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December 2015

Broadway & West End Musical Avenue Q Is Heading To Blackpool

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Tony Award-winning comedy musical Avenue Q is the latest show to be announced at Blackpool Winter Gardens’ Opera House for 2016.

The smash hit Broadway and West End musical will bring a host of fuzzy friends to the Opera House from Monday 6 to Saturday 11 June as part of a nationwide tour.

Featuring the naughtiest puppets in town, brought hilariously to life by an ensemble cast of 11 performers, Avenue Q is a Tony Award-winning musical about growing up, dreaming big, and finding your purpose in life.

Avenue Q is the latest smash hit to be announced for Blackpool Opera House next year with other productions including JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Blood Brothers, The Sound of Music, Dirty Dancing, Save The Last Dance For Me and Great Expectations.

A spokesperson for the Winter Gardens said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Avenue Q to the Blackpool Opera House. This is an hilarious show and one that we know will delight our audiences.

“Our calendar of events for 2016 is looking absolutely fantastic and really does offer something for everyone. We want to ensure that all shows at the Winter Gardens appeal to as wide a market as possible and with so much variety on offer that is exactly what 2016 will do.”

Avenue Q first opened Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in 2003, before transferring to Broadway later that year where it won three Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. In 2006 it transferred to the West End produced by Cameron Mackintosh, where it ran for five years before touring the UK. It has appeared in more than ten countries all over the world.

Meet Princeton, a bright-eyed graduate who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. Soon discovering that the only neighbourhood in his price range is Avenue Q, he finds himself moving in with some truly quirky characters. There’s Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fiancée Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his closet gay Republican roommate Rod, an Internet ‘sexpert’ called Trekkie Monster and a very cute kindergarten teacher named Kate Monster. And would you believe the building’s superintendent is Gary Coleman?! Featuring hysterically funny songs including The Internet is for Porn and Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist, Avenue Q is a hilarious musical with a warm (and very fuzzy) heart.

The cast features Sarah Harlington as Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut, Richard Lowe as Princeton/Rod and Arina II as Christmas Eve. Returning to the show following last year’s tour are Stephen Arden as Nicky/Trekkie Monster, Richard Morseas Brian, Etisyai Philip as Gary Coleman and Jessica Parker as Mrs T/ Bad Idea Bear.

Avenue Q will run at Blackpool Opera House from Monday 6 until Saturday 11 June.

Tickets are priced from £15.

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Aled Jones Cathedral Tour 2016

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Welsh singer Aled Jones MBE is set to wow audiences across the UK in 2016 as he embarks on a 22-date Cathedral tour.

The household name will visit cathedrals in England, Scotland and his home country of Wales on a series of dates throughout May and June, culminating in a very special ‘home-coming’ show in his home-town of Bangor on July 2.

Tickets for the Aled Jones Cathedral Tour go on sale at 9am Saturday 19 December.

Speaking about the tour Aled said: “I’m never more at home than when performing in one of the UK’s unrivalled cathedrals. I have been fortunate to sing in so many of these beautiful buildings over the years through my work on Songs of Praise but the idea of embarking on my biggest cathedral tour ever next year fills me with so much excitement and joy. I promise to give my best performances yet!”

Aled will be forever remembered as one of the world’s most successful boy sopranos after making his professional debut aged just 12 performing the role of the Angel in Handel’s Oratorio ‘Jeptha’ on BBC2 and BBC Radio 3.

Probably best known for “Walking in the Air”, the song from the animated film The Snowman, Aled had already released 12 albums by the time this was released in 1985.

And since his first album Diolch â Chân was released in 1983 Aled has gone on to release 30 albums selling a staggering eight million records to date. His most recent album One Voice will be released on Friday April 1. This latest release will see Aled duet with his younger self.

The Aled Jones Cathedral Tour is being presented by music promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

Director Peter Taylor said: “We are thrilled to be working with Aled and especially on such an exciting tour. He is, without a doubt, one of the UK’s best known performers and personalities, and someone who will leave audiences absolutely wowed by his voice.

“It is particularly exciting that this is a Cathedral tour as it will really take Aled home to where his career first started more than 30 years ago.”

Aled has also carved himself an acting, TV and broadcasting career with highlights including playing Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, Caractacus Potts in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and the 2014 sell-out production of White Christmas. He has been a regular on TV screens since his career began with recent highlights including being a contestant on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and presenting Cash in the Attic, Escape to the Country and Daybreak.

He has also enjoyed a long radio career and still has regular shows on both BBC Wales and Classic fm.

Tickets for the Aled Jones Cathedral Tour 2016 are priced from £19.50and are available from or by calling 0844 844 0444. A limited number of meet and greet tickets will also be available from £55 each.

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