Original London Cast
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FEATURING SARAH BRIGHTMAN
Broadway legend, Charles Strouse, the composer of some of Broadway's greatest hits (ANNIE, BYE BYE BIRDIE, APPLAUSE and GOLDEN BOY) wrote this charming musical for London. It is based on the children's classic by Hans Christian Andersen, The Nightingale and The Emperor. One of the musical theatre most famous stars, Sarah Brightman sang the title role of The Nightingale.
This gentle and beautiful piece has appealed to both children and adults in many productions throughout the World since it's premiere at The Lyric Theatre, London. This complete recording is of the Original London Cast of that production. It is being released for the first time on CD and has been digitally re-mastered.
"A ravishing spectacle….a serious and touching piece of work that repays attention and, I would imagine, a second hearing…." The Financial Times.
"Mr.Strouse delivers an astute blend of oriental sonorities and jazz rhythms, solos that really relate to birdsong, and an operatically thrilling trio for the last act rescue…." The Times
"An unexpected joy….Peter James' production sends them dancing into the street…..easy flowing but not unadventurous music, alternating between a grave charm and straight-faced satire, is carried out to near perfection…." The Stage.
- Perfect Harmony
- Perfect Harmony (Reprise)
Gordon Sandison, Company
- Nobody Ever Sang For Me
- Why Am I So Happy?
- Take Us To The Forest
- Who Are These People?
- Never Speak Directly To An Emperor
Bruce Ogston, Grant Smith, Susannah Fellows, Company
- The Emperor Is A Man
- I Was Lost
Sarah Brightman, Gordon Sandison
Jill Pert, Dinah Harris
- A Singer Must Be Free
- The Mechanical Bird
Carole Brooke, Company
- Please Don't Make Me Hear That Song Again
- Rivers Cannot Flow Upwards
Sarah Brightman, Susannah Fellows
- Death Duet
Sarah Brightman, Gordon Sandison, Michael Heath, Susannah Fellows
- We Are China / Finale
Sarah Brightman, Company