Mums in the West End have a lot on their plate. Whether they’re single parents trying to cover for an absentee father, trying to create a better life for their children or just dealing with the aftermath of something stupid that their children have done, there’s no wonder that West End mums have some of the most powerful and emotive songs in the shows.
To celebrate how amazing mums are (and not just because we forgot to buy her flowers), we’ve collated wise words from some of our favourite West End mums.
Margaret New, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
“I’m going to tell you to do it; just do it.”
Don’t tell our mum, but we secretly wish Margaret New was also our mum too.
Supportive of her high-heeled son’s dreams of being a drag queen, Margaret goes above and beyond to make sure her son has the dress, the shoes, and most importantly, the confidence to go out as Mimi at her first ever show.
With an upsetting past pushing her to want the best for her son, Margaret’s songs are full of pain, passion, and ultimately love for her son. Warning for those who haven’t seen the show, pack your tissues for “If I Met Myself Again”, and “My Man, Your Boy”.
Beverley Bass, Come From Away
“No one saying, “You can’t” or “You won’t” or “You know you’re not anything ’cause you’re a girl.”
Although we never see Beverley’s children on stage, she has two children with her husband, Tom.
The first female American captain in history, Beverley’s persistence to not give up in the face of adversity (and pilots asking her to make them drinks), as well as her courage, make her an incredible role model for not just her children, but for women worldwide.
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Beverley may have been told she couldn’t become a pilot because she was a girl, but she certainly proved her doubters wrong! In fact, Rachel Tucker, who plays Beverley in the show, is up for an Olivier Award in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical category this year for her portrayal of this incredible woman!
Golde, Fiddler On The Roof
“Don’t be an ox. A man sends an important message, at least you can talk to him”
A mother of five daughters, who also has to put up with Teyve’s moaning, Golde from Fiddler On The Roof certainly has her hands full, and that’s before any of the drama happens!
But even while her daughters start meeting husbands, and her community becomes under threat from outside sources, Golde remains a strong woman, who isn’t afraid to express her opinion and share advice.
So when her husband Teyve refuses to go and see the butcher, who has requested to see him, Golde’s persuasive words and moral judgement, convince him to change his mind.
Hermione, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
“He’ll hug you. Because we’re all on the same team, aren’t we, Ron?”
It’s safe to say that Harry, Ron and Hermione have certainly faced their fair share of danger. Quite frankly, it’s a miracle that they managed to reach adulthood in Harry Potter And The Cursed Child at all!
Obviously, we’re #keepingthesecrets here in terms of plot, but Hermoine’s consistent ability from the start of the whole saga to resolve tensions, remove un-necessary drama from within a friendship group and generally keep the team together, is sure to have set a great example for her children.
Donna Sheridan, Mamma Mia!
“You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life.”
Our West End mums don’t just have to deal with dramas and dilemmas; they also know how to have fun and let their hair down. And no other West End mum does this better than Donna, Sophie’s mum in Mamma Mia!
Even when she’s surrounded by her ex-boyfriends on her daughter’s wedding day, Donna and her dynamo ladies still manage to find time to dance, sing and enjoy the day…all while rocking a sparkly catsuit.
“Dreams come and they go, but hold them and keep them, and know that you need them.”
Jenna is a big dreamer. She dreams of setting up her own pie shop, dreams of leaving her unhappy marriage, and, when she finds out she’s pregnant, dreams of a better life for her and her baby.
This desire to follow her dreams, and never forget them, even in the toughest times, help her become an incredible pie maker (we’re talking Bake Off winner levels of good), as well as a fantastic friend and mum.
Throughout the show, Jenna is determined for her dreams to come true, so she and her baby can have a happy life. But will she make it happen with sugar, butter and flour? You’ll have to go and see Waitress to find out!