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Micky Dolenz in Hairspray

April 3, 2011 by  
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Monkee Micky Dolenz in West End Musical Hairspray

Micky Dolenz, child television actor and star of a 1960s sit-com about
a fictional band called, “The Monkees,” is heading to London’s West
End, where he will appear in the hit musical Hairspray, TheImproper
has learned.

The musical has had a hugely successful three-year run at the
Shaftesbury Theatre. Dolenz will take the part of Wilbur Turnblad, the
father of Tracy Turnblad.

Tracy, the show’s protagonist, is a cheerful, rotund high school
student whose only desire is to make the cut as a dancer on a 1960s
television dance show.

In the hit 2007 movie version, Wilbur, a genial joke-store owner was
played by Christopher Walken, and Tracy was played by Nikki Blonsky.

Dolenz, was a child actor in Hollywood, who starred in a 1960s sit-com
about a fictional music group called The Monkees.

The show, which played off the fame of The Beatles was a smash success
and the cast formed a real-life musical group that scored a number of
top hits. Dolenz will be on familiar ground on stage.

He has appeared in productions of Grease, Aida, Pippin’ and A Funny
Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.

Dolenz most recently has been touring in “Teen Idol,” a show featuring
hit music from the 1960s with former Herman’s Hermits frontman, Peter
Noone and Mark Lindsay, former lead singer for Paul Revere and the

He’s also wrapping up a tribute album to legendary singer/songwriter
Carole King, entitled King For A Day. The album will be released
around the time of his London-debut in February 2010.

In its three-year run, the West End’s version of Hairspray has won
more than 40 awards.

In addition to Dolenz, actor Brian Conley will return on the same date
as Tracy’s voluptuous mother, Edna. Pop legend Belinda Carlisle,
formerly of the Grammy winning, all-girl band, The GoGos has been
playing vain villainess Velma Von Tussle.

London has thoroughly embraced the show. The smash-hit recouped its
entire =A33.5 million investment in a record-breaking 29 weeks. The show
opened on 30 Oct. 2007 to universal critical acclaim.

At the 2008 Olivier Awards, the UK equivalent of the Tony Awards,
Hairspray won “Best Musical” as well as “Best Actor in a Musical” f=
Michael Ball, and “Best Actress in a Musical” for LeAnne Jones.

The Broadway version of Hairspray, based on a 1988 movie by John
Waters, won eight Tony Awards in 2003, and was adapted to the big
screen by New Line Cinema, starring John Travolta in 2007.

Set in 1962 in Baltimore, Md, “pleasantly plump” teenager Tracy
pursues stardom as a dancer on a local TV show and rallies against the
show’s policy of racial segregation.


from: Deborah Dudgeon

BBC radio programme on the Monkees

Thank you so much to all the people who contacted me in relation to
the half hour radio documentary I was making about the Monkees, and
sorry I couldn’t get in touch with all of you. But I thought you might
like to know when it will be aired.

The programme is called Here We Come and will be broadcast on BBC
Radio 4 on Saturday 19 December 2009. For those of you outside the UK,
this is available to listen online via BBC i-player for up to a week
after transmission.

best wishes, and many thanks,



From: Liverpool Tours

As a prelude to his appearance at the BEATexpo 2009
convention( next weekend at the
Downtown Stamford Holiday Inn, Peter Tork was guest star at the Boston
area Mega-Fest convention in Framingham, MA this past weekend. He
sprinkled his live set with old Monkees favorites and some choice
blues and bluegrass tunes. He also pleased the crowd with a rousing
“Lady Madonna.” But the highlight came when, toward the end of the
set, Peter shouted to the back of the ballroom, paging a mister
“George Michael.” After several attempts and no response, he shouted
“Micky!” and from the rear of the room came Micky Dolenz onstage to
join him.

Dolenz told the audience of the time he met “British royalty” – not
the queen – but The Beatles! He went on to tell of his Abbey Road
experience, and how The Beatles were all dressed in jeans, but that
George Martin was in a suit. And he said that the following came out
of the speakers, before he ripped into a scorching “Oh Darling,” which
is perfectly suited for Micky’s vocal range. They ended with Chuck
Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.” Davy & Mike were missed.

Don’t miss Peter Tork’s very special appearance at BEATexpo 2009 THIS
WEEKEND. He performs solo & with a backing band Saturday night (Nov.
28, doors open at 8pm), and he talks onstage + meets fans + signs
autographs (no charge for autographs) Sunday (Nov. 29, doors open at
Noon, with an optional early-bird VIP admission at 11am). Tickets only
$15 in advance from “BEATexpo 2009” – TicketLeap or $20 at the door.
Info (203) 795-4737.

read the complete article with photo of Peter & Micky here:


From: Dr. Rhino

Here’s your chance to catch four episodes of “The Monkees” that
haven’t been seen since 1973! Rhino celebrates the breakthrough
success of “Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968” with
the “Los Angeles Nuggets Extravaganza” Sunday, November 1 at the
Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

The day’s events include:

Noon: A widescreen Monkees Marathon, featuring “The Case of the
Missing Monkee,” “Monkees Marooned,” “The Chaperone,” and “The =
Caper,” all presented in rare 35mm prints with the revised soundtracks
featured during their Saturday morning run in the early =9170s! These
versions have not been screened since 1973. Host Andrew Sandoval,
master of Monkee trivia, will also show rare trailers and commercials
featuring the band. After the screening, Sandoval leads a Q&A session
featuring Bobby Hart, plus other surprise guests.

4pm: Catch rare screenings of archival promotional films featuring
the Mamas & the Papas, Sonny & Cher, Boyce & Hart, and the Turtles.
Then stick around for “Mondo Mod,” the 1967 flick focusing on the
Sunset Strip and Hollywood Boulevard in their prime, narrated by KHJ
DJ Humble Harv.

7:30pm: “Riot on Sunset Strip” (1967), featuring The Standells, The
Chocolate Watchband, and The Enemys. Then watch “The Pad (And How To
Use It),” an obscurity unavailable on DVD – a lonely bachelor finds
himself mixed up with a sexy swinger, featuring a heavy does of Whisky
a Go Go footage.

Plus, live performances, a special signing session, sales of vintage
merchandise and righteous Rhino giveaways!

Sunday, November 1, starting at Noon at the Egyptian Theater, 6712
Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood CA

Click below for details:

Dr. Rhino and all of the other fine folks at Rhino and


Taking place this weekend at the Holiday Inn in downtown Stamford, the
BEATExpo will feature a series of live performances Saturday from
Beatles tribute bands, as well as Peter Tork of the Monkees and Greg
Hawkes of the Cars, who last year released a collection of Beatles
covers recorded on the ukulele.



Hi Brad.

Both Micky Dolenz & Peter Tork are scheduled to be at the Framingham
massachusetts boston super mega show on november 21-22.Peter will be
performing with shoe suede blues.Fans can also buy very limited
tickets for a very rare exclusive dinner with both micky & peter! More
information at Tickets are pricey though.
Please post when you can.
Best,Scott Catton


from: Scott

Hey Brad .. I just joined the group and wanted to know if you would
post the info at the bottom of this note on your site. Thanks and I
look forward to checking out the rest of the site.

Scott Murray


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