Coronation Street star Katy Cavanagh can today (March 30) reveal the full details of her role in the soap's upcoming Street of Dreams musical.
The actress's character Julie Carp is to play a crucial part in the show's storytelling, appearing as the Angel of the North to guide Paul O'Grady through five decades of Weatherfield plots.
As she takes Paul and the audience on the journey from start to finish, Julie will be present throughout the entire 90-minute production - engaging in plenty of banter with Paul along the way.
Digital Spy recently caught up with Katy to hear all the gossip on Street of Dreams and more.
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How do you feel about being part of the Coronation Street musical?
"It's very exciting - I can't wait! We haven't started rehearsing yet, but I'm really looking forward to getting into the rehearsal room to get going. It's going to be a brilliant show.
"When I was first approached to do this, I thought it sounded really interesting right from the get go. It's brilliant to be working closely with Paul O'Grady, because I think he's great and really talented. I was just really flattered that they wanted to involve Julie."
What can you tell us about Julie's role as the Angel of the North in the musical?
"Well, the Angel of the North is going to be a magical element in the show, which enables Paul to time travel through the 50 years of Coronation Street. So Julie is like a guardian angel to him - a bit of a guide! I haven't seen the final script yet, but I've been told that I'm going to be in the musical all the way through."
Are you doing any singing?
"No, although I was initially approached to! I can sing, but I can't sing like the singers in this musical can, so I did let them down gently with that! I won't be breaking into song, but I'm very much an integral part of it all."
You haven't started rehearsals yet, but how familiar are you with what's planned?
"Well, the cast have all met and had a read-through, and we've heard all the songs. A lot of the people involved are brilliant singers and really experienced West End performers. I know it's going to be brilliant - it gave me goosebumps at the read-through!"
Are you getting much input into Julie's role on the stage?
"I've got some input, but at the same time, they've got a very clear idea of what they want the show to be. It'll be great to work with Paul, because he works on an improvisational level, which I love! I'm hoping we can throw a few ideas around in the rehearsal room."
Are you expecting to feel nervous on premiere night?
"Well, I think we're all really confident that this is going to be a great show. For any actor, to do something live is such a great buzz - I just can't wait for the audience to be there. I love the theatre, and any time I can do it, I jump at the chance. I'll get my kids there on the night and I think they'll be quite excited!"
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What else can we expect from the show?
"It's something very different and interesting. There's a multi-media element, so there's some archive footage involved. We've got some fabulous dance numbers, an orchestra on stage and an absolutely enormous set - which is apparently the biggest set that's ever been at the Manchester Arena. It's going to be incredible.
"I just think for anyone who loves Corrie, this is going to be spectacular and an absolute must. It's really nostalgic, moving and funny - it's going to be like nothing you've ever seen! I'd get in there quick before the tickets sell out, as it's going to be a great night."
Are you having to take much time off from filming Corrie to do this?
"No, it's still full-steam ahead at Corrie. Nothing stops Corrie!"
What's coming up for Julie on the main show?
"I can't say too much, but it's not all going to be plain sailing for Julie. I've actually just finished shooting a lot of material that I've really enjoyed doing with Peter Gunn, who plays Brian. There's going to be some good stuff coming up."
With a baby on the way, do you think Julie and Brian will be good parents?
"Yes, because they will just love their child more than life itself. They'll try extremely hard, they'll read every book, and they'll take it very, very seriously. They'll do their absolute best, which is as much as you can hope for from a parent."
What's coming up for Julie and Eileen?
"There's lots more with Julie and Eileen. We're getting a lot more sister stuff, and a lot more banter! There'll be a few more disagreements between them, too. Their relationship is now really evolving and progressing to somewhere that's really good."
You've mentioned in the past that you get quite a lot of letters from Julie fans. What do you think her appeal is?
"I think there's something old-fashioned about her. She's so positive and joyful, and I think that just cheers everybody up!"
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Street of Dreams has its world premiere dates in Manchester on May 9 and May 10. The show later tours to Dublin, Belfast and Newcastle.