The world premiere of the official Stock Aitken Waterman musical, I Should Be So Lucky, will occur at the Manchester Opera House on 1 November, 2023.
The musical is based on the soundtrack of a generation, with tunes from the likes of Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Jason Donovan, and Bananarama. I Should Be So Lucky will feature no less than ten Number One singles and over 30 songs from the Hit Factory, whose music defined an era.
It follows Ella and Nathan, a young couple hopelessly in love and about to take the biggest step of their lives – marriage. Until it doesn’t go quite to plan. Tunes set to appear include “Never Gonna Give You Up”, “I Should Be So Lucky”, “Love In The First Degree” and “Especially For You”.
The musical is written and directed by Debbie Isitt, best known for the hit Nativity! franchise, and choreographed by Jason Gilkison, the creative director of Strictly Come Dancing and Eurovision 2023.
The show will feature orchestrations and musical direction by George Dyer and set and costume design by Tom Rogers. It is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group Productions and Gavin Kalin Productions.
Mike Stock said today: “We have been approached many times over the years to authorise a musical using the songs from the Stock Aitken Waterman catalogue and have always resisted, until now! What Debbie, Jason and the team behind the show have created is a truly original and shamelessly enjoyable rollercoaster ride through our hits.”
Isitt added: “The music of Stock Aitken Waterman has been the soundtrack to both my life and the lives of all my friends. Their songs range from wonderful ballads to real pop anthems to dance floor classics, which are all perfect for an original musical.”
Completing its run in Manchester on 25 November, the show will then visit Cardiff and Plymouth, ahead of a Christmas season at Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House from 12 to 30 December, 2023. Additional dates are to be revealed, with the show also set to play at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton from 23 January.
Casting and creatives are to be revealed.