Pop show opened doors for stage star Will Young

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actor and singer Will Young can’t wait to explore Leeds and its vintage shops - and prepare for the small matter of a five-night run of performances in a play for which he received an Olivier award nomination.

In an exclusive interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, the 38-year-old said he was delighted to be taking on the role of notorious Emcee in the Rufus Norris touring production of West End smash hit Cabaret, which comes to Leeds Grand from October 24.

Young said: “I am really glad we are coming to Leeds, I really like it. I came over to Leeds when I was in Bradford and there are some really good vintage shops.

“That is the great thing about being a week in each place - you get to see lots of places you might not go to.”

He said the Leeds audiences can expect something totally different each night as he picks back up his role as the flamboyant Emcee.

Young said: “It is absolutely wonderful to be doing it again, I had been wondering if I could. There is something quite intoxicating about the musical and very invigorating about the part.

Will Young , Performing Live in concert , Doncaster Racecourse , 14.05.16

Will Young , Performing Live in concert , Doncaster Racecourse , 14.05.16

“There are not many that are as free as Emcee. Every night is different, the audience will get a different performance from me and the Leeds audience will be different to London.”

Young, the winner of Pop Idol in 2001, always wanted to be a singer and actor and adds that he doesn’t feel the need to stick to one.

“Being a pop star opened up all these doors but I don’t feel I need to be one or the other.

“It is really important you are your own person and do what makes you happy and that is really what I try and do.”