Following two triumphant tours, spectacular show The Glenn Miller Story extends into the autumn, opening in Southend-on-Sea on Friday 5th August. This extraordinary tale of America’s most famous big band leader stars music legend Tommy Steele.
It’s been seventy years since Glenn Miller vanished over the English Channel as he flew to Paris to entertain the troops during the Second World War. Did he crash? Was he shot down? Will the mystery ever be solved? Featuring a sixteen-piece orchestra, a full supporting company of performers and dazzling choreography, the story of one of the most iconic musical figures of the 20th century will be told as never before.
Over the past fifteen years Bill Kenwright and Tommy Steele regularly get together to talk about the past, present and future. One evening, Bill discovered that his all-encompassing love for Elvis was equal only to Tommy’s adoration for Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. Bill learned that Tommy is a true devotee; travelling all over the world to hear what remains of the original Orchestral Sounds, and is steeped in the knowledge and the glory of what Glenn Miller did for popular music. Tommy enthused that Glenn changed the face of music from 1939 – 1943 when he was the most popular recording artist in the world.
Three years later at a dinner party, celebrating Tommy’s award as the Most Popular Entertainer of All Time at the London Palladium that they came up with The Glenn Miller Story!
Tommy Steele was Britain’s first rock ‘n’ roll star. Dubbed the UK’s answer to Elvis Presley, he landed his first UK No.1 with Singing the Blues in January 1957, reaching the top spot before Elvis, who didn’t land his until the June that year. The big screen soon beckoned for Tommy, and that same year he filmed The Tommy Steele Story, one of Britain’s great rock ‘n’ roll movies. A soundtrack was released to coincide with the film’s opening and became the first album to reach No.1.
His legendary career includes over twenty hit singles, twelve hit movies and countless award winning stage musicals such as Half a Sixpence, Hans Andersen and Singin’ in the Rain. In recent years, Steele has starred as Christmas miser Scrooge in Bill Kenwright’s production of the festive musical, which enjoyed two successful runs at the world-famous London Palladium. It was a role that also made Steele the theatre’s all-time record breaking performer, having headlined more performances than any other star in the history of the Palladium.
Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright team up again to direct the show, having been at the helm of several award-winning musicals including Blood Brothers, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Choreography is by Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer (Top Hat, Evita, Save The Last Dance For Me).
UK Tour dates
Friday 5th – Saturday 13th August
Southend-On-Sea, Cliffs Pavilion
Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th August
Leeds Grand Theatre
Monday 22nd – Saturday 27th August
Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
Monday 29th August – Saturday 5th September
Oxford, New Theatre
Tuesday 6th – Saturday 10th September
Plymouth, Theatre Royal
Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th September
Nottingham, Theatre Royal
Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th September
Tuesday 27th September – Saturday 1st October
Crawley, The Hawth
Tuesday 11th – Saturday 15th October
Llandudno, Venue Cymru