I Dreamed a Dream (21 - 29 September 2012)
How do you tell the rags to riches story of Susan Boyle ("SuBo"), her dream to become a singer, her meteoric rise to fame and the challenges she faced along the way? You make it into a musical, of course. I Dreamed a Dream comes to Edinburgh this September.
Susan Boyle shot to stardom when she sang I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables on Britain's Got Talent in 2009. Her modest appearance gave no hint at the quality of her voice, surprising the judges and the audience. Both took Susan to their hearts and the rest, as they say, is history.
Despite eventually coming second to street dance troupe Diversity, Susan's subsequent success eclipsed everything else from the show. Her album went on to become the fastest selling debut album ever in the UK and she was catapulted to global stardom. This was no fairy tale, though: living out the highs and lows of her adventure under media scrutiny has not been easy for Susan.
Adapting the life story of such a well known, distinctive character as a musical is no simple task. Casting for the lead role would have been daunting if it wasn't for the show's co-writer Elaine C. Smith. The Glaswegian actress and comedian may be better known from her role in BBC Scotland comedy Rab C Nesbitt, but she has a strong singing voice and a successful career in film and TV drama as well as musical theatre.
Since its premiere in March this year, I Dreamed a Dream has been glowingly reviewed with few dissenting opinions. Smith's performance has been applauded and reviews describe the show as funny, tragic, moving and compelling. Catch it while you can on the second leg of its tour at Edinburgh Festival Theatre from 21 - 29 September 2012.