Kenwright to Direct Whistle Down the Wind Tour; Cities Announced

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Additional venues have been announced for the upcoming national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman's Whistle Down the Wind, which will kick off in September.
Bill Kenwright
Bill Kenwright

As previously announced on Playbill.com, the inspirational musical will launch Sept. 9 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, TX. The production is also currently scheduled to play the following venues.

Sept. 25-30 at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford
Oct. 9-21 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul
Oct. 30-Nov. 11 at the Community Center Theater in Sacramento
Nov. 13-Dec. 2 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle
Jan. 8-27, 2008 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit

Directed and produced by Bill Kenwright, the musical is based on the film of the same and was previously seen in the West End and in a U.K. tour. Casting for the U.S. production is currently underway.

Whistle will feature costume and set design by Paul Farnsworth, lighting design by Nick Richings and sound design by Ben Harrison. Henry Metcalfe will choreograph; David Steadman will be the musical director.

In a statement composer Lloyd Webber said, "Whistle Down the Wind is a fantastic story for a musical dramatist and it took me back to my rock roots. It's a primal tale about salvation and forgiveness that everyone can relate to. I'm absolutely delighted that Bill Kenwright's wonderful production is going to be seen in America." Director-producer Kenwright added, "My time working on Whistle has been, alongside Blood Brothers and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the most exciting and rewarding of my career. It is a show that has everything - great, great songs, exciting narrative, wonderful performances and one of the best and simplest storylines I have ever come across. All in all, great theatre. I am very proud to be the show's producer and director."

Widely known as a U.K.-set 1961 film (based on a novel by Mary Hayley Bell), Whistle Down the Wind, the musical, is set in 1959 Louisiana. Lloyd Webber is co-book writer with Patricia Knop and Gale Edwards. Steinman (Dance of the Vampires) penned the lyrics.

Whistle Down the Wind, according to press notes, "tells the story of a young Louisiana girl who finds a mysterious stranger hiding in her barn. When she asks his identity—the first words he utters are 'Jesus Christ'; and it's as if all her prayers have been answered. While the townspeople are determined to find the escaped felon, she and her friends vow to protect him from the outside world."

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