Susan Boyle musical lands its star, premiere date

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Susan Boyle’s amazing journey from obscurity to overnight singing sensation will be the subject of a new musical, titled I Dreamed a Dream, according to Reuters. Scottish actress Elaine Smith will portray Boyle in a touring show scheduled to premiere in Newcastle, England on March 23, 2012. “I never thought my life story would end up on the stage, but a lot has happened in two years and it is a very exciting prospect,” Boyle said in a statement. “I hope everyone enjoys the show and I promise there will be a few surprises along the way.”

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  • Karate Pants

    I read this as “Susan Boyle’s amazing journey from obscurity to overweight singing sensation” two times. heh

    • Mr. Holloway

      lol Sounds like you read what you wanted to read.

      • Karate Pants

        I know that’s probably true, but I feel a tiny twinge of bad about it all the same.

      • Mr. Holloway

        By feeling that tiny twinge of bad, you’ve already shown more empathy than 95 percent of people on the Internet. (Esp. in regards to Boyle.)

        So there’s that.

  • Nick

    I’m not sure I would handle it well if someone said, “You’d be perfect to play Susan Boyle”

    • Dora Glasberg

      DOm Deluise in drag would be perfect.

  • claudenorth

    Is there enough of a story here to warrant a musical? Feels premature and the sort of thing that could lead to a huge backlash against her.

  • Myra

    I wonder if it will be an honest look at her road to “success” warts & all. After all, she has spent years in obscurity because of serious psychological problems. An honest script would probably be interesting but I doubt that will happen. Also, I have often wondered about the management she’s getting. Are they really helping her or their own pockets while the gravy train roles? I hope she is also getting some kind of ongoing therapy because all this instant fame stuff can derail even a well balanced person. I spent many years in human services so I continue to worry about her, as I did from the very first idol mania days.

  • commentor

    holy barf. really? talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  • Dora Glasberg

    Is Garfield playing her cat?

  • Kat

    Best of luck to her.

  • justme

    And so the haters come out with the usual disparaging comments about SBs weight, looks, age, mental health etc.
    She doesn’t have ‘serious psychological problems’ unless you mean she buckled under the relentless media attention around the final of Britains Got Talent? That was in 2009 and it’s now 2011 so I rather think she’s got the skills to manage her career now so that she isn’t overwhelmed. Amazing how much flack she gets when the younger and more physically and therefore more ‘socially acceptable’ singing stars can screw around, drink and drug, go to rehab, relapse, etc and it’s considered par for the course, yet SB lives quietly and is only in the public eye when promoting her music. I don’t know how this musical will pan out but there is no disputing the brilliance of Miss Boyles voice and the sincerity of her nature. Perhaps if she gets plastic surgery, flaunts her wealth and lives in huge mansions she will then be better regarded?

    • Myra

      Well, justme, I guess you’re calling me a hater. While there are several unkind, mean spirited comments you seem to take exception to mine. Just to clarify, my comment was made out of love of her talent and perseverance, along with concern about the people who are/have been exploiting her. The perseverance, in spite of many years of psychological issues, and her talent was finally recognized and appreciated in 2009 but that’s also when the exploiters (hanger oners) came out. I do think (so far) she is handling things better so as I said I hope she is getting continuing therapy so that she can continue to do that. I don’t think she will get to “flaunt her wealth” because other people are making far more money off her talent than she is and I pray that she doesn’t get plastic surgery. Knowing her history of mental illness doesn’t really equate to being a “hater”. If you know anything about her then you would know that she has dealt with this problem since she was a very young woman. I just think this play might be another way for people to exploit her and I doubt that she will make a lot of money from it.

      I completely agree about the low caliber of so called “stars” of today. I prefer talent over bad girl/boy media hype any day of the week. I also don’t think stick figure bodies are the least bit attractive. I hope you’ll read this comment better than you read my first one and take it in the spirit in which it was meant.

      • justme

        You’re right, you got me on that one – I didn’t read it properly so I apologise.
        I believe she is still having help adjusting to her fame and it seems to me Susan is becomming far more confident. Like you, I think her career, including her song choices and the production of her 2 cds has of course been sycos. She was very much a novice back then however and naturally her label called the shots (too much so, but she did lack a lot of confidence)but I believe she is now confident and secure enough to help steer her own career with good advisors. Her skill and knowledge is amazing so she should be able to choose her own music, how to sing them and how they should be produced.
        As for her history of mental illness, well she was suffering from depression after the death of her mom and she suffers, or did have anxiety, though how much of it was triggered by the events of BGT and whether she has residual anxiety from events in her past is hard to tell. It seems she does have a degree of performance anxiety and is shy, but from the looks of things, Susan is really getting on top of this.
        I doubt Susan would ever fall for the same trappings other ‘stars’ do, apart from some thrifty purchases and sensible spending with a few luxuries!
        My comment about plastic surgery etc was facetious and not a genuine suggestion!

  • Delia

    I have watched Susan from the beginning, and I just love her voice and her innocence. Susan may god continue to bless you, and grace us with more beautiful music. Your music is very enriching to the soul. Keep singing and stay sweet. Please try an sing with Landau- the new ‘kid on the block’.
    Keep grounded and made sure your management team and investors are good. Blessings Susan

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