Its not unusual to have musicals written about pop phenomenons but there was a time when you had to be dead to get a tribute show.
But coming to Aylesbury Waterside this spring, as part of a UK tour, is TOM: A Story of Tom Jones – the Musical and it is, if you haven’t guessed, the story of a certain singing Welsh superstar.
Step back in time to the dance halls, working men’s clubs and recording studios of the ‘60s where the legendary Tom Jones was born. A story about a boy from the Valleys, with heart-stopping good looks and a golden voice, who dreamed of making the big time, no matter what it took.
This inspirational story is performed live on stage by a cast of actors and musicians and celebrates the live of an ordinary man with an extraordinary talent.
Kit Orton leads the cast as the Welsh legend with Tim Bonser performing the role at certain performances.
Joining them are: Elin Phillips, Nicola Reynolds, Phylip Harries, Richard Corgan, Deborah Thomas, John McLarnon, Daniel Lloyd, Kieran Bailey, Tom Connor and Nicola Bryan.
It features all his hits including Ghost Riders in the Sky, Spanish Harlem and Lucille, It’s Not Unusual, Delilah, Green, Green Grass of Home and What’s New Pussycat.
TOM has been written by Mike James and is directed by Geinor Styles.
Said Styles: “Just very occasionally an opportunity comes along that has the words ’perfect fit’ written all the way through it like a stick of rock.
“In this case it’s rock and roll and the compelling story of the early days of this county’s most famous son – the living legend that is Sir Tom Jones.”
Tom the Musical plays at the Waterside from April 5-9.
2016 UK Tour Dates
March 7-12, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff March 15-19, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh March 30-April 2, Leicester Curve April 5-9, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre April 12-16, Sheffield Lyceum April 19-23, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford May 10–14 May, Venue Cymru, Llandudno April 26-30, Churchill Theatre, Bromley May 17-21, Richmond Theatre May 25-28, The Lowry, Salford June 1-4, Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham