May 3 2012 by Eleanor Barlow, Flintshire Chronicle
THE cobbles of Weatherfield’s most famous street are set to be recreated on the stage as Corrie comes to life in an all-singing, all-dancing show.
Street of Dreams will see Coronation Street’s most memorable characters brought back to life in a musical event, beginning its run at the Manchester Arena on May 9 and 10.
Julie Goodyear, known for her role as leopard-skin clad pub landlady Bet Lynch, says she is ‘absolutely honoured’ to be returning to the role for the Manchester shows.
She said: “I am very thrilled and delighted to be playing Bet again.”
The songs in the show have all been penned by writer Trisha Ward and represent an iconic scene from the long-running soap.
Kevin Kennedy, who will return to the character of Curly Watts, said the show will combine his three loves, ‘Coronation Street, music and Manchester’.
Brian Capron is set to bring serial killer Richard Hillman back to life with a song titled Norman Bates With A Briefcase.
He said: “What Trisha’s done is brought to life the confessional episode when Richard confesses all to Gail.
“It is an extraordinary number.”
The terraced street will be rebuilt on the stage, with big screens hanging above the houses showing footage from archived episodes and a full orchestra sitting on the terraced roofs.
But director John Stephenson said the cobbles had to be adapted slightly to ensure the safety of almost 40 dancers who will be performing.
Current cast members who will be appearing in the musical include William Roache, who plays Corrie stalwart Ken Barlow and Katy Cavanagh, who will appear as Julie Carp in the role of Angel of the North and will accompany host Paul O’Grady as he travels through time.
Kym Marsh, who appears on screens as Michelle Connor, will be taking on a different role for the stage show as she brings the Elsie Tanner of the 1960s back to life.
Kym said: “It is a fantastic thing to be doing and she is one of my favourite characters of all time.”
West End star Jodie Prenger, who won BBC talent show I’d Do Anything in 2008, will take up the role of Elsie from the 1980s.
The show has been taking shape for the past three and a half years and Coronation Street executive producer Kieran Roberts has been involved since the start.
He said: “We are all really, really excited about Street Of Dreams and I’m sure we are all going to be really proud.”
Street Of Dreams will debut at the Manchester Arena on Wednesday, May 9, with the world premiere VIP event on Thursday, May 10. To book tickets call the box office on 0844 8478000 or visit www.streetofdreams.co.uk or www.mcr-arena.com.