Two years after wowing Peterborough audiences in Scrooge the Musical at the Broadway Theatre, stage legend Tommy Steele is back.... and he is in the mood to entertain his fans once more.
Featuring a 16 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 Glenn Miller will be told as never before.
Tommy is enjoying a short break after a triumphant 11-week run in The Glenn Miller Story, and is looking forward to hitting the road again - starting in Peterborough on December 29.
It is the extraordinary tale of America’s most famous big band leader who 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?
“We have been getting fantastic reviews and I am thrilled to be touring again with this fantastic story,” said Tommy - Britain’s answer to Elvis in the 50s who has just celebrated his 79th birthday and is still going strong.
“ It has been wonderful, everywhere we have been people have loved it, and I am sure it will be the same when we kick off the 2016 tour in Peterborough.
“People know the music - it is a great score of course - but there is also a great story to go with it.
“Miller started out playing with the likes of Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman in the 20s and 30s before he discovered an unmistakable sound of his own.
“So, with the wonderful music you also get the whole story. It is very dramatic,” he added.
The Glenn Miller Story is directed by Bob Tompson and Bill Kenwright, who have been responsible for several award- winning musicals including Blood Brothers, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar, all of which have been brought to Peterborough, during the two Bill Kenwright Ltd winter seasons at the Broadway Theatre.
“ I have always liked Miller’s music and the story behind it, and it is something I have talked about with Bill over the years,” said Tommy. “Then I was shown the script for The Glenn Miller Story about two years ago by Bill who talked about the great score, the swing period, the music and the dancing - the jitterbug and jive.
“I said I thought the story was wonderful and he asked me if I fancied it - me playing Glen Miller. I pointed out that he was an American music master, and a young one, but Bill just said ‘you are a song and dance man, aren’t you?’ and here we are.”
You can see The Glenn Miller Story at the Broadway from December 29 to January 10. Contact the box office on 01733 822225 or visit www.thebroadwaypeterborough.co.uk