West End leading man and Emmerdale star Ben Freeman is to take on the iconic role of The Fonz in the stage version of Happy Days which comes to His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen next May.
And he’ll be starring alongside former Bucks Fizz singer and television presenter Cheryl Baker as Mrs Cunningham and the previously announced Heidi Range as Pinky Tuscadero.
Directed and choreographed by Olivier Award nominee Andrew Wright, the musical opens in Bromley in January before going on a national tour.
Currently playing Fiyero in Wicked at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, Ben’s other West End credits include Warner in Legally Blonde, and Norman in Dreamboats and Petticoats, but he is probably best known to tv audiences as Scott Windsor in Emmerdale.
As a member of Bucks Fizz Cheryl won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981, and has subsequently had more than 20 hit records including three number ones.
She made her theatrical debut in the musical Footloose, starring in both the inaugural tour and in the West End, and her other musicals include Beauty and the Beast and Menopause the Musical.
A television regular, last year Cheryl took part in Celebrity Masterchef and she came in as first runner-up on Pop Star To Opera Star in 2011.
The new musical is written by Garry Marshall, the legendary creator of the popular television series, who is also the director of many world-wide hit films including Pretty Woman, Beaches and The Princess Diaries 1&2.
It includes 21 original songs by Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Williams while Henry Winkler, the original Fonz from the television series, is creative consultant on the project.
Further information on the show and tour is available at
Tickets for Happy Days at His Majesty’s Theatre (May 5 to 10) are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.