Woman in White

Woman in White

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Andrew Lloyd Webber, who scored the biggest hit of his highly successful career adapting Gaston Leroux's 1911 horror/fantasy novel Phantom of the Opera to the musical theater, returns to familiar ground with what is described as a "freely adapted" musical version of Wilkie Collins' "classic" (and, more important, out of copyright)See more details below

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Andrew Lloyd Webber, who scored the biggest hit of his highly successful career adapting Gaston Leroux's 1911 horror/fantasy novel Phantom of the Opera to the musical theater, returns to familiar ground with what is described as a "freely adapted" musical version of Wilkie Collins' "classic" (and, more important, out of copyright) 1860 novel The Woman in White, considered the first full-length example of detective fiction in English literature. Collins' tale is a gothic melodrama with an innocent heroine married off to an upper-class villain and a terrible secret revealed only in the final moments. Lloyd Webber, an industry unto himself, tends to employ different librettists and lyricists on each project; here, Charlotte Jones does her best with the penny-dreadful plot in her book, while Broadway veteran David Zippel (City of Angels) writes efficient, occasionally witty words for the cast to sing. (Typically, the two-CD album, with a running time of two hours and 24 minutes, contains a complete audio rendering of the show, not just song highlights.) That cast sings as well as it can, although only Michael Crawford (Lloyd Webber's original Phantom) gets a juicy part, mincing around the stage in a fat suit and an Italian accent in the part of Count Fosco, the villain's charming associate. For his part, Lloyd Webber turns in one of his less tuneful but more consistent scores. The trouble is simply that the story is a poor choice for musical theater. It has too many main characters -- in fact, there are actually three heroines -- and, despite Crawford's efforts, it is much too dreary. Lionel Bart managed to enliven the work of Collins' contemporary, Charles Dickens in Oliver!, his musical version of Oliver Twist, but Lloyd Webber has either picked the wrong book to adapt or failed to make it sufficiently compelling as a musical. (The recording was, for the most part, made live on opening night in London, with some studio recordings substituted when there was too much audience reaction. One example is retained as a bonus track, with Crawford's second-act tour de force, "You Can Get Away with Anything," considerably hammed up from the studio version. At least it's amusing.)

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
Label:
Angel Records
UPC:
0094634191128
catalogNumber:
41911

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Act One. Prologue
  2. Act One. I Hope You'll Like It Here
  3. Act One. Perspective
  4. Act One. Trying Not To Notice
  5. Act One. I Believe My Heart
  6. Act One. Lammastide
  7. Act One. You See I Am No Ghost
  8. Act One. A Gift For Living Well
  9. Act One. The Holly And The Ivy
  10. Act One. All For Laura
  11. Act One. The Document
  12. Act One. Act One Finale

Disc 2

  1. Act Two. If I Could Only Dream This World Away
  2. Act Two. The Nightmare
  3. Act Two. Fosco Tells of Laura's Death / The Funeral / London
  4. Act Two. Evermore Without You
  5. Act Two. Lost Souls
  6. Act Two. If Not For Me For Her
  7. Act Two. You Can Get Away With Anything
  8. Act Two. The Seduction
  9. Act Two. The Asylum
  10. Act Two. Back To Limmeridge
  11. Act Two. Finale
  12. Bonus Track. You Can Get Away With Anything

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Crawford   Vocals,cast
Edward Petherbridge   Vocals,cast
Andy Findon   Flute,Alto Flute,Bass Flute,Piccolo
Angela Christian   Vocals,cast
Maria Friedman   Vocals,cast
John Griffiths   Vocals,Ensemble
Susie Fenwick   Vocals,Ensemble
Andy Vinter   Keyboards
Ian Rathbone   Viola
Richard Addison   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Simon Lee   Conductor
Andrew Keelan   Vocals,Ensemble
Julian Poole   Percussion
Dave Lee   Horn
Steve Brooker   Conductor,Musical Direction
Oliver Darley   Vocals,cast
Tony Woollard   Cello
James Spilling   Vocals,Ensemble
Rosey Jones   Keyboards
Richard Ashton   Horn
Richard Cookson   Viola
Eoin Cannon   Vocals
Gregory Clarke   Vocals,Ensemble
Elinor Collett   Vocals,Ensemble
Christopher Connah   Vocals,Ensemble
Martin Crewes   Vocals,cast
Matthew Draper   Oboe,Cor anglais
Helen George   Vocals,Ensemble
Mark Goldthorp   Vocals,Ensemble
Paul Kemble   Vocals,Ensemble
Jo Napthine   Vocals,Ensemble
Jill Paice   Vocals
Vincent Pirillo   Vocals,cast
Andrew Rapps   Keyboards
Yvette Robinson   Vocals,Ensemble
Steve Rossell   Bass,Bass Guitar
Steve Varnom   Vocals,Ensemble
Sydney White   Vocals,Ensemble
John Alan Griffiths   Vocals
Nicky Adams   Vocals
Adrian Der Gregorian   Vocals,Ensemble
Julia Graham   Cello
Eion Cannon   Vocals
Dave Lee   Horn
Joanna Kirkland   Vocals
Stephen Brooker   Musical Direction
Ron Jones   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Tim Clark   Engineer
Wilkie Collins   Original Idea
David Cullen   Orchestration
Robin Sellars   Engineer
Nigel Wright   Producer,Liner Notes
David Zippel   Composer,Lyricist,Executive Producer
William Dudley   Producer,Production Design,Videography
Trevor Nunn   Director
Simon Lee   Musical Supervision
Charlotte Jones   Book,Synopsis
Wayne McGregor   Choreographer

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