Bet Lynch to return to Weatherfield in new Coronation Street musical

Julie Goodyear will join a cast of familiar Corrie faces in Street of Dreams

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The Manchester Evening News Arena will play host to Weatherfield’s famous byway in March when a Coronation Street musical will open in the city.

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Street of Dreams is billed as an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza and will feature narration from Paul O’Grady as well as a glut of Corrie icons reprising their much-loved roles.

Julie Goodyear is among the returning cast members, bringing the Street’s beehived barmaid, Bet Lynch, back for the arena show.

Kevin Kennedy, who played Curly Watts, and Corrie veteran William Roache, aka Ken Barlow, will also be a part of the musical.

Fans will also be treated to live performances from Brian Capron, who played Richard Hillman, and Katy Cavanagh, alias Julie Carp.

The cast will perform songs based on storylines from the soap, including Woman Stanley Woman, a tune based on Hilda and Stan Ogden’s honeymoon, He’s My Man, which references a brawl between Bet Lynch and Elsie Tanner, and Norman Bates with a Briefcase, a tune about serial killer Richard Hillman.

As Lynch, Goodyear will be performing lead vocals on a song called Nowt a Bit of Lippy Couldn’t Solve, which she says is: “a wonderful song that any woman who has ever been hurt will identify with. I think it’s got number one written all over it.”

The show will be bolstered by a 25-piece orchestra who will provide the music, while choreography comes courtesy of the Olivier Award-winning Stephen Mear.

Corrie executive producer Kieran Roberts said the show will be an “entertaining and spectacular musical celebration of Britain’s best-loved drama.”

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Street of Dreams will be the second Corrie musical to hit the stage in two years after last year’s Corrie!, which presented a potted version of the soap’s history over two hours.