Be Bop A Lula, the full‐length play, is inspired by the true facts of Cochran and Vincent’s famous English tour in 1960, taking place in their hotel room in a small town between Manchester and Liverpool on the night when Eddie is reported to have had a premonition of his early death two weeks later in a car crash at the age of 21.
The play was written by Rex Weiner and first produced in 1991 at Mark Mahoney's Shamrock Tattoo on 3rd St. in Los Angeles. Audience demand moved the play to the Coconut Teazer nightclub on the Sunset Strip, and then to Theatre/Theater in Hollywood for an extended run in 1992, produced by British pop star Adam Ant, John Densmore (The Doors), and Lori Depp.
The 2009 Fringe production stars Aaron Dupree as Gene Vincent and Chance Dean as Eddie Cochran. These rising young actors led the cast of a September 2008 revival of Be Bop A Lula at the Cat Club, a rock venue on LA’s famed Sunset Strip owned by Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats.
“I’m very excited that Be Bop A Lula is finally coming home to the UK, where Eddie and Gene remain heroes, and I’m particularly proud to be part of Sweet Entertainment’s lineup at the Fringe, where the play is really the thing,” said playwright/director Rex Weiner. “We look forward to rocking Edinburgh.”
Be Bop A Lula will open at Sweet Grand in the Edinburgh College of Art (Venue 186) on Sunday 15th August (preview night), at 8:00PM, running daily until 30th August. This is the play’s UK debut.