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Previewed 1 October 1999, Opened 6 October 1999, Closed 18 December 1999 at the Cambridge Theatre in London
The new musical Great Balls Of Fire in London celebrating the life of the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis.
The story of the original bad boy of rock 'n' roll, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the first West End musical to be dedicated entirely to his life. Featuring all that you ever and never knew about Jerry Lee Lewis. It chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of a living legend in a show that moves as fast as the music!
The cast for Great Balls of Fire in London features Billy Geraghty as 'Jerry Lee Lewis'. The musical is written by Todd Ristau and Richard Cameron and is directed by Simon Usher with set designs by Andy Walmsley, costumes by Will Hargreaves, lighting by Jason Taylor and sound by Rick Price and Graham Simpson.
"The curtain went up so late on the opening night of Great Balls Of Fire that the evening threatened to last longer than some of Jerry Lee Lewis's marriages. But this trawl through the turbulent life of one of rock's early superstars, electrifyingly directed by Simon Usher, was worth waiting for. Todd Ristau and Richard Cameron have written a warts-and-all script charting the progress of the man nicknamed The Killer, from poverty to such hits as the title song and Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On and the marriages and mayhem beyond. Billy Geraghty's astonishing performance as Jerry Lee is a potential award-winner. Geraghty sings better than the original, plays the piano with equal flamboyance and flair and acts convincingly to involve a rapt audience in the classic poor-boy-makes-good plot... If you love the golden age of rock, do not miss Great Balls Of Fire. It will set your soul ablaze." The News of the World
"Billy Geraghty sets the piano and stage alight as Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire at the Cambridge Theatre. The flames may be fake but the excitement is real when he hits the ivories as the American rock'n'roller they call The Killer... The musical is more than just another excuse for a '50s pop concert. It traces the rise and fall of the boy from the Bible Belt whose private life was as wild as his piano playing... Geraghty has a real ball. He belts out the hits, and in the spectacular finale he bangs the keyboard with his fists, his backside and his feet until it is not only his blond wig that is all shook up - so is the audience. The Killer knocks 'em dead." The Daily Mirror
Great Balls Of Fire in London at the Cambridge Theatre previewed from 1 October 1999, opened on 6 October 1999 and closed on 18 December 1999