22 Mar 2014
6. "Tell Me on a Sunday" from Tell Me on a Sunday
"Tell Me On A Sunday" is so simple and sweet and sad. This unambitious song is perhaps Lloyd Webber's most perfect piece in its unpretentious success at artfully conveying human experience. People can balk at the lyric about "a zoo that's got chimpanzees," but I buy it as a funny, quirky little moment in this heavy-hearted plea. Later recordings of the song include a high-belting bridge to up the stakes before the last verse, but the essence of "Tell Me On A Sunday" is this plaintive original version.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.