Podcast: Edward Seckerson Meets... Samantha Barks

Edward Seckerson
Friday, May 3, 2024

From TV show ‘I’d Do Anything’ to starring as Elsa in Frozen, Samantha Barks has the world at her feet. She talks to Edward Seckerson about her career highlights to date, and why Elsa is a dream role

For this Musicals Magazine Podcast, Edward Seckerson meets Samantha Barks, who has travelled far since she and Rachel Tucker went head-to-head in a bid to win the role of Nancy in the reality TV show I’d Do Anything. Unforgettably, there was Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years where she and Jonathan Bailey lit up the then St James Theatre with their conspicuous talent. Then came Éponine in Les Misérables both onstage and onscreen, and a Broadway debut as the feisty Vivian in Pretty Woman. Edward Seckerson meets her in her dressing room at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane where Queens Elsa is about to put the freeze on for a lot of adoring little girls. 

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For tickets to Frozen, which runs until 8 September, visit frozenthemusical.co.uk 

The musical excerpt of ‘On My Own’ is taken from Les Misérables: The Motion Picture Soundtrack (Cameron Mackintosh Ltd / Polydor Records / Universal Music); the musical excerpt of ‘Into The Unknown’ is taken from the album of the same name, released by Samantha Barks in November 2021 on Westway Music (westwaymusic.com); the opening and closing musical excerpts featured in this podcast are from the Overture to Gypsy (film version), taken from Jule Styne’s ‘Overtures Vol 2’, courtesy of JAY Records.