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Monkees musical? Hey, hey it’s going to stay a daydream

PUBLISHED: 16:11 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:16 12 August 2010

A MUSICAL based on the hits of 1960s pop group the Monkees has been shelved just weeks before it was due to open. Daydream Believer, produced by Nick Brooke in partnership with the Churchill Theatre Bromley and the Theatre Royal Plymouth, was due to pre

A MUSICAL based on the hits of 1960s' pop group the Monkees has been shelved just weeks before it was due to open.

Daydream Believer, produced by Nick Brooke in partnership with the Churchill Theatre Bromley and the Theatre Royal Plymouth, was due to premiere on August 26 with a UK tour lasting until September.

Written by Peter Benedict with direction by David Taylor, the show was to open in Plymouth before touring Belfast, Windsor, Stoke-on-Trent, Woking, Glasgow, Richmond, Cambridge, Brighton, Bromley, Darlington and Eastbourne.

A statement issued by the show's producers said: "It is with regret that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the production of Daydream Believer has been cancelled for the foreseeable future."

Actor James Bisp, who was due to star in the musical, released a statement on his website: "Unfortunately, the tour of Daydream Believer has been cancelled, apparently due to poor ticket sales. Thank you to all those who had booked tickets for your continued support. The theatres will no doubt be in touch soon to organise refunds. Hopefully, we will have good news to share about something else soon!"

The musical promised a "nostalgic trip down memory lane" for those who remember the television series or to open up the music of The Monkees to "a whole new generation".

According to marketing material, the musical was to tell the story of four boys who audition for a band and "become stand-ins for the most famous group in the world".

Producers have pledged that people who have already bought tickets will be contacted.


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