Are you a Billy Buckett Believer? Billy Buckett – A Rock 'n' Roll Love Story is set in small town England in 1959.This was a time when the world was waking up to a revolution in the music scene and rock and roll was taking over every dance and music venue.
Lauren Lee Innis- Youren, Steve Dorrington and Jay Turner Photo Credit: Vincent Swift Photography
Singer Songwriter Jay Turner and Cath Mundy, together with Peter Cann, who worked on the script, have produced an musical production of drama, action and humour to delight all audiences. It was first put on stage in 2013 and played to sold out performances in Beenleigh. The birth of this musical as well as the story of their collaboration is well worth reading. It is a testament of love and creative talent with a will to make a musical the best it can be.
In 2013, the musical played to packed houses and won numerous awards and since its initial success, the drive has always been from both the cast and the fans, known as Billy Buckett Believers (BBB), to bring it back to the stage. This has been made possible finally through the hard work of the BBBs, who supported a "Pozible" crowd funding campaign and raised over $10,000 for Footlights Theatrical Inc to bring Billy Buckett back in 2018.
Lauren Lee Innis - Youren, Steve Dorrington and Douglas Rumble( back ground) Photo Credit: Vincent Swift Photography
Ros Johnson, the director of Footlights Theatrical Inc, is proud to have the opportunity to bring it back to the stage with some of its original cast and lovely new talent. The hope is that it is now ready to be launched to the world in its final polished form, so that it can be enjoyed by other performing groups around the world. The amazingly talented Cath Mundy, who directs three Community choirs, as well as Jay Turner, the original writer of the musical, are playing on stage with the live band the Asteroids for four shows only, giving us toe-tapping, finger clicking rock and roll songs and lyrical ballads.The stage sets are effective and simple and take us quickly from one place to another as the story unfolds.
It's a heartwarming love story. Billy, a talented musician but not very successful, goes to work in a garage and meets the daughter of the garage owner. They fall in love and there are consequences to this love which will be revealed. The characters are lovable and fun, with Stephen Dorrington taking the role of Billy, Lauren Lee Innes Youren the role of Jan and Douglas Rumble as Big Ted. I also enjoyed the character of Helen, Mrs Burns, who at the end of a trying time, tells her husband exactly what she thinks of him. The story and script have been honed and worked on to deliver lots of laughs throughout the performance but the music score is what I think is the standout.
Douglas Rumble and Alison Nipperess Photo Credit: Vincent Swift Photography
There are no less than 20 original music numbers and I was impressed by the quality, lyrics and catchy tunes. From "Self Made Man" to the very amusing "A Girl is Like a Car," but also the very soulful ballads "Tender is the Night" and "Feather on the Wind".
The moment for Billy Buckett, the musical is now here and it is one not to be missed as it is only playing for a very limited time on the following dates:
Thursday the 17th of May Friday the 18th of May Saturday the 19th of May 2018
All performances start at 7.30p,. On Saturday, there is also a matinee performance at 2.00 pm. It is at the Logan Entertainment Centre, 170 Wembley Road, Logan Central, which is easy to get to and has plenty of parking. Tickets are also attractively priced.
The best bit about this is that you will be part of the energy and enthusiasm of this show and the drive to excellence. There is an amazing group of talented people who have spent years perfecting this musical. Many hours of hard work have gone into this production and I think you will see how it has paid off to our collective delight. We are lucky to have the opportunity to see this, but also be given the opportunity to support them.
Lauren Lee Innis-Youren, Linda Hall, Ian Maurice Photo Credit: Vincent Swift Photography