Slips In (And Out) Of Her New Role
Princess of punk Toyah Willcox caused a sensation
last night when she took over the starring role in the hit musical Cabaret...but
not in the way she intended. She made an unscheduled performance that was
a bit of a shocker - for she accidentally revealed all!
Toyah, 28, who has taken over from actress Kelly
Hunter, as Sally Bowles, was clearly suffering from first night nerves
as she went through her first full dress rehearsal just hours before the
debut performance. Her ill-fitting gown, suspenders and stockings did not
help. Every few moments the tiny star had to pull her shoulder straps into
But during one dance routine she could not stop
herself spilling out of the top of the dress. Quickly she pulled herself
together and continued, hiding her embarrassment. Outside the Strand Theatre,
too, it turned out to be an outrageous event - for dozens of loyal Toyah
fans ripped down posters as souvenirs, upsetting theatre officials.
Moments before stepping out on stage on the biggest
night of her life, Toyah revealed a secret grief - her husband of eight
months, rock guitarist Robert Fripp, could not be there to see her. He
is touring Holland and won't be back for a month. "I wish above everything
else he was here tonight," she said, "We miss each other terribly. We're
on the phone at least five times a day."
The Sun, 1987
Thanks to Jenny Parkin