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Bobby Crush joins Ray Quinn in the 2018 UK tour of Summer Holiday

Bobby Crush

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BOBBY Crush (pictured) will play Jerry, the long-suffering agent, for the first eight weeks of the 2018 UK tour of Summer Holiday, which commences at Liverpool Empire on Tuesday, May 8.

He joins singer/songwriter Ray Quinn who will be playing the lead role of Don made famous by Cliff Richard in the iconic 1960’s film.

Famous in the UK for 45 years primarily as a pianist, but also as a songwriter, actor, broadcaster and television presenter, Bobby Crush rose to fame after six winning appearances on Opportunity Knocks (ITV). West End successes include three seasons at the London Palladium alongside Jack Jones, Vic Damone and Dame Julie Andrews. He also spent a year with Max Bygraves in SwingalongaMax at the Victoria Palace and was chosen to appear for Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at The Royal Variety Performance.

Crush has also appeared in four musicals starring as Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Vernon Gersch in They’re Playing Our Song, L.M. in Pump Boys and Dinettes and Billy Flynn in Chicago at top theatres around the United Kingdom. His debut album Bobby Crush reached the UK top 20, and he plays the role of Pharaoh on Pickwick’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Television credits include two series of Sounds Like Music (ITV) as the show’s host, and most recently, as Billy Sparkle in the popular TV comedy Benidorm (ITV). Crush can currently be seen on a major new series for ITV called Last Laugh in Vegas, which documents Crush’s American debut alongside seven other legendary British acts and their adventure to star in a Las Vegas show.

The cast also includes Sophie Matthew as runaway singer, Barbara, with Taryn Sudding as Stella, her controlling fame-hungry mother; Billy Roberts (Steve), Joe Goldie (Edwin) and Rory Maguire (Cyril) as Don’s fellow London Transport mechanics; and Gabby Antrobus (Mimsie), Alice Baker (Alma) and Laura Marie Benson (Angie) as girl singing group ‘Do-Re-Mi!’

The cast is completed by Hannah Barr (Female Ensemble), Becky Bassett (Female Character), Caroline Bateson (Resident Choreographer); William Beckerleg (Male Character); Adam Crossley (Male Ensemble, Dance Captain); Sam Gallacher (Male Ensemble); Leanne Groutage (Female Ensemble) and Matt Trevorrow (Male Ensemble).

Summer Holiday tells the story of Don and his fellow London Transport mechanics as they journey together in a red double-decker bus through Paris, the Alps, Italy and Greece. Along the way they pick up a girl singing group and a young American pop star who is on the run from her domineering mother!

Summer Holiday features many of 1960’s biggest songs including In the Country, Summer Holiday, Travellin’ Light, Bachelor Boy, Move It, Living Doll, The Young Ones and On the Beach.

Summer Holiday visits New Wimbledon Theatre from September 18 to September 22, 2018.

Tickets for Summer Holiday are on sale now and can be purchased at summerholidaythemusical.co.uk/.