Loserville comes to the West End for autumn 2012

Posted: 28th August 2012
James Bourne and Elliot Davis's new musical will open at the Garrick Theatre in October, now booking until March 2013

Since Grease was released in 1978, the kids of Rydell High have been joined by the potty-mouthed teens of East Great Falls High, Marty McFly and so many more in creating a fanciful world of kitsch Americana.

This promised land of gym skirts and bubble gum where everyone can play guitar has haunted directors and writers inspired by the many great films about this magical place yet trying to give the place a unique twist. But not for James Bourne and Elliot Davis. Their shameless love of Hill Valley (where Marty and Doc Brown skipped through the years), Danny and Sandy and what goes on at bandcamp could not be more blatant with their musical love letter, Loserville.

Bourne, of course, will be familiar to millions as a founder of pop monster Busted. After they split, the singer-songwriter set himself to a new project, Son of Dork, and it is much of Dork's music which populates Loserville, including the band's 2005 debut single Ticket Outta Loserville. Bourne is on record as wishing Son of Dork had lasted longer than it did (the band split in 2008) but it seems that his loser rock has found an outlet in the new musical.

Written in 2009 and debuting that year in Bracknell, Loserville follows a successful summer 2012 run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds with a hallowed West End transfer, opening at the Garrick on 1st October 2012 and now booking until March 2013. We have tickets available now, priced from just £25.

Stewart Darkin