Joe McElderry to star in Coronation Street musical – Daily TV round-up



Former 'X Factor' winner Joe McElderry has grabbed himself a role in the forthcoming 'Coronation Street' musical.The winner of last year's 'Popstar to Operastar' will make a guest appearance in 'Street of Dreams' when it visits Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena on 29 and 30 May.

Joe will sing the final number in the show, joining a cast that includes Paul O'Grady, Kym Marsh and ‘Coronation Street’ veterans Julie Goodyear and Kevin Kennedy.

“I'm such a huge fan of 'Coronation Street'. It's been a huge part of my life since I was a child, so to be a part of this amazing musical homage is really exciting,” he said.

“I can't wait to be stood on stage in my home town alongside the cast of Corrie singing this beautiful finale number. It's an honour.”

Other stars of the soap appearing in the ‘Coronation Street’ musical include William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, and Katy Cavanagh, who plays Julie Carp. [The Sun/STV]

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