“If you love live music from one of the best touring bands you will ever see, as well as exciting and emotive dance and fancy a great night at the theatre, this show will be for you …”
Brendan Cole is about to embark on his most theatrical live tour production yet. SHOW MAN takes its inspiration from the magic of theatre and the movies and Brendan is keen for every single person who comes to the show to experience the most exceptional night of entertainment.
It has something for everyone. There will be amazing talent on stage – including many of the Strictly dance styles which people love – along with live music, choreography full of excitement, intimacy, emotion & skill.
We caught up with him to find out more…
If someone has never seen a Brendan Cole live show, what can they expect? ?
When on television (in particular Strictly), you are one of many and people aren’t necessarily tuning in to see you. When you’re on a stage and your name is on the door, there is a real sense of pride whilst on the stage and it fills you with an energy that is magic. I will admit to being nervous on every opening night of my theatre productions (this will be my fifth). Such a huge amount of thought and time goes into putting a big show like this together and you want it to be perfect both for the audience and the cast. I love a live audience and my tour gives me a buzz like nothing else. The audience reaction is incredible.
We have championship dancers, a live band and singers, all of the Strictly dance styles that people love, plus a few surprises along the way. When producing any show, my aim is to wow the audience and give them everything they’d expect and much, much more. Whether that’s great production values, exciting choreography, spectacular lighting and of course amazing talent from my sensational dancers and musicians, it’s so important to me to create a complete show. I want every single person that comes along to have the most exceptional night of entertainment. There is a lot of laughter and chat throughout the show as well so essentially, we just have a ball!
In preparation for your tour SHOW MAN, do you plan all the choreography for the dances or do you work with a team? How difficult is it to come up with new ideas for song choices and routines?
It is very much a team effort between myself and my cast. I will have certain ides as to how I want the show to form but it’s important for me to have the cast involved. I love the creativity that comes from that and it makes for a better show. Song choices are difficult, especially now as this will be my fifth production. I need to make sure there is something for everyone, old, new and in-between. There has to be excitement, beauty, emotion, character… so much goes into these decisions. My wife Zoe, my Musical Director and I spend many days throwing around ideas and eventually we have ourselves a show list.
How will SHOW MAN differ from your previous productions?
This show will be quite different from before. It’s slightly more theatrical and we’re changing the line-up of talent. We will have five male dancers and three female which will allow us to do more tricks and stage choreography differently from how we have before.
With a new set and new look, it should feel quite different and, of course, with every new production comes new costuming and lighting. I’m very excited about putting this one together. At the same time, over the last ten years we’ve created certain numbers throughout the different productions that have really stood out and we’ve loved performing. Subsequently we have had many requests from audiences asking that we perform them again. With this in mind I’ve decided to recreate a handful of them for the new show. One in particular has been a personal favourite for me, ‘Cinderella’ by Stephen Curtis Chapman. It’s a magical number, telling the story of a father and daughter, which I created with my baby girl Aurélia in mind shortly after her birth. I can’t wait to perform it again, along with several other favourites as well as many exciting and brand new numbers, all under the SHOW MAN title.
Since the announcement that you wouldn’t be returning to Strictly Come Dancing for the 2018 series, how has your life changed?
It’s just been extremely busy. I’ve not stopped which is great. If it had stopped after the announcement then it would’ve been a horrible feeling and I suppose that was the biggest fear at the time when I found out I wouldn’t be back. It’s actually allowed me opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise had. Strictly takes up such a large amount of time in which you can’t do anything else. It’s a very exciting new chapter for me which I’m embracing.
What are your plans for the future after the SHOW MAN tour?
Everything! I really feel like this is an exciting time for me. I love working in television, on stage and in the world of media. As long as opportunities keep coming my way and I’m excited about it then I’ll keep being busy and having an incredible time.
Brendan Cole brings his SHOW MAN Tour to the Cliffs Pavilion on Sunday 24 March 2019.
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We have a pair of tickets to give away to see the show on 24 March. For your chance of winning them simply send your name and contact details, along with subject header ‘Brendan Cole Show Man’ to: [email protected] Closing date 20 March 2019.