Jailhouse Rock The Musical at Piccadilly Theatre from 26 Mar 04

Jailhouse Rock The Musical at Piccadilly Theatre from 26 Mar 04

Jailhouse Rock The Musical , based on Elvis Presley's classic 1957 film, is now confirmed to open at the Piccadilly Theatre on 19 Apr 04, following previews from 26th Mar 04, and booking to 18 Sep 04

Tickets are on sale 10 Dec 03

It has been adapted for the stage by the writer/director team of Alan Janes and Rob Bettinson whose first collaboration 'Buddy',the story of Buddy Holly, had a 12 year run in the West End, ending in March 2002.

Featuring a catalogue of 1950's rock 'n' roll classics, the show tells the story of Vince Everett, a young man from the wrong side of the tracks who discovers his own unique musical talent whilst doing time in jail and emerges to become the world's greatest rock n' roll star, only to discover that he isn't ready for the pressures that money and fame can bring.

Mario Kombou will make his West End debut in the lead role of Vince. He is joined by Lisa Peace as Peggy van Aulden, the woman who launches Vince's career and with whom he eventually falls in love, Roger Alborough as country and western singer and hardened con Hawk Houghton and Gilz Terera as Vince's loyal friend behind bars Quickly Robinson.

Produced by Theatre Partners, Jailhouse Company and Volcanic Island, Jailhouse Rock The Musical , is directed by Rob Bettinson, designed by Adrian Rees, and choreograped by Drew Anthony.

"Although based on the film, the musical will tell a much bigger story," says Bettinson. "Using hit songs from the era, the stage production will also chart the birth of rock 'n' roll - pinpointing its roots in the black music of the time and showing how singers like Presley and those who were writing for artists like him carried those influences over into the American teenage mainstream."

"This extra element will create a brand new piece for the stage, not relying on the audience having seen the film or being an Elvis Presley fan, though Elvis fans will love it too!"

Although set in the 1950's Jailhouse Rock The Musical promises to be much more than a nostalgia show. Says co-writer Alan Janes: "While the story illustrates the music and changing social patterns of the period, it is at heart a universal story: a challenge against authority and the pursuit of one's own voice. It is a story that the young from all generations can identify with."

(Prior to this the show will open in Plymouth at the Theatre Royal (first preview Friday 20th February), before playing two weeks at the Palace Theatre in Manchester (first night Tuesday 9th March).

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