Gareth Gates is onto a winner with Loserville musical

When the class of 1971 reach their senior year, the time is right to set the world alight. Headed by “super-smart geek” Michael Dork, a bunch of pals are about to do just that the world when a new complication enters their life – girls.

Loserville, a musical co-written by James Bourne, who was in pop bands Busted and Son Of Dork, is described as a “musical mash-up” about dating, binary and staying true to your dreams.

Based on the Son Of Dork album Welcome To Loserville, it focuses on Michael Dork who thinks his dreams will come true when clever and beautiful Holly arrives in town. But arch nemesis Eddie, played by Bradford’s Gareth Gates, sets his sights on stealing Holly and taking all the credit for his world-changing ideas.

Working with writer/composer Elliot Davis, James crafted new songs for Loserville, as well as using tracks from the album, and the show opened initially as a youth theatre production in 2009.

Former Bradford Cathedral choirboy Gareth, 27, shot to fame on Pop Idol in 2002 and went on to sell more than 3.5 million albums. He later moved into musical theatre, starring in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Les Miserables.

Last year, Gareth and actor Jonathan Wilkes opened a performing arts school, the Gates&Wilkes Academy, at Dixons City Academy in Bradford.

Loserville runs at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds from June 18 to July 14. Tickets are on (0113) 213 7700.

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