Do you want some Hot Stuff?
PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 May 2015
Do you miss the big collars, even bigger hair and iconic anthems of the 70s?
With all of the decade’s best dance floor hits, cult musical Hot Stuff is set to raise the roof of the Queen’s Theatre, in Hornchurch, from May 22 until June 13.
The cast belt out everything from Michael Jackson, The Beatles and The Sex Pistols to Tina Turner.
The story revolves around Joe Soap, who is played by Matthew Quinn.
The 30-year-old from North Wales spoke to the Recorder on a break in rehearsals.
He said: “Joe’s girlfriend, Julie, wants him to become a ballroom dancer but he just wants to be a rock star.
“He ends up doing a deal with the devil and that’s when things begin to go wrong.
“One of the conditions of the deal is he has to break up with girlfriend, but whether they stay separated for the whole show, you’ll have to come to find out.”
The devil in Hot Stuff is no ordinary devil.
Replacing the trident with stilettos and the horns with huge hair, Lucy Fur, the devil’s flamboyant disciple works out the pact with Joe.
Lucy, played by ultra-glamorous Lady Felicia, steals the show.
Matthew, who has just finished Dreamboats and Petticoats in the West End, explained that Joe is not the kindest protagonist.
He said: “He is not a particularly nice person.
“He is willing to sell his girlfriend out to become a rock star.”
Lucy Fur forces Joe to make a choice, does he follow the devil and be wooed by her honey trap Miss Hot Stuff, played by Hollie Cassar, or choose his long suffering Julie, played by Sarah Mahoney, despite her inclination for ballet over rock.
But just because Joe is unpleasant does not mean Matthew won’t enjoy playing him.
“There are different shades in every character.”
“This show is all about the fun of playing these songs.”
And what an array of hits.
All will be performed live on stage by the Queen’s’ multi award winning resident ensemble Cut to the chase.
Matthew continued: “I love the disco stuff, we get to sing songs by Gloria Gaynor and Donna Summer.
“They are probably the biggest numbers in the whole show.”
The musical was devised by Maggie Norris and Paul Kerryson, and toured consistently since 1992.
The formula for the show’s success is pretty simple.
He said: “Really the production is a lot of 70s songs crashed together.
“It is going to be a fun, big song kind of show.”
Matthew is no stranger to the Queen’s Theatre, having previously performed in The Rocky Horror Show, and he is excited to return.
However after the dancing and singing of Hot Stuff he will be taking a well deserved rest.
Hot Stuff runs at the Queen’s Theatre, in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, from May 22 until June 13.
Tickets cost between £12.50 and £26.50.
Either call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or book online at queens-theatre.co.uk