Stardust & Costa Boogie in Tenth Anniversary TourDate: 3 January 2007
Antony Costa of boyband Blue fame, 70s singing legend Alvin Stardust and EastEnders’ Nick Bailey don their flares for a tenth anniversary UK tour of Boogie Nights, which kicks off at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, on 2 February 2007 for a run to 10 February.
Boogie Nights - not to be confused with the 1997 Hollywood film of the same name about the California porn industry - is a semi-autobiographical romp through the 70s teendom of Shane Richie, who wrote (and originally starred in) the musical with Jon Conway. Telling the story of a group of friends, their lives, their loves and their hair styles, the show features over 30 classic hits from the 1970s including “We Are Family”, “Celebration”, “YMCA”, “I Will Survive”, “Play That Funky Music” and many more.
Costa plays the central character, Roddy O’Neil. Costa, who recently starred in Blood Brothers in the West End (See News, 5 Apr 2006), is best known as a member of the chart-topping boyband, Blue. His screen credits include BBC series Grange Hill and Chalk, and appeared in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!.
Stardust, who plays Roddy’s father, Eamon, in the musical, shot to stardom in the 1970s with his number one hit “My Coo Ca Choo”, which spent over six months in the charts. Numerous hits followed throughout the world, including four more number ones, and he was awarded the Music Week Best Recording Artist Award and the British Pop Awards Best Live Performance.
Aside from his pop career, Stardust led a UK tour of Godspell, and went on to play the narrator in Side By Side by Sondheim. He has also starred in David Copperfield - the Musical, A Slice of Saturday Night, The Butlin Story, The Rocky Horror Show, Beauty and the Beast and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on stage. His television appearances include Channel 4 teen soap Hollyoaks and ITV comedy show The Grimleys.
Joining the cast of Boogie Nights in the part of Spencer is Nick Bailey, best known for his role as Dr Anthony Trueman in EastEnders. His many theatre credits include Blue on Blue, A Sense of Justice, Mother Courage and Her Children, A Time of Fire, Dreaming, Life is a Dream, Easy Access for the Boys, King Lear, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale and Julius Caesar. On television, he has appeared in Manchester Passion, Soapstar Superstar, Doctors, Holby City, Sex and Death, Casualty, Heartburn Hotel, The End of the Year Show, The Accused, Coronation Street, Strike Force, London’s Burning, Chandler & Co and The Bill.
Following Bromley, the tour will visit Wimbledon (12 to 17 Feb), Stoke-on-Trent (19 to 24 Feb), Glasgow (26 Feb to 3 Mar), Bradford (5 to 10 Mar), Darlington (12 to 17 Mar), Milton Keynes (19 to 24 Mar), Woking (26 to 31 Mar), Birmingham (23 to 28 Apr), Plymouth (30 Apr to 5 May), Barnstaple (14 to 19 May), Southend (21 to 26 May), and Brighton (4 to 9 Jun).
Boogie Nights has been restaged for the tour by Sophie Lawrence and is presented by Qdos Entertainment in association with The Churchill Bromley.
- by Caroline Ansdell