't like what they're asking you to do you can leave?

Why call it 'disloyalty' in this particular case.

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25-09-2006, 08:49 PM
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Doesn't Andrew L-W have a record of people leaving at the last pip? Judi Dench, Steve Harley, Roger Moore...

Bet there's another side to it.

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25-09-2006, 09:48 PM
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I thought she had been taken on before the program and then had been told she would have to share the role - all heresey so possibly entirely wrong - but if that was the case I'd have quit too. If not, like Fee says there's bound to be another side.
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25-09-2006, 11:47 PM (This post was last modified: 25-09-2006 11:51 PM by Northern angel.)
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Emma Williams prior to signing the contract would have been well aware that ALW was looking for a new Maria, it is possible that she feels second best and is wondering why he signed her for 12 months in the first place. The Search for a new Mara actually began for real in April this year. In addition to this is her track record of professional shows television and staged plays, has all been to her credit.

David Ian who has production controls in well over 50 theatres throughout Britain had voiced at the beginning of the reality TV programme that whoever won the role of Maria needed to guarantee bums on seats. It strikes me that one or two of ALW's theatres are struggling financially again and a big cash injection is needed hence the programme to create an interest in musical theatre. So far 50% of the seats have been sold for the period of six months from opening night 3rd November 2006 at London Palladium. So recovery prospects look good. Just as well as not every ALW musical has been a hit, ALW has also suffered from one or two flops in recent years, which can have a knock on affect on future productions.

Artists often don't see the business side of a theatre or the background work involved in a production, all they see is the craving need for the limelight. For that Buzz theatre performance gives you. Emma won't be the first to have resigned but as there are 100 applicants or more to each role in professinal theatre, walking out without the security of another job is a bad move.

Unless Emma has been poached by another production company, she could well become a government artist. Walking out could well be held against her.
Irrespective of the fact that a reality TV talent show was Connie Fisher's chosen route she is every bit an equal to Emma Williams, if not more professional according to her recent graduation credentials.

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