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You're absolutely right about Allan Stewart, David. I didn't catch his performance as understudy in Jolson: The Musical, but I saw him in Jolson & Co at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley. It was an excellent show and a great performance By Allan; he was gracious in signing a couple of programs for me and later sent me an autographed photo.
It's a personal choice of course Reg but I preferred Allan Stewart to Brian Conley in Jolson the Musical. In my opinion he has a much better voice than Brian. I was in contact with Allan recently and he tells me that he still includes a Jolson 'bit' in his one man shows and it goes down well. Thoroughly nice guy.
I saw Brian Conley perform as Jolson at London's Victoria Palace. Would have preferred to see a 'real' Jolson singer like Clive Baldwin in the show. Why didn't they have Clive do the show?
Great idea but I doubt very much that Clive would have had the pulling power that Brian Conley had and that would be the main consideration for the shows producers. Putting bums on seats is the name of the game.
I saw them both in the Toronto show (Jolson the Musical). They were different, and I thought, both were excellent.
The OP said that Conley was keeping the Jolson name alive by being on the show. Does anyone know what he meant by that? Has Conley mentioned Jolson on the show?
i can’t stand the show but I’ll watch it on catchup if I know he talks about Jolson