Theatre impresario Bill Kenwright is predicting a box office goldrush as Blackpool basks in the glory of a musical extravaganza.
Tickets have now gone on sale for Scrooge, with theatre legend Tommy Steele, and Cabaret, starring Will Young, at Blackpool’s Opera House - direct from smash hit runs at the West End.
Bill Kenwright. the leading British impresario behind some of the hottest tickets in town declares: “Blackpool has never had a season of musicals like this - ever.”
Mr Kenwright is bringing seven musicals to Blackpool this year - six of them to 2,800-seater Opera House, the seventh to the Grand Theatre.
He adds: “Blackpool is going musicals mad - and I’m great at selling Blackpool.
“The fact that Tommy Steele is coming back to the town where he had his first triumph as a young rock ‘n’ roller and returns in the London Palladium production is massive.
“It is phenomenal to me - and I thought I’d seen it all.”
The producer, who heads Britain’s largest independent theatre and film production company, says his love of the resort prompted his decision to bring five of his musicals here for the season - including established box office favourites Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Blood Brothers (starring Maureen Nolan) in October.
Save the Last Dance For Me opens at the Opera House on Monday July 15 and runs to Saturday. Soul Sister runs from July 29 to August 3.
Dreamboats and Petticoats is at the Grand Theatre in September. But Bill reckons he’s saved the best for last. “I promised two other stars for Blackpool and I’ve delivered Tommy Steele in Scrooge, which was the pre-Christmas record breaking London Palladium production last year.
“The timing for Blackpool couldn’t be better either - Monday December 16 to Saturday December 21.
“And Will Young is coming to Blackpool in Cabaret in October - in his award winning performance as master of ceremonies, straight from the Savoy Theatre, London.
“I feel sure this will definitely break box office records in Blackpool.
“It’s going to be a huge draw for the Lights season.
“Will did Salford for me for four weeks last year, and prior to that 15 weeks at the Savoy, London, and there wasn’t an empty seat in the house.
“It’s a role he was born to play - you wouldn’t believe how good he is.
“As for Tommy? The man’s a legend. He played Blackpool 50 years ago and absolutely loves the town, has such fond memories of it.
“Scrooge is a huge production.”
The news follows June’s announcement that Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is in town for a six night run next month and ABBA musical Mamma Mia! comes to Opera House next year for 10 weeks from June 20.
VisitBlackpool (www.visitblackpool.com) reports that adult tickets are priced at £29.50 for Save the Last Dance For Me, Soul Sister, Joseph ,Blood Brothers; £15-£35 for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; £26 for Dreamboats and Petticoats and Mamma Mia! from £20 to £49.40 for premium seats.
Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.co.uk) has Cabaret priced from £21.45 to £43.45 premium and Scrooge from £21.45 to £37.95 premium peak tickets.