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Celebrating the queen and king of country music

Islands in the Stream coming to the Key Theatre this January EMN-151223-101450001
Islands in the Stream coming to the Key Theatre this January EMN-151223-101450001

A brand-new stage show, Islands in the Stream is coming to town to tell the story of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

Stacked with million-selling country music hits like Jolene, Ruby, 9 to 5, Lucille, I Will Always Love You, Here You Come Again, The Gambler, Coward of the County, Love is Like a Butterfly and Lady, theatre goers are invited to enjoy the awesome vocals and gentle humour of Dolly and Kenny’s legendary live spectaculars, says show producer Michael Taylor.

“Bring-the-house-down performances, a superb score and supreme musicianship tell the story of the simple Smoky Mountains farm girl’s rise to country music’s biggest superstar,” says Michael.

Underlining the cast’s dedication to mastering the sound of the original artistes, the performers and band have recorded an album of original songs in the style of Dolly Parton. Islands in the Stream even features the lead track from the release, the song slotting in seamlessly between all the million-selling Dolly and Kenny favourites featured in the production’s hit-packed score.

The performance is quite literally tightly stitched together – three of the outfits worn by the night’s female lead are exact replicas of Dolly’s iconic outfits, custom-made for the show.

“The star of the show is a master of stage craft,” says Michael. “Dolly’s unmistakable phrasing is closely reproduced, bringing Miss Parton’s distinctive vocals and loveable personality to life.”

As seen on national TV, the evening’s Dolly is joined by a Stars in Their Eyes winner. The night’s Kenny Rogers’ own solo show has been seen from Orkney to the Isle of Wight, Dubai to St Lucia and all points in between.

Highlights of his faithfully authentic depiction of the king of country are renditions of The Gambler, Lucille and Coward of the County.

“Both leads revel in Dolly and Kenny’s famed warmth and humour,” says Michael, “making Islands in the Stream a delightful evening of song and audience interaction.

Come and see Islands in the Stream at Peterborough’s Key Theatre on Saturday, January 30 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £19.50 and are available from the box office on 01733 207239 or visit the website.


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