By Mark Shenton
27 Mar 2012
The show features Elaine C. Smith as Boyle, with Boyle herself scheduled to make special guest appearances during the run of the show. According to a preview report in the UK's Daily Telegraph, "Boyle is due (but not guaranteed) to appear each night of the run – in Newcastle she performed the song that made her famous, 'I Dreamed a Dream' and 'Who I Was Born to Be', and both received standing ovations."
Also in leading roles are James Paterson and Karen Mann as Pat and Bridie Boyle, her parents; with Ashleigh Gray as Lorraine Campbell, Susan's childhood friend; Jeffrey Harmer as Andy Stephens, Susan's manager; and Liz Ewing as Mrs Johnstone, Susan's school teacher. Other roles are played by Gordon Cooper, Anne Smith, Frances Mayli McCann, David Haydn and Alan McHugh, the latter of whom co-wrote I Dreamed a Dream alongside Elaine C. Smith.
It is directed by Ed Curtis, choreographed by Nick Winston and designed by Morgan Large with lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Richard Brooker, video design by Jack James with musical supervision and orchestrations by Kennedy Aitchinson. It is produced by Michael Harrison.
After Newcastle, the tour will visit Aberdeen, Bradford, Liverpool, Dublin, Bristol, Southend, Cardiff, Birmingham, Inverness and Manchester.
For full details on the tour, including dates and booking information, visit www.susanboylemusical.com.