Barely a week after the Coronation Street musical was canned just two performances in comes news that another much-loved TV format, Top of the Pops, is to be adapted as a live show.
Top of the Pops LIVE is the brainchild of producers Derek Nicol and Paul Walden, the men behind the smash-hit Michael Jackson musical Thriller LIVE, and promises audiences a cast of singers, dancers, presenters and a live band.
The show will also feature some memorable archive footage of TOTP and a chart rundown featuring three decades of hits.
And those in attendance at each performance will be able to vote for their favourite song from a selection of five to feature in the show’s finale.
Crowds in Eastbourne will be the first to see the show when it premieres at the town’s Congress Theatre on Thursday 18 October, and the show will then tour the country, taking in Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow among other cities in a run scheduled to last until April 2013.
“I am delighted to be working with BBC Worldwide and director Gary Lloyd on one of the UK’s most iconic brands,” said Derek Nicol.
“Like most people, I have nothing but fantastic memories of Top of the Pops and I look forward to delivering a great live show to audiences throughout the country, reflecting the great music that, through Top of the Pops, became the soundtrack to many of our lives.”
Tickets for Top of the Pops LIVE will go on sale from 9am on Friday 25 May.
The full tour details are below:
18 – 20 Eastbourne Congress
29 – 3 November, Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
5 – 10 Manchester Opera House
12 – 17 Bradford Alhambra Theatre
19 – 24 Woking New Victoria Theatre
26 – 1 December, Dartford Orchard Theatre
21 – 26 Liverpool Empire
28 – 2 February, York Grand Opera House
11 – 16 Stoke Regent Theatre
18 – 23 Southampton Mayflower
25 – 2 March, Brighton Theatre Royal
18 – 23 Wolverhampton Grand
1 – 6 Oxford New Theatre
8 – 13 Bromley Churchill Theatre
15 – 20 Glasgow Kings
22 – 27 Edinburgh Playhouse