Copper Face Jacks: The Musical creator Paul Howard has told fans of the iconic Dublin nightclub that the new show will be "kind of like West Side Story but with slow sets. And carvery."
Ross O'Carroll Kelly author Howard and the musical's stars Johnny Ward, Michelle McGrath and Roseanna Purcell joined Ray D'Arcy on his final show of the season on RTÉ One on Saturday night to give viewers a sneak peek at their Harcourt Street hijinks.
"It's sort of the familiar story," Howard explained. "A girl from Cahersiveen, Co Kerry called Noleen Nic Gearailt and she moves to Dublin to fulfil her lifelong dream of working in the claims department of the VHI!"
"She takes a bedsit on Harcourt Street, and she discovers that Dublin is a lonely place," Howard continued.
"One night she's lying in bed in her bedsit and the strains of Maniac 2000 drift across the road. You know, Kerry girl in Dublin, her first instinct is, 'I must ask them to turn the noise down'".
"So she wanders across the road to Copper Face Jacks," laughed Howard. "She walks in - she's not prepared for what she's going to see in here - and she says, 'Wow! What is this place?!'
"I'm sure it's an experience a lot of people who move to Dublin from rural areas have: it's like a big embrace, it's like a home from home thing."
It's not long before love walks in for Noleen in the form of Gino Wilde, the captain of the Dublin football team who are about to win their tenth All-Ireland in row.
"He's a really nice guy," said Howard. "He's also a Dublin Corporation clamper, so he's very popular, as you can imagine. But he clamps mostly country-registered cars. So they meet, and they fall in love.
"It's kind of like West Side Story but with slow sets. And carvery. It's all about their attempts to make love work, despite the language barrier between a Dubliner and Kerry girl and the cultural differences as well!"
Copper Face Jacks: The Musical opens at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on Thursday July 5 and runs until Sunday August 12.