Show's a tribute to generation
THEATRES around the country are swarming in tribute shows, but this one is different, says West End actor and producer Lee Fenwick Mason.
The creator of Let The Good Times Roll, a show coming to East Grinstead next weekend, says his production pays homage to the golden era of music.
"There are probably 30 Buddy Hollys and 30 Elvis acts doing the rounds," he said.
"But this is all about the music and how the music changed, from 1956 to 1966. We are paying tribute to the music, rather than the singers."
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While Elvis does make an appearance, Let The Good Times Roll features the one-hit wonders who helped to define a generation, but did not have long careers, such as Del Shannon.
"No one does a tribute show about him because he never had enough material for a show," Lee told the Courier & Observer.
"But the point of this show is to celebrate the one-hit wonders, and take the audience on a journey back to their youth."
A live ten-piece band warms up the audience before a time machine whisks them back to 1955.
"Everything on stage is old, from the outfits to the authentic equipment, such as the amplifiers. It is exactly how it would have been," said Lee.
Lee and his brother Perry, currently Billy Mitchell in BBC's Eastenders, created the show three years ago and have since taken it as far as Spain and Germany. They both star in the show, along with some of the best musicians they have worked with over the years.
âLet the Good Times Roll, at Chequer Mead on Friday, June 1, 7.30pm. Tickets £16, concessions, pensioners and Chequer Mead friends £15.