Opera House reveals first musicals of 2016 season

A previous cast of Blood Brothers, at the Opera House, Blackpool, starring Maureen Nolan, centre front
A previous cast of Blood Brothers, at the Opera House, Blackpool, starring Maureen Nolan, centre front
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A triple bill of dream musicals have been announced for the Opera House in 2016.

As part of the summer season, Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage will make its resort premiere - and launch a new UK touring production - at the Winter Gardens’ theatre from Thursday, August 11 to Tuesday, August 30.

Joe McElderry will be back at the Opera House in Blackpool in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joe McElderry will be back at the Opera House in Blackpool in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The stage version of the 80s cult movie story of Baby and Johnny, featuring the songs Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping hit (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, comes to town after two West End runs and two UK tours.

And kicking off the year in February will be a firm family favourite Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - starring Joe McElderry, who recently wowed audiences in the title role of The Who’s rock musical Tommy.

This will be followed in April by Blood Brothers.

Joe will make his return to the Opera House from Tuesday, February 9 to Saturday, February 13.

The X Factor winner said: “I’m thrilled to be coming to Blackpool Opera House as part of the Joseph tour. I’ve just spent three weeks there so can’t wait to go back.

“I was delighted when I was offered the role and to be visiting a town where I know family audiences love to come and see shows is fantastic.”

While casting for Blood Brothers’ run from Monday, April 4 to Saturday, April 9 has not been announced, the show has a firm Blackpool link through local singing sensation family the Nolans.

Maureen Nolan has appeared in the show previously in Blackpool, and is in the current tour cast - and with three of her sisters having also played the role of Mrs Johnstone, they’re in the Guinness Book Of Records.

Winter Gardens managing director Michael Williams said he was ‘delighted’ with the start of the 2016 programme.

Mr Williams said: “Joseph and Blood Brothers have been to the Opera House on a number of occasions and are always incredibly popular.

“Dirty Dancing has enjoyed great success across the globe and this will be the first time Blackpool audiences get to see this fantastic new production.

“Our calendar for 2015 has been phenomenal with such a huge variety of shows including the eight-week run of Cats, Lord Of The Dance, Jesus Christ Superstar and most recently Tommy, The Who’s Rock Opera.

“We still have The Glenn Miller Story with Tommy Steele, the Hoff in Last Night A DJ Saved My Life and Paul Nicholas in A Christmas Carol to come.

“We aim to bring as much variety to the Opera House stage next year to ensure there is something on offer for everyone and we look forward to making even more announcements soon.”

* Tickets to all three shows go on sale at 10am today, costing from £19.50 for Joseph, £15 for Blood Brothers and £20 for Dirty Dancing. Visit www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk for full details.