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Footloose the Musical comes to Blackpool – final casting announced for 2022 Tour

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Selladoor Worldwide has confirmed final casting for Footloose the Musical, which will be staged in Blackpool this spring.

 

Back by popular demand, the musical will arrive in Blackpool between April 11 and 16, 2022 as part of an extensive UK tour.

Lucy Munden will join the cast as Ariel, alongside Oonagh Cox as Rusty. In Zurich the role of Willard will be played by Luke Friend, with Philip Bulcock as Reverend Moore.

Previously announced cast includes Jake Quickenden as Willard and Darren Day as Reverend Moore with Anna Westlake (Lulu), Alex Fobbester (Bickle), Ben Barrow (Wes), Ben Mabberley (Jeter), Geri Allen (Ethal), Holly Ashton (Vi), Jess Barker (Wendi-Jo), Joshua Hawkins (Ren), Samantha Richards (Urleen), Tom Mussell (Chuck), and Daniel Miles

Rehearsal for Footloose 
Picture credit Mark Senior

Rehearsal for Footloose Picture credit Mark Senior

and Lucy Ireland as off-stage swings.

Following two critically acclaimed tours and huge popular demand, Footloose The Musical is back and better than ever!

The musical which was postponed in 2020 is set to burst back onto stage in 2022.

Jake first hit our screens in The X Factor in 2012 and again in 2014 where he went through to the live shows followed by appearances on Chart Show TV, ITV’s Kellys Heroes, as a regular panelist on Big Brothers Bit On The Side and as a contestant on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

Following his win of the 2018 season of Dancing on Ice Jake has most recently been seen in hit TV show Hollyoaks. Jake is no stranger to the stage having performed in the title role of

Peter Pan at Blackpool Opera House; also touring with the Dreamboys and appearing in Pantomime. He most recently starred in the acclaimed 50th anniversary production of Hair the Musical.

City boy Ren thinks life is bad enough when he’s forced to move to a rural backwater in America. But his world comes to a standstill when he arrives at Bomont to find dancing and rock music are banned.

Taking matters into his own hands, soon Ren has all hell breaking loose and the whole town on its feet.

Based on the 1980s screen sensation which took the world by storm, Footloose The Musical sizzles with spirit, fun and the best in UK musical talent. With cutting edge modern choreography, you’ll enjoy classic 80s hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and of course the unforgettable title track

Footloose.

Footloose The Musical will be presented by Selladoor Productions and Runaway Entertainment with casting by Debbie O’Brien, and will be directed by Racky Plews, with choreography from Matt Cole, musical supervision by Mark Crossland and design by Sara Perks with lighting design from Chris Davey and sound design from Chris Whybrow.

April 11 to 16, Blackpool Opera House – www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk 0844 856 1111

 

 

Bat Out of Hell the Musical at Blackpool Opera House for one week only: Here’s the dates, performance times and when tickets go on sale

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It was 40 years in the making and now the late composer Jim Steinman’s spectacular stage musical Bat Out of Hell is coming to Blackpool Opera House in 2022.

 

Featuring hit songs from the two legendary albums including I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad and You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth, the musical adventure is set to electrify audiences in the resort for just one week only from Tuesday July 5 to 9.

The tour is dedicated in the memory of the legendary songwriter, composer and producer Steinman, who died aged 73, on April 19, 2021.

Tickets for the Blackpool show dates are on sale now.

The roaring production wowed critics and public alike when it played limited seasons at Manchester Opera House, London Coliseum and London’s Dominion Theatre from 2017 to 2019.

Now the cast are excited to bring the show to the iconic Opera House.

Who is in the 2022 UK tour cast?

The tour sees the return of Glenn Adamson (American Idiot) as Strat, Martha Kirby (Grease, Rags the Musical) as Raven and original leading cast members Rob Fowler (Mamma Mia!, Bat Out of Hell) as Falco and Sharon Sexton (Mamma Mia!, Bat Out of Hell) as Sloane.
Bat out of Hell the Musical coming to Blackpool Opera House - Martha Kirby as Raven and Glenn Adamson as Strat

Bat out of Hell the Musical coming to Blackpool Opera House – Martha Kirby as Raven and Glenn Adamson as Strat

In addition Killian Thomas Lefevre as Tink, Joelle Moses as Zahara, James Chisholm as Jagwire, Kellie Gnauck as Valkyrie, and Danny Whelan as Ledoux.

Bat Out of Hell – the Musical

The musical won the Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards and was nominated for eight WhatsOnStage Awards, including Best New Musical.

In Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, the electrifying rock songs of Mr Steinman propel an epic story of rebellious youth and passion as Strat, the immortal leader of The Lost, has fallen in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler Falco.

Bat out of Hell the Musical coming to Blackpool Opera House - Glenn Adamson as Strat and the Cast

Bat out of Hell the Musical coming to Blackpool Opera House – Glenn Adamson as Strat and the Cast

The UK & Ireland Tour of Bat Out of Hell – The Musical has book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman, direction by Jay Scheib, choreography adapted by Xena Gusthart, with musical supervision and additional arrangements by Michael Reed, set and costume design by Jon Bausor, original costume designs by Meentje Nielsen, original wig designs by Linda McKnight, video design by Finn Ross, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestration by Steve Sidwell, original casting by David Grindrod CDG and UK Tour casting by Anne Vosser.

The UK & Ireland Tour of Bat Out of Hell – The Musical is produced by David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl & Tony Smith, with executive producer Julian Stoneman.

The music

Bat Out of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide. 16 years later, Steinman scored again with Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, which contained the massive hit I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).

Glenn Adamson as Strat and the Cast

Glenn Adamson as Strat and the Cast

For the stage musical, the legendary and award-winning Jim Steinman incorporated iconic songs from the Bat Out of Hell albums, including You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth, Bat Out of Hell, I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, as well as two previously unreleased songs, What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Allowed to Love.

Where and when will tickets be available?

Tickets available now (Mon 29 Nov 2021 11am) at www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

 

 

The Nolans and Johnnie Casson out of Bobby Ball tribute show at Blackpool Opera House

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The Nolans and comedian Johnnie Casson have pulled out of tomorrow’s sold out Blackpool tribute show to Bobby Ball die to what the organisers have termed ‘unforeseen circumstances’.

 

The Blackpool-based singing group of sisters and Fylde-based funnyman Casson were among an extensive bill of national and local stars listed to perform at Rock On – the Variety Show at the Opera House, organised by the Bobby Ball Foundation and raising funds for the Blue Skies Hospital appeal and Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion, as well as the statue planned in Lytham to commemorate Bobby.

Among those performing is Bobby’s long-time Cannon and Ball comedy partner, Tommy Cannon, along with the likes of tenor Russell Watson and funnyman Ted Robbins.

The Blackpool-based Nolans have pulled out due to 'unforeseen circumstances'

The Blackpool-based Nolans have pulled out due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’

A spokesman for the Foundation said: “We can confirm that due to unforeseen circumstances The Nolans and Johnnie Casson will now not be performing at Rock On – The Variety Show.

“However, we have an amazing line up of artists performing for what will be a night where we celebrate the life of our dear Bobby and we look forward to welcoming everyone to this sold out show.”

Bobby’s widow Yvonne, who set up the Foundation to support causes close to Bobby’s heart, said: “It’s sad The Nolans and Johnnie won’t be able to make it but we’re looking forward to a great night and thanks to everyone for their support.”

Rock On – the Variety Show will be followed on Saturday night by the Foundation’s ‘Bobby Ball’ fund-raiser in the Empress Ballroom, which is also a sellout.

Bobby Ball

Bobby Ball

 

 

Sir Cliff Richard performs at Blackpool Opera House: here’s what excited fans had to say

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Excited fans travelled from all over the country to see Sir Cliff Richard rock the stage at Blackpool Opera House.

 

The world famous pop star brought The Great 80 Tour to Blackpool on Sunday (October 17) – a tour which was due to coincide with Sir Cliff’s 80th birthday.

After being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, fans from all over the country were delighted to finally see the now 81-year-old in action at Blackpool Opera House.

For 86-year-old Thelma Bradbury, from Sandbach, it was her second time watching Sir Cliff Richard performing live.

Christine Melling (pictured left) and Thelma Bradbury (pictured right) had travelled from Sandbach to watch Sir Cliff Richard performing live at Blackpool Opera House.

Christine Melling (pictured left) and Thelma Bradbury (pictured right) had travelled from Sandbach to watch Sir Cliff Richard performing live at Blackpool Opera House.

She said: “I’ve been a fan since he first came in, so it’s been many years.

“I last saw him in Manchester, but I’ve watched him a lot on the TV performing at the Palladium.

When asked what song she wanted him to play, she added: “I like all of his music to be honest, I really do.”

John, 71, and Jeanette Sigley, 70, had travelled from Macclesfield to experience one of Cliff’s shows for the first time.

John, 71, and Jeanette Sigley, 70, had travelled from Macclesfield to experience one of Cliff's shows for the first time.

John, 71, and Jeanette Sigley, 70, had travelled from Macclesfield to experience one of Cliff’s shows for the first time.

“We’ve been fans for years,” Jeanette said.

“We should have come last year but it was cancelled so we’re really looking forward to it.

“I’m hoping he plays a rock and roll song like Move It, Living Doll, Summer Holiday and one off his new album.”

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Jim and Jill Noakes, from Leigh-on-Sea, said they been fans since the 50s and have seen Sir Cliff Richard perform nearly every year.

Jim and Jill Noakes, from Leigh-on-Sea, said they been fans since the 50s and have seen Sir Cliff Richard perform nearly every year.

Sir Cliff has enjoyed 14 UK Number 1 singles such as 1959’s Living Doll, 1961’s The Young Ones, 1979’s We Don’t Talk Anymore, 1988’s Mistletoe and Wine and 1990’s Saviour’s Day.

Selling over 250 million albums worldwide, he is also the only singer to have had a Number 1 single in the UK in five consecutive decades.

Sir Cliff will perform 13 shows in total for The Great 80 Tour, including four sold out shows at Royal Albert Hall.

Speaking about the tour, he said: “To have the opportunity to reach an even wider audience in cinemas, and especially for those international fans still unable to travel to the tour venues, is a little nerve wracking, but hugely exciting!

Susan Clark, from Cumbria, and Janet Cushing, from Preston, said they have been fans of Sir Cliff Richard since they were very young.

Susan Clark, from Cumbria, and Janet Cushing, from Preston, said they have been fans of Sir Cliff Richard since they were very young.

“I shall begin the tour aged 80 and will be 81 when the show is in cinemas – what a great way to celebrate.”

 

 

Mrs. Brown’s Boys is set for live show return to Blackpool next year

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Actor and comedian Brendan O’Carroll and Mrs. Brown’s Boys have announced they will return to Blackpool next year.

Mrs Brown's Boys will return next year

Mrs Brown’s Boys will return next year

‘Mrs. Brown D’Live Show…Encore Tour’ will now take place in June and July 2022 with all tickets remaining valid for the rescheduled dates.

The tour will start at Blackpool Opera House on Monday, June 6 with other shows on Tuesday, June 7 and Wednesday, June 8.

A spokesman for the tour said: “The Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Musical? production next year will see them perform in some venues and cities that they haven’t played in for many years.

“Mrs. Brown’s Boys promises to take audiences on an exhilarating and side-splitting adventure.”

Brendan O’Carroll, who plays Mrs. Brown said: “It’s the funniest thing I’ve ever written. Even I laugh and I know what’s coming next!”

The tour follows on from the hit TV show Mrs. Brown’s Boys which has had notable success. It was voted the number one sitcom of the 21st century and it also include five BAFTAs and four National Television Awards.

The tour was scheduled to appear in Blackpool this summer with 30 per cent of the audience, after it was postponed from last year due to the pandemic.

However Brendan O’Carroll announced in April that the 2021 tour would also have to be postponed as the health of staff and crew, as well as the audience, was the most important thing for him.

In a statement, he said: “We had hoped to be putting our rescheduled 2020 shows on in 2021 but as time has gone on we can see that is not going to happen.”

Tickets are sale now via http://gigst.rs/MrsB and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.