Monday 27 March 2017

Boyzone star goes back to his roots

Mikey Graham says going on stage in pantomime in Dublin will be like stepping back 30 years in time
Mikey Graham says going on stage in pantomime in Dublin will be like stepping back 30 years in time

Boyzone star Mikey Graham has revealed that going on stage in pantomime will be like stepping back 30 years in time.

The pop singer said he cannot wait to play the role of Abanazar in Aladdin, which will run in the Gaiety Theatre over Christmas.

He first trod the boards in the Dublin city venue when he was just seven years old as a young Billie Barry kid and starred in panto for five years in a row.

"I did lots and lots of pantomimes so it's actually quite nostalgic to go back there," said Graham. "I'm really looking forward to it because it's going back to my childhood, but it'll be so different this year because my own kids will be there to see me."

The child star acted alongside some of the most famous names in Irish entertainment including Maureen Potter, Red Hurley, Twink and Brendan Grace.

Now 38, Graham said he could not turn down the opportunity to do something different before Boyzone start rehearsals for their next tour at the end of January.

He is ready to fall back on his acting skills and impress fans, including daughters Hannah, 14, and four-year-old Sienna Nicola.

Graham said the show - which will also feature the voice of X Factor judge Louis Walsh as the Master of the World - will be a fun experience.

"Last year with Dancing On Ice, initially I wasn't sure if it was or wasn't the right thing to do, but having done it I realise it was just a fantastic experience," he added.

"I thought when things pop up again I'm going to do it and have a bit of fun. I can't wait for this."

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