DIRTY DANCING, MADAGASCAR, CATS, and More Announced For New Season At Wolverhampton Grand

DIRTY DANCING, MADAGASCAR, CATS, and More Announced For New Season At Wolverhampton GrandFollowing his live performance appearances in the upcoming Grand Theatre production of Ladies' Day this July, Tony Christie returns for a full live concert on Saturday 3 November. Tony Christie has enjoyed an incredible career, which includes over forty albums, seventy singles and countless live performances - a living legend and National Treasure.

Feel the heart. Share the soul. Live the legends in SOUL LEGENDS FEATURING LEMAR on Thursday 17 January. Whether you're a Soul Man, a Natural Woman, or just a plain old Sex Machine, Entertainers is delighted to bring you the smash-hit spectacular, Soul Legends - featuring special guest Lemar! With two Brit Awards, three MOBO Awards and has sold over two million albums, our special guest Lemar will be taking you through his legendary songs including Dance (With You), If There's Any Justice, It's Not That Easy, The Way Love Goes, If She Knew and many more! You could be treated to an evening of classics from legends such as Barry White, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Wilson Pickett, Chaka Khan, Earth Wind & Fire and more all in "soulsational" style! You'll be reliving your favourite soul anthems such as Respect, Ain't Nobody, Knock On Wood, Midnight Hour, River Deep Mountain High, Ain't No Stopping Us Now, Beat It, Three Times a Lady, Get Down On It and more.

NIGHTS ON BROADWAY - The Bee Gees STORY is a tribute to The Bee Gees through a fantastic performance, featuring the Gibb brothers incredible songs from over four decades - from the 60s to the 90s. The show gives the audience the experience of being at a Bee Gees concert, with a unique blend of classic hits, acoustic medleys and dance floor favourites on Friday 18 January.

Jim Davidson OBE is the people's favourite and one of Britain's greatest ever comedians... In Jim Davidson: THE PEOPLE FIGHT BACK, he is telling it like it is. Are you fed up with this politically correct world we now find ourselves in? Come and see Jim's brand-new and outrageous show. Enough is enough, it's now time to fight back on Saturday 19 January.

It's time again to celebrate the new year in style with the NEW YEAR VIENNESE STRAUSS GALA on Sunday 20 January. Fritz introduces some of Johann Strauss' great waltz and polka tunes like By the Beautiful Blue Danube and The Thunder and Lightning Polka as well as a little bit of his masterpiece Die Fledermaus. Highlights from the Merry Widow recall the genius of Franz Lehar, which - along with a wealth of operetta favourites - make for a truly wonderful night.

Or celebrate the Chinese New Year on Sunday 27 January with the CHINESE NEW YEAR EXTRAVAGANZA. The Extravaganza features a team of performers showcasing amazing Chinese performing arts. From the cheerful spirit of the auspicious Lion Dance, to the majestic and awe-inspiring contortion, the show is a colourful display of Chinese cultural tradition.

Brendan Cole returns to Wolverhampton on Thursday 14 February with a brand new tour, Brendan Cole - I'M STILL STANDING.

After taking to the road over 22 years ago and touring all over the world, THE CIRCUS OF HORRORS returns with its latest brand new incarnation PSYCHO ASYLUM on Friday 15 February. The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre & fantastic circus acts all woven into a sensational shock/horror story and the darkest of magic - taking the show to a whole new level, it's driven by a mainly original soundscape & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek. You'll certainly Die Laughing!

DIRTY DANCING, the classic story of Baby and Johnny returns from Monday 1 - Saturday 6 April featuring the hit songs 'Hungry Eyes', 'Hey! Baby', 'Do You Love Me?' and the heart stopping '(I've Had) The Time Of My Life'. It's the summer of 1963, and 17 year- old Frances 'Baby' Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing!

HOW SWEET IT IS - THE GREATEST HITS OF MOTOWN is the ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of Motown and it's back at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Sunday 14 April. This stunning 100% live show combine's first-class music together with slick choreography, and an amazing band. Truly outstanding, the best Motown experience you will ever have! You'll be Dancing On The Ceiling with songs from legendary artistes such as Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers, Edwin Starr and many more. Let's Get Ready... to Go Loco... Down in Acapulco.

BEN & HOLLY'S LITTLE KINGDOM on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April sees Ben and Holly and their friends on an exciting musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter on an enchanting journey through the Magical Kingdom. With actors, masks and colourful costumes this beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family.

Take a trip back to the electric 80's and embark on a summer of love and smash-hit classics in CLUB TROPICANA THE MUSICAL from Monday 29 April - Saturday 4 May! Hair was big! Shoulders were padded! Mobiles weighed a tonne! At the vibrant Club Tropicana Hotel, the drinks are free and the whole family is invited to join the ultimate holiday musical, celebrating all that we love about the 80s. When our budding bride and groom get cold feet, they decide to jet off to sunnier climes and feel the heat - but little do they know they've checked into the same hotel... The sizzling summer season at the Club Tropicana sees drinks flowing and tans glowing. Will our young lovers decide to go through with the wedding? Will the hotel inspectors finally get their way and close the resort, or will the staff save the day? All will be revealed in hilarious style, to an irresistible soundtrack! Set to some of the most iconic, chart-topping pop anthems of the 80's all performed live on stage, including: The Look Of Love, Making Your Mind Up, Relax, Take On Me, Church Of Poison Mind, Up Where We Belong and many more!

MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL from Tuesday 7 - Saturday 11 May features all of your favourite crack-a-lackin' friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar. Join Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this live musical spectacular. This brand new musical from Dreamworks (Shrek The Musical) will leave audiences with no choice but to "Move It, Move It!"!

CATS is one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most memorable scores, West Bromwich Operatic Society present the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical from Tuesday 14 - Saturday 18 May. Based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the show is set amongst a larger- than-life junkyard playground and is alive with our favourite feline characters including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella and Skimbleshanks. On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

THE DREAMBOYS are back and undeniably the most successful and famous Male Strippers in UK history. They return to Wolverhampton on Wednesday 22 May.

ROCK OF AGES makes its professional debut at the Grand Theatre from 28 May - 1 June. An LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true! This hilarious musical comedy will have you singing and laughing along with its epic songs, including We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Here I Go Again, Can't Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is played loud and proud by an awesome live band. Now a global smash with hit seasons on Broadway, London's West End and Las Vegas and a star-studded Hollywood movie version, we promise you a night of outrageous rock 'n' roll debauchery at the biggest party in town! Warning: contains serious rock 'n' roll debauchery

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL heads out on another UK wide tour and comes to the Grand Theatre on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 June. This hysterical show packed full of one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics. An all-singing, all-dancing comedy set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common, meet by chance and make fun of their woeful lives experiencing "The Change". They soon bond as they realise that the menopause is no longer "The Silent Passage", but an unavoidable stage in every woman's life. The show has played sold-out tours across the world so call your girlfriends and book now for the ultimate girls night out.

HILARITY CHARIRTY GALA is Wolverhampton's biggest night of comedy and returns on Wednesday 5 June with a list of comedians to be announced. Book early for the best seats!

Winner of the TONY "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q from Tuesday 11 - Saturday 15 June is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet sexpert), Lucy The Slut and other colourful types who help Princeton finally discover his true purpose in life!

Following their triumphant production of Sweeney Todd in 2018, Walsall Operatic Society return from Tuesday 18 - Saturday 22 June with HELLO DOLLY! The musical has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, with four Broadway revivals and international success and follows the story of Dolly Gallagher Levi (a strong-willed matchmaker), as she travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a match for the miserly "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder. In doing so she persuades his niece, his niece's intended, and Horace's two clerks to travel to New York City.

The new season will be on sale from 11am on Monday 25 June to Friends Of The Grand and members to book online and over the phone and 12pm to Friends and members in person at the Box Office. Public sales open 11am on Friday 29 June to book online and over the phone and 12pm to general public in person at the Box Office. Tickets can be bought online at grandtheatre.co.uk, by calling 01902 42 92 12 or in person at the Box Office.

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