Musical to chart life story of music icon

MAKE SOME NOISE: Bugle Boy, which is coming soon to Buxton Opera House, charts the life and tragic death of Glenn Miller. Photo contributed.
MAKE SOME NOISE: Bugle Boy, which is coming soon to Buxton Opera House, charts the life and tragic death of Glenn Miller. Photo contributed.
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A BRAND new hit musical which charts the life and tragic death of legendary music icon Glenn Miller is coming soon to Buxton Opera House.

Featuring a 16-piece live band, Bugle Boy by English playwright Den Stevenson will be performed at the Water Street venue from Thursday August 30 to Saturday September 1 at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday.

The show traces the life of Miller: his musical training, playing in bands for the first time, forming his own band, his 20-year search for that unique sound, joining the Army in World War Two and flying to Europe with his AAF band, musical superstardom and his 20-year partnership with sweetheart and wife Helen, through to his tragic loss, in action over the English Channel, in 1944.

The musical features all of Glenn Miller’s famous and instantly recognisable tunes – played by super talented musicians – from Little Brown Jug to String of Pearls; Moonlight Serenade to Pennsylvania 6-5000, Chattanooga Choo Choo to Kalamazoo.

Bugle Boy is co-produced by the legendary rock manager, writer and gourmet Simon Napier-Bell, who masterminded the pop-group Wham and at different times managed Ultravox, Sinitta, The Yardbirds and Marc Bolan. Napier-Bell is also a talented songwriter, having co-written the song You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me for Dusty Springfield.

Tickets for Bugle Boy, priced from £12 to £16, are available from the Buxton Opera House Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.