The Coronation Street musical Street of Dreams has had its forthcoming tour dates postponed after only two performances.
The arena show, which was billed as a “live musical tribute to Britain’s best-loved soap,” opened in Manchester on Wednesday 9 May and was due to tour Dublin, Belfast and Newcastle later this month.
But in an email seen by The Stage, Street of Dreams co-producer John Ward revealed that the musical’s production team “are far from happy with the show artistically and…not prepared to take it out again in its present form.”
However, he stressed that the show had not been cancelled indefinitely and promised that “we will be re-working the show for dates later in the year.”
“An improved show certainly has the potential to go on and be a long running hit,” he added.
Critical reception to the show’s first performances was largely negative, and both the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror lambasted the show’s script in their reviews, the Mirror saying that the “script that seemed more cobbled together than constructed.”
Ward and his composer sister Trisha are now working on improving the show and “doing everything in our power to make this a smoother ride from now on.”
“We had a terrific reaction from the fans on both Wednesday and Thursday night…We had some mixed reviews but also some raves. But it needs to be changed,” he said.
Street of Dreams, which was compered by Paul O’Grady, was an all-singing all-dancing spectacular that featured West End-style show tunes about iconic Corrie characters and starred Julie Goodyear, Kevin Kennedy, Brian Capron and Kym Marsh.