Following successful tour in 2017, Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends the Musical is ready to tour the UK and Ireland once again. It’s arriving at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford next year.
The show is, obviously, written by Kay Mellor but music is written by Nicholas Lloyd Webber. They’re two industry legends and it’s a vibrant musical for sure.
I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the show when I last saw it, but perhaps a new cast will give it a new lease of life. Lee Mead (of Joseph fame) is playing Paul and what an absolute scoop of a leading man that is!
Fat Friends the Musical is based on the hit ITV show which starred James Corden and Ruth Jones. The musical reunites our favourite foodie friends as they are put through their Zumba paces at their local slimming club, whilst Kelly fantasises about fitting into the wedding dress of her dreams. It’s a humorous show full of hope and love – you just need to ignore that it’s a bit OTT in places.
That said, when the show first toured other critics gave it a big bucketful of five stars! After a tough year, Kay Mellor feels now’s the time to bring this feast of a feel-good show back.
She said: “Issues of body image and online trolling are more pertinent today than ever, and will resonate with people everywhere. Despite this, using song, dance and humour I can guarantee that audiences will leave the show with a smile on their face and feeling better about themselves – something we all need right now. I’m delighted to be remounting Fat Friends the Musical, thrilled to be working with the brilliant and talented Lee Mead and can’t wait for us to bring the show to so many fantastic venues around the UK and Ireland.”
Lee Mead said: “I am so excited to be returning to musical theatre after an enjoyable few years on Casualty and Holby City and I’m so thrilled to be starring in Fat Friends The Musical. I saw the show when it first ran and absolutely loved it, so I can’t wait to now play the lovelorn vicar, Paul. I’m so looking forward to performing live again to wonderful audiences around the country and working with the incredible and iconic Kay Mellor.”
Visit the Bradford Theatres website for more information and to get your tickets booked early.