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!"

The Rock Around The Clock Weekender rocks Peterborough from April 3rd-6th with live music from Danny & The Swamp Men, the Hicksville Bombers, the Downtown Daddyos, The Jets, The Bobcats and The Firebirds, and more.   It's at the Plough Venue Field, Ramsey Road, Farcet PE7 3DR.   More info from Mark Allen on 07861 655068.

From April 17th-18th it's Yesterday Once More's Amazing Jive Weekend at Beverley Park Holiday Centre, Goodrington Road, Paignton with The Firebirds, Unconditionals, Kingcats, Jive Street, Bernie Woods & Forest Fires, Jets, Lights Out, Alligators, Dough Boys, Heartbeats, Joey & The Jivers, Mark Keeley’s Good Rocking Tonight and Colin Paul & The Persuaders.

The Southport Jive Weekender takes place from May 15th-16th at Pontins Holiday Park, Shore Road, Ainsdale-on-Sea, Southport PR8 2PZ with The Firebirds, Jets, Kingcats, Jive Street, Mike Byrne & The Sunrockers, Unconditionals, Heartbeats, Colin Paul & The Persuaders, Blast Off, Rockin The Joint, Dough Boys, Rock Back the Clock and Joey & The Jivers.

From July 3rd-4th the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool hosts Billy Fury Weekender no.5 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 Keeley’s 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.

The ATOMIC Festival returns to Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire on May 2nd and 3rd with Carl Sonny Leyland, Gizzelle, The Ray Collins Hot-Club, The Ranch Girls, Little Victor, The Inteli-Gents, Laura B & Her Band and many more.

Organiser Robin Weathersbee says: "A total of more than 20 bands will mean that there will be a gig starting on the hour, every hour, from midday until midnight each day...   And it's absolutely top quality all the way."

Hemsby 54 runs from May 8th-11th with Sleepy Labeef, Rudy Grayzell, Al Jackson, Kid Kyle, Mack Stevens, The Go-Getters, The Spunyboys, Lucky Guy & The Chancers and many more.   Venue is the Seacroft Holiday Village, Hemsby, Norfolk NR29 4HR   Info on 01772 761522.

The Rock'n Red Hot Club weekender runs from May 8th-11th at the Redcliffe Hotel in Paignton, Devon.   There's music from Mary Jean Lewis, the Radio Nasties, 59 Ford, The Alleycats and The Kingcats.   Booking info from Mike on 07879 228451 / 0117 967 5114

Strollin' Steve Strollin' Steve's Seacroft R'n'R Party with The Kingcats, The The Bournemouth Rock'n'Roll Party no.16 takes place from May 15th-18th with The Kingcats, Danny & The Seniors and The Downtown Daddyos.   Venue is Britannia Heathlands Hotel, Grove Road, East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AY.   For a booking form call Steve Ashdown on 01638 712187 / 07808 340776 or email steve_ashdown@hotmail.com

From August 21st-24th it's the 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

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.

New weekender Shake That Boogie takes place in Kent on May 29th and 30th.   For more details join the mailing list at www.shakethatboogiebaby.com

Organiser Rob Hillier says: "Hot early 50s rhythm‘n’blues and rock‘n’roll music are what you’re going to get - delivered to you like a shot in the arm.   If the idea of getting in amongst our dancefloor piano and guitar ‘Boogie Throwdown’ or being led astray by wild 45s during the late night 'DJ Showdown' grabs your attention, make it a priority to sign up now."

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 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).

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