The Glenn Miller Story

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The Glenn Miller Story

The Glenn Miller Story

Posted: 02 Nov 2016

THE GLENN MILLER STORY

SUNDERLAND EMPIRE

1 NOVEMBER 2016




The world’s most successful recording artist from 1939 until his death in an air crash in 1944, Glenn Miller was awarded the first ever Gold Disc, and won 30 more! 

‘In the Mood’ ‘Moonlight Serenade’ ‘Chatanooga Choo-choo’,‘Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree’, ‘Little Brown Jug’, ‘Pennsylvannia 6-5000’  are all here, majestically performed by a 16 piece orchestra 

You get two stars for the price of one in this show because Miller is played by Tommy Steele. Now 79 – almost twice the age Miller was when he died in an air crash – Tommy Steele is one of my favourite performers. His Empire performance in ‘Some Like It Hot’ quarter of a century ago remains one of my very best theatrical memories.

This show has been touring since August 2015 and was at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle in September 2015 but the final night of its run is in Sunderland on November 5 – 60 years to the day since Tommy made his professional debut on the same stage.

Sunderland has always been a special place for the Londoner whose stage presence and rapport with his audience is enhanced rather than undimmed with age. Given a standing ovation he parted with the words ‘Sunderland, I love yer’ – and for this cockney on Wearside the feeling is mutual.


Rob Mason


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