imaging this scene:
We see Glenn
(played by Tommy Steele) in the Dance Hall of Band Promoter
Cy Shribman, Glenn is rehearsing his newly reformed band as
they play 'I Know Why', the trumpet player has just split his
lip. Glenn (Tommy Steele) guitar slung over his shoulder swings
around. ... The band stops playing.
the ruddy matter", he
Split his lip"
came a reply,
a crows he'll be out for weeks" says
are we going to do now Glenn, postpone the opening" says
widow lady" says
the opening not bleeding likely,. No wait a minute,
I could play those parts on my guitar, I could re write the
arrangement, I could harmonise it real tight in the same octave.
call Helen on the 'dog and bone' tell her I'll be up all night,
your office Cy.
sure,------- Guitar lead, he better stay up all night"
Glenn playing on stage String of Pearls,
Glenn walks over to Helen as she sits at a table with Don and
I brought you a present for your birthday",
"My birthday? that not until next year"
"This is for you last birthday"
says Glenn .
Helen rubbing her neck as she feels a
hot breath making the hairs on her neck stand on end , she turns
around and standing behind her is a 'White Galloways Bull' the
band start to play 'Little White Bull'. Helen looks at Glenn
in astonishment."Oh it just
real" says Glenn, cost
me half a sixpence.
Playing 'Half a Sixpence'
Glenn's wedding anniversary party, Chummy
gets up to give a speech about the good times now ending with,
can remember when it wasn't like this"
up guitar in hand start to sing
a mouth, what a mouth,
what a north and south, Blimey Chummy what a mouth you got'.
We see Glenn at the end of the play boarding his plane to fly
to France. The plane disappearing into the fog and we're all
moon and stars no longer shine
The dream is gone I thought was mine
There's nothin' left for me to do
But cry-y-y-y over you (cry over you)
Well, I never felt more like runnin' away
But why should I go 'cause I couldn't stay
Without you, you got me singin' the blues.
a bit of fun
hope this did not affend you fans.
said, Glenn Didn't have a sense of humour ?
sure you can take it further but do not fear because we shant
see Tommy playing the
part of Glenn after all. Apparently the latest news is that
he is to narrate the show and the other
members of the cast are yet to be announce.
What Tommy Steele will
bring to this show is perhaps his name and his popularity but
come down to the story, the dances and most important the band
that surely must create
that beautiful original and indelible sound every one around
the world knows and loves.
that up and it- Flash, Bang, Wallop.
The Stage magazine
announced this show as below:
Music legend turns master storyteller as Tommy Steele
takes to the stage to narrate the extraordinary tale of the
worlds most famous big band leader, accompanied by a live
16-piece Glenn Miller orchestra and a full supporting company
of singers, dancers and actors.
Whether the band will
be an official Glenn Miller licensed orchestra I dont
know but I doubt
whether the name above Glenn Miller Orchestra will
be able to be used if not.
It was only two or
three years ago that I began to get mail about the Musical Bugle
Boy a Musical big band stage production again about Glenn
Miller, and I had some very supportive letters but also some
very critical ones too from some who had seen the show that
had very few audience attendances and a disappointing band,
which was not always the case. Sadly that show failed, and now
we have a new show about to arrived from a producer/director
of some high regard with great experience in the world of Stage
show musicals, films and plays Bill Kenwright. His list of successes
can be found on hisweb site http://www.kenwright.com
worth looking at if you have doubts that this organisation
would not be capable of making this show of our hero Glenn Miller
a great success. It will also have the potential of creating
interest in the media and hopefully the consequence of that
may well improve some of the dwindling audience that our finest
big bands touring today are experiencing.
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