Sullivan, who described winning the role as “a dream come true”, will takeover from 30 November 2009, and is initially scheduled to continue until July next year. He recently appeared in the UK tour of Flashdance, while other stage credits include Fame (Edinburgh Playhouse), Love Shack and What A Feeling (UK tours).
Prior to that he achieved chart-topping success with Hear'say, who had four top ten hits before their split in 2002; fellow band member Suzanne Shaw has also subsequently carved a career in musical theatre.
The current production of Grease opened at the Piccadilly on 8 August 2007 (previews from 25 July), starring Grease is the Word winners Danny Bayne and Susan McFadden (See News, 11 Jun 2009). Current Danny Ray Quinn, who finishes his recently extended stint on the 28 November, stars opposite Emma Stephens, who continues in the role of Sandy (See News, 28 Jul 2009).
Olivier Award-winning burlesque show La Clique has announced the line-up for its forthcoming run at the Roundhouse in Camden, which opens on 25 November 2009 (previews from 19 November) for a limited nine-week Christmas season to 17 January 2010 (See News, 15 May 2009).
The show was forced to abandon its former London home the Hippodrome in June, when the venue was closed to be converted into a new £15 million casino complex (See News, 14 Apr 2009).
The Roundhouse line-up features a mix of new and returning faces: comic magician Carl-Einar Häckner; opera-singing diva Le Gateau Chocolat; cabaret artist and clown Marawa Ibrahim; Freddie Mercury impersonator Mario - Queen of the Circus; “gargantuan” cabaret diva Meow Meow; striptease artist Ursula Martinez; and burlesque duo The Wau Wau Sisters.
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