SWINGING into the King’s Theatre this week – for a Scottish debut no less – is a musical about the original TV band, The Monkees.
You may have noticed an avoidance of the words boy band – a phrase often attributed to the group spawned by the 60s television show of the same name – but since there are instruments involved (not to mention some classic tunes), we’ll avoid all comparisons with Take That and their ilk.
The foursome were one of the biggest selling groups of the decade, at one time surpassing The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in the charts with their own brand of at the time, underrated but enduring pop.
Monkee Business the Musical began touring in Manchester last week, and it’s already proving a seat filler in its first year.
Much like the series where it all started, it’s a zany, madcap adventure, following four innocent boys cajoled into impersonating the biggest band in the world by an evil record producer.
Cue a world tour and sexy Russian spies, an army of Beefeaters and a train carriage full of nuns – as the saying goes, so far, so far out.
The score is a blend of Monkees tunes — from Last Train to Clarksville to Daydream Believer — alongside other iconic songs from the decade.
Of course, the production is slightly tinged with sadness as the band’s front man, Davy Jones, passed away in February this year.
Still, the rest of the group — made up of Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith — consider it a fitting tribute to the Manchester-born lad, and the cast and crew have dedicated the show likewise, calling him “a wonderfully talented musician whose songs brought happiness to millions of people around the world”.
Evidently it’s a feeling shared by his family and friends, who were guests of honour at the first show.
As for the Glasgow show, it’s a chance for us to be among its first audiences in the world — and who doesn’t love the shake of a 60s tambourine?
Monkee Business runs at the King’s Theatre from Tuesday, April 17 until Saturday, April 21. Performance at 7.30pm, and tickets are £19.50-39.50, available on 0844 871 7648.