Pop Idol Gareth re­turns with magic mu­si­cal

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - An­drea O’Neill

From the heart of Lon­don’s theatre-land and the glitz of Broad­way, the crit­i­cally ac­claimed Mad About The Mu­si­cals is back in La­nark­shire – cel­e­brat­ing the best songs from the shows we all know and love.

With a host of your favourite num­bers from the pen of Rodgers & Ham­mer­stein, Kan­der & Ebb, An­drew Lloyd Web­ber and Bou­blil & Schon­berg, the tal­ented cast, in­clud­ing Gareth Gates and Michael Court­ney, will evoke the true spirit of the stage to bring the best show in town to the Hamil­ton Town House on Oc­to­ber 22.

From the bit­ter­sweet ‘All I Ask Of You’ to the pow­er­ful ‘One Day More’, sit back and en­joy two hours of un­for­get­table Lon­don and New York favourites, brought to you by a cast di­rect from the West End.

Gates and Court­ney will head the cast of the 10th an­niver­sary pro­duc­tion, kick­ing off in Eng­land on Oc­to­ber 1. They will be joined on stage by mu­si­cal theatre ac­tresses Rosanne Priest, Kerry O’Dowd and Ni­chola La­gen.

Gareth Gates rose to fame in the inau­gu­ral Pop Idol TV show in 2001/2. He be­came a house­hold name mak­ing it to the most mem­o­rable of these fi­nals, when he went up against Will Young.

He went on to sell more than five mil­lion records world­wide and have hits across the globe.

His ver­sion of Un­chained Melody sold over a mil­lion copies in the UK and is the third best­selling sin­gle of the Noughties, whilst Any­one of Us was an in­ter­na­tional hit. He is also the youngest ever-male solo artist to de­but at No.1.

More re­cently Gareth has had a hugely en­joy­able and suc­cess­ful ca­reer in mu­si­cal theatre and has ap­peared in Les Mis­er­ables, Legally Blonde and Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat.

In 2014 he picked up his skates again to ap­pear in the last ever TV se­ries of Danc­ing on Ice.

He also found time to join a band and be­come part of the sec­ond se­ries of the Big Re­union, in the su­per group 5th Story, along­side Dane Bow­ers, Adam Rickitt, Ken­zie and Ka­vana.

This newly formed boy band will play are­nas across the coun­try this au­tumn with Blue, 5ive, Dam­age and 3T.

Michael Court­ney has pro­duced and di­rected the UK tours of the crit­i­cally ac­claimed Mad About The Mu­si­cals, Waterloo, Shakin All Over, Its D’Lovely, A Night Of Mu­si­cals, over 30 UK Pan­tomimes and was nom­i­nated as the UK Pro­ducer of The Year by Encore Mag­a­zine.

He is cur­rently on tour in his show, Love Changes Ev­ery­thing, and will di­rect a new stage com­edy in 2015, 69 Shades of Black, star­ring ex-Steps singer and ac­tress Faye Tozer.

Tick­ets for Hamil­ton cost £22/£20 con­ces­sions.

Con­tact the box of­fice on 01698 452 299 or visit www.sll­cbox­of­fice. co.uk

Sit back and en­joy two hours of Lon­don and New York favourites

Shin­ing light Chart-top­per Gareth Gates will be singing hits from Broad­way

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