Tommy Steele – Britain’s first rock’n’roll star – made his legitimate debut in 1958 starring in a sold-out run of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, at the London Coliseum.
What fans probably don’t know is that the inspiration for Tommy’s extraordinary career was an American band leader whose music the singer had worshipped from the moment he first heard it – Glenn Miller.
Now, 60 years on, the veteran entertainer returns to The London Coliseum with his salute his idol, The Glenn Miller Show.
Steele’s remarkable career includes over 20 hit singles, 12 hit musical movies and countless award winning stage musicals such as Half A Sixpence, Hans Andersen and Singin’ in the Rain.
Tommy starred in the musical Scrooge, which enjoyed two successful runs at the London Palladium, and made him the theatre’s all-time record breaking performer, having headlined more performances than any other star in its history.
And the inexhaustible, 81-year-old star, has recently toured the country with The Glenn Miller Story.
The Glenn Miller Show, its sequel, features the journey the legendary big band leader took to find his unique sound, his subsequent fame and untimely death.
Tommy said: “I am, and always will be, one of Glenn Miller’s biggest fans.
“That sound, that wonderful sound, and his search for it, is one of the most inspiring stories I know.
“So, I’m returning to the Coliseum to say two thank-yous”.
The Glenn Miller Show runs at The London Coliseum from July 6 – August 18.
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