Flashback Friday: 5 Favourite Musical Biographies That Played South Wales

Musicals in the world of theatre have always been all encompassing, be they tell an original story or true life. Certainly, over the decades there has been no shortness in true-life biographical stories been adapted for stage be they encapsulate the music of a certain artist, band or era.

Buddy reached its 30th anniversary of touring last year, still drawing fans to the music of Buddy Holly and The Crickets. Here are five of our favourite biographical musicals that toured in recent years. Why not tell us about yours via @entssouthwales on Twitter and Facebook.


Still rockin’ after 30 years is Buddy-The Buddy Holly StoryStill rockin’ after 30 years is Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story

Still rockin’ after 30 years is Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story
New Theatre, Cardiff (November 2019)

“If you want real rock n roll performed with drive and passion – this is the show to see!”


The 60s revisited as the story of The Kinks transferred to the stage in Sunny Afternoon.The 60s revisited as the story of The Kinks transferred to the stage in Sunny Afternoon.

The 60s revisited as the story of The Kinks transferred to the stage in Sunny Afternoon.

Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks Musical
Wales Millennium Centre (January 2017)

“Sunny Afternoon isn’t just a replay of the Kinks greatest hits however. The musical also delivers new renditions of classic songs while maintaining a Ray Davies air of Britishness and joy.”


Daisy Wood Davis took on the role of Carole King for Beautiful’s second UK tour.Daisy Wood Davis took on the role of Carole King for Beautiful’s second UK tour.

Daisy Wood Davis took on the role of Carole King for Beautiful’s second UK tour.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Wales Millennium Centre (February 2020)

“A celebration of love, friendship and self-belief this excellently crafted musical is as inspiring as it is Beautiful!”


Motown-The Musical centered on the life of Berry Gordy.Motown-The Musical centered on the life of Berry Gordy.

Motown-The Musical centered on the life of Berry Gordy.

Motown – The Musical
Wales Millennium Centre (March 2019)

“Magical, mesmerising and magnificent, Motown The Musical is one of the most memorable hit inspired musicals to take to the stage”


Cilla- The Musical paid tribute to Cilla BlackCilla- The Musical paid tribute to Cilla Black

Cilla- The Musical paid tribute to Cilla Black

Cilla – The Musical
New Theatre, Cardiff (November 2017)

“Nostalgic, fun, dramatic and musically entertaining, you’ll be hard pushed to find a musical that encapsulates the 60s pop scene better than Cilla The Musical”

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