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Rip It Up The 60s! brings boyband heaven to London's Garrick Theatre

Louis Smith has quit gymnastics to form a super-boyband with Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold and Jay McGuiness.

Rip It Up The 60s! brings boyband heaven to London's Garrick Theatre

Last year Rip It Up Dancing Through the 50s became a smash hit success, with Louis Smith, Jay McGuiness and Natalie Lowe taking us through the swing, bop, jitterbug, lindyhop and jive, complete with some of the greatest songs of the decade. 

Now, the two Strictly Champions will be joined by pop star sensations Harry Judd and Aston Merrygold in the ultimate boyband crossover, as they present us with some of the best hits from the 60s, from Mersey Beat to Motown and West Coast to Woodstock. 

The four stars have each danced their way to success on Strictly Come Dancing and taking home that coveted glitterball trophy. 

Harry Judd, rose to fame as the drummer of hit band McFly, touring with Busted and releasing #1 albums Room on the 3rd Floor and Wonderland, as well as featuring in the teen comedy Just My Luck with Lindsay Lohan and Chris Pine. Judd became a dancing star when he appeared on the Strictly Come Dancing special for Children in Need in 2010, going on to compete in the next full season with his partner Aliona Vilani, ultimately winning overall. 

JLS were the runners-up to Alexandra Burke in the 5th series of The X Factor, becoming one of the UK boybands with singles Beat Again and Everybody in Love over the course of their five years together. After they broke up in 2013, Aston Merrygold began his own solo career with Precious, taking to Strictly in 2017 and joining the judging panel for Got To Dance

Rip It Up is coming to the London Garrick Theatre

Olympian Louis Smith has earned himself a bronze medal and two silvers on the pommel horse across the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics, the former marking the first time a British gymnast had taken home a medal in the event since 1928. Alongside his successful Olympic career, Smith competed in the 2012 season of Strictly Come Dancing with partner Flavia Cacace. 

Finally, Jay McGuiness became famous as part of the boyband The Wanted in 2009, making their debut with their popular self-titled record and going straight to the Top 5 in the UK charts. The album spawned several smash hits including All Time Low, Heart Vacancy and Lose My Mind, and after five years together they announced their indefinite hiatus in 2014. The following year, McGuiness also partnered up with Vilani and together they earned some of the highest scores of the season, winning out overall with a nearly perfect Paso Doble. 

Now, these stars will come together to form the ultimate boyband crossover, supported by the outstanding Rip It Up live band and an exceptional cast of singers and dancers to takes us through the biggest songs of the 60's from both sides of the Atlantic. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Bee Gees, Simon & Garfunkel and more! Nothing will be left behind in this iconic show. 

Rip It Up will be showing at the London Garrick Theatre from February 7th 2019 to June 2nd. Make sure to follow the show here to get updated on tickets and news. 

Written by
Kestra Walker
Friday 9th November 2018

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