Corrie stars lose “thousands of pounds” after Street of Dreams axe
Coronation Street’s musical Street of Dreams seemed destined for great things when it first began, however, just weeks later, it’s been axed after it was dogged by one disaster and controversy after another.
The first major problem to hit Street of Dreams came when narrator Paul O’Grady was fired for reportedly “ad libbing” however he claimed that the production company behind the musical was inept and bungling, hinting then at issues over pay for the show’s stars.
Not long afterwards, Katie Cavanagh – who plays Julie Carp in the regular show – also left the cast of the musical and her role as the Angel of the North…
After that, Reckless Entertainment announced that various scheduled performances of the show had been “postponed” but in today’s TV Biz, it seems that was somewhat optimistic and it is in fact over.
A show source told the paper, “Equity have been involved for weeks now but no agreement has yet been reached and the cast fear they might never get the cash they are owed.
“They paid all the expenses out of their own pockets, learnt all their lines and turned down other projects to be part of this.
“It’s been a huge blow, both professionally and financially. All the talent were committed to the show at the beginning…
“But whether they’d be able to fit it into their schedules at a later date is very difficult to say.”
The paper adds, “Equity last night confirmed they were in ongoing talks with Reckless Entertainment on behalf of their members.”
When the show was first postponed, producer John Ward emailed the cast and crew, saying his team were “far from happy with the show artistically and we are not prepared to take it out again in its present form.”
Not surprisingly, many of the cast were unhappy with that statement.
Did you get to see the show at all? And if so, was it any good or over-rated?