Casting has been announced for the upcoming UK tour of Fame - the Musical, which kicks off on 20 February 2014 at the New Wimbledon Theatre.

With an updated story, Bill Kenwright's Fame - the Musical is set in 2014 at the High School for Performing Arts New York, as more young hopeful artists strive for fame. With re-envisioned songs including the hits "Fame" and "Lets Play a Love Scene", Fame - the Musical will be on tour in the UK until 21 June 2014.

The cast includes Jodie Steele as Carmen Diaz, Harry Bleumenau as Schlomo Metzenbaum, Sarah Harlington as Serena Katz, Alex Jordan-Mills as Nick Piazza, Molly Stewart as Mabel Washington, Alex Thomas as Tyrone Jackson, Sasi Stralllen as Iris Kelly, Joseph Giacone as Joe Vegas, John Canmore as Mr Scheienkopf, Alexandra Sarmiento as Grace Lambchops' Lamb, Ross Lee Fowkes as Goodman King and David Haydn as Mr. Myers.

Directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live, Flash Mob), it tours to Wolverhampton, Sunderland, York, Aylesbury, Sheffield, Leicester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Stoke-on-Trent, Salford, Milton Keynes, Woking, Bristol, Coventry and Hull.


Jade Ewen
Jade Ewen

Meanwhile in Manchester, Tonight's the Night, the musical comedy inspired by the songs of Rod Stewart will be launching its UK tour from 20 January 2014.

Starring ex-Sugababe Jade Ewen as Dee Dee, whose stage credits include The Lion King and Whistle Down the Wind, the show tells the story of Stu, a shy young man, so tongue tied that he cannot find the courage to declare his love to the girl of his dreams. One night he strikes a deal with the Devil, trading his soul for his hero Rod Stewart's.

Ewen is joined in the cast by Michael McKell (Doctors), Ben Heathcote (Mamma Mia), Jenna Lee-James (We Will Rock You), Tiffany Graves (Sweet Charity), Andy Rees (Legally Blonde) and Craig Mather (Les Miserables).

The rest of the company comprises Michelle Antrobus, Joshua Dever, Amy Diamond, Rosie Fletcher, Rosie Heath, Sinead Long, Tom Millen, Darryl Paul, Ricky Rojas, Spin and Lindsey Tierney.

Rod Stewart said: "In the past, any ideas for musicals revolving around my songs just didn't work for me. It was only when we were approached to do Tonight's the Night that the idea really took off. I'm absolutely thrilled that this great show is touring the UK again."

Directed by Caroline Jay Ranger, Tonight's the Night features over 20 classic Rod Stewart hits including "Tonight's the Night", "Hot Legs", "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy", "Maggie May", and "I Don't Wanna Talk About It".

Tonight's the Night will play at the Manchester Palace Theatre from 20-25 January 2014, before touring to places including Liverpool, Torquay, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Brighton, London, York, Sheffield, Bristol and Canterbury.