Rent star Lucie Jones will join the national tour of The Wedding Singer for a limited six-week run next month.
The Welsh singer who will be representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend in Kiev, will step into the role of Holly when the touring production reaches Aberdeen on 20 June.
Jones’ casting follows the departure of former soap star Roxanne Pallett who left the show earlier this month.
Based on the much-loved 1998 film which starred Adam Sandler as the lovelorn Robbie Hart and Drew Barrymore as Julia, the waitress who captures his heart, the touring production stars West End favourites Jon Robyns (Legally Blonde) as Robbie, Cassie Compton (American Psycho) as Julia and Ray Quinn (Grease) as Robbie’s love rival Glenn.
Stage and screen veteran Ruth Madoc takes on the scene-stealing role of Grandma Rosie for most of the tour with Rab C Nesbitt actress Barbara Rafferty stepping into the part for the Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness dates.
Robbie’s ex-fiancée Linda is played by Tara Verloop (Dirty Dancing) while Samuel Holmes takes on the role of the Boy George-obsessive George, the role played by the late Alexis Arquette in the hit film.
The cast also includes Paris Green, Hannah Jay-Allen, Susie Fenwick, Helen Walsh, Eamonn Cox, Simon Anthony, Ainsley Hall-Ricketts, Andrew Carthy, Mark Pearce, Ryan-Lee Seager and Erin Bell.
Directed and choreographed by Nick Winston The Wedding Singer 2017 UK tour features set and costumes by Francis O’Connor; with musical supervision by Sarah Travis; musical direction and orchestration by George Dyer; lighting design by Ben Cracknell; sound design by Richard Brooker; video design by Jack Henry James; and casting is by Jim Arnold.
The Wedding Singer is produced by Dan Looney, Paulden Hall Productions, Tom O’Connell, Jason Haigh-Ellery and Tim Lawson.
Currently in Nottingham, the production is due to visit Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Blackpool, High Wycombe, Sheffield, Llandudno, Bromley, Plymouth, Leeds, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Shrewsbury, Swansea, Portsmouth and Wolverhampton.
With music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin who also wrote the book with the writer of the original film Tim Herlihy, The Wedding Singer musical debuted on Broadway in 2006 and previously toured the UK in 2008.
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