Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Stormont puts its foot in it over invite to meet George Best show cast

Hit musical Dancing Shoes - The George Best Story, has been breaking records... but it doesn't stop our politicians getting the name of the show wrong.

Stars from the show were at Stormont yesterday ahead of taking the musical of Manchester United legend Best on tour.

However, an invitation from the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister invited the media to come and watch the cast of "Dancing Feet" perform.

Perhaps they were mixing the Martin Lynch and Marie Jones musical up with animated Disney movie Happy Feet?

The Dancing Shoes cast sang Georgie Boy and Dancing Shoes from the colourful production at Stormont before they head off on a tour of the UK and Ireland.

Junior ministers Jonathan Bell and Martina Anderson congratulated the cast and production team for bringing the show to the people of Belfast, and now to audiences further afield.

The musical life story of one of the world's greatest footballers opens at The Lowry in Salford, Manchester - where Best lit up Old Trafford - on September 5.

Aidan O'Neill (30) from Coalisland plays the lead role of Best, and said he couldn't wait to bring the show to Manchester.

He added: "Last year we were nervous at the start because we didn't know what sort of a show we were going to have, but it was such a hit. This time around it is even more exciting and we are keen to show people what we've got.

"I was over in Manchester on Tuesday and the buzz is really heightened at the moment."

Mr Lynch said Best's footballing home was the natural choice for its English debut.

"We've had a fantastic reaction from the people of Belfast and the next step is to take it out to Best's second home in Manchester and see how they react to it."

The production enjoyed a record-breaking run at the Opera House in 2010 when 23,500 people saw it. After a three-week run at the same venue this month, Dancing Shoes opens at The Lowry in Salford on September 5. The cast then embark on a UK and Irish tour including Dublin and Glasgow dates.

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