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End of the road for Coronation Street musical

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paul o grady.jpgIt will come as no surprise to regular readers that it looks like the final nail has been hammered into the coffin of ill-fated Corrie musical 'Street Of Dreams' as the production companies responsible for the entire fiasco have gone into administration.

Reckless Entertainment and Street Of Dreams Limited have been put under the supervision of an administrator after a high court ruling. This means that star of the show Paul O'Grady's winding up order against the firms will be dropped. O'Grady launched the petition after the firms failed to pay his wages and the wages of many of the cast and crew.

The production ran for just a few shows earlier in the year amidst claims of chaotic rehearsals, unpaid wages and expenses and a constantly changing script. The public reception for the show (which also featured Corrie stars William Roache and Kym Marsh) was lukewarm at best and the critics hated it. The show was supposed to go on tour but this was cancelled and the whole shebang has been mired in chaos ever since.

The administrators are trying to put a positive spin on the debacle, with co-administrator Adrian Hyde saying: "Our appointment as administrators follows months of uncertainty and problems surrounding Street of Dreams and its Coronation Street musical. The production company has suffered from a funding deficit and lack of confidence in the venture, but with the right level of investment it is hoped that production of the show can be relaunched. I've no doubt this production will be an extremely attractive proposition and investment opportunity, given the potential to incorporate a West End show and UK tour, and we welcome any interested parties to get in touch."

Given the chequered history of the show, we reckon Mr Hyde is kidding himself.

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