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Duchess Theatre

Catherine Street WC2B 5LA

Tell Me On A Sunday

By Andrew Lloyd-Webber & Don Black
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Show Details

Preview 18th Feb 14
Opens 18th Feb 14
Closes 8th Mar 14

Show Times

Mon - Sat 8.00 pm
Matineée - Thurs & Sat 2.30 pm
Length of Show
2 hrs

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BAXTER'S THEATRELAND BY NIGHT
A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.


A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.

Baxter

     
     
 
 
     
 

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY

This show is about THE SONG. Exquisite evocation of nostalgic nuances. The singers literally bare their souls as they perform live. As usual the barely visible interaction of vibes between the singer and the listeners. Each title takes us right back to when, before the advertising glut – before tv and Web template jaded days.  The songs are an adventure through innocence of a time when things were right and proper, as they are slowly becoming again.  Mark Shenton wrote an outstanding piece of which I include an edit to take in straight away - in blue below.

Review of Tell Me on a Sunday
Mark Shenton 19 Feb 2014

Marti Webb made her West End debut back in 1961 in the original production of Stop the World ? I Want to Get Off. So it may be a bit of a surprise to find her back on a West End stage, over half a century later, playing an ingénue once again.

She is recreating her solo turn in the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Don Black song cycle Tell Me on a Sunday, that she first sang in 1979 at Lloyd Webber's private Sydmonton Festival before releasing it first as an album (yes, an LP ? it was that long ago!), then filming it as a TV special, before finally bringing it to the West End stage as the first half of Song & Dance at the Palace Theatre in 1982.

It has become her signature role, but all these years on, there are a few narrative difficulties to its story of a Londoner who looks for love in all the wrong places (or all the wrong men) in America. "If we get our skates on, we can have a few kids as well," she sings to one of her suitors. To give Webb her credit, she sings the line with a visible wink to the audience.

But as she also sings of a relationship with a younger man, "It's not the end of the world if I'm older,/ What's a few birthdays or two?" What indeed? Webb still has what it takes, bringing a spirit of defiance and lingering hope to the show's underlying sadness of disappointed dreams.

Don Black, in his first collaboration of many with Lloyd Webber, created an intricate, intimate portrait of a woman's frequently crushed emotional hopes, and Webb has lived with (and sung) them so often now that they are embedded in her very being. Her voice still has a crystalline purity.

The show contains some of Lloyd Webber's very finest melodies, with such haunting songs as 'Come Back with the Same Look in Your Eyes' and 'You Made me think You were in Love', plus an encore rendition of the gravely beautiful 'Unexpected Song', as well as more jaunty turns like 'I'm Very You, You're Very Me' and 'Capped Teeth and Caesar Salad'.

Webb navigates the show's shifting emotional gears with confidence and ease against the physical landscape slides, that provide beautiful vistas of New York and LA. There may be a small confusion, not answered, about when it is meant to be set: on the one hand, we get a slide that includes the Twin Towers, and others reveal shows playing on Broadway at the time, including Mamma Mia! and Cry-Baby (that opened in 2001 and 2008 respectively).

The songs are timeless. Now, letters are often called and almost turned into e-mails notwithstanding the continuous presence of nostalgia.

"For the musical direction under Simon Lee, there is nothing but praise. Joined by six other onstage players, he makes the score fly and Webb with it."

Cast

  • Marti Webb

  • Music - Andrew Lloyd-Webber
  • Lyrics - Don Black
  • Design -
  • Lighting- Josapha Capes
  • Choreography -
  • Costume -
  • Sound - Andrew Josephs
  • Producer -
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