A tribute to Billy Fury is looking for two local people with performing experience to join a cast of more than 80 dancers from across the area in a tribute show with a difference.
Nottingham-based writer, fan and fund-raiser Michael Parkinson is staging a Billy Fury Show at Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion on October 2, with a reserve day of October 3 if demand is there.
“This is a tribute show with a difference because 50 actual Billy Fury recordings are used in a show, which features the Billy Fury story told by a leader and narrator,” says Michael.
“His songs will be accompanied by choreographed routines from around 80 dancers from four dance groups who, in addition to dancing, will sing two special contributions to the show.”
The groups taking part will be the Michael Hall Theatre School and Whittaker Dance and Drama Centre from Blackpool, Dance Warehouse from St Annes and Rainbow Dance Studio from Lytham.
Michael is now looking for two local people to perform the roles of leader and narrator. The leader has 450 words and the narrator 2,780 words. The characters will be allowed to use a script on stage. Applicants should be from 18 to 30 years old, and must have had previous experience of performing on stage.
Anyone interested can email at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Michael Parkinson 20 Rannock Gardens Keyworth Nottingham NG12 5FQ.
The show was first performed at Nottingham Arts Theatre last July, and was so successful that an extra show was put on. More than £1,200 was donated to Michael’s chosen charity, children’s music therapy charity Jessie’s Fund (see www.jessiesfund.org.uk).
A similar show will be performed at Mansfield Palace Theatre on October 8, again using local dance groups. Vince Eager who was a close friend will speak a tribute “My Pal Bill” at Mansfield, and if there is anyone on the Fylde Coast who would like to speak a few words about him at the Lytham show, he would like to hear from them.
Billy Fury’s 90-year-old mother, Mrs Jean Wycherley, travelled to the Nottingham show and said she was proud and delighted with it.
Billy Fury was born in Liverpool in April 1940 and made his name as a singer and songwriter.
In 1958, his first self-penned song Maybe Tomorrow went straight into the top 20.
He recorded more than 340 songs and was in the charts for 281 weeks. He had 29 hit singles and 11 top 10 hits. He starred in three films.
A bronze statue of Billy stands on the riverside at Liverpool. He died in 1983, aged 42.
Tickets for the Lytham show(s) are on sale now at £10 (concessions £8), on (01253) 658666 or online www.lowther pavilion.co.uk