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PUBLISHED: 15:58 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 17:13 16 August 2010

IT S an exciting time for Antony Costa, former member of chart-topping boy band Blue, writes Kate Nelson. Having recently finished a critically-acclaimed stint

IT'S an exciting time for Antony Costa, former member of chart-topping boy band Blue, writes Kate Nelson.

Having recently finished a critically-acclaimed stint playing the lead role of Mickey Johnstone in the West End production of Blood Brothers, he's now indulging die-hard fans with a south east tour, An Evening with Antony Costa.

Admittedly, it's the kind of show normally reserved for more established stars, but Costa is not shy when it comes to putting himself out there.

"I was approached and I just thought I'd go for it because it's a bit different," he said. "It can be pretty scary but once I get the first song over with I'm usually alright."

The show features an array of songs from his Blue days, alongside musical hits from Blood Brothers and Boogie Nights.

Members of the audience, the majority of whom are adoring ladies, also get the chance to ask questions.

"I've been lucky because the audiences have been really cool," he said. "Nobody has asked me any horrible or awkward ones yet, which is great. You get the odd bit of innuendo but you can laugh that off."

It seems the 26-year-old loves being the centre of attention and enjoys hosting the personal show.

"It's a totally different story being up there on your own from when I used to have three lads performing with me.

"But I've got a great band with me, and singing the Motown songs is great because it's my favourite type of music."

Costa rocketed to fame with Blue, but since the band split in 2005 - breaking a million teenage girl's hearts in the process, he's gorged himself on a wealth of solo projects including a successful musical theatre and acting career.

As a child, he made appearances in Grange Hill and The Bill but it wasn't until 2006 that he made his West End bow.

It would be easy to knock an ex-boy-bander but he silenced even the most staunch critics with his impressive interpretation of Mickey's character.

A role in Boogie Nights ensued, playing Roddy, which cemented his reputation as a credible musical theatre star.

When the An Evening with Antony Costa tour comes to an end he will begin preparing for a new play, which is expected to get underway before the end of the year.

However, he's remaining tight-lipped on exactly what it is.

"I can't say too much at the moment," he teased. "I got the news a few days ago. It's something a bit different so you'll have to wait and see."

* Antony Costa will be appearing at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon on March 13. To book a ticket, call the box office on 020 8688 9291.

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