Friday, 8 June 2012
Corrie musical will go on, says producer Trish Ward
First they changed the dates upsetting fans who had bought tickets, travel and hotel rooms.
Then it was panned with terrible reviews.
Then it was postponed.
Then national treasure Paul O'Grady slammed the musical's producers for not paying staff.
Then sources went to the tabloids to report on the "chaos and farce" behind the scenes.
And now? Well, now the musical's composer Trisha Ward has told The Stage that the musical will resume its tour this year, claiming the production is set to be “a box office hit”. She claims that an announcement would be made about the show’s future within four weeks and that she was confident everyone involved would be paid.
Trisha Ward blames the decision to postpone the musical on Katy Cavanagh (Corrie's Julie Carp who also stars in the musical), saying she had emailed the musical producers saying she would not be continuing with the production.
She said: “The reason we could not continue with the tour is that, on Friday, May 11, we received an email saying our leading lady was pulling out of the production. She was unhappy about many different things, and to be honest, I don’t blame her, as so was I.”
Trisha Ward insisted that, although she could not comment in detail about the financial aspects of the production, it was “ludicrous to say people were never paid”, as some cast members have suggested. She said “constant and confidential negotiations and discussions” with the show’s backers were currently taking place, about “resolving any outstanding issues”. She also refuted Paul O’Grady’s claim that she and her brother, who run production company Reckless Entertainment, were “inept”.
Anyone reading this know what the heck's really going on?
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