Denise brings her magic back to Spa

Denise Nolan, appearing in the Magic of Judy Garland at the Spa
Denise Nolan, appearing in the Magic of Judy Garland at the Spa

DENISE Nolan is looking forward to returning to Bridlington, but this time she’ll be quite the opposite of the Wicked Queen she was when she last graced the Spa stage.

This time she will be re-creating the music of one of the world’s best loved musical stars in The Magic of Judy Garland on May 7.

Denise promises that this Saturday’s show will contain ‘99.5%’ of Garland’s best-loved songs and takes its inspiration from the performer’s legendary 1963 concert at the Carnegie Hall.

Denise told the Free Press that she couldn’t wait to get back to Bridlington: “I’m really looking forward to being back there, I just love the whole area and, dare I say it, I’ve been in love with Scarborough for years!” she said.

“I had such a good time when I was in Bridlington doing the panto, but it was so cold and snowy that I didn’t ever actually see the ground, so I’m really looking forward to seeing it in the summer!”

Denise said that audiences can expect an evening of Garland’s finest songs on Saturday, but stressed that the show isn’t an impersonation of the late great star.

“I wouldn’t want people to see me walk on stage and then think ‘oh, she doesn’t look anything like her!’, joked Denise.

“I have respect for people who do impersonations, but this isn’t what this show is about because I don’t think you can sing with someone else’s heart.

“I am a big fan of Judy Garland, particularly of her marvellous musicals, I think Shirley Bassey is the nearest when you think about her absolute talent, and this is my tribute to her.

“It is a fun show, a happy show that celebrates her life and doesn’t dwell on the tragedy.”

The Magic of Judy Garland will be at the Bridlington Spa Theatre this Saturday, May 7 from 7.30pm and tickets cost £15.50 or £13.50 for concessions, available from the box office.