Gareth Gates and The Osmonds boogie away
January 23, 2013
The Osmonds, Gareth Gates, Louisa Lytton, Andy Abraham, Chico and Shane Richie Junior will take to the G Live stage as Boogie Nights – The 1970s musical shimmies in to town on Sunday February 3.
Packed with 70s hits from the original show, including YMCA, We Are Family and Boogie Wonderland, this show will have you reaching for your old platform boots and flared jeans.
Boogie Nights was the West End’s original jukebox musical, conceived by Jon Conway and Shane Richie in 1997, and followed the hilarious and heart-warming story of Roddy O’Neil.
Set in a provincial British town in the height of the disco era, it completed five UK tours after its London success and has also toured the world.
Boogie Nights returns this year as a remixed concert version of the ultimate party show. Join the original characters for a fantastic evening’s entertainment featuring live music, multimedia and no less than 70 of your favourite hit songs from the 70s.
The Osmonds will return from the USA as special guest stars, performing not just their own hits such as Crazy Horses and Love Me For A Reason, but also a range of other classics. Jimmy Osmond first appeared in the award-winning Boogie Nights in 2004 and now, for the first time ever, he and his brothers will appear in a musical together.
Jimmy said: “I’m thrilled to once again be a part of the amazing energy of this great show. My brothers, Merrill and Jay and I had so much fun on our 2012 record-breaking tour, I’m excited they have agreed to join in on the fun and continue the party.
“They are really looking forward to doing a little something different than our usual concerts.”
Gareth Gates will play heart-throb Dean, delighting his many fans who have seen him star in West End classics such as Les Misérables and Legally Blonde, with a vocal range of pop hits covering If You Leave Me Now, Disco Inferno and a feature with The Osmonds including a cover of Puppy Love.
Gareth said: “I’m really excited about getting back on stage to sing all the hits from this era as a lot of the tracks are personal favourites of mine. It’s going to be a fantastic show.”
Debs will be played by Louisa Lytton, who played Ruby in EastEnders.
After a stint in The Bill as PC Beth Green, Louisa was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. Boogie Nights will mark Louisa’s musical debut and she can’t wait to belt out I Will Survive and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.
Joining the stellar cast are The X Factor finalists Andy Abraham, who will play tough guy soul singer Spencer who performs Barry White classics such as You’re My First, My Last, My Everything, and Chico, who was also a finalist in Dancing On Ice 2012 and will play Terry, bringing his energetic dance moves to such hits as Le Freak.
The all-star line-up is completed by a theatrical first when Shane Richie Junior takes over the role of Roddy, as created by his father, the original seventies bad boy.
It is the first time a role created by an actor has been inherited by his son and 22-year-old Shane Junior will prove to be a real chip off the old block as he powers through hits such as Blame It on the Boogie.
Tickets cost £29.50, £32.50 and £35.50 (plus booking fee) and can be booked by calling the box office on 0844 7701 797 (from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday), or online at GLive.co.uk.