James Edgington creates musical theatre show at the Octagon

James Edgington creates musical theatre show at the Octagon

James Edgington

Olivia Archbold

Harriet Waters

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , entertainment reporter

A TASTE of Broadway and the West End is coming to Bolton.

Harwood singer James Edgington has created a show featuring new songs, as well as numbers from stage favourites including Wicked and Miss Saigon.

The former Bolton School pupil came up with the idea for Voices & Lyrics, being staged at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, on Friday, after noticing a lack of cabaret-style, musical theatre nights in the North West.

Mr Edgington, company director of G&J Productions, said: “It’s totally new for the North West because it’s showcasing new musical theatre.

“Musical theatre has become a genre now of music where writers are writing standalone songs. It’s pretty exciting for performers to do those songs that are just incredible.

“I’m hosting it, I’ll introduce the vocalists.”

A cast of 12, including Britain’s Got Talent finalist Olivia Archbold, actress Harriet Waters, from ITV's Scott & Bailey, and ITV's Grease is the Word finalist Hayley Hampson, will be accompanied by a pianist for an intimate night filled with emotion, laughter and excitement.

A fan of the new generation of musical theatre writers such as Scott Alan, Katie Thompson and Jonathan Reid Gealt, the 30-year-old has put together what he promises be an exceptional night of fantastic songs.

Mr Edgington, one half of singing duo Father & Son with dad Graham, who made the finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2010, said: “I’ve had a particular song sent to me personally by a writer called Dougal Irvine, which is just brilliant and was recently performed by Avenue Q star Julie Atherton in concert.

“To get this response from a writer is great especially because we can extend some fantastic songs to an audience outside the West End.”

  • Voices & Lyrics will be at the Octagon Theatre Bolton on Friday, March 14, at 7.30pm. Tickets are sold out.

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