SINGER Susan Boyle received a standing ovation as she sang at the finale of the opening night of the musical based on her life.
Fans from across the world travelled to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal to see I Dreamed A Dream.
Both sad and funny, it charts her life growing up in a large Catholic family in Blackburn, West Lothian, until she was catapulted to world fame in 2009 after her jaw-dropping audition for Britain’s Got Talent.
She is played by Scottish actress Elaine C Smith, who co-wrote the show and who herself demonstrates a talented voice.
She won a standing ovation - as did the rest of the cast - at the curtain call.
Boyle, 50, took to the stage in a shimmering red dress and belted out the title song to an adoring audience.
When an American voice shouted from the stalls “We love you”, she replied: “I love you too, see you outside.”
After the show adoring fans gathered at the stage door.
Among them was Marie Sheahan Brown, from Oregon, who saw a preview last night as well as tonight’s official opening.
She said: “I could watch it again, it was fabulous.
“Elaine did a marvellous job and she can really sing.
“There are people from 15 countries here, and from 20 states in the US.
“She speaks to a lot of people’s hearts. It’s not only her stunningly glorious voice, it’s her as a person.”
Meryl Heasman, from Tenyham, Kent, said: “She has followed her dream and we all have dreams. She is inspirational.”
Julie Johnson, from Cramlington, Northumberland, is related to the singer, who has had mild learning difficulties from birth as she suffered a brain injury.
She said: “The show was absolutely out of this world. It tells us everyone has a voice to be heard.”
Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders were also among those hoping for a glimpse of Boyle after the show.
Ukrainian Helen Stetsenko, living in Newcastle, saw the show with her mother Natalia.
The 30-year-old said: “Susan Boyle is famous in the Ukraine, my mum has seen her on TV shows. It was a really pleasant surprise to see her at the end.”
The show will tour for the rest of the year, with Boyle expected to sing at the curtain call of many of the performances.