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Singing star Simon Webbe aims to be a howling success when he appears as the Big Bad Wolf in a new show aimed at an all-age audience.

The 3 Little Pigs, Simon Webbe, Birmingham Town Hall
Huffin' and Puffin': Simon Webbe in The 3 Little Pigs

The Birmingham-born 37-year-old is best known as a member of 'boy band' Blue but he has also been a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing and received plaudits for his role in the West End production of Sister Act.

He'll be at Birmingham Town Hall from July 28 till August 2 in The 3 Little Pigs, a new family musical by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the songwriting team behind the theatre versions of Mary Poppins, Honk! and Betty Blue Eyes.

The 3 Little Pigs, Simon Webbe, Blue, Birmingham Town Hall
Boy band: Simon Webbe in Blue

Also starring with Simon is Alison Jiear (Jerry Springer The Opera, On The Town, Britain's Got Talent 2015) as Mother Pig, with the three pigs played by Leanne Jones (Hairspray), Wolverhampton's Taofique Folarin (The Lion King, Avenue Q) and Daniel Buckley (Book of Mormon).

The 3 Little Pigs, Alison Jiear, Simon Webbe, Birmingham Town Hall
Mother: Alison Jiear co-stars in The 3 Little Pigs

In the show the three little porkers become world renowned celebrity superstars when forced to leave the warmth of their mother's overcrowded sty. The question is: Will they cope without their adoring mother's 'hogs and kisses'? And will their DIY building skills cut the mustard? And will they be able to stand on their own four trotters and outwit the Big Bad Wolf?

The 3 Little Pigs, Taofique Folarin, Alison Jiear, Simon Webbe, Birmingham Town Hall
Saving his bacon: Taofique Folarin is Bar in The 3 Little Pigs

Stiles and Drewe say: ''Most children will know the story of The 3 Little Pigs so our job has been to reinvent it in a theatrical way, with hummable, memorable songs that will appeal to the whole family.

The 3 Little Pigs, Leanne Jones, Taofique Folarin, Alison Jiear, Simon Webbe, Birmingham Town Hall
Hamming it up: Leanne Jones is Bee in The 3 Little Pigs

''Our 3 Little Pigs - Bar who loves to exercise, Bee who is 'green' to the core, and Q the insatiable bookworm - learn to work together as a team to defeat the Big Bad (but possibly misunderstood) Wolf. We love surprising and bewitching our younger audiences, some of whom will be visiting the theatre for the first time.

The 3 Little Pigs, Daniel Buckley, Leanne Jones, Taofique Folarin, Alison Jiear, Simon Webbe, Birmingham Town Hall
Trotting to the Town Hall: Daniel Buckley is Q

''We take it as a great responsibility to encourage and nurture audiences of the future, so we try to ensure their first experience of a musical is a memorable one."

The 55 minute production is directed by Anthony Drewe and produced by Kenny Wax whose Laurence Olivier Awards include The Play That Goes Wrong, Top Hat and Once on This Island. His Olivier nominated shows for family audiences include Hetty Feather, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Tall Stories' production of Room on the Broom.

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Why? Fantasy fun for all the family
When: July 28 - August 2, 2015
Phone: 0121 345 0600
Where: Birmingham Town Hall
Cost: 12 & 14 plus fees
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