Get ready for Girls Night

Jacinta Whyte who will star in Girls Night: The Musical at the Forum.

Jacinta Whyte who will star in Girls Night: The Musical at the Forum.

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It promises to be a night when you will laugh, cry and celebrate the unique joy that comes from friendship.

And you might just find yourself singing along at the top of your lungs to a host of well-known, well-loved tunes from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

For this is Girls Night The Musical, which takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends. And Jacinta Whyte, who has performed in West End sensations such as Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, is taking on one of the main roles - acting as narrator of the piece.

“Everyone of the friends has a story to tell,” Jacinta said, saying as soon as she saw the script she knew it was something she wanted to get involved in.

“I just howled with laughter reading the script. There were all sorts of high jinks - it’s like a musical Desperate Housewives,” she laughed.

Jacinta, who has hosted her own show ‘Jacinta’ on RTE, said part of the appeal of the show was also the soundtrack, which includes all those familiar and much-loved hits from girls’ nights out the world over. Audiences will be treated to blasts of ‘I Will Survive’, ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘Dancing Queen’ and much more.

And singing along - and dancing if the notion takes you - is very much encouraged. “If people aren’t singing on by the end of the show I’ll get down off the stage and drag them to their feet to dance!” Jacinta joked.

Having played some of the biggest roles in musical theatre - Eponine in Les Miserables and Ellen in Blood Brothers - Jacinta said the more lighthearted nature of the piece appealed to her, as did the music.

“It’s a real rollercoaster of a show - every emotion under the sun and all of it tied up with brilliant music.

“It’s great for me to do a bit of comedy - a lot of the roles I play are fairly serious, someone always ends up dead in the shows,” she laughed. “So this is a bit of light relief. Although, I’m dead at the start of it,” she reveals, adding that her character is a ghost who oversees her old friends on their night out at the Karaoke bar.

“The show covers all those big milestones in a woman’s life - their first love, their wedding, having kids. There are some very touching moments but plenty of laughs to keep it all moving along as well.”

Jacinta will spend the next three months with her fellow castmates from the show, who include Lorraine Keane (TV3), Hilda Fay and Sorcha Furlong (Fair City) and she says she hopes they will become firm friends.

As she takes to the stage each night she says she reminds herself how lucky she is to be earning a living from her passion.

“No matter how I’m feeling myself, when the lights go up and the music starts I’m reminded how lucky I am and I get carried away with it all.”

Girls Night The Musical performs at the Millennium Forum on Wed 8th & Thurs 9th Feb. Tickets can be purchased from 71 264455 or www.millenniumforum.co.uk .