Written in 1992, EuroVision is a camp comedy of misadventure exploring the relationship and ultimate love story between two friends from London who adventure to Rome for the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It’s set against a background of ancient Rome and a modern TV studio.
Gary, a box office clerk, is the ultimate Eurovision fan: obsessed, nerdy and a hopeless romantic. He’s been writing a book about the love affair between the Roman Emperor and his lover Antinous. Kevin, a British Airways steward, is cynical about love.
Their adventures compound each other in a torrent of madcap mishap. Gary becomes involved with the Spanish singer. Both of them become possessed by, respectively, the ghosts of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and Antinous, the Greek singer get up to no good in a broom cupboard and no one can find the Macedonian entry. The boys find love on the Spanish Steps with the help of Katya Europa.
Hailed in London on its opening as ‘a punch on the nose of Prime Minister Major’s Conservatism’ (The Times), it is at once a zany, crazy, rumbustious odyssey into Rome’s present and past and an unlikely love story between the airline steward and his box-office clerk friend.
First produced by the London Gay Theatre Company at the Drill Hall in 1992, EuroVision was revived by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kevin Wallace at the Vaudeville Theatre in London in 1994, starring James Dreyfus, Charlie Edwardes and Anita Dobson. Jason Carr wrote the music. However EuroVision isn't a musical, but a gay farce with a few songs!