Woman in White Recording to Hit U.S. Stores in May

News   Woman in White Recording to Hit U.S. Stores in May The original London cast recording of The Woman in White, the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical playing London's Palace Theatre, will arrive in U.S. stores in May.

EMI Classics/Really Useful Records will release the recording stateside on May 24. (The recording arrived in U.K. stores in November 2004). The two-disc set, produced by Lloyd Webber and Nigel Wright, features orchestrations by David Cullen. Music was supervised and conducted by Simon Lee with Stephen Brooker as musical director and Robin Sellars as the engineer.

Recorded from the London opening-night performance, the CDs also feature liner notes and the complete David Zippel lyrics. The track listing for The Woman in White — co-starring Michael Crawford and Maria Friedman — follows:

Disc one
Prologue – Walter Hartright, Signal Man, Anne Catherick
"I Hope You Like It Here" – Marian Halcombe, Walter Hartright, Mr Fairlie
"Perspective" – Marian Halcombe, Laura Fairlie, Walter Hartright
"Trying Not to Notice" – Marian Halcombe, Walter Hartright, Laura Fairlie
"I Believe My Heart" – Walter Hartright, Laura Fairlie
"Lammastide" - Ensemble
"You See I Am No Ghost" – Anne Catherick, Walter Hartright
"A Gift for Living Well" – Count Fosco
"The Holly and the Ivy" – Ensemble, Corn Dolly Girl
"All for Laura" – Marian Halcombe, Anne Catherick
"The Document" – Sir Percival Glyde, Laura Fairlie, Count Fosco, Marian Halcombe
"Act One Finale" – Laura Fairlie, Marian Halcombe, Anne Catherick, Sir Percival Glyde, Count Fosco, Ensemble

Disc two
"If I Could Only Dream This World Away" – Laura Fairlie
"The Nightmare" – Anne Catherick, Laura Fairlie, Marian Halcombe, Sir Percival Glyde, Count Fosco, Walter Hartright, Ensemble
"Fosco Tells of Laura’s Death"/"The Funeral"/"London" – Count Fosco, Marian Halcombe, Sir Percival Glyde, Mr Fairlie, Walter Hartright, Ensemble
"Evermore Without You" – Walter Hartright
"Lost Souls" – Ensemble, Marian Halcombe
"If Not for Me for Her" – Marian Halcombe, Walter Hartright
"You Can Get Away with Anything" – Count Fosco
"The Seduction" – Count Fosco, Marian Halcombe
"The Asylum" – Walter Hartright, Marian Halcombe, Laura Fairlie
"Back to Limmeridge" – Sir Percival Glyde, Mr Fairlie, Walter Hartright, Marian Halcombe, Laura Fairlie
"Finale" – Sir Percival Glyde, Signal Man, Laura Fairlie, Walter Hartright, Marian Halcombe, Ensemble

The Woman in White features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by David Zippel and a book by Charlotte Jones. According to production notes, The Woman in White concerns "a dashing young man, employed as the art tutor to two devoted sisters, [who] is stranded at a remote railway cutting. 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. As the compelling plot twists and turns, low villainy vies with high romance in a world where nothing is as it first appears and where it is impossible to know who to trust." *

Originally scheduled to open on Broadway Nov. 10, 2005, the musical based on Wilkie Collins' novel will arrive in spring 2006 at a Nederlander theatre to be announced. Prior to its Broadway arrival, The Woman in White will play a pre-Broadway engagement at Chicago's LaSalle Bank Theatre (previously the Shubert Theatre) Nov. 15, 2005-Jan. 8. 2006.

No casting has been announced for the U.S. production.

The Woman in White creative team comprises Trevor Nunn (direction), William Dudley (set and costume design), Paul Pyant (lighting design), Mick Potter (sound design), Wayne McGregor (dance and movement) and Simon Lee (musical supervisor).

For more information about The Woman in White visit www.womaninwhitethemusical.com.