Only The Lonely: The Roy Orbison Story
Produced by: Bill Kenwright
Associate Producer: John Miller
Devised and written by: Shirlie Roden and John Miller
Nominated for an Olivier Award; Best New Musical 1995
‘A feel-good production for any generation of rock fan’
‘Nostalgia with panache’
‘Toe-tapping sixties song fest’
‘The story-line vibrates with the tragic features of Orbison’s life’
‘Warts-and-all story showing the tragic life of a musical genius’
‘A fast paced homage to rock ‘n’ roll that brings the audience to its feet demanding more’
‘Orbison story hits the right note’
Roy Orbison, ‘that most melancholy minstrel of the vinyl idols’, died of a heart attack in 1988. He had had a sudden resurgence of popularity, following 20 years in the musical wilderness of cabaret clubs. Not only had he topped the charts with the Travelling Wiburys, but at the time of his death, his new solo album Mystery Girl, was on the verge of doing the same thing.
The show follows his life, through success and failure. A life dogged by tragedy. First his wife was killed while they were motorcycling together, and then two of his three sons died in a fire at his home whilst he was away on tour. Through it all he picked himself up, set off around the world and did what he knew best; he sang.
His legacy is an impressive catalogue of hit songs and the memory of his mesmerising voice.