Susan Boyle Tuner I Dreamed a Dream Opens March 27 in Newcastle; Boyle to Appear
By Mark Shenton
I Dreamed a Dream, a new musical that charts the true life story of U.K. reality TV star and international Youtube sensation Susan Boyle, opens officially at Newcastle's Theatre Royal March 27, following previews that began March 23, prior to a national tour.
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.
According to press materials, the musical tells the story of Susan Boyle's life, from her birth (and the hand which life dealt her) up to the present day. From her humble beginnings of being born into a large working class family in central Scotland, and sharing a three-bedroomed council house with a family of ten, she has become a global star and an inspiration to millions — a woman who beat the odds and changed the way the world looked at people.
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.
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