It was slightly surreal but extremely pleasing to be contacted by the BBC over the weekend requesting my services as a Michael Buerk “expert”. As you may be aware, I once co-wrote a musical about him and played him on stage, and Ol’ Buerky is now in the jungle, taking part in the reality television show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, winning over a whole host of new fans. After all, the stalwart BBC legend has traded his comfort zone of high brow broadcasting (and narrating Pinapple Dance Studios…) for his usual rivals: populist ITV programming.
You can see the full review on Entertainment Focus here, but this is a transcript of Jamie Tabberer’s lovely review of our show. I think he really ‘got’ the humour!:
A ‘newsical’ (see what they did there) based very, very loosely – if at all – on the life, times and loves of veteran 80s newsreader Michael Buerk (his name alone bestows such scope for affectionate send up). What can we say – this unexpected production from Tom Bailey and Greg Jameson’s delivers exactly what it says on the (incredibly random) tin. But approach it with caution, as the very specific vein of humour in question isn’t for everybody.
Saving the best until last is SoSoGay’s interview with me about Buerk!
Interviewer James Moore says “We haven’t laughed this much during an interview in ages, so if you’re drinking tea, put it down safely now.”
So pleased SoSoGay got our sense of humour! It’s not to everyone’s taste…
Here’s the feature in full:
Spotlight On: Greg Jameson (Buerk! The Newsical)
Posted by: James Moore in Stage 23 April 2013
Another preview of the show on Whats On Stage.
Full text here:
Comedy musical Buerk! The Newsical, a fictional look back to the 80s reimagining Michael Buerk’s career at the BBC, is coming to London’s Network Theatre from 2-4 May 2013.
Here the company give us five reasons to go…
1. Overdue concept
Astonishingly, Buerk! The Newsical is the first musical to be produced about TV news legend Michael Buerk. Kenny Rogers had the idea in 1993 but his unreleased magnum opus “Mikey B & His Moral Flippin’ Maze” ultimately came to naught. Buerk! The Newsical takes us back to the 1980s when he first met the beautiful Moira Stuart and befriended feckless weatherman Ian McCaskill. We’ve even thrown in Bob Geldof for good measure.
Thanks to TNT Magazine for this lovely (and delightfully accurate!) preview of Buerk! The Newsical.
Here’s one in which both Tom and I took part. The interview is by Shanna Schreuder.
THE comedy musical Buerk! makes its London debut at the Waterloo’s Network Theatre on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Running for three nights, this tongue-in-cheek show about the newsreader Michael Buerk is set to be a hoot.
To find out more about what the show has in store, we caught up with its creators Greg Jameson and Tom Bailey to ask them some hard-hitting questions.
Here’s the piece about me and my show Buerk! The Newsical which appeared in the Bromley News Shopper. It’s a great feature by Sarah Trotter and originally appeared 15th April:
A SWANLEY writer is playing actor, producer and co-scriptwriter for an irreverent but “affectionate” musical charting the alternative life of veteran journalist Michael Buerk.
Buerk! The Newsical is the brainchild of Greg Jameson and Tom Bailey and was co-birthed under alcohol, “fevered imaginations”, and a deep-rooted nostalgia for the 1980s.
The pair re-imagine the BBC’s 80s news icon embroiled in a love-triangle with fellow broadcaster Moira Stewart and the fictionally-scheming weather forecaster Ian McCaskill.
I’m really pleased with these interviews.
Tickets for Buerk! The Newsical are still available for the Friday and Saturday evening – 3rd and 4th May (the bank holiday weekend). Only £10 a pop! What are you waiting for?
Tickets are on sale now for “Buerk! The Newsical”, a little number I’ve co-written and am also co-starring in at Network Theatre – a stone’s throw from the Old Vic!
Only £10 a pop, “Buerk! The Newsical” is a comedy musical about the career of TV newsreader Michael Buerk. Well, sort of… It’s a bit rude, very daft and good harmless fun! Tickets are available from Ticketsource.
The above photo, from our Leeds run in 2011, is to “whet” your proverbial “whistle”, as it were. To find out what in god’s green arse is going on, come and see the show.
I’m delighted to announce that my co-written musical Buerk! The Newsical, a comedy look at the 1980s loosely based on the broadcasting career of Michael Buerk, is returning to the stage in London!
It will be playing at the Network Theatre (immediately next door to Waterloo Station) between 2nd and 4th May.
You can buy tickets here: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/buerkthenewsical/
Find out more about the show at: http://buerkthenewsical.com/
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I’ll be posting a blog to keep you updated just as soon as rehearsals get underfoot in the New Year!