Lichfield Proms in the Park star to play Al Jolson in new show

A singer who for many years featured prominently in Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park is to reprise a role playing one of his life-long idols.

Baritone Paul Roberts was popular with the Lichfield Proms audiences when he appeared as a soloist and as a member of Bella Musica.

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts

He will play Al Jolson in Ain’t No Angels at Stoke Rep next month – a role he played to great acclaim in Lichfield a few years ago.

Ain’t No Angels tells the story of what could have happened if Frank Sinatra and Al Jolson met up in heaven.

The result is a show telling the life stories of the two greats and packed with some of Jolson and Sinatra’s most famous songs, including Jolson’s April Showers, Swanee, I’m Sitting on Top of the World and Sonny Boy and Sinatra’s I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Somethin’ Stupid, Lady is a Tramp and Have You Met Miss Jones?

Singer Paul Lumsden, well known in Lichfield for his appearances with Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company and Lichfield Operatic Society, will again play Frank Sinatra.

Devised by Ken Wragg, the show will be backed by a live band.

Paul Roberts said: “I am delighted to have another chance to portray Jolson in this special show and to be working with a very talented cast and production team.”

Paul has played many roles in professional and amateur productions and in recent years has become a full-time, professional singer, under the stage name of Tom Wenlock. He performs in cabaret and theatre and for corporate events, in care homes and for weddings and private parties.

Ain’t No Angels, a professional production, runs at The Rep Theatre, Stoke on Trent, from Tuesday to Saturday September 26 to 30. Tickets are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/role-play or by calling 03336 663366.

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