As was previously reported, Susan Boyle will be joining the cast of I DREAMED A DREAM, the musical based on her life story. The global singing sensation is set to appear in the exclusive 11-week tour across the UK & Ireland which opens at Newcastle Theatre Royal in March 2012.
Producer Michael Harrison told Deadline.com that the production might also have a future in America. Harrison revealed, "Obviously there is huge potential for the show in America, so that is very much part of the plan." He continued, "The West End will come later."
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Susan Boyle says; "I am thrilled to be a part of the musical about my life story and very much looking forward to stepping on stage and performing with the cast. It is an honest portrayal of my life and has been a cathartic process to be involved in."
Leading an outstanding cast and orchestra and taking on the lead role of Susan Boyle is Elaine C Smith, star of the hit West End stage play Calendar Girls, and who is best known for her portrayal of Mary Doll in Rab C Nesbitt on BBC Television.
Elaine says, "It's obviously an amazing challenge as a performer to be asked and involved in a project as fantastic as this. There's a lot of pressure to get it accurate and to honour Susan's life story but to do it in a way that is funny, moving and magical and, as the writers, producers and performers, we're doing our best to achieve that. We've been working towards this for the last 18 months but it's now really exciting to see the whole thing come to fruition and to be working with Susan on such a wonderful event."
Michael Harrison, Producer of I DREAMED A DREAM, says; "Having Susan join the cast to perform the finale of her musical is amazing for both ourselves and audiences across the UK and Ireland. Susan continues to defy the odds and surprise the world with her record-breaking albums. Now she can add a musical to her list of achievements and I can't wait to see the audience reaction when she walks on stage."
Audiences can see Susan in Newcastle, Aberdeen, Bradford, Liverpool, Dublin, Bristol, Southend, Cardiff, Birmingham, Inverness and Manchester. Click here for the full tour itinerary.