Aberdeen’s Amy heading for HMT

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Aberdeen actress and singer Amy Lennox is returning to her home city to play the lead in an award-winning blockbuster musical at His Majesty’s Theatre -and she’s one of a trio of returning musical stars to the city centre stage.

For starring alongside her in Dolly Parton’s triumphant production of 9 to 5 (June 24 to 29), is fellow actress Natalie Casey while two months later Noel Sullivan joins the glam line-up in the sensational touring production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (August 20 to 31).

Amy was in Aberdeen last summer to play the lead in Legally Blonde, while Natalie was the romantic lead in The Wedding Singer back in 2008, and Noel rocked HMT in the lead role of Galileo in We Will Rock You last spring.

He is possibly best known as one fifth of the record-breaking pop band Hear’Say, while his television credits include the hit BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey and his other theatre credits include Nick in the national tour of Flashdance - The Musical and Danny in Grease in the West End.

In Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, he will play Tick, alongside Richard Grieve (Jonny Foster in Emmerdale) as Bernadette. An Aussie, Richard has also starred in Neighbours (as Sam Kratz) and Home and Away (as Dr Lachlan Frazer).

Fresh from her role as Elle in Legally Blonde, Amy’s West End credits include the role of Liesl in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium.

Aberdeen Performing Arts press manager Joyce Summers said today: “We are delighted to welcome Amy back to His Majesty’s Theatre and Aberdeen, where her career began - especially in the lead role of such a blockbusting musical.”

Natalie Casey is probably best known as Donna in nine series of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, and she recently appeared as Ange in Abigail’s Party in the West End.

With an estimated 100million album sales, songwriter, film and television star and worldwide icon, Dolly Parton is one of greatest selling music artists of all time. One of her biggest solo hits 9 to 5 was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, the hit song topped the pop and country charts winning two Grammy Awards including best Country Song of the year.

The new musical comedy, based on the hit movie, centres on three office workers who turn the tables on their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss. They conspire to take control of the company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do.

Also based on a smash-hit movie, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of, with a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites including It’s Raining Men and Go West.

The musical originally opened in Australia in 2006, where it ran for two years before opening in the West End for a run of a further two years, and has won numerous awards including the prestigious Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Costume Design.

Tickets for both musicals are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.