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Best of Wham to come to Dartford

PUBLISHED: 15:38 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:20 06 June 2018

Craig Webb will be performing as George Michael. Picture: Orchard Theatre

Craig Webb will be performing as George Michael. Picture: Orchard Theatre

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Audiences will have the chance to re-live the Wham years at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford this month.

Craig Webb will be performing as George Michael. Picture: Orchard TheatreCraig Webb will be performing as George Michael. Picture: Orchard Theatre

Audiences will have the chance to re-live the Wham! years this month.

Sweeney Entertainments brings a new show to the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, featuring the very best of George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley, and Pepsi and Shirlie – The Best of Wham!

It’s hard to believe that it has been 37 years since one of the most enduring pop groups of the 80s was formed, and in four short years Wham! sold more than 28 million records, topping the charts with three albums, four number one singles and 11 top ten hits.

This non-stop 80s party will get audiences singing and dancing to all the greatest hits including Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Freedom and I’m your Man.

This new concert show stars Craig Webb as George Michael.

Craig made his TV debut on Gary Barlow’s talent search Let It Shine, which aired live in February 2017 on BBC1.

He made it to the quarter finals, where he performed with Busted.

He said: “I have always been a fan of George Michael - I gigged for 10 years and the majority of songs I performed were George Michael songs, so when this opportunity came up it was ideal for me.”

Craig said that the incredible costumes are what helps him get into character while he’s on stage: “The costumes help a lot - they do half the work for me.

“I also put his albums on and Wham’s hits and get myself into a positive vibe, but I do think the costumes help most.”

Craig’s favourite song to perform is Careless Whisper, with Faith being a close second.

He said that audiences and fans of Wham continue to grow despite the band being a creation of the 80s.

“I have noticed during the shows that so many young people and children attend, and they all sing along and know all the words.

“I think it’s a true testament to the music of Wham and George Michael.

“Pop music will always be around, and all of these songs tell a story and audiences do really connect with that.

“The songs also tend to be uplifting and infectious which is also a factor in their popularity.”

Wham also featured in the Live Aid concert of 1985 and were the first western pop group to ever tour in China.

Their impact and influence on the 80s era and music today really cannot be over-emphasised.

The Best of Wham show includes all those hits, a few B side favourites and a couple of early George Michael bonus songs.

With sensational vocals, choreography, costumes and an awesome live band, the show is an authentic musical journey that truly recaptures the full Wham experience.

Book tickets now and join The Best of Wham at the ‘Club Tropicana’.

The tribute will be coming to The Orchard Theatre, Home Gardens, on Monday June 18 at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £28.00. Call the box office on 01322 220000 or book online at orchardtheatre.co.uk.

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