Joining the legendary performer Tommy Steele on stage at the London Coliseum in The Glenn Miller Story this summer is Marti Webb, which will be running for a limited season from 6 July – 18 August 2018.
60 years after making his stage debut at the London Coliseum in 1958 starring in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the celebrated singer and actor Tommy Steele – Britain’s first Rock and Roll star – returns to this prestigious London stage to celebrate his idol Glenn Miller in a new musical production.
Glenn Miller was the best selling recording artist in the world from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands. In those four years, he scored 23 number-one hits – more than Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
The cast will be completed by: Autumn Draper, Charlie Tighe, Devon McKenzie-Smith, Howard Samuels, Holly Rostron, Jessica Ellen, Jordan Oliver, Linal Haft, Myles Brown, Oliver Ramsdale, Siobhan Diffin, Tim Maxwell-Clarke and Tom Sowinski who form the ensemble, performing alongside the 16 piece big band.
The Glenn Miller Story features the journey the legendary big band leader took to find his unique sound, and his subsequent fame and untimely death. With the authentic sounds of In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Tuxedo Junction, Chattanooga Choo Choo, and many more era-defining favourites. It is produced by Bill Kenwright with choreography by Olivier Award Winner Bill Deamer and direction by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright.
Tommy Steele landed his first UK number-one with Singing the Blues in January 1957, reaching the top spot before Elvis, the same year he filmed The Tommy Steele Story, one of Britain’s great rock ‘n’ roll movies.
His career has included over twenty hit singles, twelve hit musical movies – including Finian’s Rainbow, The Happiest Millionaire, and of course Half A Sixpence – 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.
Marti Webb’s theatre credits include: La Cage Aux Folles (UK Tour), Stop the World – I Want to Get Off (Queen’s Theatre), Evita (Prince Edward Theatre and UK Tour), Half-a-Sixpence (Cambridge Theatre), Oliver! (UK Tour and Piccadilly Theatre), Godspell (Roundhouse), The Card (Queen’s Theatre), The Good Companions (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Song and Dance (Palace Theatre and UK Tour), Cats (New London Theatre and UK Tour), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre), Tell Me on a Sunday (UK Tour, Royalty Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Duchess Theatre and St James Theatre), Blood Brothers (UK Tour and Phoenix Theatre), The Seven Deadly Sins (London Coliseum), The Goodbye Girl (UK Tour), Annie (UK Tour), The King and I (UK Tour), Hot Flush (UK Tour), Oklahoma! (UK Tour) and 42nd Street (UK Tour). Marti’s screen credits include: Great British Songbook, The Many Faces of Dame Judi Dench, The History of British Musicals, The Paul O’Grady Show, Diamonds Are Forever, Won’t Change Place, Together Again, Songwriter’s Series, Master Class, Awash With Colour and Songs of Praise.
Autumn Draper’s theatre credits include: Mack and Mabel (Hackney Empire), Once Upon a Time (The Orchard Theatre) and The Wedding Singer (Doreen Bird Foundation Theatre). Autumn’s screen credits include: The X Factor Final. Other credits include: NFL Pre-Game Entertainment (Twickenham Stadium) and Move It (London Excel).
Charlie Tighe’s theatre credits include: Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre), Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors, Rope and Arsenic and Old Lace (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Guys and Dolls (UK Tour), A Midsummer Nights Dream (New National Theatre, Tokyo), A Christmas Carol (Theatre by the Lake), The Taming of the Shrew (UK Tour), The Life of Galileo (National Theatre), Pygmalion (International Tour), Romeo and Juliet (UK Tour) and Comedy of Errors (The Globe, Germany). Charlie’s screen credits include: A Song for Jenny, The Slammer, ‘Appiness and Best Shot.
Devon McKenzie-Smith’s theatre credits include: Hairspray (UK Tour and Cologne, Germany), West Side Story (UK Tour) and Memphis (Shaftesbury Theatre). Devon’s screen credits include: The Royal Variety Performance, The Olympics Opening Ceremony, The One Show, The Olivier Awards, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, The Jonathan Ross Show with Motown the Musical and The X Factor with Motown the Musical.
Howard Samuels’ theatre credits include: The Sound of Music (UK Tour), Goosebumps Alive (The Vaults), Invade My Privacy (St James Studio), Tonight’s the Night (Victoria Palace Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (Duke of York’s Theatre), Dear Anyone (Cambridge Theatre), Rebel in Paradise (Young Vic), Honk! (Watermill Theatre), The Sunshine Boys (Royal Lyceum), Chips With Everything (Leeds Playhouse), Design for Living (Harrogate Theatre), Can’t Smile Without You (UK Tour), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Gielgud Theatre and Garrick Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (RHS London Productions), On The Twentieth Century (Union Theatre) and Company (Oldham Coliseum). Howard’s screen credits include: The Nativity, A Tale of Two Cities, The Max Headroom Film, Brighton Bells, Just Good Friends and New Frontier.
Holly Rostron’s theatre credits include: Singin’ in the Rain (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Top Hat (UK Tour), Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre, London & Japan Tour), Cinderella (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Crazy For You (Studio Theatre, Sidcup) and Noitamina, Legends, Icons and Idols and Burlesque and Other Distractions (Orchard Theatre, Dartford). Holly’s screen credits include: All Star Musicals and Captain America: The First Avenger. Recording credits include the Original London cast recording of Top Hat.
Jessica Ellen’s theatre credits include: Wind in the Willows (Vaudeville Theatre), From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Cabaret (UK Tour and Savoy Theatre), Evita (Phoenix Theatre, UK and International Tour), The Glenn Miller Story (UK Tour), Aladdin and Cinderella (Qdos Entertainment). Jessica’s screen credits include: London Road, Pusher, From Here to Eternity and Strictly Come Dancing.
Jordan Oliver’s theatre credits include: The Sound Of Music (UK Tour), Evita (Phoenix Theatre and International Tour) and The Glenn Miller Story (UK Tour).
Linal Haft’s theatre credits include: Harvey (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Cabaret (The Savoy and UK Tour), Monkee Business (UK Tour), Burlesque (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Vaudeville Theatre), A Match Made in Heaven (Frinton Summer Theatre), Pelican Daughters (Shakespeare in Shoreditch), The Man Who Came to Brunch (Bush Theatre), Sit and Shiver (New End Theatre), The Old Neighborhood and Edmond (Royal Court), Great Expectations (Sydney and Melbourne Theatre Company), Humble Boy (Melbourne Theatre Company), Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Arturo UI (Queens Theatre), School for Wives (Almeida Theatre), Henry V, Coriolanus, Pentecost, Slaughter City (all at the Royal Shakespeare Company), After the Fall, The Changeling, Happy Birthday Brecht (all at the National Theatre), The Homecoming, The Birthday Party, The Cosmonauts Last Message (all at the Belvoir St. Sydney), The Hothouse (Seymour Centre, Sydney), Kiss Me Kate! (The Lyric, Brisbane) and South Pacific (Theatre Royal, Sydney). Linal’s screen credits include: Unforgotten, Ripper Street, EastEnders, New Tricks, Casualty, Doctors, Mary Bryant, The Bill, Minder, Rome, Farscape, Stephen King’s Nightmare and Dreamscapes, The Lost World, Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, Strictly Confidential, Vanity Fair, The Corrupted, A Midsummers Nights Dream, Tango One, The Gatehouse, Moulin Rouge, We Still Steal the Old Way, God – The Final Review, Outside Bet, Tuesday, The Man Who Sued God, Death, Soft Fruit, Heist, The Three Stooges and Escape From Sobibor.
Myles Brown’s theatre credits include: 200 Years of The Old Vic with The McOnie Company (Old Vic Theatre), The Wizard Of Oz (Sheffield Crucible), Oklahoma! (Royal Albert Hall), On The Town (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Cinderella (London Palladium), Kiss Me Kate (Royal Albert Hall), Viva Forever! (Piccadilly Theatre), Respect La Diva (Garrick Theatre), Flashdance (Shaftsbury Theatre), West Side Story (Sage, Gateshead) and Revolution (Theatre Royal Haymarket). Myles’ screen credits include: X Factor, The Voice, MOBO Awards, Brit Awards, Saturday Night Takeaway, NRJ Awards, Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing and Mamma Mia 2 – Here We Go Again.
Oliver Ramsdale’s theatre credits include: Dick Whittington (London Palladium), Cats (London Palladium and International Tour), Aladdin (Grand Theatre), Peter Pan (Theatre Royal) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (LTA Studio Theatre). Oliver’s screen credits include: Talk About You (MIKA Music Video) and Sunday Night at the Palladium.
Siobhan Diffin’s theatre credits include: Orpheus – The Mythical (The Other Palace), The Producers (International Tour), The Glenn Miller Story (UK Tour), Rags the Musical in Concert (Lyric Theatre, West End), Cinderella (The Harlington), The Laurence Oliver Awards 2013 & 2014 (Royal Opera House) and Kerry Ellis in Concert (London Palladium).
Tim Maxwell-Clarke’s theatre credits include: Sister Act (UK Tour), The Glenn Miller Story (UK Tour), The Buddy Holly Story (Duchess Theatre, UK Tour, Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto, and Stage Theatre, Hamburg), Blood Brothers (UK Tour and Phoenix Theatre), Jesus Christ Super Star (UK Tour), Dusty Springfield – The Musical (UK Tour), Of Mice and Men (Nottingham Playhouse), The Demon Headmaster (UK Tour), The Canterbury Tales (Basingstoke) and In the Midnight Hour (Haymarket Theatre). Tim’s screen credits include: Emmerdale, The Spanish Armada and Canary Wharf.
Tom Sowinski’s theatre credits include: Cilla The Musical (UK Tour), Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (UK Tour), Roll Over Beethoven (Queens Theatre) and Writing on the Wall (UK Tour).
BILL KENWRIGHT PRESENTS – THE GLENN MILLER STORY
FRIDAY 6 JULY – SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 2018
Performances: Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm
Address: London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4ES