Ray Quinn is starring in the brand new stage musical Summer Holiday which is set to tour the UK and arrive at Storyhouse from 11th September.
The famous red double-decker bus will be making its first stop at the Liverpool Empire in May before heading off around the UK.
Based on the iconic 1960s film of the same name, starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows, the stage version of Summer Holiday will include all of the hits from the movie, plus some additional Cliff Richard classics.
Taking on the lead role of Don, made famous by Cliff Richard, is singer-songwriter Ray Quinn. Ray shot to fame as the runner-up in ITV1’s The X Factor back in 2006.
This launched a career in both music and more recently in musicals. Ray’s debut album ‘Doing it My Way’ entered the charts at Number 1, and quickly gained platinum status.
Ray is also well-known for ‘doing the double’ on ITV1’s hugely successful Dancing on Ice, winning for the first time in 2009 and then again on Dancing on Ice: Champion of Champions in 2014.
Ray’s theatre credits include playing Danny Zuko in Grease along with appearances in Dirty Dancing, Legally Blonde and most recently The Wedding Singer.
Joining Ray is Sophie Matthew, playing runaway singer Barbara, with Taryn Sudding taking on the role of Stella, her controlling fame-hungry mother.
Billy Roberts (Steve), Joe Goldie (Edwin) and Rory Maguire (Cyril) play Don’s fellow London Transport mechanics, while Gabby Antrobus (Mimsie), Alice Baker (Alma) and Laura Marie Benson (Angie) play girl singing group ‘Do-Re-Mi!’.
The cast is completed by Hannah Barr, Becky Bassett, Caroline Bateson, William Beckerleg, Adam Crossley, Sam Gallacher, Leanne Groutage and Matt Trevorrow.
Summer Holiday tells the story of Don and his fellow mechanics as they journey together in a red double-decker bus through Paris, the Alps, Italy and Greece.
Along the way they pick up a female singing group and a young American pop star who is on the run from her domineering mother!
It’s filled with musical features – many of 1960s’ biggest songs including: In the Country, Summer Holiday, Travellin’ Light, Bachelor Boy, Move It, Living Doll, The Young Ones and On the Beach.
Tickets for Summer Holiday are on sale now. More information at: www.storyhouse.com