Globe columnist Peter Grant finds out why Brazil has gone nuts over a Wallasey company's ground breaking tribute to The Who's rock opera Tommy.

SINCE they last performed their stunning musical interpretation at the Floral Pavilion last year one Wirral company is taking Tommy the Musical to South America.

Vesbim is run by Alan Veste and Phil Bimpson and they have 30 years of experience in theatre, film and music, bringing classics such as Pink Floyd's The Wall to the stage.

They first produced Tommy for the stage in 1995 when they took the film version - adapted and directed by Alan - and brought it life in a live show with all the characters from the movie being played by some of the top class musicians and vocalists around notably Ozzie Yue from The Hideaways.

The company have a solid reputation for being pioneers locally in bringing film as part of a theatre experience.

Their lazer show segments consistently receive standing ovations.

And for the past decade they have hosted both the Wirral and Liverpool International film festivals.

Alan told the Globe: "We were contacted from a promoter in Brazil - Steve Alit of Top Cat Series Promotions.

"He asked us to do a tour of six cities there. So, after a hectic few months of discussions, we are thrilled to announce that we fly out on March 16 and come back ten days later."

Two of the venues on the tour include the prestigious Vivo Rio in Rio De Jeneiro and Espaco Das Americas in São Paolo."

Adds Alan: "These are beautiful theatres and we have heard

on the global grapevine that tickets are going really well. Work is going on behind the scenes. As we speak.

"Everyone in the band and those connected to our musical experience are very excited - this is us a great opportunity for everyone involved.

"And a big thank you to the Wirral Globe for all your support."

Tommy was created 50 years ago this year and Alan the timing couldn't be better.

Rock on Tommy.