Popular punk musical Good Vibrations returns to Belfast for a new run in the Grand Opera House this week, charting the story of Terri Hooley and the famous Good Vibrations records store. 1970s conflict torn Belfast is the setting, with the musical focusing on Hooley’s place in Belfast’s punk scene, and the bands he helped to propel onto the world, including The Undertones, Rudi and The Outcasts.
A stage version of the award-winning, joyous 2012 movie of the same name, the musical first hit the stage in 2018. Director Des Kennedy returns, plus previous cast member Katie Richardson (Hex Hue) on musical direction, with choreography by Jennifer Rooney. The cast includes TV star Glen Wallace (Hollyoaks, The Secret) as Terri Hooley, with Jayne Wisener (Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd)as Ruth Carr,Marty Maguire, Christina Nelson, Curtis-Lee Ashqar, Cat Barter, Gavin Peden, Chris Mohan, Odhran McNulty, Jolene O’Hara and Dylan Reid.
Jimmy Fay, Executive Producer Lyric Theatre, said: “In 2018 we offered Belfast the world premiere of the stage version of the wonderful film ‘Good Vibrations’ and were completely overwhelmed by the response from our audiences, the theatre sector, the music press and the punks! The story of Terri Hooley and the punk bands he came in contact with is one of the great ballads of Belfast. It created music that has lasted and provided a soundtrack to many crazy, messy and fun-filled nights and pointed towards a way out of the dark. We are delighted to bring this important story of Belfast’s music history back to audiences at the Grand Opera House.“
The show runs from 9-20 May in the Grand Opera House for a limited two week run until it moves to New York and The Irish Arts Center. For tickets, visit www.goh.co.uk