Southport Theatre this February February 3rd, 2016 Connor_Henderson Latest News Shares Comments Southport Theatre, this February, sees a few new talented faces on stage. Coming for the first time to Southport are ABBA Reunion, Whitney – Queen of the Night and of course Soul Explosion, with the original hitmakers Jimmy James & The Vagabonds (6th Feb). Lots of fun happening this month but families will also love Moscow State Circus and their amazing Zhelaniy show. Oh, and not forgetting kids favourite, Superslam American Wrestling! Just announced, coming later to Southport, is also the amazing Chinese State Circus and returning in May is Sing-a-long-a Frozen and Sing-a-long-a Dirty Dancing. ABBA REUNION – The Tribute Show Southport Theatre – Friday 19 February, 7.30pm Despite various rumours over the years, a reunion of the original band members of ABBA has never taken place, but Southport Theatre has the next best thing, on Friday 19 February. The ABBA REUNION Tribute Show is the creation of the award winning West End Director, Producer and Choreographer of ABBA MANIA The Musical and stars the original ‘Frida’ from the London West End cast! ABBA REUNION gives ABBA fans, old and new, the opportunity once again to get together and re-live the addictive ABBA phenomena that swept the airwaves and discos during the ‘70s and ‘80s in a truly authentic, feel good, party style tribute concert. From Mamma Mia to Dancing Queen, Voulez Vous to Gimme Gimme Gimme, all of the greatest hits are performed with unrivalled authenticity from both an audio and visual perspective, with an amazing jaw dropping finale recreation taking you back to Waterloo where it all began in 1974! Superbly accurate vocals, harmonies, guitar, keyboards plus back line musicians combined with stunning iconic replica costumes, choreography and set produce the most authentic and requested ABBA tribute show in the world today. This concert continues to entertain and enthral throughout the globe and leaves you with just one question… “DID WE JUST WITNESS THE REAL ABBA REUNION?” 0844 871 3021 Tickets £20 & £22 (£22.90 & £24.90 online/phone, transaction fee applies) www.abbareunion.co.uk Southport Theatre contact – Karina Dayan – [email protected] Southport Theatre Monday 29 February, 7.30pm Zhelaniy – an awe inspiring new show A place where wishes become reality. The legendary Moscow State Circus returns to Southport with its latest and greatest production to date, Zhelaniy, on Monday 29 February. What better way to spend 2016’s extra day than in the company of some of the most spectacular circus performers in the world! Based on the Russian folklore story of Cvetik-Semicvetik, or “the flower with seven colours” by Valentin Petrovich Katayev, where each of the petals represent a wish, the tale is the perfect backdrop for what is undoubtedly the most famous circus on earth. Professor Wacko and his crazy side kick Natalia Mezentceva invite the audience to a wondrous and mysterious enchanted garden, a place where dreams come true and a place to see magnificent feats of human achievement, the like of which have never been witnessed in Great Britain before. As our Loveable Buffoons guide us through this tantalising tale, granting wishes to the beautiful Kushka Veslovskiy who plays Zhenya, they are surrounded by a multitude of flying, back flipping, juggling, wire walking and roller-skating performers. www.atgtickets.com/southport 0844 871 3021 Tickets £17.25 to £27.25 (£20.15 to £30.15 online/phone, transaction fee applies) http://www.moscowstatecircus.co.uk/ Southport Theatre contact: Karina Dayan – [email protected] It’s a Soul Explosion at Southport Theatre Sat 6 Feb, 7.30pm On Saturday 6 February, Soul Explosion rolls into town – a celebration of music at its finest, starring Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, Clem Curtis of the Foundations and Ernestine Pearce, lead singer with the Flirtations. The Vagabonds were originally formed in 1960 and their debut Ska-Time was one of the first examples of Jamaican ska music to be recorded in the UK. During the 1960s, the band supported The Who, Sonny & Cher, and shared several bills with Jimi Hendrix’s band, The Experience. The Vagabonds disbanded in 1970, but James, who owned the name, reformed the band with a new line-up in 1974, and it was this incarnation that had the instantly recognisable hits, I’ll Go Where Your Music Takes Me and Now Is The Time. The unofficial ‘Godfather of English Soul’, Clem Curtis joined The Foundations as their lead singer in 1967 and the worldwide hits Baby Now That I’ve Found You, Build Me Up Buttercup and Back on My Feet Again followed. Over the years, Curtis has fronted various line-ups of The Foundations, as well as appearing on his own as a solo artist. After hits like Nothing But A Heartache and Take Me In Your Arms (& Love Me) in the 1960s and ‘70s, The Flirtations were rediscovered in the disco and Northern soul circuits, and in 2007, Nothing But A Heartache was used in an ad campaign for KFC, ensuring their songs continue to reach new generations. The original hitmakers of soul bring their classic hits to Southport Theatre for an unforgettable night: backed by a live band, this powerhouse of a show will have you dancing in the aisles! www.atgtickets.com/southport 0844 871 3021 Tickets from £21.50 (£24.40 online/phone, transaction fee applies) Ends Southport Theatre contact – Karina Dayan – [email protected] Celebrate the music and life of Whitney Houston at Southport Theatre Sat 20 Feb, 7.30pm Don’t miss the stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time, Whitney Houston. WHITNEY – QUEEN OF THE NIGHT visits Southport Theatre on Saturday 20 February. This award winning production features a stellar line-up, with rising West End star Rebecca Freckleton delivering a powerhouse and breath-taking performance as Whitney. As one of the leading female vocalists on the London scene at the moment, Rebecca has regularly appearing live and recorded with some of the industry’s most vibrant entertainers, including The Noisettes, Paloma Faith, Macy Gray and Dionne Bromfield. Rebecca is also one of the leading ladies in the international touring musical, The Magic of Motown. Taking the audience on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hits that include I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, My Love is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love, I will Always Love You and many more, this show beautifully remembers the most highly awarded female artiste in the world ever! Whitney’s one true legacy was her music which touched most of us at some time in our lives. Share her life and get ready for the greatest love of all in Queen of the Night! www.atgtickets.com/southport 0844 871 3021 Tickets £25.25 (£28.15 online/phone, transaction fee applies) Ends Southport Theatre contact – Karina Dayan – [email protected] Southport Theatre has the perfect vocal treat for all ages on Tue 31 May – Sing-long-a Frozen at 3.30pm and Sing-a-long-a Dirty Dancing at 7.30pm! Southport Theatre will host a full day of Sing-a-long-a classics on Tuesday 31 May, beginning with a screening of Disney’s Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you sing along with Elsa and Anna. The afternoon is introduced by a live host who will demonstrate how to use the interactive prop bag, then it’s time to sit back and ‘Let it Go!’ as the audience can be the stars! Remember to dress up as your favourite character and be a Snow Queen for the day, or Olaf the snowman, the coolest iceman ever! Disney’s Frozen has taken the world by “snowstorm” and has become the biggest animated film in the world and fifth biggest film of all time. In this heart-warming tale, fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey, teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven, to find her sister Elsa whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The Academy Award winning song ‘Let it Go’, which has now sold over 250,000 copies in the UK, will feature along with the rest of the platinum certified soundtrack, making this sing-a-long one not to be missed. Sooooo ‘do you wanna build a snowman…..?’ When the evening begins, it’s time for the adults to take over, with the brand new Sing-a-long-a screening of the classic film, Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. It’s the summer of 1963, it’s college boys versus dancing hunks, it’s one of the best loved movies of all time and, yes, there is a guy as great as your dad. Join Baby and Johnny in a fun-filled screening of the 1987 dance classic film where the audience members are the stars of the show. The host will lead a vocal warm up, demonstrate how to use the ‘magic moments fun pack’ and have everyone dancing really dirty….. Fancy dress is not obligatory but is highly recommended. Sing-a-long-a Frozen – Tue 31 May, 3.30pm Sing-a-long-a Dirty Dancing – Tue 31 May, 7.30pm www.atgtickets.com/southport 0844 871 3021 Tickets from £14 (£15.90 online/phone, transaction fee applies) Frozen is a PG certificate film but the age recommendation for Sing-a-long-a Frozen is 5+ years as younger ones may not be able to fully participate. Dirty Dancing carries a 15 certificate and contains adult content. The birth of Sing-a-long-a The unique, interactive entertainment form known as Sing-a-long-a was allegedly born in an old people’s home in Inverness. The nurses wanted to involve the residents in an interactive group therapy. They therefore wanted to screen Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and gave out song sheets so that everyone could sing-a-long. Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music opened at the Prince Charles Cinema in August 1999. An initial eight-show run soon sold out, while attracting huge media attention, and regular shows have been running ever since, not only in London but all around the world. Other films to be developed in the same way by Sing-a-long-a Productions have included Grease, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Moulin Rouge. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. 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