Watch Ivano Turco sing ‘Let’s Dance’ and Alice Fearn sing ‘Game On’ from the show
New show Footballers’ Wives the Musical is releasing a studio cast recording.
The album will be revealed this weekend during Musical Con at the ExCel in London, and released on 25 November 2022.
Producers Big Broad Productions are planning a stage production of their show, and have released an all-star album to build interest in the project.
A star-studded line-up sings on the 18-track studio cast recording including Come From Away’s Alice Fearn, Get Up, Stand Up’s Ivano Turco, Moulin Rouge’s Ben Richards and Simon Bailey, plus Liam Doyle (Heathers), Chelsea Halfpenny (Waitress), Emma Hatton (Wicked), Julie Legrand (Footballers’ Wives) and Ashley Samuels (Motown The Musical) .
The ensemble are Nikki Davison, Soophia Foroughi, Adam Hepworth, Tom Hier, Kat Kleve, Emma Lindars, Nadim Naaman and Joe Thompson-Oubari.
Billed as a musical comedy noir, Footballers’ Wives The Musical has a book by Maureen Chadwick, co-creator of the original TV series, and music & lyrics by Kath Gotts, also co-creators of Bad Girls – The Musical. The tracks have been arranged and produced by Joe and Nikki Davison, Auburn Jam Music.
It has been 20 years since Footballers’ Wives aired on ITV in the UK. Footballers’ Wives The Musical is based around the first TV season, and follows the fall and rise of the captain’s wife and fabulously flawed super-bitch Tanya Turner as she struggles to save her marriage and the career of her cheating husband, Jason.
In the musical, Alice Fearn and Simon Bailey play power couple Tanya and Jason Turner, team Captain and Captain’s wife supreme; Emma Hatton and Liam Doyle are Chardonnay Lane-Pascoe and Kyle Pascoe, the celebrity football couple who’ve got it all; Chelsea Halfpenny and Ashley Samuels are the newbies Donna and Ian Walmsley, taking their first steps in the Premier League spotlight; Ivano Turco is Salvo, the hot new Brazilian player set to ruffle a few feathers – especially Jason’s; Julie Legrand reprises her infamous TV role as Nurse Dunkley – thankfully not your average bedside nurse; and Ben Richards, who starred as Bruno in the TV series, plays against type (being extremely handsome!) as Frank Laslett, the club Chairman and major obstacle to Tanya getting things to go her way.
Money, glamour, bad behaviour… these WAGs have the designer gear, the palatial homes, the flash cars and the handsome superstar husbands – and the press pack on their kitten heels at every turn. If you like the idea of disastrous hen and stag nights, a fairy tale wedding, deception, betrayal and murder – plus a surprisingly happy ending – then this is your show!
Kath Gotts said: “We have decided to go down the same route as Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita and release the album of the show before it reaches the stage. It’s been fantastic working with Joe and Nikki Davison. Their orchestrations are wonderfully inventive and so much fun. And Alice Fearn as Tanya Turner is a dream. Not only is her voice amazing but she’s been a real ‘team captain’ throughout the whole process. There are 18 tracks, so it’s not the entire show, but that means there’ll still be new things to hear at the next stage. We’ve pulled together a brilliant cast and we can’t wait to get these songs out there for more people to join in our crazy world of Footballers’ Wives The Musical.”
News of the cast recording comes the same week that real-life super-WAGS, Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney, are set to go head-to-head in new play Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial.