Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold and Louis Smith will be joined by Jay McGuiness in the ultimate Strictly boyband when the show Rip it Up – The 60s begins a 16-week engagement at London’s Garrick Theatre from 7 February to 2 June 2019.
Following the successful 2017 tour Rip It Up – The 50s, The Wanted’s McGuiness returns to the Rip It Up family and joins Olympic gymnast Smith, JLS’ Merrigold and McFly’s Judd in the West End next spring (the trio have just completed a UK-wide tour of the 1960s version of the show).
“I’m really looking forward to joining the cast as the undoubtedly best-looking member! Louis, Aston and Harry put on an amazing show touring with the 60s and I’m so grateful to be joining them. I can’t wait for me and the lads to sit right in the middle of the West End and Rip. It. Up.”
Rip it Up – The 60s features era-defining footage and celebrity contributions, plus music from the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and American superstars such as The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Doors, and The Mamas & The Papas. All mixed in with a bit of Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan and soul classics from Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Motown legends Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes.
Formerly one-fifth of The Wanted who celebrated worldwide success with hits such as ‘All Time Low’ and ‘Glad You Came’, Jay McGuiness took to the dance floor with professional partner Aliona Vilani to become the 13th champion of Strictly Come Dancing in 2015.
Drummer Harry Judd was part of the worldwide pop phenomenon McFly and McBusted, with seven number one singles, 19 Top 10 singles, two number one albums, a bestselling book and a BRIT Award. Having won the Children in Need special edition of Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 with professional Ola Jordan, he went on to win the 2011 season of Strictly with Aliona Vilani and the 2015 Strictly Christmas special with Joanne Clifton, making him Strictly Come Dancing’s ‘Champion of Champions’.
Pop star Aston Merrygold has sold over six million records in the UK and over 10 million worldwide and is the recipient of two BRIT Awards and five MOBOs as part of boy band JLS, who rose to fame as runners-up on the X Factor in 2008. A contestant in 2017 on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing with professional Janette Manrara, his shock exit in week six caused public outrage. Merrygold continues to release music as a solo artist.
Louis Smith shot to fame in 2008 when he put British Gymnastics on the map by winning a Bronze medal in the pommel horse at the Beijing Olympics, the first Olympic medal for a British gymnast in 100 years. He counts four Olympic medals from three separate Olympic Games amongst his career highlights. Smith has subsequently enjoyed an ever-rising TV and stage profile. He has now retired from the world of gymnastics.
Following the London 2012 Olympic Games, Smith took part in and won, that year’s Strictly Come Dancing, lifting the Glitterball trophy with his professional dance partner Flavia Cacace. He also won the Strictly Christmas special in 2014 with his professional dance partner Aliona Vilani.