Dionne Warwick, Russell Watson, Olly Murs,JLS and Alexandra Burke headline Scarborough Open Air Theatre
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A ‘Big Night Out’ featuring stars from The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice is being brought to Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre THIS SUMMER!
The line-up of stars includes Amelia Lily and The Risk from The X Factor 2011; Loveable Rogues, The Mend and Scarborough-born Dalek impersonator Martyn Crofts from this year’s Britain’s Got Talent Contest; and Jaz Ellington and Max Milner from The Voice UK 2012.
The show on Saturday 18th August will also feature one of the most recognisable voiceover artists in the UK – Peter Dickson who is the voice of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
Scarborough Borough Council and Welcome to Yorkshire are delighted to announce four world-class acts for the Open Air Theatre this summer – American singing legend Dionne Warwick, pop sensation Olly Murs (sold out), boy band stars JLS (with Special Guest Alexandra Burke), and opera legend Russell Watson.
Dionne Warwick, whose songs include Say A Little Prayer and the classic Bacharach/David recording, Walk on By, will be first up on Wednesday 6 June, followed by Olly Murs on Sunday 15 July (now sold out), Russell Watson on Saturday 4th August 2012 and JLS on Saturday 25 August.
All four will be bringing their spectacular full arena stage shows to the Open Air Theatre and will supported by high-profile special guest acts. More big acts are also being lined up by the council to perform at the Open Air Theatre this year.
JLS – aka Aston Merrygold, Oritsé Williams, Jonathan Benjamin “JB” Gill and Marvin Humes – were runners-up of the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008, coming second to Alexandra Burke. Described as “the biggest boy band for a generation”, JLS topped the charts with their debut album, JLS in 2009 and have enjoyed further chart success, with two more successful albums and five number one singles to their name. The group also scored three more chart-topping hits in 2008, 2010 and 2011 in collaboration with other artists and became the first British act to release a 3D film.
Scarborough Borough Council Leader, Cllr Tom Fox, said: “I’m delighted the council is able to bring such fantastic acts to the Open Air Theatre in 2012. It’s a wonderful setting for outdoor entertainment and Scarborough people – as well as the hundreds of thousands who visit the resort every summer – deserve to be able see acts of this calibre on their doorstep, in their town.
“We have been working tremendously hard behind the scenes to secure these stars and I’m delighted with what we’ve now been able to announce.”
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This is fantastic news as one of the top seaside resorts in the UK has secured some of the top acts around for what we’re sure will be another busy year for tourism in Scarborough and the county.
“Big name acts and live music play a key role in attracting visitors to Scarborough and Yorkshire – helping to further boost the county’s tourism economy. Festivals account for 10% of total visits to Yorkshire and are collectively worth around £500 million to the county – so announcements of acts like these can only be a good thing.”
John Barrowman – 21 June
John Barrowman was one of few musical theatre personalities to make a successful foray into a recording career. Though many stage stars release an album at some point in their careers, seldom are they met with chart success and longevity. Barrowman was born in Glasgow but raised, from the age of nine, in Illinois. Throughout his high-school years, Barrowman performed in musicals, which set him on the path he followed in college and beyond. Throughout college he worked as a performer at Opryland in Nashville before he landed a role in London playing Billy Crocker in Anything Goes. This was the first of several leading roles for Barrowman. He starred in U.K.-based productions of Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Hair, and more. As he became a West End star, Barrowman also developed a presence on television. It was the latter that brought him back to the States, as he was featured on the CBS series Central Park West.
The path that would led him to the recording studio began with the Magic of the Musicals concert series, in which he performed Broadway classics backed by the likes of the Boston Pops, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra. His debut full-length album, Reflections from Broadway, was released in 2000. The album that followed, Swings Cole Porter, earned him a slot on Billboard’s jazz charts. While maintaining a busy theatrical and television acting career — in 2005, he took on the role of Dr. Who’s Captain Jack Harkness, which led to a starring role in a spinoff, Torchwood — Barrowman continued to make his mark on the recording industry. Released in 2007, Another Side, featuring covers of the Police, Elton John, Bryan Adams, and Chicago, enjoyed a lasting presence on the U.K. album chart. The following year’s Music Music Music didn’t fare quite as well, but an interpretation of Barry Manilow’s “I Made It Through the Rain” reached number 14 on the U.K. chart. Despite being formatted like his previous releases, his self-titled 2010 album debuted just outside the Top Ten. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez & Andy Kellman, Rovi.
Dionne Warwick, who began singing professionally in 1961 after being discovered by the young songwriting team, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, has enjoyed a glittering music career and has a clutch of Grammy awards to her name, not to mention more than 100 million record sales. She is second only to Aretha Franklin among female vocalists with the most Billboard Hot 100 chart hits during the rock era (1955–1999) with 56. In all, Warwick, who has also enjoyed film and television success, has released 35 studio albums, five live albums, 22 compilation albums and 85 singles. In the UK, her highest charting studio album came with Heartbreaker which reached number three – the title track of the same name also reached number two in the UK singles charts. Throughout the 80s and 90s, she collaborated with many of her musical peers, including Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Luther Vandross, Jeffrey Osborne, Kashif and Stevie Wonder.
Ticketmaster: 0844 844 0444, Scarborough Tourism Bureau: 01723 383636. Also available from Scarborough Spa box office, The Sands, North Bay, Scarborough TIC’s and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.