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05
Mar

‘A NIGHT TO REMEMBER’ THE JOE LONGTHORNE SONGBOOK TOUR 2020

We are delighted to announce that Andrew Lancel is to take over ‘The Joe Longthorne Songbook Tour’ from Darren Day.

Starting off in local theatre and as a cabaret singer, Andrew has become well established as a theatre and television actor including appearances in productions by Bill Kenwright, Peter Gill & Russell T. Davies and is currently starring in 'The Sound Of Music' until April 2020.

Andrew is most famous for his TV acting roles as DC Neil Manson’ in The Bill and Frank Foster in Coronation Street. His impressive CV also includes Dr Andrew Collin in Cardiac Arrest, Brian Epstein in the stage play ‘Epstein – The Man Who Made The Beatles’, Brian Epstein in ‘Cilla The Musical’ and Captain Von Trapp in ‘The Sound Of Music’. He’s also appeared in the film "Wide-Eyed and Legless" with Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

Andrew is an accomplished singer of many years having performed his own one-man show and has sung in venues including the Sands in Blackpool and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

A good friend of Joe and Jamie for many years, Andrew is now honoured and excited about this new venture and looking forward to the nationwide tour. Full tour dates and booking details can be found in the Events section.

27
Feb

PETE PRICE LIVERPOOL ECHO THUR 27 FEB 2020 ' PEERLESS SINGER JOE NOW IN LINE FOR PIER TRIBUTE'

The Sedgwick family, owners of Blackpool’s world- famous North Pier, have dedicated and renamed the Pier’s theatre The Joe Longthorne MBE theatre, in honour of the late entertainer, who sadly passed away last August at his home in Blackpool in the arms of his beloved other half, Jamie.

When Mr Sedgwick bought the North Pier, he always said to his wife jokingly: “One day I will buy that and give it to you as a wedding present”. The couple have been married 40 years, she finally got her present.

This is a great accolade to Joe, but isn’t it sad that it never happened while he was alive.

I must tell you before I talk about Mr Longthorne, I had one of the happiest times of my show- business career at the North Pier.

It was 1982, a summer season with the Krankies and the Black Abbots and the late, great, Liverpool comic, Al Dean.

Tickets were £3, at the time, the Krankies were big stars and so were the Abbots.

I didn’t want the season to end, it ran from May until Oct-ober.

We were playing to capacity audiences at every performance.

Our social life was one long party and I had a new bedsitter across the road from the theatre, which was the icing on the cake.

The next year, the show uprooted and went to Yarmouth - that’s another story.

I hated the place.

In fact, I drove home every weekend, six hours each way, just to get back to Merseyside.

After losing Joe last year, I thought about him a lot, especially the break he gave me, which I’ve talked about before.

It was his 60th birthday, he’d taken over the London Palladium, which was a sell-out, and asked me to be his support act. It was a dream come true and something I can never thank him enough for.

Did you know that Engelbert Humperdinck made it possible for Joe, the Hull-born singer, to appear in Las Vegas? The American audiences just loved him.

Joe first made his mark on a children’s talent show in a local park, singing If You Knew Suzy. at the age of 14, he won Yorkshire Television’s Junior Showtime and from that day he began to learn his craft and we saw this amazing talent being created before us.

So, Blackpool’s adopted son, who also is loved by so many in Liverpool, who is the voice of the world’s greatest stars, from Tom Jones to Shirley Bassey, is to be honoured at the North Pier, which is synonymous with summer seasons and has had many of the world’s top stars tread the boards there.

On Sunday, May 31, there will be an all-star tribute evening to honour this great man and his glitzy career.

Twenty-five acts will appear at the newly-named theatre. Jamie, Joe’s other half, has been overwhelmed at the response to the line-up and support given from people like the Nolans, Darren Day, Bobby Davro, the Grumbleweeds - the list goes on.

The gala evening is one of a weekend of celebrations, which falls on the date of what would have been Joe’s 65th birthday.

I could imagine his face if he was with us and someone presented him with a bus pass, which, of course, he would have been entitled to. He’d have loved that and laughed his socks off.

Last time I worked with the man, it was a charity event in Liverpool for Herbert. All the proceeds went to the Lord Mayor’s Charity.

Me, Crissy Rock, the Real Thing and Claire Sweeney rocked the Adelphi Hotel, along with a big band and the star of the night, Joe Longthorne.

I have lots of happy memories with me and lots of stories, but I always remember the proud look on his face when he described his visit to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE, given to him by Prince Charles on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2012.
Joe took Jamie with him.

The Gala Night will be a huge success, and what an accolade to have a theatre named after you.

Miss you very much, Mr Longthorne.

(Lhttps://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/pete-price-peerless-singer-joe-17819360 )

04
Feb

'A NIGHT TO REMEMBER - AN ALL STAR TRIBUTE TO JOE LONGTHORNE' BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

The full line up at Joe Longthorne Theatre, North Pier, Blackpool is revealed. It promises to be a true celebration of a glittering career.

The all-star studded tribute to Joe Longthorne MBE has aptly been named ‘A Night to Remember’ and revealing the full line up on Monday evening, organisers will be inviting many of the entertainer’s showbiz pals including Roy Walker, Johnnie Casson and Roy Chubby Brown to take part.

The full programme includes more than 25 acts appearing at the newly named Joe Longthorne Theatre, North Pier, Blackpool on Sunday May 31.

A special VIP opening of the venue is to take place on Friday May 29.

Joe’s widower Jamie Moran said they had been overwhelmed with the response to the show so far, with tickets already rapidly selling out.

Other entertainers to take to the stage will include Blackpool’s The Nolans, Mooky and Mr Boo from Blackpool Circus, musical stars Darren Day and Andrew Lancel, award winning British comedy band The Grumbleweeds, Bobby Davro and singer Rose Marie, Kate Parkes, Christopher Maloney among others.

Mitch Winehouse, father of the late Amy Winehouse was the first act announced for the grand variety show.

The Joe Longthorne Band under the direction of Andy Mudd will lead proceedings in a night fitting for the much-loved singer and impressionist, who died at his home in Blackpool last August.

The gala evening is one of a weekend of celebrations which fall on the date of what would have been Joe’s 65th birthday.


Tickets for the ‘A Night to Remember - an All Star Tribute to Joe Longthorne’ are available now .

04
Feb

'ALL STAR TRIBUTE EVENING TO JOE LONGTHORNE MBE ' SUNDAY 31 MAY 2020 FULL LINE UP UNVEILED !

We are very pleased to announce the full line up for Joe’s ‘All Star’ Tribute Evening on Sunday 31 May 2020, at The Joe Longthorne MBE Theatre North Pier Blackpool , tickets on sale now HERE

23
Jan

'NATURAL TALENT'- THE STAGE REVIEW ON A YOUNG JOE LONGTHORNE 42 YEARS AGO NOVEMBER 16 1978

From The Stage :-

In 1978, our then editor Peter Hepple wrote a review celebrating the emerging talent of entertainer Joe Longthorne, who died in August last year, aged 64. Now, as a tribute, Blackpool North Pier’s manager has said that the pier’s theatre will be renamed after him. Forty-two years ago, we reported on Longthorne’s performance at Quaglino’s in London:

“If there is anything certain in this world, it is a continuing supply of impressionists. But only the best go to greater things and one young man who looks like a sure survivor is 22-year-old Joe Longthorne, from Hull.

“What makes him a likely winner? Well, natural talent for one thing, in the form of an excellent singing voice, highly saleable on its own merits. Another is his bounce and confidence, almost remarkable in one so young, faced with a typical late-night audience at Quaglino’s, a mixed-nationality crowd who have come to eat and perhaps dance rather than watch cabaret.

“A third feature is that he has obviously prepared his act with some care, for he mixes the unsubtle, including the use of wigs and dresses, with the fairly sophisticated. Wigs and dresses? This is where his originality comes in, for he impersonates female singers as well as men. An outstandingly good Dorothy Squires, a not quite so accurate but still highly effective Shirley Bassey and Cleo Laine.”
See the original article HERE