Whistle Down The Wind Tickets
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. Whistle down the Wind 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.
A concept album was released in 1998 featuring 12 of the songs from the Whistle down the Wind, 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 rostrum 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. Notable songs from the show Whistle down the Wind 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.
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. In 2001, Bill Ken Wright 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 Whistle down the Wind 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". 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 from 2001 to 2004.
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