A total of 85 dogs presented themselves at the auditions for the musical '42nd Street' held at the Point Depot in Dublin.

A two year old toy poodle named Jolie was eventually chosen for the part.

The musical's director Mark Bramble was overwhelmed by the “exceptionally good” turnout in Dublin. It was better than in an any other city where the show has been performing, including the cities Tokyo, Sydney, London and New York.

In total Jolie will be on stage for two minutes during the musical number ‘Getting Out of Town’ which involves the entire cast of 54 performers.

Jolie’s owner Rita McCarry-Beattie is thrilled her dog was chosen for the show. She says the Bichon Frisé breed was originally used in the circus, so Jolie is fulfilling her destiny.

So the all important question now is will she keep Jolie in show business? Rita replies

if she wants to yeah, we’ll see how she gets on this time.

An RTÉ News report by Kevin McDonald broadcast on 5 October 1990.