Don’t miss Donna in Eva Cassidy tribute

Donna Hazelton
Donna Hazelton

Leven’s top musical stage star is urging fans not to miss the biographical live show celebrating Eva Cassidy when it hits Fife this weekend.

It’s something of a homecoming gig for Donna Hazelton, who is playing the late singer’s mother Barbara in ‘Over The Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story’.

Donna Hazelton

Donna Hazelton

The show is coming to the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes this Friday as part of its special 10th anniversary tour.

Actress and singer Donna said it was a great night out, with new characters and new songs livening up a fresh version of the show, plus a superb four-piece band.

But, she said, be prepared to shed a few tears, as even though the outcome is well known, the story leading up to it was quite sad.

Glad to be performing back in Scotland, and particularly Fife, in front of family and friends, Donna said the show had been received very well so far because it was telling Eva’s life story.

“The show is giving you the background of her growing up – they were a very close family, particularly her and her mother,” said Donna. “You get to meet the person, although she’s no longer with us.”

Nicole Faraday (‘Bad Girls’, ‘Emmerdale’) plays Eva, with Tom Vaughan (‘Hollyoaks’) as her brother Danny, and Irish singer Rose-Marie as Mary Ann Redmond.

Eva was barely known outside her native Washington until Terry Wogan championed her version of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, which became a massive hit and spawned a succession of number one albums.

She died in 1996, at the age of just 33.