Buddy star Dean is Homeward Bound

Dean Elliott in The Simon and Garfunkel Story, along with co-star Jonny Smart (left)
Dean Elliott in The Simon and Garfunkel Story, along with co-star Jonny Smart (left)
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Considering Dean Elliott has sung That’ll Be The Day more than 4,000 times, it must be a blessed relief to be able to sing something else instead.

Dean made his name starring in the hit musical Buddy in London’s West End.

He loved it, but admits it’s nice to be turning his hand to a different project, a show he himself has conceived, about musical legends Simon and Garfunkel.

It is on at the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham next month, and sounds well worth watching.

And it will also be a chance for Dean to visit the in-laws, as his wife – Angela Crawford, a former pupil at St Mary’s – is from Bispham.

“We actually lived there with her parents for a while before we moved to a new house,” he said. “I’m from the Midlands originally, so it was pretty exciting just to be living by the sea. I’m not used to seeing the sea!

“We had a lot of days out in Lytham, so I know all about the place and I’m looking forward to the show.”

Dean, 33, went to the Sir Paul McCartney School for Performing Arts in Liverpool, then headed to London and landed the dream role of Buddy.

Dean said: “Playing Buddy Holly was a pleasure, because he wrote such great songs.

“I worked out I’d sung them all about 4,000 times each over the course of being in that show. Some people say how do you not get bored? But when audiences are paying £60 a ticket you cannot phone in your performance.

“It is your job to deliver every night.”

Dean will bring the same energy to his new show The Simon and Garfunkel Story, probably even more so given it is his own baby.

“I wanted to do something similar to Buddy, but not just a tribute show – actually telling the story of Simon and Garfunkel,” he explained.

“So we have huge projections screens on the stage, actors, musicians, and we tell not just their story but the story of the 60s as well, through JFK, Vietnam, the moon landings.

“I spent 18 months putting it together, we opened in January and we’ve had sell out crowds and standing ovations every night so far.”

At the moment he is touring the show around Britain – hence next month’s stop in Lytham – but the dream is to take it to the West End.

In the meantime, he enjoys being on the road, though there is one major downside.

“My wife has just had a baby, Myla, and she’s two-months-old,” he said. “I’m really missing them while I’m on the road with this show but I try to get home as much as possibly ... and if all else fails there’s always Skype!”

The Simon and Garfunkel Story is at Lowther Pavilion on Sunday May 18. Tickets priced £18 are available from www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk or the box office on 01253 794 221.