A new boogie wonderland

Former production of Boogie Nights with Jimmy Osmond at the Grand Theatre
Former production of Boogie Nights with Jimmy Osmond at the Grand Theatre
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The Osmonds, Gareth Gates, Louisa Lytton, Andy Abraham, Chico and Shane Richie Jnr are all heading to Blackpool – for one night only.

The West End’s original and favourite 70’s musical Boogie Nights is back on the road for over 50 dates in 2013, and the
Opera House is one of them.

Writer/director Jon Conway and entertainer Shane Richie created Boogie Nights – which subsequently enjoyed a Blackpool summer season at the Grand Theatre starring Billy Pearce and Jimmy Osmond.

It became the first “jukebox pop musical,” before We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia and Our House followed their lead.

It was also staged before the unrelated film of the same name and is the ultimate party show, with over 2,000 performances and a story set to the incidental music of our lives, for a certain generation.

The hilarious and heartwarming story of Roddy O’Neil, set in a provincial British town in the height of the disco 70s, the decade that fashion forgot, became a massive hit show that ran for UK tours after its London success, before then travelling to South Africa, New Zealand and America, where it is now a fixture on several cruise ships.

Now, a remixed concert version sees the original characters in a packed show that promises 70 songs from the 70’s, video images on a giant back drop to enhance the live music and all star cast for one night only.

The Osmonds will return from the USA as special guest stars, performing not just their own hits but also a range of classics they are not normally associated with.

Jimmy Osmond said: “I’m thrilled to once again be a part of the amazing energy of this great show. My brothers, Merrill and Jay and I had so much fun on our 2012 record-breaking tour, I’m excited they have agreed to join in on the fun and continue the party. They are really looking forward to doing a little something different than our usual concert appearances.”

Gareth Gates will play the heart throb role of Dean, delighting fans who have seen him in West End classics such as Les Miserables and Legally Blonde, with a vocal range of pop classics and a feature with The Osmonds including a cover of Donny’s Puppy Love.

Gareth says: “I’m really excited about getting back on stage to sing all the hits from this era, as a lot of the tracks are personal favourites of mine.  It’s going to be a fantastic show.”

The leading lady character of Debs will be taken by Louisa Lytton, who played Ruby in EastEnders, then after a stint on The Bill as PC Beth Green, was featured on Strictly Come Dancing.

The X Factor has provided Andy Abraham, who will play the tough guy soul singer Spencer, and livewire Chico, who was also a finalist on Dancing On Ice 2012, will be Terry, bringing his dance moves to the show.

The star line up is completed by a theatrical first when Blackpool’s Shane Richie Jnr takes over the role created by his father as Roddy, the original 70s bad boy.

It is the first time a role created by an actor has been inherited by his son and 22 year old Shane Jnr will be proving a chip off the old block as he delivers hits such as Blame It On the Boogie.

It’s on at Blackpool Opera House on March 31 next year. Tickets priced £20 to £32.50 (plus booking fees) are on sale now from the Winter Gardens box office (0844 8561111), and www.blackpoollive.com or via www.ticketzone.co.uk (0844 4999955).