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Feelgood musical showcases some classic wartime tunes

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

entertainers:   Gary Wilmot as Sammy Shaw and Sara Crowe as Olive James

entertainers: Gary Wilmot as Sammy Shaw and Sara Crowe as Olive James

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RADIO Times The Musical is coming to the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, this December, led by Gary Wilmot as Sammy Shaw, with Sara Crowe as Olive James.

This funny and fast-moving musical set in wartime London features classic songs by Noel Gay, including Run Rabbit Run, Hey Little Hen and There's Something About a Soldier.

Radio Times follows the tribulations of the BBC's Variety Bandwagon cast who are about to broadcast live to America for the first time.

The clock ticks away, the radio ventriloquist has not turned up and there is no sign of the star of the show, Sammy Shaw.

With seconds to spare he arrives with Gary Strong, a Hollywood movie idol, in tow.

The broadcast seems assured, but Olive James, Sammy's girlfriend, knows Gary of old and starts to question her commitment.

Noel Gay was one of the most popular and prolific British composers from the 1930s through to the 1950s.

His music has become synonymous with World War Two, with hits such as Lambeth Walk and Let the People Sing providing much-needed entertainment during the war years.

His most famous musical, Me and My Girl, opened in 1937 and despite being bombed out of two theatres, ran for five years.

Though not everybody may know his name, everybody knows his tunes.

For more information or to book tickets please contact the box office on (01752) 267222 or online at www.theatreroyal.com/radio

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