Tell Me On A Sunday

Opened 18 February 2014, Closed 8 March 2014 at the Duchess Theatre in London

Marti Webb performs the original stage production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's classic song-cycle Tell Me On A Sunday in London for a strictly limited two week season.

Tell Me On A Sunday charts the course of a young English girl newly arrived in New York. Brimming with optimism, she sets out to seek success, companionship and, of course, 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 - in fact - she's been looking for love in all the wrong places.

Following an eight performance run at the St James' Theatre in January 2014, this production transfers to the Duchess Theatre in London's West End for a strictly limited two week run. Marti Webb performs the original version for which she received huge critical acclaim. With musical supervision by Simon Lee, lighting by Josepha Capes and sound by Andrew Josephs.

"It's a celebration as much as a revival. More than 30 years since Marti Webb first played the English-girl-in-Manhattan in this song cycle by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black, she has returned to the role that made her famous... Though the story is episodic, though our protagonist is defined solely by her relationships with men, Webb's presence ensures that this concert performance of Tell Me on a Sunday feels like an event... She performs the material with an engaging intimacy, a conversational tone that can still rise up to the high notes, an infectious sense of pleasure at being there." The Times

"With Marti Webb reprising the role she created in 1980 for Andrew Lloyd Webber's song cycle, Tell Me on a Sunday. At 69 she is decades older than her character of an English woman looking for love in New York. Yet, with her star quality, it doesn't seem to matter - she is predictably assured, and her age endows the songs in this excellent score with a knowing resignation." The Independent

"How satisfying - and moving - to see an old pro wander on stage and whack her trademark song for six. That is precisely how Marti Webb starts and ends her hour-long stint at the St James Theatre, in a production soon to move to the Duchess Theatre... Miss Webb, although she does not quite look it, is now 69, so any idea that she is truly a 20-something girl is for the birds. But she has such stage presence and a voice so clear that it does not matter... The melodies are early Lloyd Webber, innocently romantic, richly harmonised. And they still suit her limpid, untrained voice well. As Lloyd Webber once told her: 'You sing in my key.' she replied: 'You write in mine'... The Lloyd Webber score and Black lyrics are well matched. Although the staging is nothing much more than a concert set, a few back-wall slides show American cityscapes - with a park in spring green for the sondheim-esque title song." The Daily Mail

Tell Me On A Sunday in London at the Duchess Theatre opened on 18 February 2014 and closes on 8 March 2014.


Tell Me On A Sunday

Previewed 4 April 2003, Opened 15 April 2003, Closed 14 February 2004 at the Gielgud Theatre in London

A major revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's classic 'one-woman' musical Tell Me On A Sunday in London.

Tell Me On A Sunday charts the course of a young English girl newly arrived in New York. Brimming with optimism, she sets out to seek success, companionship and, of course, 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 - in fact - she's been looking for love in all the wrong places.

With Denise Van Outen up to 23 August 2003, no performances from 24 to 31 August 2003. Julie-Alanah Brighten from 1 to 20 September 2003 with Denise Van Outen returning from 22 September 2003 to 10 January 2004 for evenings only, with Julie-Alanah Brighten at matinees. Marti Webb from 13 January 2004, with Julie-Alanah Brighten at Thursday matinees. This production is directed by Matthew Warchus.

Tell Me On A Sunday was originally a hit album and television special written for Marti Webb in 1979. Subsequently it was seen on in London and on Broadway as one half of Song and Dance. This brand new production features many of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's most famous and poignant songs, including the title song, 'Take That Look Off Your Face' and 'Unexpected Song'. But now Tell Me On A Sunday has been expanded to a whole evening's entertainment and also features five brand new songs written especially for this production with additional contributions by Jackie Clune.

"Denise Van Outen first traded her breakfast TV couch for the bright lights of live theatre two years ago when she played the minxish murderess Roxie Hart in the smash-hit musical Chicago. Now she has returned with a gruelling one-woman show set in another US city, New York... The 'plot' offers little by way of surprise and to a modern audience used to Carrie Bradshaw's sassy one-liners, Don Black's lyrics are Sex In The City-lite. But you can't help admiring Van Outen's guts. She gives it her all, belting her way through an immense score for a solo performer. If she feels as lonely on stage as the woman she portrays, she never lets it show... At just 70 minutes, it's short by West End standards but you get a hell of a lot of Denise for your dollar - and Van Outen's many fans will not be disappointed." The Daily Express

"Andrew Lloyd Webber's song-cycle, Tell Me On A Sunday, was originally written for Marti Webb and told the story of a single girl from North London. Sensibly, his reworking 20 years on for Denise Van Outen, Britain's bubbliest Basildon blonde, has relocated to Ilford... When Van Outen belts out the bigger numbers, you'd guess she had been cloned and manufactured in America... Her voice hasn't the texture of a really great singer, a Streisand or a Bassey, but it's bold and brassy, and she hits all the right notes, high ones, low ones, teary, cheery, weary ones... Still, what makes this show a winner - and Denise shine - is that her character is a likeable, very ordinary girl, probably quite like Denise herself... Van Outen's vitality fills the stage and she plumps up Lloyd Webber's slim line material for 80 minutes simply by being herself. And if that kind of girl is enough for you, this is your kind of show." The Mail on Sunday

"Long before Bridget Jones started counting her drinks, Tell Me On a Sunday set out to tell a single girl's story - in song. But what's on offer in this expanded version - five new songs and some updated references to Frasier and the net - is a cardboard cut-out version of the fresh and immediate show that might have been. Lloyd Webber's light, untaxing score - disco beat and ballad, with a nod to Sondheim - is more astringent and far less bullying and soupy than his bigger musicals... Denise Van Outen is crisp-voiced and engaging but the range of her role is about as wide as her tiny waist: from breathy to beady, and from sobby to apparently spunky." The Observer

Tell Me On A Sunday in London at the Gielgud Theatre previewed from 4 April 2003, opened on 15 April 2003 and closed on 14 February 2004.