Sid Owen to make musical debut in Carnaby Street

Former 'EastEnders' actor Sid Owen is to star in new musical 'Carnaby Street', which is set in the swinging 60s in London and features classic songs from the era

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Sid Owen

Sid Owen is to make his musical debut in 'Carnaby Street'.

The former 'EastEnders' actor - who was Ricky Butcher in the soap - will play Jumpin' Jack in the new production set in the swinging 60s in London.

Sid's character is a wheelin' dealin' band manager who is out to make money and find the next big pop star in the capital and the story is set against the backdrop of one of the most exciting periods of British culture.

Sid is delighted to be swapping Albert Square for the stage and can't wait to tread the boards when the show opens in April.

Sid said: "I'm thrilled to be moving from Albert Square to Carnaby Street! The show encompasses everything that I love about the swinging 60s - the great music, the fashion, the eccentricity. This fantastic show will be my musical theatre debut and I'm very excited to join the cast."

Sid will star in the musical with Verity Rushworth - familiar to soap fans as Emmerdale's Donna Dingle - who portrays the leading lady Penny Lane, a girl next-door from Liverpool who travels to London to follow her singing dreams.

Verity is thrilled to have landed a role in the production and is most looking forward to singing Lulu's 'Shout' and wearing all the 60s dresses

She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "It's going to be great to recreate the free lifestyle of the 60s and of course the music plays a big part. I sing 'Shout', which is going to be fun ... I love the 60s fashion & music. I think the clothes were much better then. The girls made a real effort, back combed hair, shift dresses, make-up, big lashes; everything was so glamorous. I love the stage, I have so much energy that it's perfect for me. When I was on 'Emmerdale' they kept telling me to tone it down."

'Carnaby Street' features a host of classic songs from the era including The Rolling Stones hit 'Let's Spend The Night Together', 'You Really Got Me' by The Kinks, 'Sweets for My Sweet' by The Drifters and The Beatles' 'Roll Over Beethoven' - which was originally recorded by Chuck Berry.

The script has been written by music agent Carl Leighton-Pope, who has based the story on his own experiences of the swinging 60s and 'Carnaby Street'.

Bob Tomson is directing and his previous work includes 'Blood Brothers' and 'Dreamcoats and Petticoats'.

'Carnaby Street' was the fashion destination for the decade's biggest rock stars such as Sir Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and the late Who drummer Keith Moon.

The musical opens at the Hackney Empire theatre on April 10 before going on a tour of the UK. Tickets and information are available at www.carnabystreetthemusical.com

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