Tommy Steele is going to take to the stage to narrate the extraordinary tale of the world’s most famous big band leader in The Glenn Miller Story, accompanied by a live 16-piece orchestra and a full supporting company of singers, dancers and actors. Autumn 2015 tour dates are to be announced.
It’s been 70 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? His music defined an era; his disappearance stunned the world, and now the story of one of the most iconic musical figures of the 20th century will be brought to life in a brand new production.
The Glenn Miller Story is directed and produced by Bill Kenwright (Whistle Down the Wind, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Blood Brothers and recently Evita at the Dominion Theatre). It is choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Bill Deamer (Evita, Save the Last Dance For Me and Top Hat).
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. The big screen soon beckoned and that same year he filmed The Tommy Steele Story which dramatised his rise to fame and was one of the first British rock‘n’roll movies. A soundtrack of the same name was released to coincide with the film’s opening and became the first album by a UK-based act to reach No.1.
His career includes more than 20 hit singles, 12 movies and several stage musicals such as Half a Sixpence, Hans Andersen and Singin’ in the Rain.
In recent years, Steele has starred as Christmas miser Ebenezer Scrooge in Bill Kenwright’s production of the festive musical, which enjoyed two successful runs at the 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.