New Musical I Dreamed A Dream to Tell Susan Boyle's Life Story
By Mark Shenton
Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer who shot to fame thanks to the youtube clip of her singing "I Dreamed a Dream" on the British TV talent show "Britain's Got Talent," will have her life story re-told as a musical.
The show, which will also be called I Dreamed A Dream, will begin performances at Newcastle's Theatre Royal March 23, 2012, before embarking on a U.K. tour.
Boyle will be played by Elaine C. Smith, best known for her role on TV's "Rab C Nesbitt" and a particular favorite of Boyle's.
In a press statement, Boyle commented, "I am happy that the musical is being produced, I never thought my life story would end up on the stage but a lot has happened in two years and it is a very exciting prospect. I hope everyone enjoys the show and I promise there will be a few surprises along the way."
Producer Michael Harrison added, "She is an inspiring woman and her story is an excellent one to tell - someone with a raw talent who surprises the world and overturns all the odds to make a new life for herself. It's got all the qualities of a fairytale, but with the added bonus of being absolutely true. I am looking forward to the tour very much."
Tickets for the Newcastle run go on sale from July 7. To book tickets, contact the box office on 08448 112121, or visit www.theatreroyal.co.uk.
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