X Factor star Marcus in Hairspray role at HMT
Liverpool singer Marcus Collins who won the hearts of the nation on ITV1’s 2011 season of The X Factor, is to make his musical theatre debut in Hairspray, which will tour to His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen.
In the role of Seaweed Stubbs, one of the coolest kids at Patterson Park High, he joins stars Mark Benton as Edna Turnbald, Lucy Benjamin as Velma Von Tussle and newcomer Freya Sutton as big-hearted, big-haired teen heroine Tracy Turnblad.
Hairspray runs at His Majesty’s Theatre from Monday to Saturday, September 16 to 21 and tickets are availableonline at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
Marcus rose to fame on The X Factor - where he was mentored by music legend Gary Barlow - and finished as runner up in front of a sold out audience at Wembley Arena, with more than 14 million viewers watching at home.
Since then he has toured the UK as part of The X Factor Live tour and has released the Top 10 album, Marcus Collins.
“I can’t express how thrilled I am to be joining the tour of Hairspray,” said Marcus. “It’s been a pretty amazing year for me and now to be cast in my dream role feels like a new part of the adventure!
“Having trained in musical theatre since my early teens I’m just itching to get into rehearsals now and so excited to be working with Mark, Lucy and the rest of the company. Roll on February!”
The musical is set in Baltimore in the 60s, where dance-mad Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, The Corny Collins Show and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity.
But can a trendsetting hair-hopper like Tracy get her massively shy Mom out of the apartment, beat evil Amber to be crowned Miss Hairspray, integrate Corny’s show for good AND win the heart of local heartthrob Link Larkin, all without denting her super high ‘do’?
On its first UK tour, Hairspray was a huge hit – in more ways than one – with Aberdeen audiences at HMT in March last year with telly favourite Michael Starke as Edna and former Monkee Micky Dolenz as hubby Wilbur.
The musical originally opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London on October 2007, receiving universal critical acclaim and smash hit business and eventually playing more than 1000 performances to well over a million people.
At the 2008 Olivier Awards, Hairspray won Best Musical, as well as a further three awards from a record breaking eleven nominations. The show has also won Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards, the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers Choice awards, the Critics’ Circle Awards and the Variety Club Showbiz Awards.