Tiffani Wood, Katie Underwood and David Tydd Tiffani Wood, Katie Underwood and David Tydd embark on their national tour of Valentino beginning on February 13 in Canberra. The tour runs through till April 11th finishing up in Queensland.
Tiffani and Katie are back together seven years after splitting from the pop group, Bardot for David Tydd musical, Valentino. Tiffani Wood stars as Valentinos lover, Natacha, while fellow Bardot member Katie Underwood plays the Hollywood glamour girl, Betsy. br>
David Tydds Valentino embraces Rudolph Valentinos dramatic struggle to fame set against the spectacular backdrop of 1920s Hollywood with all its glamour and romance.
Tell me a little bit about David Tydds Valentino?
Tiffani Wood: Its set in the 1920s in the silent movie era where the man responsible for bringing Latin dance to the world Valentino ( Michael) is busy becoming a star. He has a big Boss, head of the studio Max ( Normie Rowe) and a Hollywood hottie Besty ( Katie Underwood) who plays with the boys and is a lot of the time drunk hehe shes a funny character. There are lots of spectacular dance routines in all different forms of Latin and acrobatics along with original songs. Its a very diverse multicultural show and will take you through the trials and tribulations of Valentino and fellow characters journeys behind the scenes of the studio and with what goes on there.
Who do you play in Valentino?
Tiffani Wood: I play Valentinos love interest Natacha Rambova. She's the set and costume designer for the 1920s silent movie era. Shes ahead of her time dressing more 1930s and is like a mother hen to the girls and a bit sarcastic to the men but in a nice way.
Are you anything like your character?
Tiffani Wood: Im definitely similar in that I have sarcasm towards men hehe and I like to think I have a creative flair like her but other than that our similarities probably end there.
Is this a different experience from your normal line of work?
Tiffani Wood:Yes and no. I was in a musical "Las Vegas the musical" late last year and so its not a totally new thing and it includes dancing and singing that Ive done since I was little. The main difference is the acting side. Although I act in film clips etc Ive never really played anyone (except in the last musical) other than a version of myself so its been a new experience, and Ive been really lucky to have such a veteran as Normie Rowe helping and giving great hints, tips and advice to do with acting and stage presentation as its also different than a pop concert from the eye lines to the crowd, voice projection and character analysis.
Are you excited to work with your past band member again?
Tiffani Wood: Sure am, Katie was my roommate in the very beginning with Bardot and weve been friends ever since. She was a big loss to Bardot especially in the form of Vocal strength and personality. I knew id work with her again one day and the day has come and she hasnt changed a bit :) we have so much catching up to do.
Have you had much contact with each other since Bardot spilt, seven years ago?
Tiffani Wood:A lot in the beginning as I used to go to Melbourne all the time to song write so Id stay over at her house and go out and chill. Then because she lives in Melbourne and Im in Sydney just distance and sometimes schedules have kept our visits to a minimum, so I probably havent officially seen her since maybe 2004, but have kept up to date via good old Facebook etc
What is different about singing in a theatre opposed to a concert?
Tiffani Wood: Its a lot more strict, in the way of you usually have and MD ( musical director) who tells you how something should be sung as opposed to in a pop concert when your being yourself you can mainly sing how you like. But with this production it hasnt been as tight reigned in the form of vocals so Ive been able to put my own spin of my songs which has been fantastic.
David Tydds Valentino will leave you breathless!
David Tydds Valentinos 2009 Season:February 2009
Fri 13th & Sat 14th -Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sat 21st -Newcastle Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Sat 28th - IPAC Wollongong , Wollongong , NSW
Sat 14th - Glen Street Theatre, Belrose, NSW
Fri 20th & Sat 21-York Theatre Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW
Sat 28th -Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, NSW
Fri 3rd & Sat 4th - The Palms Crown Casino, Melbourne, Vic
Sat 11th -Gold Coast Arts Centre, Qld