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Madness aim to usher in a return to the good times with their new show

Madness aim to usher in a return to the good times with their new show

Madness and Charlie Higson’s The Get Up! – A Global Livestream
Friday, May 14th, 8.30pm, €20,

Lockdown has been hard on us all, and it’s been particularly tough on the Nutty Boys, aka Madness, who have been at a loose end since live music ground to a halt. After 45 years on the road, it’s not easy pottering around the house for a year. After briefly exploring the idea of retraining for new careers (plasterer, gardener, lawyer, copper and even burglar all came up), the band realised they were not cut out for the life of a normal working stiff – “Let’s face it, entertaining is the only thing we’re any good at,” says the band’s singer Suggs, aka Graham McPherson.

So they hatched a plan for a caper that would bring them back into their comfort zone: the live stage. Teaming up with Fast Show star Charlie Higson, the band concocted a new show, The Get Up!, an evening of music, drama and comedy livestreamed from the world-famous London Palladium. Scripted by Higson, the show will feature many of Madness’s greatest hits, some new tunes, special guests, and even Mike Barson playing the part of HRH Queen Elizabeth II. With this one-off multi-camera event, Madness hope to “usher the good times back in the only way they know how, putting on a bloomin’ good show that promises to be a joyous, definitive ‘arrivederci’ to the lockdown era”. Nice one.

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