Carnaby Street – The Musical

I’d like to go and see the new musical “Carnaby Street” which is set in London’s Swinging 60s heyday and opens at the Hackney Empire in London’s West End in April 6th 2013.It stars Former EastEnders actor Sid Owen and features hits by The Rolling Stones after the band agreed to allow their songs to be used in a theatrical production for the first time. Carnaby Street: The Musical will feature 30 classic tracks including “Let’s Spend the Night Together”, the Rolling Stones’ 1967 hit and “You Really Got Me” by the Kinks. Ray Davies is also considering an offer to write a new title song for the musical, in classic 60s Kinks style. The producers also wanted to include, “Do You Want to Know a Secret?”, a McCartney-Lennon, composition recorded by Billy J. Kramer in 1963 however the Beatles management baulked at allowing their songs to be used despite Paul McCartney being keen. Other era-defining hits by The Who, The Animals and Manfred Mann will also feature in the show, which before going on a nationwide tour.

Carnaby Street tells the story of Jude, a working class boy from Liverpool who travels to London with his best friend Penny Lane (Verity Rushworth) and his guitar, in search of fame and fortune.A chance encounter with man-about-town Jumpin’ Jack (Owen) leads to Jude joining a band led by a singer called “Wild Thing” at The Marquee Club, who tempts the ingénue with a life of sex, drugs and rock n’roll.

The show promises to celebrate the music and fashions of the swinging 60s, with a “pop-up” Carnaby Street retro clothes store opening alongside its run. It was the brainchild of veteran live music agent Carl Leighton-Pope, 67, who represents Bryan Adams and Michael Bublé and was A former cloakroom attendant at the Marquee Club music venue in the mid-Sixties. Leighton-Pope spent ten years preparing the musical for the stage, basing the storyline on characters from his own experience. Bob Tomson, the show’s director, aims to follow the West End success of “jukebox musicals” including the 50s-era Dreamboats And Petticoats and Rock Of Ages, based on the “hair-metal” heavy metal hits of the 70s and 80s.


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