'Gary Williams, who opens in his Swingin’ On Broadway Show at the Bournemouth Pier Theatre on Sunday, is proving a favourite entertainer with the stars himself. The popular vocalist, who is also due to appear to on Gloria Hunniford’s Channel 5 daily magazine set programme Open House tomorrow, was invited to perform at her husband’s birthday party recently and quite an audience was there! Among the 60 or so guests at the afternoon tea party at her house were Sir Cliff Richard, James Galway, Richard and Judy, Brian Conley and Bobby Davro. Gary performed songs by Frank Sinatra along| with showstoppers from the great musicals – giving a sneak preview of what he has lined up for his Bournemouth audiences.
Cliff Richard entered into the party spirit, too, by giving an impromptu set of rock and foil music in the back garden and was full of praise for Gary. Gary said: “The following evening I was at home watching the Jubilee party at the palace and Cliff was there singing the same songs he had done for us in front of a TV audience of millions – it was quite surreal! He was lovely and charming and very complimentary to me.”
Gary will be starring in his own show each Sunday until September 8 along with Australian singer Sally Bourne, who has performed in Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Miserables and played Madonna’s maid in the film Evita.'