Singing star Antony Costa is to join the cast of the UK premiere of Tommy the Rock Opera in Blackpool.
Best known as one quarter of boy band Blue, Antony will play the role of Cousin Kevin in the staging of a new production of The Who’s classic.
The multi-award-winning adaptation of the original album tells a powerful tale of a deaf, mute and blind pinball player who becomes an international messiah.
Antony’s role will see him singing The Who classic Pinball Wizard.
He said: “I loved the film Tommy and I am so pleased to be a member of the cast.
“This promises to be a great production and I’m really looking forward to it.”
No stranger to the world of musical theatre, following the disbanding of Blue in 2005, Antony took to the West End stage to perform as Micky Johnstone in the critically acclaimed Willy Russell musical Blood Brothers.
And after rave reviews Antony went on the UK tour of Blood Brothers.
Antony joins the show alongside former X-Factor winner Joe McElderry who is to play the lead role of Tommy.
Tommy opens on September 12 and plays through to September 26.
The new show coincides with the 40 year anniversary of the film, first performed by The Who in 1968.
It is not the first time that Blackpool audiences will be thrilled by The Who classics though - the legendary rockers played the Opera House twice in August 1964 and October 1961 to critical acclaim.
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