I saw the show last night and yes, the reviews are true. She really is as good as Julie Andrews ! If you get the chance to see this show before its run ends, please do. You won't regret it. No-one ever does but don't take my word for it, here's a review from the local paper:
Performing two shows a day (almost 5 hours of singing) takes its toll and around 20 minutes after the show Lucy emerged from the stage door of the very hot theatre and slumped on a bench outside with her head in her hands and a large bottle of water at her feet. Those of us who've met various singers at stage doors over the years know instinctively not to cross a line between devotion and intrusion especially where an exhausted performer is concerned. Mindful of this I didn't want to spend long with her but she did write a sweet message as she autographed my album and told me she had started recording songs for a second album, samples of which would appear on her website over the coming months. Maria is a tough gig, probably one the the hardest roles in show business. The first half alone was one and a half hours long with almost another hour after the interval. She's not only singing for much of the time but also acting with 7 young children. I was the only member of the audience to see her despite the fact that the stage door opens into the car park and people were getting into their cars a short distance away without recognising her. On stage she wears a blonde wig. Offstage she is very nondescript. I don't mean that in an unkind way, she doesn't dress to impress or get noticed unlike some other singers and doesn't seem to want to draw attention to herself offstage. In that respect she reminds me of Hayley. She went for a swim on the beach before the show but there were no photos on twitter or instagram and I didn't expect any. Lucy O'Byrne does not look like Lucy Kay (few women do!), she does not have Lucy Kay's personality (again few women do) but to a true fan none of that matters because it's all about the voice. She just gets on with the job. She gives her all on stage and has nothing left to give once off it and at the end of the day that is all that matters.
Thanks for the review Jeff, glad that someone got to see her, interesting observations on the real life of a working singer, Twiggy said very similar things about her life, singing six or seven nights a week for years but people only remember her for her modelling shots and her association with a high street retailer and her health related books.
The only thing I'd say about this is that the generation I saw in the theatre is (like myself) not one that is likely to be in the habit of downloading music. I'd much rather get my hands on the CD but it's not in my local HMV shop !
Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix in a Ferrari. What has this got to do with Lucy O'Byrne you may ask ?
We really should get Lucy to train Hayley in the art of replying to fans' tweets ! At least it would save Libby a whole load of grief and aggravation. Well Libby it's not all bad. At least you don't have to spend nearly an hour reading through both Lucys (O'Byrne and Kay) replies to fans over the weekend !