Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Expansion Plan Works

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Expansion Plan Works

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Byline: By Keith Newton Evening Gazette

Some shows are written, produced, stored away and only refreshed by directors given the task of reviving them. Not the shows of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

He goes back to them again and again, reworking and updating them, keeping them alive and vital.

So a round of applause for the great man and then look forward to the arrival of Tell me on a Sunday.

His 25-year-old success was originally an album in 1979 before becoming part of Song And Dance in London's West End in 1981 starring Marti Webb.

The show with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black has now been expanded and reworked into a full evening in the theatre with additional contributions by Jackie Clune.

It opened last year in London's Gielgud Theatre starring Denise Van Outen before Marti Webb replaced her for a month in January and February at the end of the West End run.

The show, still starring Marti, is now out on tour thanks to Bill Kenwright and comes to the Civic Theatre at Darlington for the week from Monday.

"Tell Me On A Sunday is a one-woman show that combines English wit with New York sass in this a flawless production that charts the course of an optimistic woman who arrives in New York seeking love and success," says the Civic's Kathryn Goodfellow.

"It was originally written as a television special with Marti and she received huge critical acclaim for her unforgettable performance.

"The album reached No 1 in the charts, as did her single from it Take That Look Off Your Face.

"Marti is established as one of Britain's most popular stars with leading roles in numerous West End musicals, including recently playing Mrs Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

"She says she is delighted and honoured to return to her most successful role.

"Tell Me On A Sunday is funny, poignant and moving, and features Unexpected Song and Tell Me On A Sunday plus five brand new songs as it reveals the touching story of one woman looking for love."

For more details, contact the theatre on 01325 486 555.

There's more exciting musical theatre in Middlesbrough for the week from Monday when Redcar Amateur Operatic Society presents HALF A SIXPENCE. …

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