A salute to The Andrews Sisters
Long before The Spice Girls, Bananarama, and The Supremes, The Andrews Sisters ruled the charts. As the original girl group, they were a global sensation during their heyday in the late 1930s and throughout the 1940s, selling records by the millions. In Bugle Boys, three sassy female impersonators bitch, squabble, and sing some of The Andrews Sisters’ most beloved songs, delivering a hilarious and ludicrously fictitious tale of their life and career. An original Australian production, Bugle Boys had its European premiere in Edinburgh in August 2018.
All about Bugle Boys
This unique show was conceived and written by John Livings, originally produced by Moira Bennett, and saw its stage debut at Melbourne’s Chapel Off Chapel in October 2015.
Frocked-up to the nines in faux military costumes, the three ‘girls’ had audiences in stitches from the outset, garnering rave reviews and sell-out performances.
In February 2016, Bugle Boys (dis)graced The Famous Spiegeltent in Canberra, and the following month packed houses at the prestigious Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Bugle Boys in Edinburgh
Building on the show’s Australian success, a UK production of Bugle Boys: A Salute to The Andrews Sisters was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2018, wowing audiences and critics alike.
Top 10 Fringe Shows –Edinburgh Evening News
Pick of the Fringe –The Scottish Sun
Hit-listed –The List
The UK version of the show starred Ewan James Armstrong, Martin MacLennan and Tom Harlow as Maxne, Patty and Laverne, with a freshly adapted script by John. It was co-produced by Bugle Boys Pty and Civil Disobedience, and directed by Barry Church-Woods.
Bugle Boys: Christmas Crackers
Having cracked up Fringe crowds all over the shop in 2018, the festival’s campest drag queens returned to Edinburgh in December the same year with festive romp Bugle Boys: Christmas Crackers.
This comedy/cabaret holiday hoot was packed full of humour, sass and crowd-pleasers, including seasonal hits by The Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Wham, Kylie, Mariah and more.
Directed again by Barry Church-Woods, Christmas Crackers saw Ewan, Martin and Tom reprise their roles as foulmouthed Andrews Sisters knock-offs.