The story of Ben E King and the Drifters is now on a tour at theatres across the UK, from Cornwall to Inverness through the musical show Stand By Me. The show is a phenomenal musical revue of a group that helped to define Atlantic Records, inspired early rock and roll and were forerunners to both the black music movement in 1950’s America and early Motown.
Through the music, the show explores the challenges, controversy and conflicts via the course of a vast succession of over 50 hits over the last six decades. Favourite songs transport you straight to Broadway, talk of growing up in 1950’s Harlem, and the days of Disco and the Northern Soul scene.
This fast moving show features some of Ben E King & The Drifters most well-known hits including ‘Under The Boardwalk’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’, ‘Up On The Roof’, ‘Can I Take You Home Little Girl’, ‘Love Games’, ‘There Goes My Baby’, ‘Dance With Me’, ‘Sweets For My Sweet’, ‘There Goes My First Love’, ‘When My Little Girl Is Smiling’, ‘On Broadway’, ‘Money Honey’, ‘Every night’s A Saturday Night With You’, ‘Kissin In The Back Row’, ‘Come On Over To My Place’, ‘Down On The Beach’, ‘More Than A Number In My Little Red Book’, ‘Hello Happiness’, ‘Like Sister & Brother’ and of course ‘Stand By Me’.
The Drifters, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, are one of the biggest selling, longest serving bands of all time having sold an incredible 214 million singles and over 114 million albums worldwide – this is their musical history told through the music alongside anecdotes of the former members on screen. The show features some of the original recording artists from the successful ‘Stand by Me’ album in 2015 now known as Othello.
With a cast featuring some of the members from Orthello, Stand By Me offers a night of smooth soul, funk, and some of the best voices on stage singing some of the world’s best timeless hits. Michael Williams’ husky tones are raw with emotion, and bursting with soul, and the constant stream of live music and rich harmonies, will have you dancing in the aisles by the end of the show.
UK Tour Dates 2016
16th – Hall For Cornwall, Truro
22nd – David Hall, Cardiff
28th – Eden Court, Inverness
30th – Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline
1st – Embassy, Skegness
15th – The Pavillion, Bournemouth
16th – Regent, Ipswich
19th – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch,
20th – Baths Hall, Scunthorpe
27th – Opera House, Buxton
28th – Charter Theatre, Preston
29th – Grove, Dunstable
5th – Playhouse, Harlow
12th – Convention Centre, Southport
19th – Forum, Billingham
24th – New Vic, Woking
2nd – The Brindley, Runcorn
4th – City Hall, Salisbury
29th – The Sage, Newcastle
18th – Millennium Forum, Derry, Ireland
19th – Opera House, Belfast, Ireland
20th – Millennium Forum, Derry, Ireland