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What's New Pussycat? A Musical On The Welsh Sexbomb
Ex-The Voice judge Sir Tom Jones has been long due his own musical with a staggering thirty-six Top 40 hits in the UK, global success as a pop legend and not to mention his sex symbol status.

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Kit Ortan stars as the Welsh sexbomb Tom Jones in A Story of Tom Jones. The Musical


Back in 2014, Tom, A Story of Tom Jones The Musical, got its first airing in the singer's birthplace of Pontypridd. Now Theatre na nÓg is taking the musical on the road for a UK tour.

The show heads to Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre for June 1 to June 4.

With a soundtrack of Jones's hits, the show takes the audience back in time to the beginning of the Welshman's career. Back to the dance halls, working men's clubs and recording studios of the 1960s where the legend of Tom Jones was born, in the Valleys.

Promoted as an "inspirational story of self-belief and determination", it has a track list of hits including Ghost Riders in the Sky, Spanish Harlem and Lucille.

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Love and music feature heavily in Tom. A Story of Tom Jones. The Musical


The most famous tunes are saved for later though when It's Not Unusual, Delilah, Green, Green Grass of Home and What's New Pussycat aim to get the audience to their feet.

Playing the lead role of Tom Jones in most performances is actor Kit Orton, whose other roles have included Sir Lancelot in Spamalot on tour and also at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Tim Bonser will also perform this role at some shows.

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The Welsh valleys and mining towns provide a backdrop to the early part of Tom Jones' career


Among the rest of the cast is Elin Phillips playing Linda, Nicola Reynolds is Vi and Phylip Harries stars as Jack Lister.

Geinor Styles said: "This Rock and Roll musical laced with great Welsh humour and charm is guaranteed to have audiences up on their feet in celebration of this living legend's story."

The musical is written by Mike James and directed by Geinor Styles, with musical arrangements by Ben Goddard, set design by Sean Crowley and sound design by Mike Beer.

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The music of Tom Jones will be at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham


The development of this production has been supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, RCT, NPT Theatres and Wales Millennium Centre.

Tom. A Story of Tom Jones The Musical
New Alexandra Theatre
Station Street, Birmingham
June 1 - June 4, 2016
Running time: 2hrs 20mins

Tickets cost from £17.90 to £48.90 and are available from the theatre website. For more information, visit Tom The Musical website.
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Why? See what's new pussycat
When: June 1 - 4, 2016
Phone: 0844 871 3011
Where: New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Cost: From £17.90
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