Following her sold out performances in London last year, award-winning singer and musical theatre star Patti Boulaye is bringing her moving one-woman show ‘Billie and Me’ on tour.
Patti, who is a whirlwind of fun, recently also appeared on Celebrity MasterChef and the ‘Real Marigold’ TV show. But as Patti told me on set: “Singing is the one thing I always go back to, because it brings me so much joy and fun and hopefully the audience enjoy it too.”
Patti is a sensation as Billie, and if you get the opportunity don’t miss it while it’s on tour. Patti will be at Otley Courthouse Arts Centre, on Friday April 27, 2018.
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Comedian Peter Kay stunned fans by cancelling his £40 million tour, but it seems he can afford it as new financial documents show that his fortune has increased by £1.8 million. Kay has a combined £29.5million in his two performing arts companies, Good Night Vienna Productions and Hussein Traders, at the latest count.
Strictly Come Dancing professional Aljaz Skorjanec is back on tour this March with a new show all about his dancing hero Fred Astaire. “To me he was the best, simple as that and to even appear in a show with his name attached to it is just beyond my dreams,” he said. “I never tire of watching his films, you can learn a lot from him.”
Shirley Ballas will not appear on the Strictly Come Dancing tour alongside her fellow judges, like previous head honcho Len Goodman. A friend reveals: “Shirley only ever signed to do the TV show and is very busy flying between the US and London, so it would be impossible for her to fit that in too.” Fans (and yes there are some) believe she should have stayed and done the live tour also...
Goodnight Sweetheart, the sitcom about a man who can time travel back to the 1940s, is to become a musical stage show. The comedy will premiere on the stage in September. Creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran say: “This will be a small-scale production by an enterprising theatre company,” adding: “We hope that a major West End show will follow in 2019.” The BBC has declined to order a new TV series so the programme is now being offered to other broadcasters.
Take note of this date – February 21. The day before what would have been his 90th birthday, BBC Studios is staging a very special event to honour one of this country’s biggest and best-loved entertainers, and broadcasters, Sir Bruce Forsyth. The show will be broadcast on BBC One later. Filmed at the London Palladium – the theatre which helped propel Sir Bruce to stardom – the hour-long celebration will have music, dance, entertainment and comedy at its heart, and many stars who appeared with Sir Bruce during his career.
TV presenter Chris Tarrant sneaked in to see the new play Quiz, which was inspired by the cheating scandal on his show ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ Chris told me: “I think that was the biggest thing on the show, I mean I had no idea at the time, but now looking back yes of course, someone coughing all the time, it’s a bit of a giveaway really!”
After confirming she will reprise her lead role in ITV’s Victoria for its third series next year, Jenna Coleman tells me that she finds it odd off-set when she forgets that people don’t have to scrape and bow in front of her. “It happens all day on set, so yes it’s a bit of a shock when I get home and there is no-one there to do it,” she giggled.
Rylan has announced that he will be taking a break from This Morning in the new year. The former X Factor chap, who features regularly on the ITV daytime show, is also taking a break from his much-panned chat show which aired on Channel 5 and won’t be coming back, due to “time and pressure to get A-list guests”.
The creators of Birds of a Feather have revealed they’re planning a new live show titled Early Birds, which would premiere at the Edinburgh Festival in 2018. The show would tie in with the sitcom’s 30th birthday.
Remember Susan Boyle from Britain’s Got Talent a few years back? Well, it appears that Simon, Piers and co have almost forgotten her too. Normally around the festive period she would release an album of tunes, but fans are asking what happened this year. Susan herself confided in a friend that she is always ready to record and loved being in the studio. It appears some think her time in the limelight could be over...
The search for the nation’s best young singers will continue as The Voice Kids is returning for a second series. ITV has confirmed Pixie Lott is one of the judges, despite having zero chart success for years, but as she points out: “I do have lots of experience in the business.”
Coronation Street’s Catherine Tyldesley is not too happy, I hear, at being given the axe from the soap after four years. A source on the show told me: “We have a new producer and she is clearing out all the ‘dead wood’ as she sees it, and Catherine, Shayne Ward and others are heading for the door. It’s also about costs as it’s an expensive show to run.”
Ricky Norwood starred as Fatboy in EastEnders for five years before his character was tragically killed off in a case of mistaken identity. That was two years ago, and now he tells me about his new role on stage in panto. Ricky said: “I play the Court Jester in York this year, and while people knock panto, to me it’s just another role and a good way of learning theatre, plus I love it when all the children really get involved. They create a great atmosphere.”