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Tommy Steele to star in The Glenn Miller Show at the London Coliseum

The new musical opens in July and will have choreography by Bill Deamer

Tommy Steele
© Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

Legendary entertainer Tommy Steele will return to the London Coliseum, 60 years after he made his stage debut there in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.

For seven weeks from 6 July, 81 year-old Steele – known as Britain's first rock and roll star – will appear in The Glenn Miller Show, a new musical celebration of one of the world's best selling recording artists.

Directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright, the production will have choreography by Olivier Award-winner Bill Deamer, the same team who worked on the UK tour of The Glenn Miller Story in 2015.

The Glenn Miller Show tells of the journey the big band leader took to fame. It will feature songs including "In the Mood", "Little Brown Jug" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo".

From 1939 to 1943 Glenn Miller was the best selling recording artist in the world, scoring 23 number one hits and surpassing the likes of Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

Steele's film credits include Finian's Rainbow, The Happiest Millionaire, and Half A Sixpence – which he also performed on stage. Other stage credits include Singin' in the Rain and Scrooge

On the announcement, Steele 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!"

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