Tonight's the Night, Musical Featuring Back Catalogue of Rod Stewart, to Launch New U.K. Tour in January Starring Jade Ewen

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Tonight's the Night, the musical scripted by Ben Elton that features the back catalogue of Rod Stewart and premiered in the West End in 2003, is to be revived for a new U.K. national tour, beginning performances at Manchester's Palace Jan. 20, 2014.

It will then tour to Liverpool, Torquay, Southend, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Aylesbury, Brighton, London's Wimbledon Theatre, Stoke, Sunderland,  Bromley, Milton Keynes, York, Derry, Aberdeen, Sheffield, Glasgow, Nottingham,  Bristol, Oxford, Norwich, Woking  and Canterbury, ending Aug. 2.

Singer and actress Jade Ewen, best known as a member of the Brit girl-band Sugababes, will star at dates through April 26. She attained two U.K. top ten singles with the group, and also represented the U.K. at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest performing the Andrew Lloyd Webber penned "It's My Time," achieving fifth place, making her the most successful British Eurovision act since 2002. On stage she has appeared as Young Nala in The Lion King and Curly in Whistle Down the Wind, and television credits include "Casualty," "The Bill," "Steffi" and "Splash!"

The show will also star Michael McKell, best known for playing Dr. Nick West in "Doctors," reprising his role as Stoner at dates through April 26. Also appearing is Ben Heathcote as Stuart, Jenna Lee-James as Mary, Tiffany Graves as Satan/Baby Jane, Andy Rees as Rocky and Craig Mather as the alternate Stuart.

The tour is produced by Phil McIntyre Entertainments, Arnold Stiefel and Ambassador Theatre Group .

The show features 20 classic Rod Stewart hits including "Tonight's the Night," "Hot Legs," "Baby Jane," "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy," "Maggie May," "This Old Heart of Mine," "I Don't Wanna Talk About It," "Ooh La La," "Some Guys Have All the Luck," "Forever Young" and "Sailing." In a press statement, Stewart commented, "In the past, any ideas for musicals revolving around my songs just didn’t work for me. It was only when we were approached to do Tonight’s The Night that the idea really took off. I’m absolutely thrilled that this great show is touring the UK again."

Elton added, "Rod is such a totally unique artist. I initially approached him about a musical because his songs are all about storytelling and I felt that a great story could grow from them."

That story is set on the mean streets of Detroit and in the glamorous clubs of uptown LA, and revolves around Stu, a shy young man, so tongue tied that he cannot find the courage to declare his love to the girl of his dreams. How different he is to his hero, that legendary rock n' roll vagabond Rod Stewart! One night our hero strikes a deal with the Devil, trading his soul for Rod's. It seems like a good idea at the time but he is about to find out the hard way that you can’t find true love using another man’s moves and that devil or no devil, there’s only one Rod Stewart!  

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