About the showLove boy bands? Obsessed with Strictly Come Dancing? Musical Rip It Up – The 60s is right up your street and it's coming to the West End in February. Following a successful UK tour, original stars Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold and Louis Smith are joined onstage by Jay McGuinness for this celebration of all things 1960s. Join them for a riot of song, dance, acrobatics and visuals when the show makes its home at the Garrick Theatre for four months, beginning in February 2019.
The boys are linked by a common experience: their stints on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. Aston took part in the 2017 series and was dubbed ‘The People’s Champion’ after his week-6 shock exit. Harry was crowned winner in 2011, Louis won in 2012 (as well as the 2014 Strictly Christmas special) and Jay was champion of the 2015 series.
With such a talented line up, it's no wonder the show is such an energetic spectacle. Harry is a drummer and former member of global pop phenomenon McFly and, later on, McBusted. Jay used to be part of boy band The Wanted, who gained worldwide acclaim with hits likeGlad You Came, All Time Low and more. Aston found fame as a member of boy band JLS, X Factor runners-up, and now enjoys a solo pop career. Louis is best known for winning a Bronze medal in the pommel horse at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and he has since become a familiar face on TV and stage.
Rip It Up – The 60s is a joyous dose of nostalgia and a head-turning showcase of dance, not to mention a celebration of the iconic sounds of the era. It features music from British superstars like The Rolling Stones and the Beatles as well as sounds from American legends such as The Beach Boys and The Doors. Real, definitive footage from the 60s is beamed out on a state-of-the-art screen and there are even celebrity contributions, making this show a smorgasbord of entertainment and talent. Catch it at the Garrick Theatre from 7 February 2019 for a strictly limited run.
Who Should See It?Fans of pop groups JLS, The Wanted, McFly and McBusted shouldn't miss this chance to see the boys onstage together. Any one with a passion for the style and sounds of the 60s will be similarly enthralled.
Charing Cross Road
7th Feb 2019
22nd Jan 2021
2nd Jun 2019
2 hours 20 mins (including interval)
Recommended 8+. Children under 3 not admitted.