Friday, 30 March 2012

Davy Jones' Manchester Monkee Business


The world's first run of Monkee Business the musical is currently on at the Manchester Opera House, until 14th April.  How ironic that it should open this month in Manchester, the hometown of Monkee Davy Jones who died on Leap Day. Davy grew up in Openshaw and made his tv debut on Coronation Street in its first year (1960) playing Ena Sharples' grandson.

What's On Stage describes Monkee Business The Musical as having "fabulous costumes and sets, a madcap ‘Austin Powers-style’ plot featuring all new characters and a score packed with iconic hits of the swinging sixties."

Unsurprisingly the Monkees songs in the musical include "I’m A Believer", "Last Train to Clarksville",  "Hey, Hey We’re The Monkees" and "Daydream Believer". I remember enjoying the tv show when I was growing up (or maybe it was the repeats). In fact I'm off to YouTube now to watch an episode or two...

17 comments:

  1. wow the facade is impressive, wonderful columns and lines in those windows.Your picture is awesome, thanks so much for sharing!
    Léia

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  2. Wonderful post and beautiful image Chrissy. I would love to see the show.

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  3. This post brought back some old memories!

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  4. Llandudnopictures30 March 2012 19:27

    Wonderful sunny shot of a fantastic building!

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  5. What a great show that would be .... Well captured Chrissy.

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  6. My wife's favourite group. So sad we saw them at the Albert Hall last year and Davy was in fine form, sadly no more

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  7. Used to listen to stories of my parents speaking about them. Great writing on the wall detail. Please have a good weekend.

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  9. Aw, Davy was my heart-throb for years.

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  10. Went to see the show on opening night it was brilliant

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  11. Also went to see the show on opening night and it got a standing ovation and house was full. Met the actor Monkees after the show and said how well they had done in copying mannerisms ie the way Nez used to stand when playing and the way Peter used to put his belt buckle to the left of centre.They all sang and acted beautifully and i hope it is a big success. I went to see the Monkees 5 times last year in UK and the States and the shows were marvellous the best i have seen from them.Also met Davy twice last year ( and the other two )and he was so nice to me when he knew i was from Manchester and thanked me for coming to the States to see the shows.So glad i did and hope this show will be a success in his memory.They have dedicated it to him.Also met his sister there and she told me that his ashes would be scattered in the Atlantic and that Tommy Boyce had come to see the show so maybe it will make it to the States.

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  12. The singing was ok, but the script needs a rewrite. Cheap sets, average acting (but only because of a weak script) and we ended up walking out at the interval (think a few did tbh)

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  13. Thanks for the comments and the great show reviews. I will also try and set this blog up so people can get it by email.

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  14. seems very good to here,thank you for posting this

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  15. thanks for your posting........


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