Song 46:365 is Memory from the 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats based on T.S. Eliot’s poems. Lloyd Webber was concerned that the melody sounded too similar to Ravel’s Bolero and that the main theme resembled an improvised flute solo from California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & the Papas. However, he asked his father’s opinion who said “it sounds like a million dollars!” – which probably is but a fraction of the royalties he’s earned on this song!
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Song 42:365 is All I Ask of You from the musical Phantom of the Opera. One of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most-loved duets, it’s performed by Christine and Raoul. Christine is terrified of the Phantom after a stagehand has been found murdered. She escapes to the roof of the opera house and is comforted by Raoul, her childhood friend, who promises to love her and keep her safe from the Phantom.
Song 34:365 is another song from a show, this time Another Suitcase in Another Hall from the musical Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. It was recorded in 1976 by Barbara Dickson for the Evita concept album. In the show it is performed by the mistress of Eva Perón’s husband when she is thrown out on the streets by Eva. In the 1996 film, however, the song is performed by Eva herself, played by Madonna, as she ends her relationship with Agustín Magaldi in an attempt to improve her life and prospects.
I’m staying with Andrew Lloyd Webber for song 17:365 which is Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again from the musical Phantom of the Opera. If Past the Point of No Return is the musical’s “eleven o’clock number”, the traditional show-stopping performance towards the end of the second act, then I think Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again must be the 10:45pm number!
The song is sung by Christine and is a lament for her father who died seven years previously. I’ve always liked the way this song goes between the minor verse and major chorus, and the extended section after the second chorus is beautiful: “No more memories, no more silent tears, no more gazing across the wasted years.”
Song 16:365 is the title song from the Andrew Lloyd Webber short one-woman musical Tell Me on a Sunday which tells the story of an English woman who moves to the US in search of love. The original idea for Tell Me on a Sunday came from Tim Rice who intended to develop it as a TV show. However after they began working on it, it became clear that Tim Rice was writing it specifically for Elaine Paige with whom he was having an affair. Lloyd Webber felt this would suggest that he approved of the married father of two’s affair and so he decided to choose a new lyricist, opting instead for Don Black.
As with most of Lloyd Webber’s shows, Tell Me on a Sunday was first performed at the Sydmonton Festival in 1979 featuring Marti Webb. An album was recorded and a performance filmed by the BBC and broadcast in February 1980. The album quickly reached #2 in the charts. In 1982 Tell Me on a Sunday was combined with a ballet choreographed to Lloyd Webber’s Variations, a classical piece based on the Caprice in A Minor No. 24 by Paganini. Together the two-act show was called Song and Dance and debuted in the West End in 1982.
Today’s song is Angel of Music, a lovely piece from the musical The Phantom of the Opera and this was a special request from one of our young stars of the forthcoming High Five Spanish series with whom I’m working this week. ¡Espero que te guste, ‘Marina’!
If it’s your first time on the site, find out more about the 365 Songs project or see all of my August songs here. If you’re looking for more songs from Phantom of the Opera and other musicals, have a listen to my Curtain Up album or listen to the main song from the musical which I played back in May.
Today’s song is A Pharaoh Story from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. First performed as a 15-minute cantata in 1968, Joseph was reworked into a longer show and became a full-length stage production in 1970, making it to the West End by 1973. It has seen many revivals and there is talk of a film version of the show, following the success of other film versions of musicals such as Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera.
The reason I’m playing this song today is that over the past few weeks I’ve seen many reports of a fantastic version of Joseph being produced by Centerstage, a local organisation who do fantastic work with performers young and not-so-young. It sounds like their very special productions of Joseph have been a huge success following their summer schools this year. Congratulations to Fiona and the team!
If it’s your first time on the site, find out more about the 365 Songs project or see all of my August songs here. If you’re looking for more songs from Phantom of the Opera and other musicals, have a listen to my Curtain Up album.
It has been a week of birthdays, and today’s song is the main song from the musical Phantom of the Opera and it’s dedicated to Louise who celebrates her birthday today! This song in the musical is sung by the Phantom and Christine as he escorts by boat to his lair in the lagoons beneath the Opera Garnier. At the end of the song, Christine sings her highest note of the musical, an E6.
If it’s your first time on the site, find out more about the 365 Songs project or see all of my May songs here. If you’re looking for more songs from Phantom of the Opera and other musicals, have a listen to my Curtain Up album.