Summer Season - 1999 Blackpool
A production at the Blackpool Grand Theatre. The show included Cannon and Ball, Bucks Fizz, Johnnie Casson, The Roly Polys and Frank Carson as a special guest.
Cannon and Ball
Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball are one of Britain's funniest and most successful double acts. Together they have achieved a string of honours that include them among the all-time greats of showbusiness.
The duo have starred in their own television series practically every year since 1979. If that wasn't enough they have notched up an impressive array of television appearances including: Wogan, Parkinson, Des O'Connor Tonight, Noel Edmonds House Party, Talking Telephone Numbers, The Generation Game and Sunday Night at the Palladium, to name but a few.
Cannon and Ball remain the only act to have won three separate National Club Awards and be named as the Variety Club "Personalities of the Year."
Tom and Bob have broken venue records all over the UK, including London. In 1981 they played a six week season at the Dominion Theatre, where every seat was sold before the show even opened. In 1988 their pantomime Babes in the Wood broke all previous pantomime records at the world famous London Palladium. It was during this run, at The Palladium, that Cannon and Ball created the record for the largest box office take in a single week in British theatre history.
During their previous Summer Season at the Blackpool Grand Theatre, Rock with Laughter '96 fulfilled Tommy and Bobby's ambition to star in their own Rock 'n' Roll spectacular.
In the spring of 1999 the boys appeared at various theatres across the country starring in An Evening at the Music Hall with their tour of An Audience with...
Even after all these years Tommy and Bobby are still enjoying every minute and are looking forward to entertaining for a long time to come.
Everyone remembers Bucks' Fizz as the winners of the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest for their exhilarating performance of, Making Your Mind Up and, of course, the unique costume change half way through this catchy number!
Step back in time with the new Bucks' Fizz and relive such hits as Land of Make Believe, My Camera Never Lies, Now These Days are Gone, Power of Dreams and New Beginning. The line-up still includes original main vocalist Bobby Gubby, known as Bobby G, who is now joined by the extraordinary talents of Heidi Manton, Louise Hart and Graham Crisp.
With world-wide record sales exceeding �50 million and a host of gold and silver records to boot, Bucks' Fizz are destined to remain in our minds as something altogether more popular than the drink from which they take their name - but no less intoxicating.
This popular Yorkshireman started his showbiz career touring the country as drummer with the very popular Cresters. Do you remember where you were during the swinging 60's and 70's? Johnnie has a clear recollection of The Cresters playing such venues as Batley Variety Club, Wakefield Theatre Club, Caesar's Palace and The Maltings, where they backed Tammy Wynette on several television specials.
On or off stage requests for Johnnie's appearances are outstripping available dates. Television shows: This is Your Life, Stars in their Eyes and The Krypton Factor have all greatly benefited by first having the audience warmed by Johnnie.
Is it any wonder, then, that after appearing on Des O'Connor Tonight in 1997, Des proclaimed that Johnnie was one of the funniest comedians to appear on the show and a subsequent invitation to guest at Bruce Forsyth's 70th Birthday Special followed?
Every major cabaret venue has, at one time, succumbed to the dynamic and hilarious talents of the man with 'the mixed-up metaphors'. So, sit back and relax while Johnnie's original blend of humour brings first a smile then...uncontrollable laughter!
The Roly Polys
The Roly Polys first bounced onto our screens during a Les Dawson show in 1982. The idea of the act, originated by Les Dawson and Ernest Maxim especially for a BBC television series, is, today, bigger than anyone could ever have imagined!
Before joining The Roly Polys Mo did an act with her husband, Marie was a choreographer and Sue had a dancing school in Wolverhampton. Mo, Marie and Sue are now joined by Sandy and Zeb who complete the line-up. Although the troop are big favourites in UK Pantomime and cabaret, the girls tell us they're just as popular in Japan, South America and the continent.
Hobbies include swimming, knitting, and cooking. They would love to go horse riding but the RSPCA stepped in!
This zany Irish Comic received his lucky break through television producer Barney Coleham who, spotting his talents, signed him to appear once on the top television show The Good Old Days! Frank proved such a success he was signed for another five shows.
Through the immense exposure Frank received he caught the eye of the Head of Granada Light Entertainment, Johnny Hamp, who convinced Frank to appear on The Comedians. The Comedians later toured with a specially staged theatre show smashing box office records at every venue.
Many television appearances followed and Frank became a popular choice for Cabaret, Pantomime and Summer Season all over the United Kingdom.
After captivating audiences across Britain, Frank decided to take his act overseas, visiting Australia, Canada and the Middle and Far East.
Frank devotes as much time to charity work as he does performing. From his Captaincy of The Variety Club of Great Britain Golfing Society in 1981, to raising �130,000 for the Belfast Royal Victoria Hospital Children's Cancer Ward, Frank always finds time to lend a hand.
In 1987 Frank was officially recognised for his incredible dedication to helping those less fortunate when he was awarded one of the greatest honours of the Catholic Church: he was knighted to the order of St Gregory by his Holiness the Pope.
Frank is proud to rank many members of the royal family among his greatest fans. Tonight's show promises to be 'A Cracker' ...it's just the way he tells em!
Gary Bushell, The Sun
Saturday night telly is a disgrace. ITV haven't launched a successful Saturday evening show since Gladiators in 1992 (Although they did kill off The Big Big Talent Show just after it hit 10 million viewers.) The BBC have managed just one new hit, The Other Half which has made it to series three and a 39 per cent viewing share.
The list of Saturday stinkers grows even longer - Families At War, Would I Lie To You, Give Your Mates A Break - while old formats haemorrhage viewers. And what are TV bosses doing about it?
BBC1 have hired a panel of TV novices to think up new formats (if that doesn't work they'll have a crack team of monkeys working round the clock). And ITV are blaming everyone but themselves as usual.
Why not learn from Joe Public? Blackpool's hottest show is a variety bill starring Cannon and Ball with Frank Carson, Johnnie Casson, Buck's Fizz and the Roly-Polys. It isn't smart, post-modern or fashionable. But it's doing 90 per cent business with 900 customers a night.