Brian starring as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray The Musical at the Shaftsbury Theatre, London - no it's not a new double act!
Brian was the 'In Flight Entertainer' as Caractacus Potts in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" at the London Palladium for 14 weeks from 15 March 2005.
Brian Conley, the Entertainer, achieved Star Status with a stage act which encompassed Music, Stand-Up, Visual Comedy and Magic. Often likened to the late great Tommy Cooper, Brian had a style all of his own - and was packing out theatres and clubs wherever he went. We can't wait for a National Theatre Tour of 'An Evening With Brian Conley' - It's been a long time since he's done such a thing - and would surely be a huge success.
The character of 'Buttons' first appeared in the Pantomime 'Cinderella' around 1850 but the part could have been written for Brian Conley. He brings just the right amount of pathos to the role whilst still maintaining a cheeky Jack-the-Lad feel which is so important to make him 'real'. Pantomime is still one of his favourite performance mediums.
In 'Me and My Girl' Brian took the lead role of Bill Snibson and wowed audiences with 'The Lambeth Walk' and 'Leaning on the Lamp Post'. He played the part for twelve months at London's Adelphi Theatre.
One of the all time Panto greats - Brian as Buttons.
Jolson sings again!
The role of Al Jolson required a great deal of research. Brian wanted it to be more than just an impression of the Greatest Entertainer in the World and anyone lucky enough to have seen his portrayal would agree that for those two and a half hours he was Al Jolson. It was a real tour de force and rightly won him accolades from critics, public and fellow artistes alike. After seeing the show Bob Hope told Brian, 'Son - you've got it all'. During the run he was visited by, amongst others, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Peter O'Toole and Shirley Bassey - and 'Jolson' finished up winning the prestigious Oliver Award for Best Musical.
'Elton Johns Glasses' was his first straight acting role - playing a character called Bill again - no singing or larking about ..... and he had a ball. (It was about football - see?).
Brian was honoured to be chosen to host the very last 'Royal Variety Performance' of the Millennium, which took place at the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre on Monday 29th November 1999 in aid of The Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund. This was his eighth RVP and he also sang a great version of 'There's No Business Like Show Business' in the show and, to introduce American singing star Leann Rimes, did a very funny take off of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' with his good friend Bradley Walsh.
Brian is a television star, a film star and a recording star but he still loves 'treading the boards' - that's 'walking on stage' to you and me!! There is nothing quite like the rapport with a live audience.
'The Greatest Pantomime of them all!' - Brian starred as Buttons at the Manchester Opera House from 12 December 2003 - 18 January 2004.
'On the 7th February 2002 Brian starred in a very special midnight matinee at the Hippodrome in aid of the 'Water Rats Charities Fund'. Click here for more
Brian completed a tour in Oliver! one of the most loved British musicals ever. Brian starred as Fagin in this fabulous production from Cameron Mackintosh.
You Couldn't Ask For More!