Jackie: The Musical is back on the road for 2016 with an all-new production starring EastEnders and Two of Us actress Janet Dibley, with new dates from March – and tickets are already selling fast.
The show first debuted in 2013, but this is an all-new production inspired by the fondly-remembered magazine published by DC Thomson, launched in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania. The title remained a girl’s best friend until 1993 and was famous for its romantic photo stories in the 1970s, selling over one million copies in a week.
Jackie of course brought girls endless features on David Cassidy’s favourite colour during that period, and the much-cited agony column, ‘The Cathy and Claire Page’. Models who appeared in the photo strips (and in sister title Blue Jeans Photo Love) included Garbage band member Shirley Manson (who is now a Terminator on The Sarah Connor Chronicles), BBC news reader Fiona Bruce, who was paid just £3 an hour for her work, and actress Leslie Ash.
Contributors included author Jacquleine Wilson and it was edited at one time by TV critic Nina Msykow, although its first editor was an ex-RAF Engine Fitter, Gordon Small.
Jackie: The Musical revisit those heady days when there was a time with no mobiles, no online dating and no Facebook. When teenage girls waited with bated breath by the letterbox for their weekly issue of their favourite magazine.
Telling the story of a recent divorcée who seeks advice once more from the pages of her old Jackie annuals, the quizzes, the fashion tips, the ‘do’s and don’ts on first date’ and above all the Cathy and Claire problem pages are all eagerly devoured by a plucky heroine as she revisits the dizzy world of the teen bible. With her ex and a handsome new guy in tow, the valuable lessons she learnt as a girl begin to influence her future and Jackie discovers the one person in control of her life is… her.
With original choreography by Arlene Phillips and starring Janet Dibley (The Two of Us, EastEnders, Fat Friends) Jackie The Musical is accompanied by a pulsating sound track of hits from the 1970s. Thrill once more to the unmistakable sounds of pop idols Donny Osmond, David Cassidy, Marc Bolan and many more in this fun and feisty night out.
• For more about Jackie The Musical visit the theatre links below for local performances or visit: http://jackiethemusical.com | Find Jackie The Musical on Facebook | Follow Jackie The Musical on Twitter @JackieMusical
Dates Announced So Far
• Stoke – Regent Theatre: 31st May – 4th June 2016 ON SALE DATE TBC
Further Dates To Be Announced.
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.