Banish the Winter Blues at Club Tropicana

Bring back the decade of decadence, relive some classic songs and enjoy this brand new musical.

Big hair, shoulder pads, massive mobile phones and pop anthems that survive the test of time. All of these and more are being celebrated in new musical Club Tropicana which is bringing some summer sunshine to Norwich Theatre Royal.

Years before some of the team behind Love Island may have even been born, there was the Club Tropicana Hotel. The ultimate holiday paradise where the young (and not-so-young) trendsetters could celebrate what made the Eighties great.

But what happens when a blushing bride-to-be and her groom both turn up to the hotel at the same time without realising the other one is there? Will they meet, will the hotel inspectors close the resort down, and will there be plenty of Eighties hits in the show?

To answer the final question by paraphrasing one of the decade’s best-known advertising slogans, ‘the man from Del Monte, he say yes.’

Club Tropicana, which comes to Norwich Theatre Royal between February 25 and March 2, comes from the production team behind the likes of Hairspray and features an all-star cast.

It is headed by Joe McElderry (X Factor winner and star of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Neil McDermott (Ryan Malloy in EastEnders, Eugenius!, The Wind in the Willows, Shrek), Kate Robbins (Spitting Image, ITV’s The Imitation Game, Dinnerladies), Emily Tierney (Eugenius! , Wicked, The Wizard of Oz); and former Sugababe star Amelle Berrabah making her musical theatre debut.

And the soundtrack of Club Tropicana will be as big as Dynasty’s shoulder-pads including hits like The Look of Love, Relax, Take On Me, Church Of The Poison Mind and Up Where We Belong.

One of the creative team is also very familiar to Norwich Theatre Royal audiences. Co-director Samuel Holmes played the wonderfully evil Lord Farquaad in Shrek earlier in the year.

Joe is enjoying starring in the show and playing extrovert holiday rep Garry. He said: “I’ve never played a comedy role before but it’s been fun. At first I was really nervous but I am excited by it now.

“Garry is witty, very flamboyant and quite sassy. There are no rules with him. He is probably me after four or five vodkas.”

Meanwhile for Kate, the show brings back lots of memories. From coming ninth in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980 and playing Kate Loring in Crossroads to appearing on a host of hit TV variety shows, she was in the spotlight during that era.

She also got to number two in the charts with the single More Than In Love. She said: “Michael Jackson beat me to No 1 with One Day In Your Life and although I sold half a million records, I was a one hit wonder so I went back into doing backing vocals for other people.”

And her incredible ability to mimic the famous meant she was one of the voices on Spitting Image. “You know, the Eighties were everything to me,” she said.

So bring back the decade of decadence, relive some classic songs and enjoy this brand new musical which is guaranteed to banish the winter blues.