Newsletter December 2019

Newsletter December 2019

Welcome to the Bye Bye Baby Newsletter, December 2019.

The last couple of months have been very busy for the Bye Bye Baby boys, with lots of new and exciting things happening now and in the pipeline.

Our second CD recording has been completed and is now in stock!  You can order online now, or purchase the CD at our shows… the perfect Christmas for the discerning Frankie Valli fan in your life (or a cheeky treat!)!  Big thanks go to our wonderful singers who have really knocked it out of the park on this, and especially to our sound engineer Jay Dimoff who has mixed and mastered the recordings!  They really sound amazing! Here’s the full track listing…

Grease
Sherry
Big Girls Don’t Cry
Stay
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore
Blue Moon
December ’63 (Oh What A Night!)
Let’s Hang On
Silence Is Golden
The Night
Beggin
Who Loves You

October saw us perform on the Isle of Man for the first time, and what a show it was, selling out the Gaiety theatre in Douglas!  We had a sensational time performing for an appreciative audience and are already booked to return! Come and join us for this very special show on Wednesday 11thNovember 2020 – tickets are on sale now!  Book here!

Back on the mainland we’ve been playing a succession of shows in some return venues including The Forum in Billingham, The Playhouse in Whitley Bay, and the Stables in Milton Keynes – the latter being a sold out extravaganza with an incredible standing ovation and sing-along to Bye Bye Baby at the end of the night! It really was very humbling to see such appreciation for the show and the lads.  We also had to add an additional date to our show at the Lichfield Garrick owing to the first night selling so well… another incredible experience for us!  So much hard work goes in behind the scenes to make the show happen, and moments like these really make it worthwhile.

Alongside our return venues, we’ve also been venturing into new areas of the country and performing in new venues including the Waterfront in Southport, the Arts Centre in Nottingham, and Yeadon Town Hall in Leeds.  We’ve been well-received and can’t wait to return to these areas soon!  2020 also has a lot of new venues too, so be sure to keep an eye on our tour dates to see where we’re going!

2019 Tour Dates

7th December 2019 – Butlins, Skegness
12th December 2019 – The Haymarket, Basingstoke
13th December 2019 – The Exchange, Sturminster

Join Us On The Tour!

BBB Out-takes…

We hope you think that we have a slick and smooth show, however not everything goes according to plan! Here’s a behind-the-scenes snippet of our Curtis, having a bit of a forgetful moment! (The link will take you to the video on our website).

As already mentioned our new CD is here, but we’ve also added a nice new addition to our merchandise line – a handsome sticker (as modelled by my laptop here…!).  Now available online and at shows, these vinyl stickers are a great way to add a bit of colour and show your support for the Feel-Good Frankie Valli show!

Player Profile – Mike Payne…

Our player profile this month introduces our pianist, Mike Payne.  Mike is a real asset to the show with a great deal of experience in performing and directing bands, and his enthusiasm for the production and the music of Frankie Valli is invaluable to us!

“Mike was born and bred in Hertfordshire and has continued living there for the majority of his life since. Following school, and many local and county music activities, he did his higher education studies at The Colchester Institute, and it was here that he experienced his first taste of musical theatre. This has led to a music career almost entirely devoted to Musically Directing, or playing in the pit (some would say this is where all musicians belong!) for a large amount of productions.

During the last 30 years Mike has been involved in well over 100 productions now, mostly as Musical Director, but also as Director, Choreographer, and occasional performer on stage with roles including MC in Cabaret, Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, and two very different kings – ‘Of Siam’ in The King & I, and ‘Of The Fairies’ as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

More recently Mike set up Mimram Productions, with the idea of putting on ad hoc productions. This came about after being asked to submit something for The Broxbourne Festival, for which A Grand Night For Singing (Rodgers & Hammerstein) and Assassins (Sondheim) were both performed. In 2012, and to date a major highlight of his career, Mike assembled a company of actor singers, and musicians to perform a concert version of Titanic The Musical (Maury Yeston) to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the tragic events of 1912.

By day Mike runs his own travel company which allows plenty of time to continue his musical activities. He was delighted in August 2017 to be asked to become involved with Bye Bye Baby, and since March 2018 has been the full time Keyboard player for the show.  Apparently even as a 2 year old, Mike could find the single of Sherry amongst a large collection of 45s owned by his sisters and put it on the record player! So to be performing that song, plus all the other fantastic Four Seasons numbers in this show on a regular basis is a really special thing. As his 90+ year old mum Evelyn says, it must have been fate!

That concludes this newsletter for now… but we’d just like to say, whether you’ve been to a show for the first time, or have returned to see us again, thank you!  Your support makes it possible to keep this show on the road, and we can’t thank you enough!  “We look forward to seeing you again, sometime!”

Best wishes,

Gary
Producer, Bye Bye Baby

2 Comments

  1. Suzanne Braker on December 2, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Thank you bye bye baby for a brilliant year of entertainment, we never leave a show feeling dissapointed but always wanting more. The few hours we spend watching you always goes so fast. Merry Christmas to you all, looking forward to seeing as many shows as I can get to in 2020. Thank you for all your hard work.

    • Gary on January 6, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Suzanne! We can’t wait to see you throughout the year – we have a few surprises planned too! See you on the road!

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