Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Whistle Down the Wind

Great news! Whistle Down the Wind- a musical written by Andrew Llyod Webber in the mid 1990's- will finally have a North American tour. This show was produced in London with quite a bit of success and a Broadway-bound production was directed by Harold Prince at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., but never made it to the great white way. It is my favorite Andrew Llyod Webber score and the story is wonderful and different. Based on a 1960's movie starring Haley Mills (and written by her mother in book form), WDTW follows a group of Louisana children struggling with the recent loss of their mother as the discover a mysterious man (a murderer that just escaped from prison) hiding in their barn. Upon questioning the man, they come to believe he is Jesus and he has returned to earth to take care of them all. The man, manipulating the innocence of the children, convinces them to take care of his needs and in return he will raise their mother from the dead. This is a powerful show about trust, desire, conviction, innocence and redemption. I have waited so long to see it and would love to do it someday. If you haven't heard the score, it is available from the London production- a must have for your collection. The song "Try Not to be Afraid" is short, but it is by far one of Llyod Webber's best. The tour begins on the west coast but is to be east bound by the summer. Check it our here.

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