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Tell Me On A Sunday

Well, today is Sunday and I’ll tell you that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Tell Me On A Sunday starring Marti Webb is coming to the Duchess theatre in London’s West End for a strictly limited season only from Monday 17th February 2014 to Saturday 1st March 2014. Tickets for Tell Me On A Sunday are on sale now.

Tell Me on A Sunday at the Duchess theatre in London

Marti Webb stars in Tell Me On A Sunday at the Duchess theatre in London

Tell Me on A Sunday was an idea conceived by Tim Rice following on from the hit musical Evita with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The intention was to develop the idea for T.V. with songwriting partner Andrew Lloyd Webber. However, Andrew Lloyd Webber soon discovered that Rice was writing specifically for Elaine Paige, with whom he was having an affair.

Lloyd Webber felt compromised insofar that he knew Tim Rice was a married man with two young children, so he decided to develop the musical with a new lyricist, Don Black, who had recently won an Oscar for Best Original Song for the film Born Free.

Marti Webb, star of the new production was also the star of the original show at the Sydmonton Festival in 1979. The festival show was followed by the release of the sound track album which reached no. 2 in the U.K. charts and a BBC television special recorded at the Royalty Theatre in London in 1980. The hit single released off the back of the show, “Take That Look Off Your Face” reached no. 2 in the U.K. singles chart.

Tell Me on a Sunday eventually became Act I of Song and Dance in 1982. The show opened in London’s West End starring Marti Webb as ‘the girl’. She was later succeeded by Lulu, Gemma Craven, Liz Robertson, and Sarah Brightman. Song and Dance transferred to Broadway in 1985 with Bernadette Peters who won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.

In 2003 Tell Me On A Sunday was revised and reverted to its one-act format, with five new songs and additional material by Jackie Clune, for a 2003 London show at the Gielgud Theatre starring Denise Van Outen, later to be replaced by Marti Webb.

Marti Webb will perform the original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical at the Duchess theatre nearly 36 years after the show was first staged.