Grand new show looks back on teenage angst

New musical Jackie, based on the teenage magazine, comes to Blackpool's Grand Theatre in the new year
New musical Jackie, based on the teenage magazine, comes to Blackpool's Grand Theatre in the new year
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In the days before mobile phones and social media, teenage girls turned to their magazines for advice.

And next year those who grew up in the 70s and 80s will be able to relive their teenage angst with a new musical coming to the Grand Theatre.

Choreographer Arlene Phillips

Choreographer Arlene Phillips

Tickets for Jackie The Musical go on sale at 10am tomorrow, the Gazette can exclusively report, with choreography from dance legend and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, and editor-in-chief Nina Myskow at the helm.

The musical, which will feature the music of the original pop idols, comes to the Grand as part of a major UK tour, from Tuesday to Saturday, April 19 to 23.

TV stars Janet Dibley (The Two Of Us, Broadchurch and Fat Friends), Nicholas Bailey (Anthony Trueman in EastEnders) and Graham Bickley (Joey Boswell in Bread) head the cast, directed by Anna Linstrum.

Nina said: “I’m so proud to have been editor of Jackie in its golden years in the 70s.

“It always was a girl’s best friend, but I could never have imagined then that its spirit of fun and warmth would live on to become a musical today.

“It’s such a brilliant idea, and I’m absolutely thrilled that I’m going to be involved, all over again. How exciting!

“And I can’t wait to see it, to hear the music, and to be transported back to a time when we were all young, and not just young at heart.”

Janet plays a 50-something divorcee Jackie, who revisits her stash of well-thumbed Jackie mags to try to rediscover the secret of dealing with the opposite sex.

The show’s promotional material states: “The quizzes, the fashion tips, the ‘do’s and don’ts on a first date’ and above all the agony aunts Cathy and Claire’s problem pages are all devoured eagerly by our plucky heroine Jackie as she revisits the dizzy world of the teen bible.

“With her ex and a handsome new guy both on the scene, the valuable lessons she learnt as a girl begin to influence her future and Jackie discovers the one person in control of her life is her.

“Funny and feisty, with a sound track featuring the era’s most beloved and memorable hits, including the sounds of pop idols Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and Marc Bolan played live on stage, the show promises a whirlwind tour of Planet Seventies and a most fabulous night out.”

n Jackie The Musical, Grand Theatre, Blackpool, April 19 to 23. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, 10am, from (01253) 290190.