Thursday, 27 December 2012

Connie Fisher withdraws from musical due to ongoing vocal issues

Connie Fisher has withdrawn from playing singer Clara Hibbert in the Rose Theatre, Kingston's forthcoming revival of Noel Coward's The Vortex due to "ongoing vocal issues". The production runs from 7th February until 2nd March 2013 and also stars Kerry Fox, David Dawson and James Dreyfus. It was only recently announced that Connie would appear in the production. 

Connie came to the public's attention after winning Andrew Lloyd Webber's casting show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? in 2006. Since winning the show she has fought a long-running battle with a condition called congenital sulcus vocalis.

Earlier this year, during an interview with the Telegraph Connie said "I was referred to a leading American surgeon in Boston who operated on Julie Andrews and Adele. He examined me and said he would operate but that he honestly couldn't tell whether I would ever sing again. It felt like I was spinning around in a car crash."

Although her voice was saved, her vocal range is now limited. She continued to say "My voice now has a creak. I still have melody in it but I've gone from a high soprano to an alto, and that precludes certain roles in musical theatre." 

Since playing Maria in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium and on tour, Connie has starred in They’re Playing Our Song at the Menier Chocolate Factory opposite Alistair McGowan and Wonderful Town at The Lowry.

New casting for The Vortex is due to be announced in the new year.

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