Entitled "Limelight," Webb's 12-track disc is currently available from London show-biz shop Dress Circle. In a recent interview for Playbill On Line, Webb explained, "I've just done a new CD. I actually did it while I was doing the King and I tour . . . I produced it myself, and it's mostly all show songs. There are two from King and I, 'Hello Young Lovers' and 'Shall We Dance?' I put [my] three hits on: 'Ben,' 'Take that Look Off Your Face' and 'Always There' . . . And there's a song from Oliver! — mainly they are songs I've sung in shows, like when I played Nancy [in Oliver!] and 'Stage Door John,' which is from Good Companions. There's also a lovely song from Aida, which I love, 'Elaborate Lives.'"
The complete track listing for "Limelight" follows:
"Hello Young Lovers" (The King and I)
"As Long As He Needs Me" (Oliver!)
"Wind Beneath My Wings"
"Take That Look Off Your Face" (Tell Me On a Sunday)
"Always There" (Howard's Way)
"Stage Door John" (Good Companions)
"With One Look" (Sunset Boulevard)
"Hush-a-Bye Mountain" (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
"Elaborate Lives" (Aida) with Robert Meadmore.
"Shall We Dance" (The King and I) with Ronobir Lahiri
Marti Webb is one of the leading musical theatre actresses in London, having performed in West End productions of Divorce Me Darling, Song & Dance, Cats, Evita, Godspell, The Card, Half a Sixpence and Stop the World, I Want to Get Off. Her solo recordings are numerous, including "Marti Webb: Performance," "I Won't Change Places," "If You Leave Me Now," "Marti Webb Sings Gershwin" and "Tell Me On a Sunday." Webb recently completed a tour as Anna Leonowens in Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. Starring Amanda Holden in the title role, the London production of Thoroughly Modern Millie begins previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre Oct. 11.
"Limelight" is priced at £12.99. Visit www.dresscircle.co.uk for more information. *
"Diva Talk" will feature a complete interview with Marti Webb in October.