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Denise Van Outen's Some Girl I Used To Know

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Denise Van Outen takes on single role
Denise Van Outen has been the queen of reinvention during decades in showbusiness.

The 39-year-old started out as a cheeky presenter on The Big Breakfast, moved on to acting and singing in musicals in the West End while working with Andrew Lloyd Webber before becoming a judge on TV reality show Any Dream Will Do. More recently she became a Strictly Come Dancing mover and shaker.

But now the female actress is embarking on a new endeavour in a different direction. In her first UK tour, Van Outen is the star of a one-woman show that she has partly written herself.

Denise Van Outen,
Denise Van Outen stars in a one-woman show

Some Girl I Used To Know is a play "with music" that stops off at Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre from February 10 to 12, 2014.

Revolving around a woman called Stephanie Canworth, the story reveals that despite having a successful career, supportive husband and being a media darling, she is unsure whether it is everything she wants in life.

When an ex-love makes contact, it stirs up fond memories, along with a host of songs from the 1980s and 1990s as the audience shares in Stephanie's journey into the past.

To create the show, Van Outen teamed up with Terry Ronald - a vocal producer, arranger, songwriter, performance coach and backing singer who has worked with Kylie Minogue, The Wanted, Cheryl Cole and The Saturdays.

While on the writing side, his debut novel Becoming Nancy was shortlisted for the 2012 Polari First Book Prize. Terry also is known for helping to create The Hurly Burly Show.

And there's more pop stardust when it comes to the music behind the production as the musical supervision is by Kylie Minogue's long-term musical collaborator, Steve Anderson, who has also written songs for Britney Spears, Westlife and Atomic Kitten.

This new show is described as not suitable for children under 12.

Some Girl I Used To Know
New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
February 10-12, 2014
Tickets are available online or by calling 0844 871 3011.
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Why? One woman show with Denise Van Outen
When: February 10 - 12, 2014
Where: New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Cost: From 16.90 to 27.90
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