Just to give people the heads up that the 1999 West End musical adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 'Tess Of The D'Urbervilles' will be released as a full length album on September 29th. The musical received sensational reviews in its pre-London tour but was savaged by the critics when it opened at the Savoy in November 1999. The press declared it "the last great musical flop of the Millennium"! Although a 6 track EP was recorded by the London cast (Philippa Healey, Alasdair Harvey, Jonathan Monks) a full length album was never issued. However, a year prior to the show opening, a studio cast recording was made of the complete 3 hour score with an alternate cast led by Cathy Sara as Tess, Mark Umbers as Angel and Martin Crewes as Alec. Working with the composer Stephen Edwards, this recording has now been remastered and abridged to produce a cast recording that reflects the West End production. It really is a sensation score and features some stunning performances, particularly Mark Umbers as Angel Clare.
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