15-19 March 2016
Reviewed by Juliana Headley
“Tom – The Story of Tom Jones” – is a musical telling a story of a young man Thomas Woodward, who later becomes one of the most famous British solo artists, known as Tom Jones.
The story begins with narrations of Tom’s early childhood and his local success. Then we meet teenage Tom with his school sweetheart Linda. She finds herself pregnant aged 15 and the young couple decide to get married.
This resposibilty of providing for his family so early in his life and the encouragement of all the friends and family inspired young Tom to persue his music career. But opportunities do not come to Pontypridd every day. After years of trying and experimenting solo and with a band called The Senators, he is eventually spotted by a music producer, Gordon Mills. Believing in the band’s success, or rather gambling on the aspiring singer, Mills relocates the youngsters to London. It is not an instant success however. The band, the producer and Tom reach rock bottom and almost give up any hope of stardom when finally Tom finds his breakthrough with “It’s Not Unusual” and his new stage name – Tom Jones.
Despite the story taking quite a while to unfold, after the performance I was left with a feeling I got a lot more than I bargained for: I had watched a good play, been to a few intimate bar gigs and and finished off with dancing on my feet at a live rock concert!
Kit Orton, who plays Tom Jones, is an excellent impersonator and played his part outstandingly well! The voice, the dancing and signature moves – that’s what made young Tom a superstar since early 1960’s.
“Tom – The Story of Tom Jones” is a must see for every Tom Jones’ fan or even if you are not one, the likes of “Delilah”, “She’s a Lady”, “What’s New Pussycat” and “Sex Bomb” will convert you by the end of the night!
Tickets cost from £20.50 to £40.50 (booking fees may apply).
Tom the Musical is at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh until 19 March 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT | 0131 529 6000