The Woman in White
 : The Woman in White

by: Woman in White

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Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0094634191128
Format: Cast Recording
Item Dimensions: 4550025550
Label: Angel Records
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Angel Records
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publisher: Angel Records
Release Date: November 08, 2005
Studio: Angel Records

Disc 1:
  1. Prologue
  2. I Hope You Like It Here
  3. Perspective
  4. Trying Not To Notice
  5. I Believe My Heart
  6. Lammastide
  7. You See I Am No Ghost
  8. A Gift For Living Well
  9. The Holly and the Ivy
  10. All For Laura
  11. The Document
  12. Act One Finale
Disc 2:
  1. If I Could Only Dream This World Away
  2. The Nightmare
  3. Fosco Tells Of Laura's Death/The Funeral/London
  4. Evermore Without You
  5. Lost Souls
  6. If Not For Me For Her
  7. You Can Get Away With Anything
  8. The Seduction
  9. The Asylum
  10. Back To Limmeridge
  11. Finale
  12. You Can Get Away With Anything (BONUS TRACK - Opening night performance)
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Editorial Review:
The Woman in White, Andrew Lloyd Webber's first musical in four years, debuted in London in September 2004. "Freely adapted" from Wilkie Collins's gothic mystery-romance, it tells the story of a young art teacher, Walter Hartright (Martin Crewes), who encounters a mysterious woman dressed in white desperate to tell a secret. But she disappears, and Walter continues on to his assignment teaching a pair of sisters, Marian Holcombe (Maria Friedman) and Laura Fairlie (Jill Paice). Romance develops, but is threatened by the arrival of some shady characters, Sir Percival Glyde (Oliver Darley) and Count Fosco (Michael Crawford).

The score, featuring lyrics by David Zippel (City of Angels), recalls the composer's Aspects of Love, Phantom of the Opera, and Sunset Boulevard, as well as Victorian-themed shows Sweeney Todd and even The Mystery of Edwin Drood. It has some lovely moments, such as "Trying Not to Notice," "All for Laura," "Evermore without You," and "If Not for Me for Her," though for sheer beauty it's no Light in the Piazza. And as with any ALW nearly through-sung musical, a number of the themes recycle themselves to the point where you'll dread the mere mention of certain characters' names. Friedman and Paice give the strongest performances, while Crawford--in his much-anticipated reunion with Lloyd Webber after Phantom--doesn't have a lot to do other than the muggy showpiece "You Can Get Away with Anything." Note that The Woman in White was recorded before a live audience, but "You Can Get Away with Anything" had to be rerecorded in a studio because it was the only number with an audible audience reaction. Crawford's original live performance, however, is included as a coda at the end of the second disc. It's great to have the complete libretto, except that it specifies scene titles while the CD packaging shows track listings and song titles, which means that figuring out where you are takes some detective work. When The Woman in White opened on Broadway in November 2005, Friedman, Paice, and Angela Christian (Anne Catherick) reprised their roles from the London production, while Michael Ball replaced Crawford. --David Horiuchi

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