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Tell Me On A Sunday
June 15th - June 19th
Returning to the stage following her acclaimed performances in the National Theatre’s production of A Taste of Honey, Oliver!, One Man Two Governors, Annie, Abigail’s Party and Calamity Jane, Jodie Prenger stars as ‘Emma’, in the 2021 UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical, TELL ME ON A SUNDAY reprising a role Jodie first bought to life in 2016.
TELL ME ON A SUNDAY charts the romantic misadventures of a young English girl in New York in the heady days of the 1980’s. Brimming with optimism, she seeks success and love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches she begins to wonder whether she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places.
This iconic musical features Andrew Lloyd Webber’s wonderful score, accompanied live by West End musicians, including the chart-topping Take That Look Off Your Face, and title track Tell Me On A Sunday. Previously performed by iconic musical theatre stars Marti Webb and Sarah Brightman, this new production directed by Paul Foster includes an intimate post-show chat with Jodie charting her life, love and experience playing the role of ‘Emma’.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s numerous awards include 7 TONYs, 3 Grammys, 7 Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, 2 Emmys and the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre.
Don Black is an Oscar winning lyrist (Born Free) who has penned numerous James Bond theme tunes and chart hits including Michael Jackson’s Ben and Lulu’s To Sir With Love.
“While Prenger is in the same league of West End Powerhouse voices, she also brings a vulnerability to the role that is all her own” The Stage 2016
“A sheer joy”
“Superbly directed by Paul Foster, this is a wonderful revival” British Theatre Guide 2016
★★★★★ “One of the most memorable evenings that musical theatre can offer” The Reviews Hub 2016
Performances taking place before June 21st will be sold at half capacity in line with Government guidelines. Thereafter, performances may initially be sold at half capacity in case restrictions remain, although capacities may increase if not. Prevailing Government guidance on face coverings and distancing will be observed and enhanced cleaning routines will remain in place.
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2016 Production Photos © Tristram Kenton
Choice Radio Worcester
After last week's first-night-of-the-tour show, A Splinter of Ice, Malvern welcomes another first night this week with Tell Me on a Sunday starring Jodie Prenger. The joy at being able to bring live musical theatre to the stage was evident from the start with Jodie exclaiming "Oh look, you are a real audience. I love you!"
No stranger to musicals, Jodie has appeared in shows as diverse as One Man, Two Guvnors, Spamalot and Calamity Jane. This, however, is a one-woman show, aided by a talented small band of musicians and it therefore rests on her shoulders to carry it. Which, not unsurprisingly, she does perfectly, her voice soft or powerful depending on the song. Telling the story of Emma, a woman newly-arrived in New York, and her numerous unsuccessful relationships (which were communicated by letter back to her mum in Blighty), it includes songs such as Take That Look Off Your Face and the title song, with lyrics by the inimitable Don Black and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (the very man who claims he will go to prison if theatres are not allowed to open fully - good luck with that, Boris!). Jodie has a clarity of voice which allows the song lyrics to come to the fore - crucial as the songs effectively form the entire narrative as there are very few spoken words.
Hidden behind the illuminated models of various archetypal landmarks of New York is the band who rarely get the credit they deserve for providing the live soundtrack to the show. So well done to Chloe Percy-Smith, James Gambold, Jess Cox and Mat Elliot for the excellent musical accompaniment. This was not the first time we had seen some of them as they had greeted the arriving audience in front of the theatre on a beautiful warm sunny evening. Nor was it the last we saw of their musical director Francis Goodhand. With the relatively short running time, the sweetener was a special chat session after the show had ended where the two re-appeared with Jodie belting out a completely unexpected version of Oom-pah-pah from Oliver, complete with Cockney accent. The next surprise was bringing onto the stage Jodie Beth Meyer, Jodie's understudy, who performed a couple of songs including a beautiful duet of Another Suitcase in Another Hall from Evita. There were also a few questions posed by the audience which she took the time to answer.
Clearly it was not just Jodie who was glad to be back on stage performing live again. The sizeable, still socially-distanced audience loved it too. And all were undoubtedly glad to be getting back to some kind of normality and able to see quality touring productions such as this one again.