September 24th, 2016

Roll Over Beethoven stars learn more about the city with guided tour

Roll Over Beethoven stars learn more about the city with guided tour Roll Over Beethoven stars learn more about the city with guided tour
Updated: 2:47 pm, Sep 09, 2016

STARS of the upcoming production of rock ‘n’ roll musical Roll Over Beethoven were taught a local lesson last week when touring some of Coventry’s iconic locations.

The whistle-stop tour – which including cast members Georgina Field, Matt Devitt, Joe Eaton-Kent and Niall Kerrigan – took in sights including Frank Ifield’s house, live music venue The Kasbah and Coventry’s own Music Museum.

First stop on the tour was home to Coventry’s most successful recording artists Frank Ifield – who achieved success in 1962 with hit songs I Remember You and The Wayward Wind, followed by Lovesick Blues and Confessin’.

The city crooner spent an incredible 17 weeks at number one in the charts – and is number ten on the list of UK artists who have spent the longest time at number one.

Following this, the cast visited music venue and nightclub, The Kasbah on Primrose Hill Street.

With more than 100 years of heritage, the Kasbah started life as the Globe Picture Theatre in 1914 – and was a working cinema for 40 years before closing.

The building has since been branded as the Majestic Ballroom, The Orchid Ballroom, Bingo Hall and now The Kasbah.

Coventry’s famous Music Museum was the final stop on the tour where music historian Pete Chambers guided them through the exhibitions from Music Hall to 2 Tone.

The cast of Roll Over Beethoven had the chance to sample their 1960s sound booth and choose their favourite songs to come out of Coventry.

Running on the Belgrade’s Main Stage until Saturday (September 17), Roll Over Beethoven is a fun, high-energy new musical that tells the story of how dreary post-war England was transformed by American Rock ‘n’ Roll.

This thrilling new juke-box musical is the latest in a series of smash-hit productions by writer Bob Eaton – best known to Coventry audiences for scoring a hit with Three Minute Heroes back in 2014.

Visit www.belgrade.co.uk for tickets or call the Belgrade’s Box Office team on 02476 553055.

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