Padiham actor to appear with stars in ‘Coronation Street’ musical

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A HOME-GROWN star from Padiham has a leading role in “Street of Dreams,” the new musical based around Britiain’s top soap opera, “Coronation Street”, that is set to take the UK by storm next year.

Padiham’s Andrew Derbyshire will share the stage with TV greats such as Julie Goodyear and Paul O’Grady along with a cast of West End singers and dancers in the musical “Street of Dreams” which has its world premiere at the MEN arena in Manchester in March.

The all singing and all dancing production charts the extraordinary history and unforgettable characters in the show’s illiustrious 50-year history.

A life-sized reconstruction of the set and the famous cobbles is being created and some of the most iconic actors from the show, including Julie Goodyear as Bet Lynch, William Roach as Ken Barlow and Kevin Kennedy as Curly Watts, will star. Paul O’Grady will act as the narrator.

The show’s producer, Trisha Ward, has worked on several projects with Andrew in the past, including the album, “Rogues, Heroes, Angels and Villains,” also based on “Coronation Street”.

Andrew was the only artiste on the album who was not a past or present member of the cast.

In the new musical he will play the lovable character of Sean, the knicker factory worker at Underworld, played on television by Antony Cotton.

Andrew was launched on the path to success when he made it to the top 50 in the first ever reality television talent show, “Pop Idol”, nine years ago.

Now based in London, Andrew still finds time to come home to see his friends and family in Padiham and Burnley whenever he can.

Rehearsals are now in full swing for the musical and the show’s producers have promised a few more special guest appearances but they are keeping tight-lipped about them at the moment.

Andrew said: “This is an extravaganza of a show with no expense spared. It is going to be a major production and I feel privileged and thrilled to be part of it.

“Paul O’Grady is amazing, such a funny man and Julie Goodyear is a real character. To be working with people of this calibre is such a great opportunity for me. And also when the show premieres I will be back home in the North.”