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Classics old and new at Leeds Grand
Classics old and new feature in a quintet of musicals this year at Leeds Grand.
South Pacific is an acclaimed revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's romantic musical set during the Second World War. Irreverent and rude Avenue Q, which is mixes human actors with puppets, is one of the most popular shows of recent years. A new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 80s hit The Phantom of the Opera's comes to Leeds only four months after its premiere.
Cameron Mackintosh's blockbuster West End production of Oliver!, highlighted in TV show I'd Do Anything, arrives in November.
The season kicks off next week with the hugely popular stage version of 80s mega-movie Dirty Dancing.
The film tells of the forbidden love between holidaymaker Baby and dance teacher Johnny on a holiday camp in the 1960s.
The two "fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds" experience the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.
The show features the original characters and dialogue from the film, along with new choreography and dance sequences set to the hits from the film’s soundtrack.
These include Do You Love Me?, Hungry Eyes and the Academy Award winning (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, as well as newer songs.
Dirty Dancing runs from Tuesday until June 23. The new production of South Pacific, at the Grand from June 26 to July 7, stars West End and Eastenders actress Samantha Womack.
The "breathtaking and lavish " production, swept the 2008 Tony Awards and sold out on Broadway, is said to reinvent the classic show.
The score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair and There Is Nothin' Like a Dame. Mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness are promised as puppets and humans portray tenement dwellers in New York's Avenue Q.
In a story by turns hilarious,crude and touching, they try to make sense of burning issues of life, love and work.
Avenue Q is performed from July 16 to 21.
Cameron Mackintosh's new production of the Phantom of the Opera was unveiled at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in February and is now touring the UK.
The show -- in Leeds from August 9 to September 15 -- has been restaged by Laurence Connor, who directed the recent 25th anniversary celebration of the musical at the Royal Albert Hall.
There is also new choreography, new design and new orchestration, but the costumes have been designed by the original show's Maria Bjornson.
New Morrissey plays moneylender and pickpocket-in-chief Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh's hit production of Oliver! direct from the West End.
The show became a sell-out in the West End after some of its leading roles were cast through BBC TV talent show I'd Do Anything.
Lionel Bart's adaptation of Charles Dickens's novel Oliver Twist includes songs like Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, I'd Do Anything and As Long As He Needs Me.
Tickets for all five musicals can be booked on 0844 848 2705.