A Sweet endeavour with Blockbuster The Musical

Blockbuster

Get ready to break out those stacked heels, tight lurex trousers and face glitter (and that’s just the boys). BLockbuster The Musical gets a world première later this year.

Glam rock is set to be revisited in a musical featuring the chart-busting hits of the legendary song-writing team Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who dominated the pop world in the ’70s and ’80s.

It explodes onto the stage at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford in September with follow-up appearances in Birmingham and Croydon, before hitting the road for a national tour next year.

Blockbuster, starring Paul Nicholas, follows the global success of Abba-inspired Mamma Mia and Queen’s We Will Rock You and you won’t be sitting in your seat for a second.

The great 1970s classics from Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Smokie, Tina Turner and Mud, are just the start. Get ready for Ballroom Blitz, Blockbuster, Tiger Feet and Devil Gate Drive plus lots more.

The book is by David Soames who co-wrote the musical Time for Cliff Richard, that ran for two years in the West End at the Dominion theatre.

Blockbuster begins in 2014 with Mickey Block, a young busker, singing in London’s Soho.

Mickey has borrowed money to buy a car. Unfortunately he crashes it without insuring it and is now being pursued by Charlie Daz, a loan shark.

Taking refuge in Crazy Max’s Retro Record shop, Mickey meets Max (Nicholas), a mystical figure, who discovers Mickey has problems and tells him he can turn his life around if he performs two selfless deeds within seven days.

With Charlie Daz in hot pursuit, Mickey has nothing to lose and agrees.

Max tells Mickey to hide in the store’s record booth and as Charlie Daz enters the shop, Max starts the booth spinning and transports Mickey back in time to London and 1975…

Paul Nicholas became a household favourite with his role as Vince in the BAFTA award-winning BBC TV series Just Good Friends and for LWT’s major drama Bust, for which he was nominated Best Actor

His theatrical success began in 1969 in the original London production of Hair. This was followed by the leading roles of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Danny in Grease, Rum Tum Tugger in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats and more.

Full cast yet to be announced.

Opening at Orchard Theatre, Dartford, September 11-20; Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, Sept 22-27 and Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, Sept 29-Oct 4.

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