1970s pop icon Tony Christie is to make his West End stage debut at the age of 67.
The “Is This The Way To Amarillo” singer will join the cast of Dreamboats And Petticoats at Playhouse Theatre in London from 5 July.
Christie will play Older Bobby and Phil (Bobby’s father) in the jukebox musical that features hits from the 1950s and 1960s, including Bobby’s Girl, Runaround Sue, C’Mon Everybody and Let’s Twist Again.
Christie said: “I saw the show’s original opening night in London almost a year ago and just loved the story, and of course the music is incredible – The Platters, Phil Spector, Roy Orbison, Marty Wilde – all artists I grew up listening to. As soon as I saw it I’ve been searching for a gap in my diary to join the show.”
Also joining the cast is 21 yr old Alexis Gerred, who will be playing Bobby in the show, also from 5 July.
Alexis came second in BBC One’s Your Country Needs You UK Eurovision finals and recently made his professional acting debut in Dirty White Boy : The Tales of Soho at the Trafalgar Studios.