Leanne grabs ‘dream role’ as Sandy in Grease

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Alan Owens

Leanne Moore with Michael Douglas in Claridge's Hotel, London
LIMERICK’S Leanne Moore has secured her ‘dream role’ on stage as Sandy in Grease, which will see her strut her stuff in the Cork Opera House this summer.

LIMERICK’S Leanne Moore has secured her ‘dream role’ on stage as Sandy in Grease, which will see her strut her stuff in the Cork Opera House this summer.

The singer has put the pain of Eurovision disappointment behind her and is set to move to Cork for seven weeks this summer to play the role.

The role has a special significance for the You’re A Star winner, as Grease was the last movie she watched with her mother before she died.

“I remember being tucked up in her bed and we literally rewound it 20 times. Since then it has been my favourite movie,” she explained.

“I just love it and it is definitely the dream role for me,” added Leanne.

The Corbally native says that her starring role in the UCH panto Cinderalla last Christmas was the perfect forerunner for this latest transition to stage.

“That was my first stage role in quite a while, so it gave me a taste again for what I love,” she explained.

“It might have lead to this because people didn’t know I was doing stage again. I didn’t audition for Grease, they called me.

“I am over the moon. If I was never going to get this part I would have put the show on in my back garden,” she laughed.

In recent weeks Leanne has thrown herself back into work, mostly with TV3, with whom she is working as showbiz correspondent on Ireland AM and Expose.ie - and recently travelled to London’s Claridge’s Hotel to interview Behind the Candelabra star Michael Douglas for the station.

“He was really nice and really cool - the first thing I thought when I saw him was, ‘my God he is still hot’,” laughed Leanne, who also met Moone Boy star Chris O’Dowd recently.

“Michael was really approachable – a lot of these people you are shipped in and shipped out – and he chatted about being in Limerick for the JP McManus Pro -Am. He said his return to Ireland would be more than likely golf related and would be back soon.

“He was a really nice guy off camera too, even after a million interviews,” she added.

To watch Leanne’s interview with Michael Douglas for TV3’s Ireland AM click here.