U.K.'s "Top of the Pops" TV Series to Take to the Stage

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The iconic TV pop music show "Top of the Pops" that aired weekly on the BBC for over 40 years from 1964 before being canceled in 2006, is being revived for the theatre. Top of the Pops LIVE will begin performances Oct. 18 at Eastbourne's Congress Theatre, before embarking on a U.K. tour.

It has been licensed by BBC Worldwide to Flying Entertainment's Derek Nicol and Paul Walden, the producers behind Thriller Live, the Michael Jackson tribute now in its fourth year at the West End's Lyric Theatre, and is directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd, who served the same duties on Thriller Live. According to press materials, the show will work as a nostalgic interactive jukebox celebrating the greatest hits by the biggest stars in the world of pop from the 70s, 80s and 90s – from TRex and David Bowie, to Blondie and Adam & The Ants, Duran Duran and Madonna, to Oasis and Blur. Paying homage to the DJs who introduced the TV show and to the resident dance troops Pan's People and Legs & Co, it will also feature vintage "Top of the Pops" TV chart footage and a chart rundown covering three decades. Audiences on the night get to pick which song – from a list of five classic hits – will feature in the show's finale.  Cameras will also be on hand during the evening and will follow host DJs around the auditorium as they interview the audience about their favorite vintage music and bands.

In a press statement, producer Derek Nicol commented, "I am delighted to be working with BBC Worldwide and director Gary Lloyd on one of the UK’s most iconic brands. Like most people, I have nothing but fantastic memories of 'Top of the Pops' and I look forward to delivering a great live show to audiences throughout the country, reflecting the great music that, through 'Top of the Pops,' became the soundtrack to many of our lives."

To book tickets and for full tour dates, visit www.flyingmusic.com.

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