May is set to be a busy month for Manchester Opera, with eight live performances throughout the month. And one of the most popular would have to be the touring production of Chicago .
Opening night will take place Monday, May 23, through Saturday, May 28, and will feature some big names in showbiz.
The Manchester leg of the tour will see ex-Corrie actress Faye Brookes as Roxie Hart, with Djalenga Scott as murderous Velma Kelly.
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Best known for being a singer with The Three Degrees, Sheila Ferguson, 74, will join the cast as Matron ‘mama’ Morton.
Set amid the glare of the 1920s, Chicago follows housewife and nightclub dancer Roxie Hart, who murders her lover in the side after he threatens to leave her.
The description reads: “Desperate to avoid a conviction, she tricks the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, into hiring Chicago’s most skilled criminal attorney to turn her malicious crime into a deluge of sensational headlines, some of which could just as easily be squeezed out of today’s tabloids.
Tickets for the two and a half hour show cost up to £45.50 – but there are cheaper tickets available.
the cheapest tickets are £13 but are extremely limited, only available for shows on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
the ATG Tickets uses a traffic light system to indicate ticket availability, and there are only a low or medium number of tickets available for each of the days. Other tickets are priced at £22 and £32.50, depending on where you want to sit.
Also at the Opera in May is Seven Drunken Nights – The History of Dubliners on May 1 for their fifth anniversary tour, celebrating the iconic Irish band. Tickets for the one-night show are priced at £23, with some costing £28, but availability is limited.
Another one night show comes from the drag queen Trixie Mattel with their Grown Up Tour. It comes after a successful 2018 tour for the Ru Paul All Stars winner, and she’s back with a four-piece band. The show starts at 8pm with tickets from £34, although it’s very close to selling out so you’ll need to be quick.
From Tuesday May 5 to Saturday May 7, British sensations Got Talent Diversity will entertain audiences with two hours of their energetic and daring dance routines. Tickets for their Connected Tour 2022 costs over £33.90 up to £131.40 for front row views.
Since winning the third round of Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, Diversity has so far sold nine UK and Irish tours, sold over 600,000 tickets, with countless live and TV performances. And they promise this tour will be bigger and better than ever.
The following week, from Monday May 9 to Saturday May 14, Sing in the rain will cause a sensation at the Opera. Starring Adam Cooper, who was in the Billy Elliott film, tickets for the show start at £13 and go up to £62, with £20, £32, £42, £52 and £57 tickets also available.
the Barricade Boys – Bring It Home will take place on Sunday, May 15 for one night, featuring former artists from Les Misérables. The tour will feature music from some of the West End’s and Broadway’s most beloved shows, including Phantom Of The Opera, Miss Saigon, Jersey Boys and, of course, Les Miserables, as well as pop hits. and rock. the biggest names in music, including Queen, Elton John, the Beatles, Ed Sheeran and Adele.
Limit tickets are available, ranging from £24.40 to £36.90.
Like Chicago, The Cher Show offers cheap tickets at £13 at their Manchester leg, which runs from Tuesday May 17 to Saturday May 21. From the author of Jersey Boys, the musical documents the pop icon’s rise to fame, with a score of all his hits from If I Could Turn Back Time to believe.
Plus, it was choreographed by my two-time Strictly Come Dancing winner, Oti Mabuse. There is good availability for £13 tickets throughout the week, with the most expensive tickets costing £60.
Finally, taking theatergoers in June is The game gone wrong with opening night falling on May 30. The comedy show sees the Cornley Drama Society putting together a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, anything that can go wrong…does.
Until Saturday, June 4, tickets are from £13, with plenty of availability throughout the week.
Meanwhile at the Palace Theatre, The beauty and the Beast continues to dazzle audiences through June 4. You can read our review here.