Tuesday, 10 June 2014

THE BUGLE BOY by Den Stevenson
Nottingham Playhouse

This is the story of a man who created a very special sound throughout the second World War, a sound that is instantly recognisable, a man whose life was cut tragically short when the plane he was travelling in went missing when he was just 40 years old.

Den Stevenson created this mini masterpiece and the only musical world wide about the icon that is Glen Miller. It traces his rise from college to his heyday via radio interviews with his wife, Helen and Glen, played out on stage. The music is performed by a live eight piece who create the mood of the era well.

It's a piece of musical history that was attended not just by people who can remember this music first hand, but by teenagers and children who have been brought up with this music by their parents, and a history lesson that ended far too early.

There's a lot of information that I was unaware of here and featuring many of his biggest and well known tracks, "In The Mood", "Kalamazoo","String Of Pearls", "Elmer's Tune", "Moonlight Serenade", "Pennsylvania 65000" and many more big band classics as well as some very talented vocalists, all of which creating a very special atmosphere.

"Bugle Boy" is on at the Nottingham Playhouse until Thursday 12 June 2014

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