Pantomime spirit will be coming to Blackpool early, according to the Hoff, as he prepares to star in the world premiere of musical Last Night a DJ Saved My Life.
Worldwide star David Hasselhoff heads the cast of the nostalgic trip back to the late 80s and early 90s dance music scene, which opens at the Opera House on Friday, October 16.
Set in Ibiza, the Hoff plays a party-hard DJ whose daughter pays a surprise visit to him - shocking him somewhat by how much she’s changed in the five years since he saw her.
He’s promising to bring the party vibe of the island alive - also drawing on his experience in that most British of theatrical traditions, pantomime.
“I’m a ‘hello, how are you going kind of guy, I don’t hide away on stage,” the Baywatch and Knightrider star said. “I like pantos and interaction with the audience, so I’m going to break the fourth wall with the audience asking them what they would do in certain situations we’re going through on stage.
“I want to make sure the person in the cheap seat gets as much of a thrill of a life time as anyone. That’s what I do in my own show, because I want them to know I appreciate that they’ve come out.
“It’s going to be a plot the entire family will enjoy.
“We are all laughing as a cast, we have all been there with the stories we’re telling, and we are having so much fun.”
Taking a break from filming the second series of the somewhat surprising hit TV show Hoff The Record - a kind of scripted reality of David’s life - the Hoff’s looking forward to his Blackpool return, having last visited for the 2011 opening of Nickelodeon Land at the Pleasure Beach.
“There are some struggles with the script for Hoff The Record, as we are trying to make it as good as last year’s was,” he said. “We have got such a high bar.
“And it’s the same with the musical; we want to make it something special, something different.”
He’s setting a high standard, too, likening the show to West End and Broadway hit Jersey Boys.
“Seeing that recently got me so excited for DJ,” he said. “People will know the music in our show, like in Jersey Boys, they’ll come and sing along - even more so maybe, because people really remember the 80s and 90s and the show’s packed with hits.”
* See tomorrow’s Gazette for more the the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life cast, as they take a break from rehearsals in Blackpool.