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!"

Strollin' Steve Country Meets Rock'n'Roll from October 9th-12th 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.

From November 20th-23rd it's the Bournemouth Rock'n'Roll Party #17 at The Heathlands Hotel, Grove Road, East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AY with Charlie Gracie, Good Rocking Tonight, Class Of 58 and Joey & The Jivers.

The Seacroft R'n'R Party takes place at the Seacroft Holiday Village, Beach Road, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth NR29 4HR from March 4th-7th 2016.   Appearing live will be The Firebirds, The Kingcats, The Jets, Johnny & The Jailbirds, Good Rockin' Tonight, The Downtown Daddyos, Red Thunder and Country Cattin'.

From October 16th-18th it's the Rock'n'Roll Weekender at Seacroft, Hemsby (formerly at Mundesley).   Bands include The Jets, Hot Rockin', Lucas & The Dynamos, The Kingcats, Johnny Fox and Bernie Woods.   Booking info on 01493 733610.

Yesterday Once More has an Amazing Jive Weekend at Beverley Park Holiday Centre, Goodrington Road, Paignton from October 30th-31st 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 & The Forest Fires.

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.

Travis LeDoyt Ritchie Gee's Wildest Cats in Town Xmas Party rocks Pontins Pakefield from November 27th - 30th.

Artists include Travis Le Doyt (pictured), The Johnny Burnett 56 Show with Rocky Burnette with special guests Darrel Higham & Paul Ansell, Si Cranstoun, The Roommates, Darrel Higham & The Enforcers, Lucas & The Dynamos, The Spunyboys, Danny Reno, The Jets, Bernie Woods & The Forest Fires, Rockatoons, Lennerockers, Porky's Hot Rockin', Cliff and the Cavaliers, Kingcats, Rhythm Aces, Rat Pack, Shindig, Rockhouse, The Vee 8s and The Testostatones.

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

From December 4th-7th, the Winter Dance Party rocks the John Fowler Holiday Centre in Marlborough Road, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8PF.   Bands include The Jets, The Heartbeats, The Kingcats, The Sundowners, the Downtown Daddyos, Mark Keeley's GRT and This Little Girl.   Based on four sharing, prices start at £92 per person.   More info on 01271 866766.

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.

Ritchie Gee's Wildest Cats In Town summer weekender runs from June 30th - July 3rd 2016 with 30 bands including Hayden Thompson, Gene Summers, Art Adams, Tim Gibson, Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers, Matchbox, Lou Cifer & The Hellions, Jet Black, Johnnie Fox & The Hunters, Danny Reno, The Crazy Teds, The Spunyboys, Lucas & the Dynamos, Cadillac, Lennerockers, The Silverettes, Long Black Jackets, The Bobcats, Sandy Ford's Flying Saucers, The Kingcats, The Rockatoons, Fireballs UK, Bernie Woods & the Forest Fires, Porky's Hot Rockin', The Rebel Riders, Some Like it Hot, The Rat Pack, The Rhythm Aces, The Stingrays.   There's also a classic car and bike cruise, beach party, talent show, 50s jumble Sale, jiving competition, tattoo club, photo shoot and barbecues.

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

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