In the autumn of 2007 Ray embarked on his very first solo theatre tour!!The tour consisted of 30 dates spanning the U.K
The dates were as follows:-
Wednedsday 26th -Rhyll Pavillion
Thursday 27th-Rhyll Pavillion
Friday 28th-Grimsby Auditorium
Saturday 29th-Peterborough Broadway
Monday 1st-Manchester Apollo
Tuesday 2nd-Manchester Apollo
Wednesday 3rd-Birmingham Symphony Hall
Friday 5th-Bristol Colston Hall
Saturday 6th-Oxford New Theatre
Sunday 7th-Ipswich Regent
Tuesday 9th-Blackburn King Georges Hall
Wednesday 10th-Bradford St Georges Hall
Friday 12th-Newcastle City Hall
Saturday 13th Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Sunday 14th-Aberdeen Music Hall
Tuesday 16th-Sheffield City Hall
Wednesday 17th-Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Friday 19th-Plymouth Pavillions
Saturday 20th -Cardiff International Arena
Sunday 21st- Brighton Centre
Monday 22nd- Nottingham Royal Centre
Wednesday 24th-London Hammersmith Apollo
Thursday 25th-Liverpool Empire Theatre
Friday 26th-Liverpool Empire Theatre
Saturday 27th-Liverpool Empire Theatre
Monday 29th-Margate Winter Gardens
Tuesday 30th-Blackpool Opera House
Wednesday 31st-Middlesborough Town Hall
Friday 2nd-Leicester De Montfont Hall
Saturday 3rd-Poole Lighthouse
Ray was supported by two up and coming artists on his theatre tour:-
Laura Critchley's Blog-On The Road With Ray(Part 1)
On The Road With Ray(Part 2)
Special mention also goes to Kirsty McInnerny and Helen Norton-who were Ray's brilliant dancers throughout the tour!!
VIDEO'S FROM THE TOUR
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
King Of The Road
Mack The Knife
Fly Me To The Moon
The Way You Look Tonight
:New York,New York
(click photo below to view more photo's from Ray's Tour)
CBBC Q&A ABOUT RAY'S SOLO TOUR
RAY QUINN AT WOLVERHAMPTON CIVIC
REVIEW FROM THE LIVERPOOL ECHO
Oct 26 2007 by Peter Grant, Liverpool Echo
THIS was a home-coming spectacular show with style and panache.
The star, Ray Quinn, is already a veteran of stage and screen and he’s only 19.
This one-time Brookside actor, X Factor favourite and ballroom blitzer is in his element when he has a microphone in hand and a catalogue of crooning classics to interpret.
The Liverpool run, part of a UK tour, is sold-out for all three nights – quite an achievement for the likeable lad who reminds me of a young Mickey Rooney from those all-singing, all-dancing black and white Hollywood movies.
Following two support acts – the excellent Lauren Rose and superlative Wirral wonder Laura Critchley (fresh from working with Robbie Williams) – Ray took to the stage to thunderous applause, arriving behind two showgirls.
He seemed to glide down the steps, sporting shades and singing Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
From that glitzy entrance he could do no wrong, whether belting out swing songs or cooly relaying the ballads.
He was clearly moved to be on home territory with such a warm reception – especially from the many young girls wearing flashing bunny ears.
Fly Me To the Moon, That’s Life, My Way and New York, New York illustrate just what a powerful range he has.
The show is slickly choreographed. He also serenaded a young fan from the audience with the Charlie Chaplin standard Smile.
This confident performer asked the audience to shout out ‘Quinny’ and they duly responded before many costume changes.
At one point he said: ‘I’ve got to go and change me kecks.’ Hardly Las Vegas, but then that is his charm the boy next door appeal who dedicates songs to his Nan.
Two huge illuminated letters ‘R Q’ were emblazoned behind him as his polished five piece band accompanied him on an Elvis tribute.
His version of Mr Bojangles is a highlight of this 90 minute show.
He returned in a white suit and sang an emotional version of You’ll Never Walk Alone.
This spectacular show was pure song and dance entertainment and Mr Quinn has a very nice line in confident, humorous patter.
If this is an indication of his talent at just 19 then you can only sit back and wonder what heights he can achieve.
Rating: 9/10 I’m in with the Quinn crowd I’m in with the Quinn crowd