Tribute concert for comedian Brendan Healy at the Tyne Theatre announced

Tribute concert for comedian Brendan Healy at the Tyne Theatre announced

A tribute concert in memory of the much-loved and very much-missed all round entertainer, Brendan Healy will take place in February next year. The announcement was made by the late performer’s family during a private event at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House– where Brendan spent many-an-hour on stage over the years – on Wednesday night following the unveiling of a commemorative photograph and plaque. ‘Much loved comedian, actor, director, musician, producer and writer. Great friend and supporter of the Tyne Theatre,’ reads the inscription under the photo, which will allow Brendan to “keep those cheeky eyes on proceedings” in the venue’s bar, according to his sister, Dee Wood, who made a speech after it was unveiled. Brendan’s other sister, Cathie Healy Conway has spent the past few weeks organising the concert they announced – a mix of music and comedy – which will take place at the Tyne Theatre on February 19. The North East’s entertainment community were left devastated earlier this year after Brendan lost his battle with cancer aged just 59. He passed away at his home in Haydon Bridge, Northumberland , just a few days before February’s fundraising Sunday for Sammy concerts, with which he was synonymous. And so it’s no surprise that a crowd of performers who knew, loved and worked with him over his four decades in the business, have already signed up to perform in tribute to their friend at the event, which is sure to attract a sell out crowd. Family of the late Brendan Healy unveil a plaque in his honor at the Tyne Theatre Musician and singer John Miles, actors Tim Healy , Denise Welch Jill and Chelsea Halfpenny, comedians Steffen Peddie and Josh Daniels and singer Lorraine Crosby are just some of those already peppering the work-in-progress programme for what will certainly be an emotionally charged gig. They’ll be joined on stage by some of Brendan’s family, including two of his three sons, Fin and Sam Healy and a mixture of members from the Brendan Healy Band and Brendan’s Grumpies, who performed their last gig just a few weeks before he died. And of course there are still more line up announcements to come. Cathie, who takes care of costumes for a variety of stage, TV and film productions – and stage managed lots of Brendan’s shows over the years – said she had been overwhelmed with the response. “Absolutely everyone has been fantastic and asking ‘what can I do?’ It has been important to us to ask people to get involved who have a connection with Brendan. That will make the night all the more special. “And I have no doubt that we’ll all be hearing Bren in our ears, telling us how to make it the best it can be. He used to always say ‘You’ve got to be a pro’ – that, and ‘Let the comics do the comedy and don’t let the princess sing!”

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