R'n'r show lands monthly theatre slot
Be Bop A Lula

A rock'n'roll stage show is to take over a major West End theatre once a month.

In an unusual arrangement, the Ambassadors Theatre will host the Be Bop A Lula tribute show on the first Wednesday of each month from March 4th, sharing the Covent Garden venue with the percussion musical, Stomp.

The Be Bop A Lula cast consists of Gavin Stanley as Eddie Cochran and Billy Fury; Lars Young as Roy Orbison and Gene Vincent; and Spencer Evoy as Rocking Reverend DJ Spencer.

Be Bop A Lula opened in Liverpool at The Epstein Theatre in May 2014 and continues to tour across the UK.


Gavin and Lars Gavin Stanley is a tribute show veteran, having performed as Billy Fury, Eddie Cochran, Dion and Paul McCartney in numerous theatre productions.   He fronts the band, The Boom Boom Booms.   Lars Young has performed since childhood, touring in his family's professional gospel group.

The show's backing band includes double bass player Pete Pritchard, who was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame after 25 years in rock'n'roll. He has performed with Elvis' guitarist Scotty Moore, Alvin Lee and many more.

Lead guitarist Gerry Slattery has worked with artists ranging from the Everly Brothers through to Boy George.   Pianist Richard Blanchard has supported the Stray Cats and for several years led Yorkshire 20-piece band, the Cat Pack.   Drummer Phil Casey plays alongside Gavin Stanley, Lars Young and Spencer Evoy in The Boom Boom Booms.


Be Bop A Lula Be Bop A Lula is produced by Lord Tim Croxford.   He says the show's arrival in the West End is a huge boost: "My wife and I took over a long-running show called Rockin' on Heaven's Door six years ago - a great show originally, but in severe financial problems, at the suggestion of a booking agent friend.   We had hoped to retire after many years in business but as we are both avid rock and roll fans, this seemed a good opportunity to be involved in our kind of music.

"We changed the name of the show to Rock'n'Roll Paradise, a large theatrical production, and one of our front men is Gavin Stanley, who has been an actor and singer for years.   As Eddie Cochran, he and Lars Young, our Roy Orbison, collaborated on a script for a play about the two American giants of rock'n'roll, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent, who had a very successful tour of the UK before the car crash 55 years ago.

"They then created Be Bop A Lula the musical show around the script.   He had a contact at the Ambassadors Theatre who agreed to try the show out, so as well as other UK theatres, it's an enormous boost for the show to bring it into the West End.

"Rock'n'Roll Paradise has been touring very successfully in the UK and Europe for the past five years with 2015 being its biggest UK tour ever.   The new Be Bop a Lula show has only had three outings so far, with another this week at Camberley, and has been received with rave reviews from the audiences and critics.

"Be Bop A Lula is a great new show and Rock'n'Roll Paradise is now into its sixth year, the best tribute show touring today and the most professionally produced theatre show on the tribute circuit.   Hopefully Be Bop A Lula will be equally successful.

"I am the producer of both shows, and my wife does all the administration for both shows, so it looks as though retirement has taken a back seat for the time being.   That's rock'n'roll!"

Now in its 15th year, Ritchie Gee's Wildest Cats In Town weekender rocks Pontins Pakefield from July 2nd-6th.

In the line-up are Ray Campi, Sonny Burgess, Charlie Gracie, Rip Masters, Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers, Spunyboys, Danny Reno, The Cosh Boys, Lucas & The Dynamos, Jive Romeros, Steve Riot, CorrupTed, Lennerockers, Dave Savage and the Savages, Johnny Fox, Fireballs UK, Bernie Wood & The Forest Fires, The Kingcats, Rock-A-Toons, Sandy Ford's Flying Saucers, The Bobcats, Porky's Hot Rockin', The Rat Pack, The Stingrays, Some Like It Hot and Rockin'Em.

For booking information phone Ritchie or Kathy on 01530 455657 or 07976 964086 or see www.tennesseeclub.net.

The mighty Americana International festival runs from July 9th-13th at Wymeswold Airfield, Loughborough LE12 5SH.   The line-up includes the Hicksville Bombers, Doel Brothers, Doggone Honkabillies, Jack Rabbit Slim, James Intveld, Johnny & The Jailbirds, The Revolutionaires and This Little Girl and The Dillicats.

Yesterday Once More's Billy Fury Weekender no.5 takes place from July 3rd-4th the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool hosts with Colin Paul & The Persuaders, Jay Mcgee and Mark Keeleys Good Rocking Tonight.

And it's back to the Adelphi for another jive weekend from August 21st-22nd with Colin Paul & The Persuaders, The Firebirds, Mark Keeley's Good Rocking Tonight, The Kingcats, Jive Street and Dominic Halpin & The Honey Bs.

From October 30th-31st it's the Amazing Jive Weekend at Beverley Park Holiday Centre, Goodrington Road, Paignton with Play It Cool, Mark Keeleys Good Rocking Tonight, Joey & The Jivers, Colin Paul & The Persuaders, Firebirds, Rockin The Joint, Blast Off, Jive Street, Kingcats, Heartbeats, Class of 58, The Alligators and Bernie Woods & Forest Fires.

Strollin' Steve From August 21st-24th it's Strollin Steve's Seacroft Rock'n'Roll Party no.9 with The Bobcats, Danny & The Seniors, Joey & The Jivers, Blast Off, Class Of 58 and Rockin' The Joint.   Venue is Seacroft Holiday Village, Beach Road, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth NR29 4HR.   For a booking form call Steve Ashdown on 01638 712187 / 07808 340776 or email steve_ashdown@hotmail.com

Country Meets Rock'n'Roll from October 9th-12 at Britannia Heathlands Hotel, Grove Road, East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AY with live music from The Kingcats, The Doggone Honkabillies, The Heartbeats, Bob Keeley and Dave Whitmore.

The Devon Rock'n'Roll Party No6 rocks the Royal Hotel at Woolacombe in North Devon from October 16th-19th with The Firebirds, Good Rocking Tonight and Joey & The Jivers.

The Hoedown Weekend rocks Fort San Antone in Lancashire from August 21st-23rd with the Tennessee Rhythm Riders, Rusti Steel & The Star Tones, the Doel Brothers, the Del Rio Ramblers and Bill Fadden's Dangerous Curves.

The Twinwood Festival runs from August 29th-31st at Clapham near Bedford.   Bands include the Jive Aces, Carmen Ghia & The Hodrods, Laura B & The Midnighters, the Downtown Daddyos (Saturday), Si Cranstoun, The Jets, the Swing Commanders, Joey & The Jivers, The Bobcats (Sunday), Kai's Cats, The Revolutionaires, The Kingcats (Monday).

The Rhythm Riot rocks Pontin's Camber Sands from November 13th-16th with Jack Scott, Young Jessie, Gaynel Hodge, Ezra Lee, Si Cranstoun, Marcel Bontempi and many more.

Bristol's Rock'n'Red Hot Club has announced details of its 2016 weekender in Paignton.   It runs from May 6th-9th at the Redcliffe Hotel TQ3 2NL.   Bands are the River Boys, Jive Street, The Lennerockers and Sandy Ford.   Cost is 226 all in.   Singles are welcome.   More details from Mike on 07879 228451 / 0117 967 5114.

If it jumps, jives, bops or strolls we want to know about it.   Email or call 07833 703189.