ABOUT JACKIE THE MUSICAL
Do you remember when there were no mobile phones, no apps, no texting, no e-mails and no twitter? When your only contact with other angst ridden teenage girls was through the pages of Jackie magazine, which every Thursday morning you read with bated breath (unless your big sister had grabbed it first!)
In Jackie The Musical we revisit those heady days of forty years ago, and tell the story of a recent divorcée, who seeks advice once more from the pages of her old Jackie annuals on ‘how to get a boyfriend’.
The quizzes, the fashion tips, the ‘do’s and don’ts on a first date’ and above all the ‘Cathy ‘n’ Claire’ problem pages are all devoured eagerly by our fifty-something heroine as she re-engages with the dizzy world of romance!
And to recapture the spirit of those early years, her journey is accompanied by a pulsating sound track of hits from the seventies – played live on stage – guaranteed to unleash a tidal wave of nostalgia over the entire proceedings.
Thrill once more to the unmistakable sounds of Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and Marc Bolan and many others as we take a whirlwind tour of Planet Seventies in Jackie The Musical.
ABOUT THE MAGAZINE
If you didn’t know the actual facts, you’d be forgiven for thinking Jackie was created by a pop music guru or a super- trendy fashionista, but nothing could be further from the truth. The magazine was the brainchild of Gordon Small, a former RAF aero engine fitter who was far from being an aficionado of the music industry or an expert in style. Gordon was the magazine’s founder and first editor. Along with a creative team, he produced Jackie, an exciting new magazine “for go-ahead teens” which went on to be the best-selling teenage title for 10 years.
Back then girls didn’t have iPads, laptops or mobiles. There was no telly in their bedroom. The family TV was more than likely rented and there was a choice of just three channels – a far cry from today’s world of multi- channel TV that’s accessible 24/7.
Janet Dibley became a household name in the 1980s, co-starring with Nicholas Lyndhurst in ITV’s primetime The Two of Us. She went on to star as Lorna Cartwright in Eastenders, ‘Carol McGarry’, the ‘Stick Insect’ in Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends, ‘Deborah Johnson’ in The Chase and most recently as ‘’Dr Elaine Cassidy in BBC’s Doctors, a role she played for over two years, and which also saw her writing for the show.
Her Theatre work includes ‘Sarah’ in Richard Eyre’s National Theatre Production of Guys and Dolls and ‘Julie Jordan’ in Stephen Pimlott’s Carousel at the Manchester Royal Exchange.
Nicholas was most recently seen on stage in the critically acclaimed production The Invisible at the Bush Theatre, London.
Prior to this he had appeared in MacBeth at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Other theatre includes Soho Streets, Mela, Breakfast with Mugabe, A Sense of Justice, Mother Courage, King Lear, Hamlet and The Winter’s Tale.
Best known for his role in EastEnders. His other recent television work includes Siblings and Doctors, whilst past credits include Anubis House, Miranda, Law & Order:UK, Beautiful People, Scallywagga, Holby City, Heartburn Hotel, The Accused and Strike Force.
Trained at The Liverpool Theatre School, Graham has performed in the West End for over twenty five years in productions including They’re Playing Our Song, Pirates of Penzance, and as principal lead in Jukebox, Which Witch, Maddie, The Pajama Game (Dora Award ‘Best Actor’ nomination, Toronto) Les Misérables, Metropolis, Miss Saigon, High Society, Sunset Boulevard (playing opposite Petula Clark), and Ragtime, (Two nominations: the Laurence Olivier and The Whatsonstage Award for ‘Best Actor in a Musical’).
In 2014/15, Graham performed in Closer Than Ever at the Jermyn Street Theatre and House of Mirrors and Hearts at The Arcola Theatre, London.
– Young Jackie
Training: Arts Educational Schools London (BA Musical Theatre). Theatre credits: Cinderella, Cinderella (White Rock Theatre, Hastings), Handmaiden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Margot/Cover and played Elle, Legally Blonde (Aberystwyth Arts Centre). Credits whilst training: Soloist, Friday Night is Music Night (BBC Radio), Vocalist, Kerry Ellis in Concert (London Palladium) and Olivier Awards (BBC Radio 2 and ITV).TV Appearances: Ballet Shoes (Granada TV). Recordings: The Snow Queen (Julian Gibbs).
Daisy made her West End debut at the age of 12 in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, London Palladium. Daisy thanks her family, Betty Wivell Academy, The BRIT School and Arts Educational Schools London for their support.
Michael studied Music at Trinity College Cambridge, before training on The Royal Academy of Music’s post-graduate Musical Theatre course, from which he graduated with distinction. Michael recently played Cyril in the From Page To Stage production of Five Children and It (director Michael Howcroft/Tristan Bates Theatre 2015).
Credits whilst training: Bernard in Fanaticals workshop (director Lottie Wakeham), Henry in Next To Normal (director Anna Linstrum), Larry in Closer (director Mia Soteriou), Painter/Communist & Bertrand in the UK premiere of Amour (director Hannah Chissick), Actor B in the Noel Coward cabaret A Talent To Amuse (director Philip Franks).
Sam trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. Sam was a finalist for the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Award in 2014. Sam has also performed in An Evening Of Musical Theatre (House of Culture, Slovenia) as headline act and in The Royal Almeida Gala (The Almeida Theatre).
Theatre credits include: Eddie Small in The Glorious Damnation Of Eddie Small (Zut Alors Theatre); Pardoner in The Canterbury Tales (Parlon Film Company). Short film credits include: Raoul in A Student Film. Workshop credits include: Dean in Yellow Boots (Waterloo East Theatre).
Jackie magazine launched in January 1964 and continued for 29 years. The launch issue sold a staggering 696,662 copies but the ‘Golden Decade’ was in the 1970’s when it was nationally recognised as the Teen Bible. Weekly sales had risen to an average of 850,000 by 1972 before the best-selling issue ever hit the streets in October 1972 to coincide with the UK Tour by David Cassidy.
1,144,834 copies of Jackie with the FREE pull-out David Cassidy poster were snapped up by eager teenage girls and this was almost repeated a year later when Jackie answered the pleas of the Donny Osmond fans….but there must have been slightly more Cassidy fans as the Osmond-issue only sold 1,064,419 copies!
A BBC 1 Documentary – ‘Jackie Magazine: A Girl’s Best Friend’ was broadcast in 2007 and repeated in 2008.
By 2005, these millions of Jackie Girls were now self- respecting ladies of 40, 50 or 60 and that was when Carlton Books with a Proposal published the ‘Best Of’ for the adult retro market. 100,000 copies flew off the shelf followed by further sales of 50,000 copies of Best of Jackie Annuals in 2006.
Virgin/EMI, publishers of the ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ CD Series had been monitoring the Jackie Book sales and TV development and released “The Jackie Album” for Christmas 2007.
Projected sales for the 70’s inspired triple Jackie CD Collection were estimated at 80-100,000. With a PR Campaign fronted by ex-Jackie-editor Nina Myskow aided and abetted by best- selling author and ex D.C. Thomson employee Jacqueline Wilson, Jackie – The Album sold a staggering 400,000 copies and reached No.3 in the Album Charts.
To date, Virgin/EMI has released 9 x Jackie Triple CD Collections with a combined sale of 1,120,000 copies with the latest CD – Jackie Pin-Ups released in November 2013.