London’s new smash hit musical, The Woman in White, will open on Broadway, at a Nederlander Theatre to be announced, on Thursday, 10th November, 2005. This is the fastest ever transfer from the West End to Broadway for a major musical in living memory.
The Woman in White has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Cats, The Phantom of the Opera), lyrics by David Zippel (City of Angels) and a book by Charlotte Jones (Humble Boy). The musical is directed by Trevor Nunn (Cats, Les Miserables, Oklahoma!).
Freely adapted from Wilkie Collins’s sensational Victorian thriller, The Woman in White tells the story of a dashing young man, employed as the art tutor to two devoted sisters, who is stranded at a remote railway station. Out of the darkness looms a woman, a mysterious figure dressed in white, desperate to share a chilling secret. He and the sisters soon find themselves trapped in a web of betrayal and greed, the victims of a seemingly flawless crime. Together they will need all their resourcefulness and courage to outwit a hugely charismatic and ingenious villain.
The Woman in White had its world premiere at London’s Palace Theatre on 15th September, 2004 where all performances have been sold out since opening. The musical is produced there by Sonia Friedman Productions Ltd. and The Really Useful Theatre Company Ltd. They will be joined for the Broadway production by Bob Boyett, Boyett Ostar Productions and The Nederlander Organization.
“I Believe My Heart,” the lead song from The Woman in White was recorded by Duncan James from Blue and EMI Classics recording artist Keedie and released as a single through EM Records on 11th October, 2004, reaching 2# on the UK Singles Chart within a week of its release. The original cast album will be released in the UK on 15th November, 2004.
The musical opened to many rave notices in London, where John Peter of the Sunday Times exclaimed best that The Woman in White is more than a musical; “It is a big, powerful popular opera, both romantic and spectacular, a thriller, a swaggering, flamboyant, Victorian melodrama, a visual feast, a tempestuous story of love and intrigue, a great, arching narrative, brilliantly told. This is a big, big triumph, a very palpable hit, no question.”
Sheridan Morley writing for the Daily Express said “A dazzling white hit. Lloyd Webber and Nunn have delivered exactly what the West End needs – a soaring, lyrical, romantic drama whose every scene lends itself, as if by magic, to precisely the kind of music that Lloyd Webber writes best.”
The London design team will recreate their innovative and groundbreaking work for the Broadway production. They include William Dudley (production and video design), Paul Pyant (lighting design) and Mick Potter (sound design).
Casting, theatre and ticket information will be announced shortly.
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