TWO CITIES (1969)

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Posted: 12/2/10 at 6:28pm
Hey all!

I'm getting conflicting info on the interwebs, here. Was Two Cities a flop or no? Information is scarce despite it being composed by Jeff Wayne of The War of the World's musical fame.

I really like the score. Any other admirers?
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Posted: 12/2/10 at 11:27pm
I like the Quartet, "Only a Fool," and the finale as well. I tried to find info on this musical, but came up empty handed as well!
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Posted: 12/2/10 at 11:58pm
TWO CITIES (1969)

'Two Cities- The Musical'
Palace Theate London April 1969.

This was a disastrous musical that limped into London in 1969, often playing to nearly empty houses (27 counted one night!)at the Palace Theatre, Cambridge Circus and ran for just 44 performances.
Although it failed miserably at the box office, its star, Edward Woodward did win a Variety Club Award for the Best Performance in a Musical in 1969 as the hero Sydney Carlton.

With music by Jeff Wayne and lyrics by Jerry Wayne, it was billed as "The Spectacular New Musical" and was supposed to be a mammoth British attempt to stage a musical based on Charles Dickens' story of the French Revolution. Elizabeth Power played Lucy Manette and Kevin Colson was Charles Darnay.

Updated On: 12/2/10 at 11:58 PM
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Posted: 12/3/10 at 11:17am
Thanks. Curious that it got a cast recording.
How was it disastrous I wonder? Amateur? Incoherent? Dull? Train wreck?
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Posted: 12/3/10 at 1:25pm
Listening to the score now. Ravishing! Does the West End have something like Encores! where this score can be rediscovered? I'd be interested to read reviews from 1969. I am so curious why this bombed.
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Posted: 12/3/10 at 2:10pm
I had no idea Jeff Wayne write the score for this - I shall have to check it out.
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Posted: 12/3/10 at 4:57pm
'Curious that it got a cast recording'
Thank God, back in those days almost everything was recorded and usually within days of it hitting the stage so, even if a show was a flop, at least it got recorded.
The list of long and fast forgotten shows that have recordings is absolutely endless.
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Posted: 12/6/10 at 7:10pm
Good point. I love that we have Kwamina, Juno, and a number of other scores recorded by main stream labels with the highest production quality. Goddard Lieberson did not let us down.

The score for Two Cities is soooo good. Why is Wayne's The War of the World's musical concept album so lacking? I know it has a following but it's never done anything for me.
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Posted: 12/7/10 at 9:48pm
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Posted: 12/8/10 at 5:09pm
Edward Woodward, I presume?
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