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Billy Buckett

by Jay Turner, Cath Mundy & Peter Cann


       
Now playing : 'Dynamo'  

"A must-see show for anyone who wants to step back in time to the musical excitement of the late '50s and early '60s - the music, the fashion, the high energy of the rock 'n' roll generation! This colourful show has it all by the Buckett-load!"
"The most amazing show I have ever seen. Packed with high calibre energy. It opens with fireworks and maintains the the excitement throughout".
'Whisky Galore: a musical'
 

       

Synopsis

It's 1959 in England; just after the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll! 'Billy Buckett' is a musical with comedy, drama and pathos, set amongst the colourful era of Teddy-Boys & Judies. 

Musical Theatre: 'Billy Buckett' by Jay Taylor and Cath Mundy'Billy Buckett' is a heart-warming, spirited and touching musical set in the late 50's - a time when teenagers were starting to shake off the conforming nature of the past, but having to live in a world of formality, strict parental control and unforgiving moral judgements.

Nineteen-year-old mechanic Billy Buckett oozes musical talent, rock n roll charisma and a couldn’t-care-less cool. Orphaned during the Blitz, the wanna-be pop idol yearns to swap his overalls for fame & fortune, but his soul is crying out for the love & acceptance he has been denied all his life (‘Mind Over Matters Blues’).

While he chases success, Billy needs to make a living so moves to Wickford, a small sleepy town in Essex, to apply for a job as an car mechanic (‘Wot’s Work’).

It is here that Billy meets the vivacious and beautiful Jan Burns who has just graduated from a posh girls’ boarding school. Jan empathises with Billy and captures his heart (‘Tender Is The Night’) but true love finds opposition in Jan’s father who is also Billy’s new boss, the powerful businessman Arthur Burns (‘Self-Made Man’).

Burns and his well-bred wife Helen want the very best for their middle-class daughter, and marriage to a going-nowhere ‘grease monkey’ is not part of their plan.

Musical Theatre: 'Billy Buckett' by Jay Taylor and Cath Mundy

Aided and abetted by the un-PC garage-foreman Big Ted (‘A Girl Is Like A Car’) and Jan’s best friend, the rebellious Maureen (‘Feather On The Wind’), the young lovers carry on a clandestine love affair. But, they go too far, and when their secret slips, the consequences are devastating. Jan and Billy enter separate worlds of heartbreak and confusion (‘What’ll I Do’).

Billy fights back the only way he knows how – through rock ’n’ roll (‘Wreck Out Of My Heart’). But can he find the happiness he craves? Not if Arthur Burns can help it.

The 19 songs feature original music and ride a 50’s pop-pendulum from toe-tapping, hand-clapping, get-to-your-feet-and-dance numbers like ‘Dynamo’, ‘Daddy’ and ‘Who Were You With’, to the stunningly romantic ‘Tender Is The Night’, the soulful ‘Feather On The Wind’, and the reflective epiphany of ‘Photographs and Memories’.


Characters

Principals (3m, 3f)
  Billy Buckett - 19, mechanic & wanna-be pop idol, aka ‘Mr Cool’.
  Janette Burns - 18, vivacious & beautiful rich girl, daughter of Arthur and Helen Burns.
  Big Ted - 25, lead ‘garridge lad’: head mechanic and panel-beater at Burns & Wilkins garage.
  Maureen - 18, Jan's boarding-school friend, rebel & motorcycling enthusiast, mature beyond her years.
  Arthur Burns - 45, businessman, father of Jan. Chicken-factory owner & part owner of Burns & Wilkins garage.
  Helen Burns - 40, gentle wife of arthur.
 
Support (2m, 2f  plus ensemble supplying 2m, 1f, 1m/f cameo parts)
  Marty - 20, aka ‘Sparky’, a ‘garridge lad’, auto-electrician at the garage.
  Shirley - 18, a chicken-factory worker & Marty’s girlfriend.
  Brian - 17, aka ‘Pimples’, another ‘garridge lad’, an apprentice at the garage, boyfriend to Betty.
  Betty - 17, an office worker at the chicken-factory.
 
  Chorus of Teddy Boys and Judies, garridge lads, factory girls, doo-wop girls etc

Songs

  1) Mind Over Matters Blues Billy & Doo Wop Girls
  2) Wot's Work Big Ted, Marty, Brian & Garridge Lads
  3) Self Made Man, Solo Arthur
  4) Daddy Jan
  5) A Girl Is Like A Car Big Ted & Billy
  6) Mo's Theme Instrumental
  7) Restless Shirley & Betty
  8) Who Were You With Billy & Jan
  9) Tender Is The Night Billy & Jan
10) Rock 'n' Roll Heart Billy & Jan
11) Steppin' Out Instrumental
12) Feather On The Wind Maureen
13) What'll I Do Billy & Jan with Company
~~ Interval ~~  
14) Mr Cool Jan
15) Wreck Out Of My Heart Billy
16) Dynamo Big Ted & Maureen
17) Photographs And Memories Helen
18) Self Made Man, Duet Arthur & Billy
19) Tender Is The Night, Reprise Billy & Jan
20) She Believes In Me Company

Information for Production Administrators

Here's a list of all the supporting material available and some other information you might need. Pricing for the production materials is supplied automatically with a Perusal Set. Royalty pricing can only be provided as a formal quotation.

Available now (see below) ...
 
Preview Script/Libretto
You can download straightaway a shortened copy of the script/libretto to read and get a relatively good picture of whether you would like to proceed to the next step. The Preview E-Script is made available to you as a pdf file sized for A4 paper and contains just over half of the script/libretto. 
Perusal Set
These are available for customers in European Union countries only to borrow free of charge (but you have to pay the postage to return the set to us). The set contains ...
 
  • Printed Libretto
  • Printed Piano/Vocal Score
  • Studio Recording Double CD Sampler
Available after Perusal ...
 
Libretti/Vocal Scores

Available to purchase in this form ...

  • Rehearsal Master Set on a Data CD (Cast). This contains the script and piano vocal score for your cast and crew provided as A4 pdf files. No problem about possible loss of deposit on sets of rented books, as they are yours to print out and mark up as required. The price includes a multiple copying licence allowing you to copy the Data CD itself (enabling you to give or sell copies to your cast for them to make up their own rehearsal books) or to make multiple prints of the pdf's on the Data CD for your production company to organise and provide to your cast or crew.

To order this, create account with us, then go to the 'Order Rehearsal Material' page

Please note that we do not sell printed copies of libretti, nor do we hire sets of printed rehearsal libretti or scores.

Available after Rights Obtained ...
 
Backing Tracks
For use in support of your rehearsal pianist, or for use during performances.
Orchestrations
These are available for a 7 piece band as below, for hire to production companies only, who hold a valid, unexpired, licence to perform.
 
  • Acoustic Rhythm Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Drum Kit
  • Keyboard
  • Lead Electric Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Piano (band, not piano/vocal)
  • MD's Full Score
Royalty Type
Royalties for this title are 'variable fee, post paid', and will be calculated on a percentage of your box office income once your production has finished. See our pricing policy for details. We work on a quotation system for royalties, based on information you supply to us. Complete a printed application form or create account with us, and use the online version.

Video Licence
We have secured the rights to video productions of this title from the Authors, and we manage them on their behalf. Once a 'Licence To Perform' has been granted, and then on payment of a fee, we will be able to issue a 'Licence To Record'. There are some strings attached to this, but these are far outweighed by the benefits.
 
  • Record one or more live performances and mix down to a single video
  • Give or sell copies to your cast and crew
  • Sell copies to your audiences (take advance bookings on the night)

       

Order your free preview script or perusal material now ...

  • Perusal Set
    £0.00 Perusal Set
    PLEASE NOTE : We operate a FREE Perusal Service, but due to the cost of postage/shipping, we regret that Perusal Sets are ONLY available to customers who reside in the United Kingdom (inc Channel Islands and Isle Of Man)...
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