Sugababe and Eurovision star Jade to take musical role to Aberdeen’s HMT

Sugababe and Eurovision star Jade to take musical role to Aberdeen’s HMT

Singer, actress, Sugababe and Eurovision contender Jade Ewen is to take to the stage at His Majesty’s Theatre on May 19 in the Rod Stewart musical Tonight’s the Night, after extending her run in the UK tour of the hit show.

She is to continue in her critically-acclaimed role of Dee Dee until May 31 and will perform in Aberdeen alongside Ricky Rojas who takes over the role of Stone from April 26.

Best known as a member of Brit girl-band Sugababes, Jade also represented the UK at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, performing the Andrew Lloyd Webber penned It’s My Time, achieving fifth place, making her the most successful British Eurovision act since 2002.

On stage Jade has appeared as Young Nala in The Lion King and Curly in Whistle Down the Wind, and her television credits include Casualty, The Bill, Steffi and Splash!

Ricky’s stage credits include Strictly Confidential, Burn the Floor, Flashdance (Shaftsbury Theatre), Grease (UK Tour), Pirates of Penzance and Joseph (Aldelphi Theatre).

Tonight’s the Night also stars Ben Heathcote (Mamma Mia!, Three Musketeers) as Stuart, Jenna Lee-James (We Will Rock You, Joseph) as Mary, Tiffany Graves (We Will Rock You, Sweet Charity) reprising her role as Satan/Baby Jane, Andy Rees (Legally Blonde, A Chorus Line) as Rocky, and Craig Mather (Les Miserables) as the alternate Stuart.

The smash hit musical comedy, inspired by the songs of Rod Stewart, launched its major new tour at Manchester’s Palace Theatre in January and continues until August. The all-singing, all-dancing feel-good show premiered in the West End in 2003 and went on to play sold-out theatres across the UK.

With a book by multi award-winning writer and comedian Ben Elton, Tonight’s the Night features spectacular staging, a world class band, dazzling choreography and includes over 20 classic Rod Stewart hits like Hot Legs, Baby Jane, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, Maggie May, This Old Heart of Mine, I Don’t Wanna Talk About It, Ooh La La, Some Guys Have All the Luck, Forever Young, Sailing and of course the title track.

Two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy Living Legend®, Rod Stewart CBE has seen over 200 million worldwide record sales in a career that spans five decades. The Brit and Grammy Award-winner is still as popular as ever with an acclaimed new chart-topping album Time, a 2013 sell-out arena tour and the No1 bestseller Rod – The Autobiography.

Rod Stewart says: “In the past, any ideas for musicals revolving around my songs just didn’t work for me. It was only when we were approached to do Tonight’s the Night that the idea really took off.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that this great show is touring the UK again.”

Says Ben Elton: “Rod is such a totally unique artist. I initially approached him about a musical because his songs are all about storytelling and I felt that a great story could grow from them.”

Set in Detroit and uptown LA, the show tells the story of shy tongue-tied Stu who strikes a deal with the Devil to trade his soul for that of his legendary rock n’ roll vagabond hero. But what seems like a good idea at the time just proves that devil or no devil, there’s only one Rod Stewart!

Tickets for Tonight’s the Night are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Posted on Tuesday 18 March

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