Wednesday, January 18

Jodie Prenger to star in tour of Fat Friends musical

Joshua Andrews and Adam Spiegel have just announced the premiere of the  British musical Fat Friends which is based on the TV drama and  has been adapted for the stage by writer Kay Mellor  with original music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber. Mellor will also direct the show and  said: The musical is funny and sad with a big story and some meaty and memorable songs. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to work with Nick Lloyd Webber, who absolutely gets my characters and world.

It will open at Leeds Grand Theatre (tickets on general sale  from 25th January) from  7th  November to 2nd December 2017 followed by an extensive UK tour in 2018: full dates and venues to be announced shortly.

Designed by Bretta Gerecke with musical supervision, orchestrations and arrangements from Simon Lee. Jodie Prenger will lead a star company in the role of Kelly Stevenson with further casting to be announced.

This brand new stage show reunites dieting  friends in an original musical full of hopes, humour and heart. Watch the  group of loveable characters  put through their Zumba paces at their local branch of Super Slimmer's by the lovelorn Lauren whilst Kelly fantasises about fitting into the wedding dress of her dreams.

The TV drama was nominated for multiple awards including the BAFTA for Best Drama Series and followed the lives of a group of overweight friends as they struggle with the absurdities of modern dieting. Running from 2000 for five years on ITV, the show starred Alison Steadman, Sheridan Smith and Lisa Riley and launched the careers of James Corden and Ruth Jones.

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