As rehearsals get underway in Glasgow for I DREAMED A DREAM, the new musical based on the life story of the global singing sensation Susan Boyle, the producers have released full details of the cast.
As previously announced the role of Susan Boyle will be played by Elaine C Smith. The roles of ‘Pat’ and ‘Bridie Boyle’ (Susan’s parents) will be played by James Paterson and Karen Mann; the role of ‘Lorraine Campbell’, Susan’s childhood friend, will be played by Ashleigh Gray; Susan’s manager ‘Andy Stephens’ will be played by Jeffrey Harmer, and Liz Ewing will take the role of ‘Mrs Johnstone’, Susan’s school teacher. All other roles throughout the production will be played by Gordon Cooper, Anne Smith, Frances Mayli McCann, David Haydn and Alan McHugh, who co-wrote I DREAMED A DREAM alongside Elaine C Smith. Susan Boyle will be making special guest appearances.
I DREAMED A DREAM will preview from Friday 23 March 2012 at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal, with the opening night on Tuesday 27 March 2012. The production will then tour to Aberdeen, Bradford, Liverpool, Dublin, Bristol, Southend, Cardiff, Birmingham, Inverness and Manchester.
The production is directed by Ed Curtis, choreographed by Nick Winston, designed by Morgan Large, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Richard Brooker, video design by Jack James with musical supervision and orchestrations by Kennedy Aitchinson. I DREAMED A DREAM is produced by Michael Harrison
About the show: "The musical tells the story of Susan Boyle’s life, from her birth…and the hand which life dealt her…up to the present day. From her humble beginnings of being born into a large working-class family in central Scotland, and sharing a three-bedroomed council house with a family of ten…to where she is today - a global star and an inspiration to millions - a woman who beat the odds and changed the way the world looked at people.
"I DREAMED A DREAM takes the audience through the experiences which have made Susan the woman she has become; the pain of lost love, the heart-breaking tragedy and loss of the anchors in her life, and being cut adrift in a lonely, threatening world, then finding strength and solace in her faith, to the life changing experience of Britain’s Got Talent.
"An orchestra, a multitalented cast, and cutting edge multimedia technology, along with many of the well-known songs from Susan’s record-breaking albums, will take audiences on Susan’s journey for what promises to be a magical theatrical experience."
More information and tickets: www.susanboylemusical.com