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By Jeeves -The Alan Ayckbourn And Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical
     

By Jeeves -The Alan Ayckbourn And Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical

 
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn's musical adaptation of the Jeeves stories of P.G. Wodehouse began life as a failed musical called Jeeves in London in 1975. It was revised and remounted 20 years later with greater success as By Jeeves, opening (or reopening) in London on July 2, 1996. This time around, the show was

Overview

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn's musical adaptation of the Jeeves stories of P.G. Wodehouse began life as a failed musical called Jeeves in London in 1975. It was revised and remounted 20 years later with greater success as By Jeeves, opening (or reopening) in London on July 2, 1996. This time around, the show was scaled down considerably, and the score, which still included the songs "Travel Hopefully," "When Love Arrives," "Half a Moment," and "Banjo Boy" from Jeeves, was being played on only a handful of instruments and modestly sung by the small cast. The cast seems even smaller than it is most of the time, in fact, because the show consists for the most part of a dialogue between manservant Jeeves (Malcolm Sinclair) and his dim-witted master Bertie Wooster (Steven Pacey). The album contains 26 tracks, but only 14 of them have music; the other 12 are spoken-word sections in which the hopelessly complicated plot (much too much for Wooster to follow, and for the listener as well) is discussed endlessly as a succession of false identities, mixed up romantic entanglements, and other embarrassments. In the songs, Lloyd Webber clearly is drawing upon the work of 1920s and '30s show music composers; "That Was Nearly Us," for example, is dangerously similar to Rodgers & Hart's 1932 song "Isn't It Romantic?" The stupid, disengaged character of Wooster is a thin one to hang a show on, and Jeeves is too restrained to carry things. Lovers of the Wodehouse books may find the results enjoyable, but to musical theater fans this is decidedly minor Lloyd Webber.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/1997
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0731453718425
catalogNumber:
537184

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Performance Credits

Mike Smith   Drums
Andy Taylor   Guitar
David Cullen   Synthesizer
Harold Fisher   Drums,Track Performer
Fridrik Karlsson   Guitar
Stephen Hill   Background Vocals
Mary Carewe   Background Vocals
Alyn Ross   Double Bass
Anne Skates   Background Vocals
Kay Bywater   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Steven Pacey   Track Performer
Lucy Tregear   Track Performer
Michael Dore   Background Vocals
Kate Young   Piano
Nicolas Colicos   Track Performer
Andy Lyndwood   Synthesizer
Richard Long   Track Performer
Simon Day   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Arranger,Producer
David Cullen   Arranger
Robin Sellars   Engineer
Nigel Wright   Producer
Alan Ayckbourn   Liner Notes
Steven Pacey   Contributor
Denise Silvey   Contributor
Lucy Tregear   Contributor
Michael Winsor   Contributor
Kate Young   Director
Nicolas Colicos   Contributor
Robert Austin   Contributor
Cathy Sara   Contributor
Nicholas Haverson   Contributor
Diana Morrison   Contributor
Malcolm Sinclair   Contributor

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