A release date has yet to be announced for the CD, but the London show-business shop Dress Circle is currently accepting pre-orders for the new recording.
The complete track listing for Betty Blue Eyes follows:
1. Overture - Austerity Britain
2. Fair Shares For All
3. A Place On The Parade
4. Magic Fingers
5. Painting By Heart
7. Nobody (Part 2)
8. A Private Function
9. Betty Blue Eyes
11. Steal The Pig
12. Another Little Victory
13. It's An Ill Wind
14. Pig No Pig
15. The Kind Of Man I Am
16. A Private Function (Reprise)
17. Finale Ultimo - Confessions
18. Magic Fingers (Reprise)
19. Betty Blue Eyes (Reprise)
Featuring a score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (currently represented on Broadway by their additional songs for Mary Poppins), the musical is produced by Mackintosh, directed by Richard Eyre and choreographed by Stephen Mear, all of whom also served duty as co-producer, director and co-choreographer, respectively, on Mary Poppins. "A Private Function," scripted by Bennett, centered around Betty, an adorable pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure the local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while the local population make do with spam. Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman have now adapted and expanded this story for the stage.
The cast is led by Sarah Lancashire and Reece Shearsmith. Lancashire, who plays Joyce, is best known for her TV roles as Raquel in "Coronation Street" as well as her appearances in "Clocking Off," "Cherished," "Five Daughters," "Murder Most Horrid" and "The Small Things," all for the BBC, and "Where the Heart Is," "Rose and Maloney," "Seeing Red" and "The Cry" for ITV. She was most recently seen in the West End as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Shearsmith, who plays Gilbert, co-wrote and starred as part of The League of Gentlemen comedy troupe on TV, film and stage. He is also co-writer and star of the BBC’s "Psychoville." He was last seen on the West End stage in Ghost Stories (Duke of York's) and has previously also appeared as Leo Bloom in The Producers and Art. Other features roles include David Bamber as Swaby, Jack Edwards as Allardyce, Ann Emery as Mother Dear, Mark Meadows as Lockwood and Adrian Scarborough (who recently won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance by an Actor his appearance in last year's After the Dance at the National) as Wormold.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 5170, or visit www.bettyblueeyesthemusical.com. For more information on the recording visit www.dresscircle.co.uk.