Corrie: Street of Dreams WILL continue says composer and producer Trisha Ward
It was also reported that narrator Paul O’Grady had been fired from the production after criticizing the company behind the show, and allegedly ad-libbing while on stage.
In addition, Katy Cavanagh, who played the role of The Angel of the North in the musical – and who plays Julie Carp in the regular show – pulled out of the production claiming that she was “unhappy” with a number of aspects of the show.
However, The Stage reports today that composer Trisha Ward has said that not only will the show most definitely go on, but that she expects it to be “a box office hit.”
She said of the current status of the musical, “It’s only postponed, as we appear to have a box office hit on our hands…
“We sold thousands of tickets for the opening night and thousands going forward.
“What we are doing is working day and night to resolve all the outstanding issues, and to put the amended show and script on stage for the thousands of fans queuing up to see it.
“Now things have calmed down, I am excited – or beginning to be excited – about the prospect of our original vision being put on to the stage.”
It seems that the cast unrest came after Trisha’s brother John, who is the show’s lead producer, wrote to the cast saying the musical’s bosses were “far from happy with the show artistically.”
He added that the production company didn’t want to “take it out again in its present form.”
However, while speaking to The Stage, Trisha insisted the decision to postpone had come about only because Katy Cavanagh had emailed producers saying she wouldn’t be continuing to star in the show.
Ward said, “The reason we could not continue with the tour is that, on Friday, May 11, we received an email saying our leading lady was pulling out of the production.
“She was unhappy about many different things, and to be honest, I don’t blame her, as so was I.”
And of Paul O’Grady’s departure from the show, Ward said, “Our star agreed to learn the script, but completely overturned it in the rehearsal process.
“I saw this script that had been approved by ITV and written by myself and this top writer, Damon, disintegrate in front of my eyes.”
Ward concluded, “It takes a little bit of time to sort things out, and we have to be allowed to do it.”
Well, I agree that it does, but surely all that should have happened before the show went live?
Have you seen the musical? And if so, what did you think of it?