Joe McElderry wowed Blackpool audiences earlier this week on his solo tour - and he is eager to do so again when he returns to the resort later this year in the title role of the musical Tommy.
“I can’t wait,” said the 2009 X Factor winner who will star in The Who’s classic rock opera at the Opera House in September ahead of the production going on a national tour.
Joe played Tommy – the deaf dumb and blind kid who sure plays a mean pinball – in a concert performance in London in 2012 which marked his West End debut, and he is really looking forward to returning to the role.
“I am really excited to be playing Tommy,” he said. “The show is being put on by different people to that one-off performance but they asked me to do it because of that.
“Paul Nicholas, who was in the film version, is directing and it is going to be great.
“The one-off I did was more of a concert but this is the full show, so there’s a lot more acting involved and it’s a real challenge.
“Tommy’s deaf, dumb and blind so he doesn’t react to anything that’s going on around him, and it’s quite hard not to look when people are singing and dancing around you.
“It’s something really different to what people would expect me to do. I think it’ll be a lot of fun.”
Joe, who celebrated his 24th birthday this week, has been on the road for four months and has many dates still to come on his Evolution tour, by far his longest to date.
Rehearsals for Tommy will start in London in August after his tour takes a break, but he will be back on the road in his own right later in the year following Tommy’s run.
“There are around 100 dates through the year – it’s like a world tour in Britain,” he joked.
“The audiences have been great and I always especially enjoy playing the north, so I am really happy that Tommy is having its premier in Blackpool.
“I have played here several times, although never previously at the Opera House, and have always really enjoyed it.”
Tommy is at the Opera House from September 12 to 26 and details are available from www.wintergardens.co.uk.