Andy Capp (Original West End Cast Recording) Soundtrack
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'Andy Capp' is an exuberant musical, with a delightful score by Alan Price and Trevor Peacock. The show conjures up the timeless dream world of work-shy, beer-swilling Andy Capp, known the world over from Reg Smythe's long running cartoon strip in the Daily Mirror. The London cast recording of 'Andy Capp' makes its debut on CD and has been digitally remastered from the original studio master tapes.
The story is essentially a narrative setting an upcoming wedding (of Raquel and Elvis) against the ongoing fracas in Andy and Flo's household. The musical adaptation is a faithful evocation of the cartoon, full of mother-in-law jokes, drunken escapades, big-bosomed, mini-skirted women wielding rolling pins and paunchy, cloth-capped men stomping around in boots.
'Andy Capp' opened in June 1982 at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre starring Tom Courtenay as Andy, Val McLane as Flo, John Bardon as Chalkie and Alan Price as Geordie. The production transferred to London's Aldwych Theatre in September 1982 where it ran for 120 performances. 'Andy Capp' won positive reviews from the critics and was nominated for Best Musical at the 1982 Olivier Awards (then the S.W.E.T. Awards).
Top Customer Reviews
Having such an unsympathetic protagonist could spell disaster. However in the capable hands of Tom Courtenay, Andy becomes lovable rouge while never feeling watered down. In fact Trevor Peacock and Alan Price’s songs, while leaning towards an irreverent music-hall style contain real insight and wisdom as well as some hard-hitting moments of drama within the comedy. Courtenay is excellent as Andy and shows great prowess at being genuinely hilarious in numbers such as I Ought to Be Ashamed of Myself which perfectly sets up his character, and Hermione which is made up of a list of his saucy encounters with various ladies. Humour is also apparent in Don’t Tell Me That Again where Andy and his long-suffering wife Flo (Val McLane) embark on a mammoth marital row. However the comedy quickly gives way to genuine shock as the barbs become more hurtful, and it is here that the talent of Courtenay and the writers becomes most apparent.Read more ›