PHOTO CALL: First Look at Susan Boyle Musical I Dreamed a Dream in the U.K.

News   PHOTO CALL: First Look at Susan Boyle Musical I Dreamed a Dream in the U.K.
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.

The show features Elaine C. Smith as Boyle, with Boyle herself scheduled to make special guest appearances during the run of the show. 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.

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.

Here's a look at the production:

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