Thursday, December 8

Paul O’Grady narrating Coronation Street the Musical

Paul O'Grady will join past and present cast members of Coronation Street on stage to narrate the Corrie musical called Street Of Dreams at Manchester's MEN Arena on 21st and 22nd March 2012.

ITV’s Coronation Street will be turned into an all-singing, all-dancing stage musical featuring some of the show's best-loved stars with Julie Goodyear reprising her role as Bet Lynch; Kevin Kennedy (who is currently appearing in We Will Rock You) is back as Curly Watts plus Brian Capron who played serial killer Richard Hillman. Current cast members include Katy Cavanagh who plays Julie Carp and William Roache who plays Ken Barlow.

There will be a 25 piece orchestra and the cast will perform songs based on famous scenes from the soap's 51-year history taking part in song and dance routines. The tunes include Woman Stanley Woman/ based on Hilda and Stan Ogden's second honeymoon: He's My Man/about a catfight between Elsie Tanner and Bet Lynch and Norman Bates With A Briefcase which is about murderer Richard Hillman. Former favourite characters such as Ena Sharples, Elsie Tanner and Hilda Ogden will also be featured.

The show is choreographed by Stephen Mear who has won Olivier Awards for his work on the stage versions of Mary Poppins and Hello Dolly.

Paul O'Grady is a massive fan of the soap and said he had "chunks of script from 30 years ago engraved in my memory. To relive it all alongside unforgettable characters and talent on the stage, revisiting such iconic scenes from across the years, is just brilliant. I can't wait to watch it all come together and the reaction it receives."

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