Rod Stewart musical Tonight’s the Night set for 2014 UK tour
Touring version of Ben Elton's 2003 musical hits Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and more
This article is from 2014.
Having sold out almost the entire opening week of the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow last autumn, public affection for Rod Stewart and his music isn’t likely to abate soon, especially not in Scotland. This touring version of the 2003 Ben Elton musical compilation of his hits will certainly be a commercial success.
Gas station mechanic Stuart Clutterbuck trades his soul to the devil in exchange for the soul of Rod Stewart. It’s ‘a fun, optimistic, all-things-are-possible experience, telling stories of characters that dare to dream,’ says Michael McKell, who plays Stoner, head of the band which Stuart runs off with. ‘Stoner is a roamer, a rocker, a gypsy in the mould of Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Dudley Moore with a dash of Michael Caine,’ says McKell, gathering together characters who define an era, ‘an Englishman who toured the States in the mid-seventies and stayed there, drinking, womanising and playing rock’n’roll in the hope that one day he would get a shot at the title.’ If the dream expressed here is that of an older generation, Sugababe Jade Ewen will be appearing to lend some cross-generational appeal.
Playhouse, Edinburgh, Mon 17 to Sat 22 Feb.