A Julie Andrews Tribute Show

Spoonful of Julie Nicola Mills Lytham

A Childhood Love

Since Nicola Mills was a little girl she just LOVED Julie Andrews films and ‘The Sound of Music’ is still her favourite. She used to sing along to them as a child, know all the words and would watch them over and over again. Little did she know where that might take her!

Nicola Mills A Spoonful of Julie Andrews Music Lytham

Being an Adult

Nicola, a down to earth Northern Lass is a Soprano with initially (and still) a love of Opera after being introduced to it at 15, she went on to study The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and then worked all over Europe in prestigious Opera Companies, and that could have been a great life BUT Nicola want more, she wanted to take Opera to the people, by singing in the streets. See her ‘in action’ …..

She did not know that it would change her life. It established her passion for singing and developed a wonderful connection with her (random) audiences. She recently spent 6 months of last year in New York where she put on her own show ‘A Soprano and a Suitcase’ at The Triad Theater.  Check out her website, were there is also a great blog about it A Soprano, A Suitcase and A Rucksack

 

An Itch that Wouldn’t Go Away

She had the nagging idea for a Julie Andrews tribute show.for a couple of years, so whilst still in New York early this year she spent hours in the Performing Arts Library at The Lincoln Center researching her and watching videos. A few things conspired to think ‘Life’s TOO Short’ to NOT do the things you really want to do, so shoving all obstacles aside, she decided to GO FOR IT!
The show is called ‘A Spoonful of Julie’ and it’s full of songs and medleys of Julie’s most favourite things and there are some  Julie stories along the way too.  Stuart Barham who worked in the West End as a musical director for years with the likes of Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh, has done an amazing job of the arrangements and Nicola is super excited to be premiering in Lytham in the New Year, honoring her idol Julie Andrew, who brought so much pleasure to people of all ages.She hopes she will bring pleasure to you too.
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The show is over for this part of the country and here’s what I thought

A practically prefect way to spend an evening or afternoon

From the moment Nicola Mills and her accompanist Gary Branch burst onto the stage with a short compilation of everyone’s favorite tunes we were then immersed in anything and everything Julie Andrews from charming anecdotes of Julies early life and a musical meander through the films and stage shows, such as Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, My Fair Lady and Camelot.

What Nicola brings is sheer joy, as well as an amazing voice, that she is fulfilling a long-held dream and letting us be part of it ………some fabulous sing a long moments too!

I personally laughed out loud and shed a tear, Nicola is the most charming down to earth ‘diva’ you will ever meet!

If you cannot catch a performance of this one woman show (see below), she can be seen gracing the streets of Lancashire and bringing Opera to the People.and check out her website www.iamnicolamills.com/

Where else you can see the show…
The Met, Bury Friday 6th March 7.30pm
Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge  Saturday 7th March 7.30pm
St. John the Baptist, Shepherd’s Bush London Saturday March 14th 7.30pm
St. Michael’s Church, Brighouse Saturday March 28th 7.30pm
The Ace Centre, Nelson Sunday March 29th 2pm
Holmfirth Civic Hall, Holmfirth  Friday April 17th 7.30pm
The George Lawton Hall, Mossley Saturday April 18th 7.30pm
Christchurch, Ilkley Friday April 24th 7.30pm
Ushaw College, Durham Saturday April 25th 7.30pm
The Drill Hall, Chepstow Saturday May 2nd 7.30pm
Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies College Sunaday May 3rd 3pm