24-year-old Leigh Coggins has spent 6 years waitressing in Pizza Hut, but finally the aspiring musical star has been served the break she’s been waiting for.
Leigh, who has previously served tables in a number of Pizza Hut restaurants including the Bridgend outlet, McArthurglen and Stratford over the past 6 years, was plucked from thousands of hopefuls to become the understudy for the female lead in the UK tour of the world famous musical, Les Miserables.
The former Pizza Hut waitress descried the moment she received the good news: “I was on my way home from work when I found out I’d got the part – I cried my eyes out on the Tube and everyone was laughing at me!”
The talented soprano only graduated from The Guildhall School Of Music and Drama this summer and has wasted no time in lining up her first major role. Taking on the part of the male lead in the touring musical production is Gareth Gates. Talking about working with the Pop Idol runner up Leigh said, “Gareth is lovely,” she added, “I’ve never met someone so genuine in all my life and we’re close in age so we get along really well.”
Pizza Hut will have to manage without one of its experienced waitresses for a while as the production will be touring the UK until May 2010. The show is currently playing at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff until January 16th.