Cool Rider reunion concert comes the London Palladium

Cool Rider musical concert poster

Cult musical Cool Rider will make a return in 2024 with a one-off reunion concert at the London Palladium.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, 14 April at 7PM at The London Palladium, commemorating the tenth anniversary of the beloved production. Tickets are on sale now here.

Originally a parody and tribute to the iconic follow-up movie, Cool Rider enjoyed immense popularity with two sold-out shows at the Lyric Theatre and a successful run at the Duchess Theatre in April 2014.

The musical’s enduring legacy was cemented with the release of the Original Studio Cast Recording in May 2015, made possible through fan-supported funding on Kickstarter.

Meet the cast!

The reunion concert will see West End stars Aaron Sidwell and Ashleigh Gray return to their roles as Michael Carrington and Stephanie Zinone.

They will be joined by RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’s Kitty Scott-Claus as ‘The French One’ and Grease 2 star Maxwell Caulfield, the original Michael Carrington, in a faculty role.

Completing the cast are Tom Senior as Johnny, Hannah Levane as Paulette, Jacob Fowler as Louis, Courtney Bowman as Sharon, Kyle Cox as Goose, Harry Francis as Davey and Lucinda Lawrence as Rhonda. The ensemble will be formed of Selena Barron, Pamela Blair, Angus Good, David McIntosh, Ashley-Jordon Packer and Emily Ann Potter.

Cool Rider, with its quirky and adventurous love story, has been a fan favourite for its daring narrative that spans bowling alleys, burger joints, and romantic motorcycle rides, culminating in a uniquely staged luau. It famously parodies the concept of altering one’s personality for love, a theme prevalent in its musical prequel.

The concert promises a celebration of the sequel’s music, featuring memorable songs like “Back to School”, “Score Tonight”, “Cool Rider”, “Who’s That Guy?”, “Reproduction”, “Do It for Our Country”, “Charades”, “Prowlin'”, “Girl for All Seasons”, “(Love Will) Turn Back the Hands of Time”, “Rock-a-Hula-Luau (Summer is Coming)”, and “We’ll Be Together”.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.