The first of today’s interviews is Doody, played by Freddie Cox…..
Name: Freddie Cox
Character Name: Doody
Tell us a bit about Doody: He is awkward, naive, boyish, young and worshipping of the other guys… but much of this changes over the course of the show.
Favourite song in the show & Why?: Well, aside from the obvious choices of Those Magic Changes (My song) and Freddy My Love (I wonder why I love that one?) my favourite has to be There Are Worse Things I Could Do. I absolutely adore the orchestration and the range of emotions covered by the song. Pure genius…
What other shows have you done?: Many! With Simply Theatre, the first was Alice in Wonderland, followed by Comedy Tonight and Funny Thing That Happened On The Way To The Forum, but aside from these I have done many including Avenue Q, Hairspray, Grease (in 2010… As Doody!), Copacabana and A Midsummer Nights Dream.
Best or Worst Moment on Stage: Best: Playing Wilbur in Hairspray at Christmas of 2013.
Interesting Grease Fact #2: The original Broadway production opened at the Eden Theater on February 14, 1972 and ran for 3,388 performances, setting a record. John Travolta appeared at some time as a replacement on Broadway in the role of “Doody”.