Musicals, Marigolds & Me


★★★★★ “Deliciously detailed, enlightening and frank” North West End

“Paul was the first to play the title role of Jesus Christ Superstar in the West End. Nobody did it better” Sir Tim Rice

“A terrific book full of details of a long and varied career” David Essex

“If you love entertainment you’ll love this!” Elaine Paige

“What a terrific book. Packed with great stories and the rich, colourful characters he has met during an extraordinary, diverse and hugely successful career and life. Paul has seen and done it all and remains the talented, charming, funny and supportive friend and colleague we, who have the pleasure of knowing him, love” Michael Ball

Actor and singer Paul Nicholas, beloved star of 80s smash hit sitcom Just Good Friends, shows he has many facets to his famously twinkly persona in the brand new audiobook of his sensational autobiography Musicals, Marigolds & Me, recounting his colourful career as a pop singer (with Top 10 hits in the UK and America), film actor, musical theatre superstar, and hugely successful West End producer.

A Half a Million Pound Gamble
Listen as Paul recounts being at the vanguard of groundbreaking stage shows Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats. Not content to just star in such theatrical sensations, Paul staked half a million pounds on his next move, to produce his own - turning Grease and Saturday Night Fever into must-see West End hits.

He’s not the Messiah - he’s a very cheeky chappie!
Discover how a pint, a cigarette, and a nun became an unwitting part of Paul being unveiled as Jesus, in a stage show that changed everything.

The dream team: Paul teams up with David Bowie
Few can claim to have had David Bowie write them a pop song in a bid for chart stardom, but, as Paul describes in his audiobook, it didn’t quite pan out the way he’d hoped…

How do you solve a problem like a Green Card?
Irked by his lack of a US Green Card, Paul recounts the solution: score a major hit on the US Billboard charts. Along the way Paul treats us to rubbing shoulders with The Who, The Bee Gees, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, and explains that legendary drummer Keith Moon was a big fan of Paul’s band before The Who became superstars themselves.

Wince as Paul recalls kissing a very attractive lady in front of her possessive and extremely agitated husband. All in a day’s work, as the lady was Paul’s romantic co-star in a film the husband was directing!

Audiences in the millions
Paul’s success in TV spans the decades as he talks us through many beloved shows including the record-breaking BAFTA-winning Just Good Friends, EastEnders, The Real Marigold Hotel and other favourites.

English eccentrics and an eight foot (edible) Jelly Baby
Paul’s observations on a startlingly varied career include priceless moments from working with the enfant terrible of British cinema, Ken Russell, through to performing with Screaming Lord Sutch, and commissioning an eight foot jelly baby that looked nothing like the celebrity it was supposedly modelled on.

“Stop laughing, dear boy”
Who said that to Paul? Find out as he relates many wonderful encounters with stars of stage and screen including John Travolta, Joan Collins, Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Larry Hagman, Clint Eastwood, Oliver Reed and not forgetting a flatshare with Denzil from Only Fools and Horses!

Paul, who recently appeared the reality show The Real Marigold On Tour, and who will be touring in the stage production of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (based on the hit film) this year, has packed his audiobook with decades of stories, insights, wry humour and gratitude for a career that’s still in full flow in this ideal beach listen for the summer.

MUSICALS, MARIGOLDS & ME will be available from 26th June, and is available to pre-order now on Amazon, Audible & iTunes



Paul Nicholas
Release date
Autobiography audiobook released 26th June 2023