Sing-along sci-fi? It’s the musical no-one dared imagine … until now!

To celebrate the fiftieth installment of their Dredd-world frontier series, Lawless, inthe anniversary edition of the Judge Dredd Megazine, writer Dan Abnett and artist Phil Winslade decided to create an all-musical episode as the people of Badrock burst into song.

But then finding himself trapped in the house during the pandemic, Abnett turned comics into chords by enlisting the help of his daughter, Lily Vincent-Frankland, and her boyfriend, Jack Gray, to take the songs from Badrock Melody and make them a musical reality!

With everything arranged, recorded, and mixed in lockdown, this is the first true 2000 AD musical!

It’s Paint Your Wagon meets Judge Dredd – funny, ridiculous, and now available to listen FREE from the 2000 AD Soundcloud! Listen via the player below!

And don’t forget to buy your copy of the Judge Dredd Megazine to sing along!

LAWLESS FIFTIETH EPISODE MUSICAL:

THE BADROCK MELODY

1) (Overture) BOOM TOWN (from Lawless episode 46):

Music & Lyrics by Dan Abnett

Orchestrated & Arranged by Jack Gray

Mixed & Mastered by Sam Roberts

TONY DANCER: Eloise Davies

ENSEMBLE: Jack Gray, Emelie Duke

2) BOOM TOWN REPRISE:

Music by Dan Abnett and Jack Gray

Lyrics by Dan Abnett

Orchestrated & Arranged by Jack Gray

Mixed & Mastered by Sam Roberts

TONY DANCER: Eloise Davies

ENSEMBLE: Jack Gray

3) BADROCK MELODY:

Music & Lyrics by Dan Abnett 

Orchestrated & Arranged by Jack Gray

Mixed & Mastered by Sam Roberts

PETTIFER: Jemima Rex

ENSEMBLE: Jack Gray, Emelie Duke, Lily Vincent-Frankland, Dan Abnett

4) MARSHALL METTA LAWSON:

Music & Lyrics by Dan Abnett

Orchestrated & Arranged by Jack Gray

Mixed & Mastered by Sam Roberts

Guitarist: Simon Appleson

Bassist: Simon Appleson

LAWSON: Courtney Stapleton

ZHIND: Dan Abnett

BROTHERLY: Charlie Keable

ENSEMBLE: Jack Gray, Emelie Duke, Lily Vincent-Frankland, Dan Abnett

5) LIFT UP:

Music by Dan Abnett and Jack Gray

Lyrics by Dan Abnett

Orchestrated & Arranged by Jack Gray

Mixed & Mastered by Sam Roberts

Guitarist: Simon Appleson

Bassist: Simon Appleson

Dummer: Sam Roberts

DRURY: Emelie Duke

ENSEMBLE: Emelie Duke, Jack Gray

6) SECOND HAND HEART BLUES:

Music & Lyrics by Dan Abnett

Orchestrated & Arranged by Jack Gray

Mixed & Mastered by Sam Roberts

Guitarist 1: Dan Abnett

Guitarist 2: Simon Appleson

RONDO: Dan Abnett

ROKE: Dan Abnett

ENSEMBLE: Jack Gray, Lily Vincent-Frankland

7) BROTHERLY GETZ IT DONE:

Music by Dan Abnett and Jack Gray

Lyrics by Dan Abnett

Orchestrated & Arranged by Jack Gray

Mixed & Mastered by Sam Roberts

BROTHERLY: Charlie Keable

COLLEEN: Lily Vincent-Frankland

MCCLURE: Lily Vincent-Frankland

8) THERE’S SOMETHING UP, GINNIE WAYLONS:

Music by Dan Abnett and Jack Gray

Lyrics by Dan Abnett

Orchestrated & Arranged by Jack Gray

Mixed & Mastered by Sam Roberts

ARCHIE: Edward Bartram

GINNIE: Carys Neal

DOC STILLWATER: Jack Gray

ENSEMBLE: Jack Gray

9) RESIGNED:

Music & Lyrics by Dan Abnett

Orchestrated & Arranged by Jack Gray

Mixed & Mastered by Sam Roberts

Guitarist: Simon Appleson

PETTIFER: Jemima Rex

LAWSON: Courtney Stapleton

10) BOOM TOWN FINALE:

Music & Lyrics by Dan Abnett

Orchestrated & Arranged by Jack Gray

Mixed & Mastered by Sam Roberts

LAWSON: Courtney Stapleton

TONY DANCER: Eloise Davies

ENSEMBLE: Jack Gray, Emelie Duke

11) CHURCH OF ZHINDHALLA CHANT:

Music & Lyrics by Dan Abnett 

Orchestrated & Arranged by Jack Gray

Mixed & Mastered by Sam Roberts

ENSEMBLE: Jack Gray, Emelie Duke, Lily Vincent Frankland, Dan Abnett

Movement consultant: Lily Vincent-Frankland

The Badrock Music Society would like to thank Jack Gray for his efforts above and beyond the call of duty, and all the contributors for their time, energy and enthusiasm.

For Phil, with love.

From “Lawless” by Dan Abnett and Phil Winslade, copyright Rebellion 2020

CAST & CREDITS

Courtney Stapleton is currently standby Zoe/Alana in Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward Theatre, she was previously in Six at the Arts Theatre alternating the roles of Jane Seymour and Catherine Parr. She made her stage debut in Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre and was previously seen in Bat Out of Hell at the Dominion Theatre and in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre. Represented by Bloomfields Welch Management. Instagram @CourtneyJStapes. 

Eloise Davies has most recently appeared as Brooke Lohst in Be More Chill at The Other Palace. Previously she played Frenchy in Grease The UK Tour, and was ensemble in Mythic at The Charing Cross Theatre and Bad Girls at The Union Theatre. Recording/music credits include – Bradley Walsh’s album When You’re Smiling and support artist for Tom Jones and Lionel Richie at Hampton Court Palace Festival. Represented by Bo at Collective Agents. Instagram @eloisemaydavies

Jemima Rex has a wealth of experience performing in Musical Theatre, having trained as a dancer and singer in Derbyshire before venturing south to Kent. She has since gained numerous performing credits as well as recently focusing on completing her Master’s, researching the effects of non-diverse curricula on young aspiring thespians in the UK. 

Charlie Keable is an actor, singer, comedian, judge, jury and executioner. He trained in Musical Theatre at Mountview before starring in productions across the country; most recently, NewsRevue at the Canal Café Theatre. 

Chemmi Duke (Emelie Duke) is an aspiring composer/lyricist, actor, and musician. Recent theatre credits include Has Beans – The Musical, Bonnie and Clyde and Parade, all at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. His film credits include Incredible – a feature length film.

Edward Bartram is a Norfolk-bred, South London-based actor and singer. Having graduated from Mountview in 2019 he has performed in satirical sketch-comedy show NewsRevue in the Autumn and Winter of 2019 as well as playing Banquo in the Young Shakespeare Company’s touring production of Macbeth in the Spring of 2020 which was sadly cut short by the onset of COVID19 (other global pandemics are available).

Carys Wynn is an actress, singer, and dancer from Wales. She graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2019. She most recently appeared in Children of Eden as Yonah and she aspires to one day own a dachshund.

Simon Appleson is a 26 year old songwriter from Leeds and the lead guitarist in the 4 piece pop band ‘VICTORS’. The band plans to begin touring the United States come 2021.

Sam Roberts is a studio and Theatre sound engineer both touring and West End.  Recent theatre credits include Thriller Live – London, Rip It Up 70’s – Tour. Studio work at Bamm Bamm Studios.

Lily Vincent-Frankland is a Theatre Maker from Kent. She has worked as a dancer and movement director for numerous projects around the UK. More recently Lily has co-written a comedy musical performed at the Marlowe theatre as well as debuting material for another musical at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Jack Gray is an actor/singer/musician/composer from Leeds. He recently finished his training in Acting at Mountview in 2019 where he starred as Cecil in 5/11 at the Mountview Theatre. He has been Musical Director for several theatre productions across the UK as well as most recently being involved in several professional workshops developing future plays and television series. Instagram – @jack.a.gray