Susan Boyle Joins Cast of New Musical I Dreamed a DreamDate: 11 October 2011
But Boyle, who rose to fame as a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent, will not be playing herself – that role has instead gone to Scottish actress Elaine C Smith, who recently appeared in Calendar Girls in the West End.
Susan Boyle said: “I am thrilled to be a part of the musical about my life story and very much looking forward to stepping on stage and performing with the cast. It is an honest portrayal of my life and has been a cathartic process to be involved in.”
Producer Michael Harrison told Whatsonstage.com: "It's very exciting to have an international star such as Susan appearing in the musical we have been developing about her own story. Susan continues to surprise everyone and I hope the musical will do the same. This is a strictly limited 11-week tour of the UK before the show moves onto an international platform."
I Dreamed a Dream, which takes its title from the Les Miserables standard that shot Boyle to fame on the 2009 UK television competition, receives its world premiere next spring at the Theatre Royal Newcastle, where it runs from 23 to 31 March 2012.
Following Newcastle, I Dreamed a Dream will embark on a 22-week UK tour – including Aberdeen and Inverness in Boyle’s native Scotland, as well as Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Dublin. Simultaneous productions will then launch extensive tours in the US and Australia, where Boyle has attracted widespread followings, in spring 2013.
Speaking to Whatsonstage.com in June, producer Michael Harrison revealed that the show would probably feature a "cameo appearance" by Boyle but that it wouldn't include a recreation of her breakthrough moment. He explained: “We all know what happened on Britain’s Got Talent. The musical will probe more into Susan’s early life and some of what’s happened to her since she found fame. There’s no need to replicate that famous moment we’ve all seen on YouTube.”
“I Dreamed a Dream” will, however, be included in the show, as well as other numbers from Boyle’s albums and songs that have influenced her life. Harrison told Whatsonstage.com: “This isn’t a spoof - it’s a proper book musical. And Susan couldn’t be more involved.”
I Dreamed a Dream came about following an interview in which Boyle said, if there was a film of her life, she’d like Elaine C Smith to play her. After reading the interview, Harrison, who has worked closely with Smith on various stage productions including The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, approached the actress and Boyle with the idea for the musical, which Harrison says "has all the qualities of a fairytale, but with the added bonus of being absolutely true."