One Night, back in 2004, country western singer Wiley Ray was enticed into performing "Oh Pretty Woman" at a karaoke bar. When he finished, he was treated to stunned silence and then thunderous applause.
This singular event blossomed into Wiley Ray and the Big O Band, a regionally-touring musical group paying tribute to one of the greatest singer/songwriter of all time. Wiley was already something of an expert on All Things Roy (go ahead, ask him something) and a fan from the earliest days of Roy's career so it was no stretch to go "Roy" all the way.
It was fun, but.... Wiley Ray wanted to do more: reach more people, touch more hearts, keep Roy Orbison alive in the memories of all those who had loved his music for decades, and introduce a new generation to Roy's magic, music, and stage presence. To accomplish that in ROY ORBISON RETURNS was realized- a fully-scripted musical theater re-creation of Roy Orbison's 1980's concert era years complete with costumes, lighting, and staging while being faithful to Roy Orbison set lists and musical arrangements. Included in the ninety-minute shows are songs representative of thrity-plus years of musical history from his earliest Teen Kings rockabilly days through Doo-Wop, on through the sixties into the MTV era, including Roy's many collaborations.
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