Hey Bet Lynch fans: Get out your beehives and your baubles. While U.S. daytime TV is going through a seismic shift, Britain’s longest-running serial is about to give new meaning to the term “soap opera.” Coronation Street will be celebrated in a “major live musical event” beginning in March in Manchester. Reckless Entertainment in association with ITV Studios and SMG Europe have announced Street Of Dreams, a live tribute to the show based on the 50th anniversary album Coronation Street: Rogues, Angels, Heroes & Fools, which featured the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The show will be hosted by mega-Corrie fan Paul O’Grady, who will guide the audience through momentous events in the show’s history, bumping into well-loved characters with guest stars paying homage to famous roles. Writer, composer and lyricist Trisha Ward is behind the musical, with BAFTA-winning film and stage vet John Stephenson directing. The show will come replete with a 25-piece orchestra, a West End cast and choreography from Olivier Award-winner Stephen Mear. So my question is: Where were these folks when Guiding Light was fading?
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