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Encyclopedia > Whistle Down The Wind (musical)
Whistle Down the Wind
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Music Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics Jim Steinman
Book Patricia Knop
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Gale Edwards
Based upon 1961 film Whistle Down the Wind
Productions 1996 Washington DC
1998 West End
2001 UK Tour
2006 West End revival
2007-08 U. S. Tour

Whistle Down the Wind is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the 1961 film Whistle Down the Wind. The lyrics are by Jim Steinman, known for his work with Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler and others. Image File history File links Whistleshowlogo. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, and also the elder brother of Julian Lloyd Webber. ... Jim Steinman (born November 1, 1947 in New York City, New York) is notable for being a record producer, composer, and lyricist. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, and also the elder brother of Julian Lloyd Webber. ... “Moving picture” redirects here. ... Whistle Down the Wind is a 1961 British film, directed by Bryan Forbes, screenplay by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, from the novel by Mary Hayley Bell. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location Location of Washington, D.C., with regard to the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, and also the elder brother of Julian Lloyd Webber. ... “Moving picture” redirects here. ... Whistle Down the Wind is a 1961 British film, directed by Bryan Forbes, screenplay by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, from the novel by Mary Hayley Bell. ... Jim Steinman (born November 1, 1947 in New York City, New York) is notable for being a record producer, composer, and lyricist. ... This article is about the singer. ... Bonnie Tyler (real name Gaynor Hopkins born on June 8, 1951 in Skewen in Wales, United Kingdom is a pop/rock singer. ...

Contents

Stage Premiere

It premiered at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. on 12 December 1996, starring Davis Gaines as The Man and Irene Molloy as Swallow, to negative reviews, and the Broadway opening that had been scheduled for April 17, 1997, was subsequently cancelled. It was felt that, among other things, it was Harold Prince's direction that had let the American version of the show down. However, it got a huge amount of advance publicity, due to Steinman's status as a popular American songwriter and how strange the combination of Steinman and Lloyd Webber seemed based on Steinman's prior work. The National Theatre is located in Washington, D.C. and is a venue for a variety of live stage productions with seating for 1,676. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Irene Molloy (born 13 December 1978, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA). ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Hal Prince (born January 30, 1928), full name Harold Smith Prince, is a theatre producer and director associated with many of the best-known Broadway musical (and less notably, dramatic) productions of the past half-century. ...


Concept Album and Cast Recording

A concept album was released in 1998 featuring 12 of the songs from the show, covered by artists such as Tom Jones, Boy George, Tina Arena, Donny Osmond, the Everly Brothers, Boyzone, Meat Loaf, and Bonnie Tyler. In addition to this roster of popular recording artists and a gospel choir called Sounds of Blackness, West End theatre stars Elaine Paige and Michael Ball and up-and-coming singer-actress Lottie Mayor, scheduled to play Swallow in the reworked West End version, appeared on the album. The album was executive produced by Steinman and Lloyd Webber. A double-sided cast recording was released the same year featuring the original cast of the West End production. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Tom Jones (disambiguation). ... George Alan ODowd, better known as Boy George (born June 14, 1961 in Eltham, London) is a rock singer-songwriter. ... Tina Arena (born Filippina Lydia Arena on November 1, 1967, in Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Australia) is an ARIA award winning singer/songwriter. ... Donald Clark Donny Osmond (born December 9, 1957) is an American Welsh entertainer. ... Don (born February 1, 1937 in Brownie, a small coal-mining town (now defunct) near Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky) and Phil Everly (born January 18, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) are country-influenced rock and roll performers who had their greatest success in the 1950s. ... Boyzone were an Irish boy band (pop group) of the 1990s. ... This article is about the singer. ... Bonnie Tyler (real name Gaynor Hopkins born on June 8, 1951 in Skewen in Wales, United Kingdom is a pop/rock singer. ... On the cover of Elaine Paige Tour Programme 2004 Elaine Paige OBE (born Elaine Bickerstaff on 5 March 1948 in Barnet, Hertfordshire) is a world-renowned English singer and actor, primarily in musicals. ... There are several people named Michael Ball: Michael Ball (singer), a singer and actor Michael Ball (footballer), an English football (soccer) player Michael Ball (clergyman), a member of the Community of the Glorious Ascension and one-time Bishop of Truro Michael Ball (student), a student at Kaukauna High School, and... Charlotte Lottie Mayor (born 1973) is a British stage and screen actress as well as a presenter. ...


Notable songs from the show include "Whistle Down the Wind," "A Kiss is a Terrible Thing to Waste", "When Children Rule the World", and "No Matter What", which was released as a single by Boyzone and had unprecedented success: it went platinum, was voted the UK's Record of the Year for 1998, and hit #1 in 18 countries, becoming the most successful single produced from a musical in history. This song, originally from the 1996 musical Whistle Down the Wind, gave Boyzone a twelfth UK top 5 hit, the first act to obtain such a run with their first 12 releases. ... Boyzone were an Irish boy band (pop group) of the 1990s. ... The Record of the Year is an award created by record producer Jonathan King voted for by the UK public. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


West End Premiere

A reworked and more successful West End production opened at the Aldwych Theatre on July 1, 1998, starring Marcus Lovett as The Man and Lottie Mayor as Swallow, running for 1044 performances and closing in January 2001. This production was darker than the Washington, D.C. production, and was revised and directed by Gale Edwards, a director who had previously collaborated with Lloyd Webber on an updated production of Jesus Christ Superstar. More than half of the crew also came from Superstar to Whistle. West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Aldwych Theatre in April 2007 The Aldwych Theatre is a West End theatre, located on Aldwych in the City of Westminster. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Charlotte Lottie Mayor (born 1973) is a British stage and screen actress as well as a presenter. ... This article is about the rock opera. ...


The principal cast for the original West End production were:

  • The Man - Marcus Lovett
  • Swallow - Lottie Mayor
  • Amos - Dean Collinson
  • Candy - Veronica Hart
  • Boone - James Graeme
  • Ed - Walter Herron Reynolds III
  • Snake Preacher - Christopher Howard
  • Earl - Paul Lowe
  • Sheriff - John Turner
  • Deputy - Craig Parkinson
  • The Minister - Reg Eppey
  • Brat - Danielle Calvert/Ashley Andrews
  • Poor Baby - Ricki Cuttell/Dean Clish/Alexander Pepe

Subsequently The Man was played by Jerome Pradon and Swallow by Laura Michelle Kelly, who went on to find great success in other West End leading roles including Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and the title role in Mary Poppins. Jérôme Pradon was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France on 3 June 1964. ... Kelly with husband Nick Winston Laura Michelle Kelly (born 4 March 1981) is an English actress and singer who achieved critical acclaim in the role of Mary Poppins in the musical of the same name. ... My Fair Lady is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, based on George Bernard Shaws Pygmalion. ... This article is about the Mary Poppins series of childrens books. ...


UK Tour / West End Revival

In 2001, Bill Kenwright produced and directed his own production of Whistle Down the Wind for a UK tour, starring Tim Rogers as The Man and Katie Rowley Jones as Swallow. He was granted a considerable amount of creative freedom as director, authorized by Andrew Lloyd Webber to make significant changes to the dramatic structure of the musical, including replacing the running parable of Annie and Charlie Christmas told to the children by The Man with a lighter-toned number called "The Gang" (lyrics by Don Black). This version was simpler in design and more focused on the human story than the spectacular visuals of the Aldwych production. The show toured the UK a number of times with several cast changes between 2001 to 2004. Bill Kenwright CBE (born 4 September 1945, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England) is an actor and producer. ... For the video game journalist, see Tim Rogers (journalist). ...


The principal cast for the reworked national tour (2001-2002) were:

  • The Man - Tim Rogers
  • Swallow - Katie Rowley Jones
  • Amos - Scott Cripps
  • Candy - Adelaide Thompson
  • Boone - Mark Inscoe
  • Ed/Sam - Larrington Walker/Reginald Tsiboe
  • Snake Preacher - Chris Holland
  • Earl - Dominic Brewer
  • Sheriff - Aaron Shirley
  • Deputy - Mark Goldthorp
  • The Preacher - Martyn Andrews
  • Brat - Kirstie Kober/Carly Thomas
  • Poor Baby - Ashley Lloyd/Jonathan Burke

At the request of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kenwright brought his production of Whistle Down the Wind to the Palace Theatre, London in March 2006, where it played a strictly limited run until August, filling the gap between the closure of another Lloyd Webber musical, The Woman in White, and the opening of the Monty Python musical Spamalot. Tim Rogers reprised his acclaimed performance of The Man, and Claire Marlowe, another veteran of the UK tour, reprised her role of Swallow. The critical opinion was mixed, ranging from Michael Billington's 2 star review in The Guardian[1] to Benedict Nightingale's 4 star review in The Times[2], but virtually all of the national papers agreed that this version was an improvement on Gale Edwards' Aldwych production. The Palace Theatre, London, is an imposing red-brick building that dominates the west side of Cambridge Circus, and is located near the intersection of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road. ... Original logo for the musical The Woman in White. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... Monty Pythons Spamalot is a comedic musical lovingly ripped off from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). ... Benedict Nightingale is a British journalist and the regular theatre critic of the Times newspaper. ...


The principal cast for the West End revival at the Palace Theatre were:

  • The Man - Tim Rogers
  • Swallow - Claire Marlowe
  • Amos - Garrie Harvey
  • Candy - Debbie Korley
  • Boone - Michael Howard Smith
  • Ed - Tee Jay
  • Snake Preacher - Chris Holland
  • Earl - Dominic Brewer
  • Sheriff - Kevin Curtin
  • Deputy - Michael Diana
  • Sam - Leroy Ricardo Jones
  • The Preacher - David Robbins
  • Brat - Emma Hopkins/Henrietta Touquet
  • Poor Baby - Laurence Belcher/Chris Thomas.

USA Tour (2007-08)

A tour of Whistle Down the Wind in the USA is scheduled for 2007-2008, directed and produced by Bill Kenwright. Starring in the tour will be Andrea Ross and Eric Kunze. The tour starts on September 9 at Houston's Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. [3] Andrea Christine Ross (born April 8, 1991) is an American singer and actress. ...


Plot and Musical Numbers

Based on the novel of the same name by Mary Hayley Bell, the setting was moved from Lancashire to small town Louisiana in 1959. It tells the story of three children - 16 year old Swallow, sister Bluejay (known as Brat), and younger brother Robin (known as Poor Baby) - as they approach their first Christmas since the death of their mother. Discovering an escaped criminal hiding in their barn, they become convinced that he is Jesus, and agree to keep his location secret. The plot contrasts the innocence of the children with the fervour of the town's residents to inflict punishment on the supposed evil in their midst. Mary Hayley Bell (born January 22, 1911) is an English actress, writer and dramatist. ... Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ...


Songs

Act I
  • The Vaults of Heaven
  • Overture
  • I Never Get What I Pray For
  • Home by Now
  • It Just Doesn't Get Any Better Than This
  • Whistle Down the Wind
  • The Vow
  • Cold
  • Unsettled Scores
  • If Only
  • Tire Tracks and Broken Hearts
  • Safe Haven
  • Long Overdue for a Miracle
  • When Children Rule the World
  • Annie Christmas (this track has subsequently been replaced by 'The Tribe,' lyrics by Don Black)
  • No Matter What
Act II
  • Introduction Act Two
  • Try Not to Be Afraid
  • A Kiss Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
  • If Only (Reprise)
  • Charlie Christmas (this track has subsequently been replaced by a reprise of 'The Tribe')
  • Off Ramp Exit to Paradise (this track has subsequently been removed)
  • Safe Haven (Reprise)
  • Wrestle With the Devil
  • The Hunt
  • Nature of the Beast
  • Whistle Down the Wind

External links

  • Official site

References

  1. ^ Billington, Michael. "Whistle Down the Wind", The Guardian, 2006-03-28. Retrieved on 2007-05-22. 
  2. ^ Nightingale, Benedict. "Whistle Down the Wind", 2006-03-29. Retrieved on 2007-05-22. 
  3. ^ [1] partial schedule at reallyuseful and playbill.com article, 9/9/07

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Whistle Down the Wind is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the 1961 film Whistle Down the Wind.
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Notable songs from the show include "No Matter What" (released as a single by Boyzone), "Whistle Down the Wind", "A Kiss is a Terrible Thing to Waste", and "When Children Rule the World".
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