Donna in stage tribute to Eva Cassidy

Donna Hazelton
Donna Hazelton

Leven’s own star of the musical stage, Donna Hazelton, is in Fife next month to play a character close to one of music’s best-loved song stylists.

‘Over The Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story’ is marking its 10th anniversary with a special tour, which takes in the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes on September 19.

Donna Hazelton

Donna Hazelton

Actress and singer Donna is playing Barbara Cassidy, the German-born mother of Eva, one of the most celebrated singers and performers of the modern era, whose fame was only assured after her tragic death in 1996.

Since famously winning Channel 4’s TV show ‘Musicality’ 10 years ago, Donna has appeared as Mama Morton in the hit West End production of ‘Chicago’.

Her credits also include a performance at the Olivier Awards in 2005 and a range of UK, European and international theatre tours, such as ‘Girls Night’ and ‘The Sound Of Music’.

Closer to home, she has appeared in pantomime, numerous solo shows, and as the Queen in ‘Princess Pumpalot’ at the Edinburgh Festival.

The award-winning Cassidy musical is a poignant but uplifting account of Eva’s life, from an happy childhood growing up in a musical family, her studio work with Chris Biondo and the exuberant live recording at Blues Alley, to her premature passing at the age of just 33.

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.