Metro musical lights up city

Tracy Featherstone from Ashbrooke, Sunderland, at the rehearsals for Metro the Musical with composer Benjamin Till.
Tracy Featherstone from Ashbrooke, Sunderland, at the rehearsals for Metro the Musical with composer Benjamin Till.
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SUNDERLAND Metro stations will be brought to life with the sound of music later this month.

A colourful performance from singers, dancers and musicians will take over stations across the city when a special film to mark the 30th anniversary of the Tyne and Wear Metro takes place.

With the backing of the public, the BBC in the North East has commissioned Tyne and Wear Metro: The Musical.

Hundreds flocked to auditions held at the Bridges and Newcastle last year for a chance to star in the production.

About 150 people were selected and will take centre stage at stations and on trains telling their stories to music from two regional choirs, a Northumbrian piper and Ellington Colliery Band.

Benjamin Till, musical composer, said: “Public participation has been overwhelming.

“The open auditions helped us find some great talent and I can’t wait to see them all together in the studio.”

On Friday, February 18, filming is set to start when the spotlight is shone on Sunderland.

A metal recycling plant near Pallion Metro station will provide an atmospheric evening setting for Ellington Colliery Band with shots of the Metros passing in the background.

The action will then move to Sunderland station where street dancers will perform with their shoes off on the platforms.

On Sunday, February 20, the front carriage of a Metro will be taken over for filming, with performers getting on at every station from the Airport to South Hylton.

On Thursday, March 24, the premiere will be hosted at The Sage Gateshead and will be broadcast live on Look North.

A radio premiere will also take place on BBC Newcastle’s Breakfast show with Alfie and Charlie the next day.