Susan Boyle Musical Opens Tonight in U.K.

The life story of Susan Boyle – the singer and reality television phenomenon – has been turned into a brisk musical, which opens tonight in Newcastle after a handful of previews. Susan doesn’t play the main role, but she makes a kind of cameo appearance, which of course drives the crowd wild. There is no original score for the show, rather the cast perform pop songs from the past 50 years – including Tony Orlando’s “Knock Three Times,” Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen” and Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle With You” – to illustrate scenes from Boyle’s life. It hasn’t all been a bowl of cherry jello. After her parents and sister died, SuBo was left to live alone in low-income housing, with only her cat, Pebbles, for company.

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