The rock and roll fifties was a time of change for variety theatre. Twice nightly variety had run its course and new stars were born through TV and popular music. The decade saw the staging of popular musicals like Rodgers and Hammerstein?s ?Carousel? and in 1957 the first pantomime ?Jack and the Beanstalk?. Birmingham Hippodrome audiences saw Ol? Blue Eyes himself ? Frank Sinatra!

The first pop star to appear at the theatre was Tony Crombie and his rock ?n? roll Rockets on 24 September 1956.

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