RTÉ is launching a Christmas musical themed around traditional pantos, based on a little girl’s Late Late Toy Show adventure, which will begin this December.
Toy Show The Musical will take place this Christmas in the Auditorium of the Convention Center in Dublin and “the magic of Late Late Toy Show for the first time on the theater stage”.
The production follows the story of a girl and her family as they prepare for the biggest night of their lives – the night of toy fair.
The new musical is created and produced by Late Late Show producers Jane Murphy and Katherine Drohan, and begins December 10th during the Christmas panto season.
The broadcaster said so Irish Independent The production would “require investment” to “put on a fantastic show for families”.
Any profit would be used to “maintain the delivery of RTÉ’s public services,” said a spokesman for RTÉ.
RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes said the channel was “working on it quietly Toy Show The Musical for quite a while” and was “pleased to be able to launch it”.
“We said a few years ago that live events would be an important part of RTÉ’s future, but we had to postpone our plans due to the pandemic,” she said. “Just like them Late Late Toy Show yourself, so much care and thought went into this musical.”
Toy Show The Musical is directed by Séimí Campbell, whose recent work includes Gary Barlow Another phase and Jason Robert Browns Songs for a new world at the London Palladium.
Award-winning playwright Lisa Tierney-Keogh said she was “absolutely thrilled to be writing Toy Show The Musical“.
The musical brings the experience of Late Late Toy Show on the theater stage for the first time and tells a story about “Family, tradition and how the magic of toy fair brings the whole world together for one truly amazing night every year”.
The production was described as “a mischievous musical experience for the whole family – where the kids call the shots and the adults get to be kids again”.
Producers Ms. Murphy and Ms. Drohan said they were thrilled “to do the honors toy fair and all the joy and magic it inspires across Ireland each year” with a musical.
“Full of fun, laughter and love, let’s see how it’s done toy fair allows children to teach us that the magic they need to change their world already exists within them.”
Late Late Show Host Ryan Tubridy confirmed he would not be part of the show, saying he would “leave the theater stage to the theater actors” and wished the “brilliant team involved” well.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/rte-to-take-on-the-traditional-panto-with-late-late-toy-show-the-musical-41648563.html RTÉ takes on the traditional panto with Late Late Toy Show: The Musical