Friday 24 November 2017

New show is music to ears of TV legend

Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins at 'The Sound of Music', Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin, yesterday
Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins at 'The Sound of Music', Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin, yesterday
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

BROADCASTING legend Gay Byrne said he is looking forward to returning to the TV screens this summer for a series of late-night chat shows.

The 76-year-old presenter confirmed he will be temporarily stepping back into the Friday night slot he held as host of the 'Late Late Show' between 1962 and 1999.

Speaking at the opening of 'The Sound of Music' at the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin last night, Byrne said he was looking forward to hosting the six-week series 'For One Night Only' in July and August.

But he admitted he did not have a clue who his musical guests would be, although they would be the central focus of the new show

"I know as much as you do," he said.

It is understood the theme will be similar to the format used when he interviewed Westlife in a show called 'Westlife: For One Night Only', which aired last December.

And he admitted that 'Late Late Show' presenter Ryan Tubridy was in no danger of being unseated by his return to late night television.

"It's really just a summer filler," he said.

Byrne was among a number of celebrities who attended the opening performance, based on the hit Broadway musical which inspired the 1965 classic movie.

Other RTE personalities at the show included Marty Whelan, Derek Mooney, Colm Hayes and Rick O'Shea.

Boxer Bernard Dunne and his wife Pamela were also present at the show, as were former TV3 presenter Lorraine Keane and her musician husband Peter Devlin; celebrity chef Derry Clarke; female impersonators Alan Ormsby, aka Mr Pussy; and Declan Buckley, aka Shirley Temple Bar.

The production stars soap actress Verity Rushworth in Julie Andrews' role as governess Maria Von Trapp, while former 'Neighbours' star Jason Donovan stars as the disciplinarian father of seven, Capt Georg Von Trapp.

Irish Independent

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