Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding to take to Sunderland stage

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Something ‘kinda boo - Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding will step behind the world’s most famous potter’s wheel in Ghost the musical.

The singer, whose hits with the girl band included Something Kinda Ooooh, Love Machine and Sound of the Underground, will play Molly in a new tour of the show, a role made famous by Demi Moore in the film of the same name.

She’ll be joined at the wheel by Hollyoaks actor Andy Moss as Sam, played famously by Patrick Swayze, when the show plays Sunderland Empire from September 26 to October 1.

They’ll be performing to music written by Sunderland-born musician Dave Stewart.

Sarah said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be making my theatre debut in Ghost - The Musical. The film is one of my all-time favourites, so to get the opportunity to play ‘Molly’ in Bill Kenwright’s new production is a huge honour for me and I can’t wait to get started.”

For more than ten years, Sarah was one fifth of one of the most successful pop acts in UK history, Girls Aloud. With 20 consecutive Top Ten singles, including four Number 1s, two Number 1 albums and six Platinum Albums in the UK, Girls Aloud received five Brit Award Nominations and became the first girl group since the Spice Girls to achieve six consecutive Top 3 singles.

Sarah’s acting credits include Bad Day, Freefall, Run For Your Wife, Coronation Street and St Trinians 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold.

Meanwhile, Andy is best-known for starring as Rhys Ashworth in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, one he played for eight years. His credits also include Cutting It, Coronation Street and most recently he appeared as Paul Cuthbert in the long running BBC soap opera Doctors.

They’ll be re-enacting the film’s most famous scene at the potter’s wheel which will be performed to The Righteous Brother’s Unchained Melody, which also features in the musical version.

Producer Bill Kenwright said: “Ghost is a story full of hope, and is one of those films which never leaves you. The book by Bruce Joel Rubin and score by Dave Stewart and Glenn Ballad come together wonderfully in one of my favourite new musicals in years.”

Bruce Joel Rubin said: “This is a show with such a strong emotional and musical life that it can mould to many visions and interpretations. It can be performed on any scale, and its vibrant heart will still captivate an audience and allows the imagination to flourish. It is purely theatrical in the greatest sense. We are very excited by the potential that the new version holds and elated it will tour the UK with Bill Kenwright.”

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