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.
And it seems that the show’s stars, such as Kym Marsh, Bill Roache and Julie Goodyear have lost out on tens of thousands of pounds that they should have been paid for taking part in the show.
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… Read more & comment »
Recent reports about Coronation Street musical Street of Dreams have revealed that the show has been dogged by problems, including cancelled performances, staff unrest and technical issues.
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… Read more & comment »
Corrie star Kym Marsh, who of course first shot to fame as part of Popstars band Hear’Say, has revealed that she’s nervous about returning to singing for her role in Corrie’s musical, Street of Dreams.
In the musical, Kym will play the role of Street icon Elsie Tanner, who was of course played by the late Pat Phoenix.
Of the show, and her role in it, Kym – who plays the role of Michelle Connor on the regular show – told This Morning viewers, “I still do a little bit of singing here and there, but this is kind of completely different…
“And to be going and being a part of such a huge musical production is quite scary.
“Obviously I’m going to be putting in the hours and rehearsing and everything. But I’m looking forward to it.”
She added, “I still get nervous, it doesn’t matter how many people I’m singing to I still get nervous…” Read more & comment »
As Julie Carp, Katy Cavanagh rarely gets to look very glam, but for a role in Corrie musical, Street of Dreams, she’s going to look positively angelic!
That’s because she’s been cast as the Angel of the North, and will assist narrator Paul O’Grady to take the show on its journey through the decades of Coronation Street.
Speaking to the PA, Katy – whose character Julie is pregnant with her first child – said, “It’s quite a unique role, I’ve never done anything like this before. Paul is the main narrator throughout the show… Read more & comment »
Joe will feature in the musical, which is to be narrated by comic Paul O’Grady, during its final nights in Newcastle at the town’s Metro Radio Arena on May 29 and 30. He’s expected to join the cast in singing, Ghosts – Take My Hand.
Of landing the guest star role, Joe told What’s On TV, “I’m a massive fan of the show so it’s really exciting to perform the finale song.”
He added, “I’ve seen bits and pieces [of the musical] at meetings to discuss the project.
“It’s kind of like Moulin Rouge meets Coronation Street. It’s really good. It’s a little dip into musical theatre for me, I suppose…” Read more & comment »
Leanne Barlow – who’s played by Jane Danson – is headed back to Weatherfield, and one of the first things she does on her return is lay into her love rival Carla Connor (Alison King) after young Simon Barlow (Alex Bain) tells a terrible lie…
As fans of the show will know, Simon hates Carla and blames her for Leanne’s departure from the Street, so when she comes back, he tells her that Carla has hit him.
It’s total fabrication, but it’s all the motivation Leanne needs to get violent with Carla, who was of course once Leanne’s best friend, but who has now stolen her hubby, Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne).
The Daily Star reports that a week today, Leanne will storm into Underworld and instantly lay into Carla, having to be pulled off her by shocked workers at the factory… Read more & comment »
Plus, Kevin Kennedy’s delight at recording in Abbey Road studios
Corrie star Sally Dynevor has revealed that when her Street character Sally Webster embarks on a relationship with rapist Frank Foster (Andrew Lancel) she does so for “all the wrong reasons.”
Speaking to Inside Soap about the plotline – which begins this week as Sally and Frank share a kiss – Sally said, “Sally wants Frank for all the wrong reasons.
“She wants the business connections, the money and the social life.
“Frank has a lot to offer – and she aspires to that sort of lifestyle.”
And of the aforementioned kiss being seen by Sally’s co-worker Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver), Sally said, “Sally’s mortified. She knows she’s going to get lots of questions thrown at her, but Frank doesn’t care.
“He wants to shout about their partnership form the rooftops.
“And then it dawns on Sally that the factory girls might show her more respect because she’s sleeping with the boss.”
“Street of Dreams”, a live musical show in celebration of Coronation Street will debut in Manchester next March starring faces from the street – past and present and hosted by Paul O’Grady.
After more than fifty years on air, Britain’s best-loved soap has a glorious heritage of unforgettable stories and iconic characters which have been handpicked and now carefully crafted into this brilliant musical event by award-winning musical writer, composer and lyricist, Trisha Ward.