Get in the mood for musical
THOSE of us who fell in love with Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson's portrayal of The Glenn Miller Story in the 1954 film will get a less glossy version of it from Bugle Boy.
The musical, based on Miller's life, comes to Swansea's Grand Theatre from Thursday to Saturday, starting at 7.30pm.
But amid the tales of single-minded obsession, inter- band squabbles and occasional fisticuffs, that sublime music remains.
Glenn was, says Bugle Boy writer Den Stevenson, a complex man, and 1950s Hollywood wasn't ready to see its best-loved leading man play Miller in warts-and-all style.
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"He was very intense," says Den, "he had an obsession for that sound he wanted, and that obsession meant his family spent the best part of 20 years on their own while he was on the road." Den was able to get the inside track on Glenn's life thanks to the time he spent working with Herb, Glenn's brother.
Aside from the personal story and the tragedy of Glenn's mysterious death, his music will be the main attraction to Bugle Boy audiences.
And a night spent in the company of sublimely beautiful numbers like Moonlight Serenade, In The Mood and Tuxedo Junction is a night well spent.