- Audio CD (24 Jun. 2016)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Stage Door
- ASIN: B01EUBL6AM
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Two Cities (Original London Cast) Soundtrack
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Stage Door debuts the 'Two Cities' Original London Cast album on CD, coupled with the previously unreleased original studio demos of the score featuring several songs that would be later cut from the production. Charles Dickens' classic novel 'A Tale Of Two Cities' was developed as a musical in the mid sixties by theatre producer Jerry Wayne who commissioned his son Jeff to compose the score for the project. With a book by Constance Cox, music by Jeff Wayne and lyrics by Jerry Wayne; 'Two Cities' opened at London's Palace Theatre on February 27th 1969. The musical starred Edward Woodward (as Sydney Carton), Kevin Colson (as Charles Darnay), Elizabeth Power (as Lucie), Leone Greene (as Monsieur Defarge), Nicolette Roeg (as Madame Defarge). +Although reviews were mixed, 'Two Cities' earned a nomination for 'Best Musical' at the 1969 Variety Club and Evening Standard Theatre Awards and the show's star Edward Woodward won the 1969 Variety Club and Evening Standard Award for 'Best Male Performance in a Musical'.
Top Customer Reviews
There are some excellent Jeff Wayne musical numbers and 'Only A Fool' sung by Edward Woodward is outstanding. Better known as an actor, few people realised Mr Woodward had an excellent singing voice - he later made a few LPs - and his final 'It's a far, far better thing' was immensely moving and always brought thunderous applause.
For anyone with an interest in music theatre this is a purchase well worth making and Stage Door Records are to be congratulated in tracking down old and lost West End and Broadway musicals.
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So, this is a period piece, but the music is pleasant enough. Everything is much more cheerful about life than the cast of a PBS dramatization of the Dickens novel. The composer and lyricist, Jeff Wayne was unknown to me, but a little research discovered that he also wrote a very popular pop rock opera in the 1970’s on the “War of the Worlds” story. None of that is evident here. There also is not much use of a chorus, which seems odd again, until the heroic finale. Still, the 15 tracks are mostly enjoyable show tune nonetheless. The generous 75 minute CD is padded with more than 30 minutes of songs, 10 in all, that were cut from the show. These songs all deserved their place back in the composer’s trunk. For a better attempt to imitate “Les Miz” with this story, see Jill Santoriello’s musical, “A Tale of Two Cities”, which circulated as a regional production in the early 21st century but never made it to Broadway. The show has nice music.