After sell-out performances in London’s West End, an appearance on Broadway and upcoming international dates, the exceptional Barricade Boys bring their show to Blackburn’s King George’s Hall this weekend.
Fabulous harmonies, incredible vocals, dashing good looks and fantastic personalities; The Barricade Boys showcases four of the UK’s finest male voices from the world’s longest running musical: Les Misérables.
The Barricade Boys were founded in 2016 by Scott Garnham (Nativity! The Musical, Billy Elliot The Musical, Made in Dagenham, Les Misérables) and Simon Schofield (title role in Oliver! at The London Palladium, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Sound of Music, Doctor Doolittle, Les Misérables) after performing in the phenomenon of Les Misérables.
Simon said: “There had never been a show featuring just guys who had all been in this incredible show.
“We didn’t know what would happen or if we would even sell a ticket but within two weeks of its launch the performance was completely sold out and we knew we had stumbled across something very special.”
Scott, who performed with Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas as part of Les Misérables 25th anniversary show at the O2 Arena, said: “It was overwhelming to see the love and appreciation of the show and to understand how much it means to people.
“I knew then that Les Misérables was special and that a show featuring members of the cast performing songs from the show, in a unique way, plus hearing music that the stars of the show themselves loved singing would be something really special. An idea was born!”
With timeless songs in Theatreland and beyond, a Hollywood film with an all-star cast and a six-part primetime drama on BBC, it is not hard to see why Les Misérables has appeal to audiences for over 25 years.
Simon continued: “There is something very special about the show and it’s clear that everyone else thinks the same. It’s the longest running musical of all time and every night the audiences are still packed!”
But the Barricade Boys don’t just perform Les Misérables back catalogue; the hit show also features classic pop, swing, and Motown, plus iconic musical theatre songs from The Jersey Boys and West Side Story. And even a rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody!
Simon said: “We actually have more variety in our show than Heinz! It’s a really fun show with a special atmosphere. It’s not every night that you can watch a show featuring Bohemian Rhapsody, Frankie Valli and our unique arrangements of the Les Misérables classics!”
After sell-out performances in London’s West End, appearances on Broadway and a host of international dates, what are the highlights for the stars of this smash-hit show?
“We were lucky enough to perform at the St James Theatre Broadway in a gala evening honouring Jude Law. We decided to change the lyrics from One Day More to One Jude Law! It was a real highlight of the concert and had everyone, including Jude, roaring with laughter. We met him afterwards and he asked if we’d print out the lyrics for him so he could send a copy to his mum!” Scott explained.
Simon continued: “Every performer dreams of appearing on the West End and Broadway stages so it was a real achievement for The Barricade Boys to have appeared on both sides of the Atlantic.”
With Jude Law’s approval, it’s safe to say The Barricade Boys have rightfully secured their place as one of the world’s leading musical theatre super groups!
The Barricade Boys will be performing at King George’s Hall on Sunday 24th March 2019 at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £23.50 and available online here, by phone on 01254 582579 or in person at King George’s Hall Box Office, Northgate, Blackburn.