Tickets have gone on sale for High School Musical: The Ice Tour, the latest manifestation of the Disney mega-hit.
Disney know a hit when they see it but High School Musical began as a relatively low budget film which premiered in America in January last year.
So keenly was it received by young audiences that it was aired throughout the year, reaching over 100 countries and 100 million viewers. The soundtrack won an Emmy Award and the novel of the film sold over 1.2 million copies and topped the New York Times bestseller lists.
Only recently we told you of two amateur productions attracting enormous interest from young performers in Newcastle and South Shields.
Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour is at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, from January 31 to February 3, 2008. Tickets (£12 to £32.50) from 0870 707-8000 or www.highschoolmusicaltheicetour.co.uk .
Pop and soul man Paul Carrack plays The Sage Gateshead next January 17.
The former frontman of Mike and The Mechanics, and the bloke behind worldwide hits such as Ace's How Long, Squeeze's Tempted and timeless classic The Living Years has a reputation as a top notch live performer, so this is likely to be gig for the diary.
He'll be playing with his band and in addition to the aforementioned tracks, audiences can expect to hear Silent Running, Another Cup of Coffee and Over My Shoulder.
Tickets from the box office: (0191) 443-4661 or www.thesagegateshead.org .
Youngsters in County Durham will be pleased to hear that Brum - "Britain's favourite supercar" makes its debut at Consett's Empire Theatre.
The new show, which features the popular car (a regular on CITV) brings a mix of fun, laughter, music and song for three to seven-year-olds on July 27 at 2pm.
Tickets, priced at £7.50, are available from the box office on (01207) 218171.