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Whistle Down The Wind 1998 Original London Cast

Cast Recording

3.8 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews

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VARIOUS ARTISTS (ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING) - WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND - CD

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At Christmastime of 1959, three Louisiana children discover a man with bloody hands and feet. Is he Jesus Christ, or is he the convicted murderer reportedly on the loose? This searing question is the basis of Whistle Down the Wind, Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-awaited new musical, and fans will find it worth the wait. A study of the faith of children contrasted with the caution and fear of adults, the story was adapted from a novel by Mary Hayley Bell and a 1961 film produced by Richard Attenborough, but its setting was transferred from northern England to the American South, giving Lloyd Webber a good excuse to indulge in rock & roll and gospel. Of course, he provides his usual supply of catchy melodies, including the rousing "Vaults of Heaven," the tender title tune, and the peppy children's number "When Children Rule the World." Longtime listeners will also recognize elements from earlier shows--the opening-scene anthem (Aspects of Love), the anguished potential savior (Jesus Christ Superstar), the climactic manhunt (Phantom of the Opera)--leading to a final collision of musical themes and overheated emotions. Whistle Down the Wind stumbled in its 1996 Washington, D.C. run and never made it to Broadway, but is realized here by its 1998 London cast, including Marcus Lovett as the mysterious man, Lottie Mayor as his most ardent believer, Dean Collinson as a James Dean wannabe, and Veronica Hart as Collinson's black girlfriend. The major drawback to this relatively unknown but solid cast is its anomalistic British accents or awkward attempts at American Southern ones. Listeners might have to use their imagination to fill in the story, as the libretto includes all the lyrics and dialogue, but no indications of song titles or track numbers, no stage directions, and no synopsis. --David Horiuchi

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Product details

  • Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Audio CD (September 21, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B00000JJWL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,605 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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