An evening with Bobby Crush and his Musicians

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Last Show: Friday 24 th January 2020

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Few entertainers can claim to have had as varied a career as Bobby Crush, famous in the U.K. for nearly 50 years primarily as a pianist but also as a songwriter, actor, broadcaster and television presenter. Bobby became known nationwide after six winning appearances on TV's "Opportunity Knocks!", receiving along the way the Variety Club of Great Britain's Award for "Best New Artist of 1972". This was presented to him by the late Lord Mountbatten of Burma and heralded the first of many appearances before members of the Royal Family. West End successes include three seasons at the London Palladium alongside Jack Jones, Vic Damone and Dame Julie Andrews. As a regular performer at that theatre, Bobby's name can be found on the "Roll of Honour" at the Palladium stage door. He also spent a year with Max Bygraves in "SwingalongaMax" at the Victoria Palace and was chosen to appear for Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at "The Royal Variety Performance".

As a composer and lyricist, Bobby has written two complete pantomime scores, one full scale musical ("Sherwood"), a huge hit for Keith Harris and Orville, ("Orville's Song" reached number 4 in the UK charts with over 250,000 sales and was awarded a silver disc) and he has also written comedy material for Russ Abbot and Les Dennis. Most recently, Bobby has been writing for 4 Poofs and A Piano, with whom he toured for several weeks.

Bobby has also appeared in five musicals starring as "Dr. Frank N. Furter" in "The Rocky Horror Show", "Vernon Gersch" in "They're Playing Our Song", "L.M." in "Pump Boys and Dinettes" and "Billy Flynn" in "Chicago at top theatres around the United Kingdom. Spring 2018 saw Bobby guest starring in the UK tour of "Summer Holiday, the Musical", playing the role of "Jerry", the agent.

Bobby's one-man shows have been seen at the Fortune Theatre, the Arts Theatre, the Green Room at the Café Royal, Pizza on the Park, Leicester Square Theatre and the Pheasantry, all in London's West End. His most recent cabaret appearance was at "Live at Zedel" in Piccadilly (formerly known as "Crazy Coqs"), where he was introduced to a whole new generation of fans and was given an extended standing ovation by the sell-out crowd.

Other career highlights include: a 45 date tour with 60's singing star Gene Pitney, an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in "The Stonewall Equality Show" and a national tour of "Back to Bacharach", his tribute show to the legendary Burt Bacharach, for which he also wrote the script.

Bobby made his straight theatre debut appearing as showbiz legend Liberace in the courtroom drama "Liberace's Suit" at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London, receiving rave reviews from the national press. This was followed by his highly acclaimed one-man show, "Liberace, Live from Heaven", which played a sell-out season at the Leicester Square Theatre in London, a 34 date tour of New Zealand and a month-long residency at the Edinburgh Festival.

Bobby has starred in over 30 pantomimes, starting out as a teenager in "juvenile lead" roles but in recent years, he has become one of the country's most in-demand "Dames", a role he has played every year since 2000.

Bobby is currently writing his autobiography, which has the working title "Not The Boy Next Door" ... it is hoped that it will be published in the near future.

Band Lineup

Bobby Crush (piano/vocals)

David Carter (Musical Director)

Steve Richardson (bass guitar)

Martin Layzell (drums)