Show Stoppers column: The weight is over at MK Theatre

Nancy Stevens previews the new stage show of Fat Friends and more.

The award-winning TV drama FAT FRIENDS has been adapted for the stage by its creator, Kay Mellor, whose extensive TV credits include Band of Gold and The Chase.

Fat Friends – The Musical comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from March 5 to 10.

Award-winning Jodie Prenger leads the all-star company as Kelly, alongside Sam Bailey (X Factor winner), Natalie Anderson (Emmerdale), Natasha Hamilton (Atomic Kitten) and Kevin Kennedy (Coronation Street).

The ‘weight’ is over. Full of warmth, life and weight loss, this brand-new stage show reunites our favourite foodie friends in an original musical bulging with hopes, humour and heart.

Join the infamous group of loveable characters as they are put through their Zumba paces at their local branch of Super Slimmers by the lovelorn Lauren, while Kelly fantasises about fitting into the wedding dress of her dreams.

This musical offers a generous serving of hilarious fun with a sprinkling of romance.

West End and TV actress Claire Sweeney plays Irene, with Strictly winner Tom Chambers as Bobby in CRAZY FOR YOU, at Milton Keynes Theatre, from March 20 to 24.

High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, Crazy For You is the ultimate feel-good musical with a fabulous score from the Gershwin brothers’ songbook.

Mistaken identities, plot twists, heartbreak, happiness and a wealth of memorable tunes, including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me and Nice Work If You Can Get It, all feature in this exhilarating celebration of the great Broadway musicals.

THE GONDOLIERS sails into Stantonbury Theatre from March 21 to 24, staged by Wolverton G&S Society.

Marco and Giuseppe have just married their pretty girlfriends. However, their joy is shortlived.

One of the two is of royal birth and will be crowned King of Barataria. But which one?

Tickets are available at wolvertongands.co.uk/boxoffice/gondoliers.

Listen to Nancy Stevens’ award winning local arts show on Secklow Sounds 105.5FM on Sunday nights from 6pm-8pm. Listen again at spreaker.com/show/stevens-on-sunday.

This column was published in the March 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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