Date: 28 February 1996
Originally published in: Daily Mail (UK)
She looks more like a Hillary Clinton impersonator than the pin-up girl of British pop.
Not that the makeover means Kim Wilde is settling for mumsy middle age – the 35-year-old singer has donned a twinset, if not the pearls, to appear in the West End musical Tommy. Miss Wilde plays Tommy’s mother, Mrs Walker, in the rock opera made famous by The Who.
The role means a temporary farewell to the sexy pout and chic style which have been her hallmark since she achieved stardom 15 years ago with her hit Kids in America.
Nineteen-year-old Paul Keating plays Tommy, the deaf, dumb and blind pinball expert, in the show, which opens on March 5 at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Miss Wilde unveiled her new look at a charity preview attended by Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.