Kym Marsh to play Elsie Tanner in Corrie musical
Kym Marsh has been cast as vivacious tart with a heart Elsie Tanner in the 'Coronation Street' musical
Kym Marsh has been cast as Elsie Tanner in the 'Coronation Street' musical.
The actress - who plays Michelle Connor in the ITV1 soap - will take on the role of vivacious tart with a heart, Elsie Tanner in 'Street of Dreams' - the live musical tribute to the soap which will premiere in Manchester in May.
Kym - who is a former member of pop band Hear'Say - said: "The strong, determined and indomitable women have always defined 'Coronation Street' right from the very first episode to the present day and Elsie Tanner will go down in history as one of the most gossiped about women in Weatherfield.
"She's left some rather big stiletto shoes to fill but to have the opportunity to represent such an iconic character of yesteryear on a stage of this scale is an absolute honour."
Composer Trisha Ward said: "I am thrilled Kym is joining the world premiere tour of 'Coronation Street: Street of Dreams' to play Elsie Tanner.
"Elsie was at the very heart of Tony Warren's 'Coronation Street' and a character that stayed with me through the process of writing a major musical around the world's most successful TV programme.
"Kym has a wonderful voice for Elsie's torch-song, 'I Know How It Feels', and embodies the same beauty and dynamic passion that embodied this most iconic of Tony's female characters
Paul O'Grady will present the show, guiding the audience through momentous events in the soap's history encountering well-loved characters and guest stars.
West End star Jodie Prenger will also be taking to the stage as a later incarnation of Elsie during the 1980s.
She said: "The entire production is just gorgeous with infectious songs which stick in your head! The music is fabulous, the orchestration is phenomenal and the cast are truly amazing.
"To be asked to play such an amazing part in something that people will be telling their grandchildren about in years to come is just a dream."