As jukebox musicals go, this one is a little different. Rhinestone Mondays, which is believed to be the UK’s first Country & Western compilation musical comedy, currently on tour - arrives at the Manchester Opera House next February.
Former Steps stars Faye Tozer and Ian 'H' Watkins star alongside Eastenders’ Shaun Williamson and Lyn Paul (taking a break from 13 years of playing Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers) as members of the Warbleswick “Monday Night All Star Line Dancing Club” who fight, feud and fall in and out of love.
Written by Joe Graham and directed by Phil Wilmott, Rhinestone Mondays features a slew of Country hits including Billy Ray Cyrus’ “These Boots Are Made for Walking”, Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”, Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man”, Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”, Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart”, Roy Rodgers’ “Happy Trails” and Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy”.
The romantic comedy is produced by Ian Liston, Richard Ireson, and Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark for The Booking Office, in a co-production with the Mercury Theatre, Colchester.
Rhinestone Mondays is at the Manchester Opera House from 7 - 11 February, 2012.