Full casting has been announced for new musical I Should Be So Lucky: The Stock, Aitken Waterman Musical, which is heading out on a big national tour.
Kylie Minogue is set to appear digitally in the show, as a specially created character. She said in a press statement that she was “thrilled to announce that I will be joining Stock Aitken Waterman in presenting the new musical, ‘I Should Be So Lucky’! It is the music that inspired a generation (plus my first five albums!) so to have all the SAW hits in this original story will make for a compelling, funny and heartfelt show. Let’s enjoy the magic all over again!”
A great cast also includes Lucie-Mae Sumner (Mary Poppins, Guys and Dolls) as Ella and Billy Roberts (Rock of Ages, Titanic The Musical) as Nathan, alongside Kayla Carter (The Color Purple, Bedknobs and Broomsticks) as Bonnie, Jamie Chapman (Nativity! The Musical, The Mousetrap) as Spencer, Jemma Churchill (Guys and Dolls, Nativity! The Musical) as Ivy, Matthew Croke (Wicked, Aladdin) as Nadeem, Jessica Daley (Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables) as Britney, Gary Davis (Annie, Oklahoma!) as Big Mike, Melissa Jacques (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Mamma Mia!) as Shelley, Scott Paige (The Great British Bake Off Musical, Made in Dagenham) as Michael, and Giovanni Spanò (Jesus Christ Superstar, Bat Out of Hell) as Ash.
The cast is completed by Tegan Bannister, Ralph Bogard, Elliot Broadfoot, Emma Crossley, Kade Ferraiolo, Sydney Isitt-Ager, Joe Kelly, Aidan Nightingale, James Willoughby Moore, Lauren Woolf and Louie Wood.
The show’s world premiere will take place at the Manchester Opera House on Thursday 2 November 2023, before embarking on the UK tour (see dates below).
London area dates for the show are: Orchard Theatre Dartford from 8 to 13 January 2024; New Wimbledon Theatre from 29 January to 3 February 2024; and Churchill Theatre Bromley from 25 to 30 March 2024.
The musical features all of the SAW hits you know and love, including I Should Be So Lucky (Kylie Minogue), Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley), Too Many Broken Hearts (Jason Donovan) and Love In The First Degree (Bananarama), plus over 20 other songs from their Hit Factory.
In the show, young couple Ella and Nathan fall hopelessly in love and are about to take the biggest step of their lives – marriage. Until it doesn’t go quite to plan. Will they be together forever, or will he make her cry and say goodbye?
I Should Be So Lucky: The Stock, Aitken Waterman Musical is written and directed by Debbie Isitt (Nativity!), choreographed by Jason Gilkison, who is Creative Director of Strictly Come Dancing and Eurovision 2023, with orchestrations and musical direction by George Dyer, set and costume design by Tom Rogers, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by Ben Harrison, casting by Anne Vosser and production management by Simon Marlow. It is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group Productions and Gavin Kalin Productions.
Composer Stock Aitken Waterman said: “Stock Aitken Waterman are thrilled to be part of this wonderful new adventure. To see our songs take on a new life in the world of musical theatre and working on a collaboration with Debbie Isitt and her talented team is so exciting and very special.”
I Should Be So Lucky – Tour Dates
THURSDAY 2 – SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2023
MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE
MONDAY 27 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2023
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF
MONDAY 4 – SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 2023
PLYMOUTH THEATRE ROYAL
TUESDAY 12 – SATURDAY 30 DECEMBER 2023
LEEDS GRAND THEATRE & OPERA HOUSE
MONDAY 8 – SATURDAY 13 JANUARY 2024
ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD
TUESDAY 16 – SATURDAY 20 JANUARY 2024
TUESDAY 23 – SATURDAY 27 JANUARY 2024
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON
MONDAY 29 JANUARY – SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2024
NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE
MONDAY 5 – SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2024
NEW OXFORD THEATRE
MONDAY 12 – SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2024
KING’S THEATRE, GLASGOW
MONDAY 19 – SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2024
HULL NEW THEATRE
TUESDAY 5 – SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2024
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE
MONDAY 11 – SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2024
CLIFFS PAVILLION, SOUTHEND
MONDAY 18 – SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2024
NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING
MONDAY 25 – SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2024
CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY
MONDAY 1 – SATURDAY 6 APRIL 2024
THE ALEXANDRA, BIRMINGHAM
TUESDAY 9 – SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2024
MONDAY 15 – SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2024
MONDAY 22 – SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2024
TUESDAY 30 APRIL – SATURDAY 4 MAY 2024
HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE, ABERDEEN