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MAY
22
2016

* JERRY AND JEFF WAYNE'S MUSICAL 'TWO CITIES' TO DEBUT ON CD - ORIGINAL 1969 LONDON CAST RECORDING *

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Stage Door Records are pleased to announce the Original London Cast Recording of 'Two Cities', will be released on 24th June, 2016. The CD release continues Stage Door's commitment to preserve 'lost' British theatre scores of the past 50 years.

Charles Dickens' classic novel 'A Tale Of Two Cities' was developed as a musical in the mid sixties by theatre producer Jerry Wayne who commissioned his son Jeff to compose the score for the project. With a book by Constance Cox, music by Jeff Wayne and lyrics by Jerry Wayne; 'Two Cities' opened at London's Palace Theatre on February 27th 1969. The musical starred Edward Woodward (as Sydney Carton), Kevin Colson (as Charles Darnay), Elizabeth Power (Lucie), Nicolette Roeg (as Madame Defarge) and Leone Greene (as Monsieur Defarge). Although reviews were mixed, 'Two Cities' was nominated for 'Best Musical' at the 1969 Variety Club and Evening Standard Theatre Awards with Edward Woodward winning both awards for 'Best Male Performance in a Musical'.

Reflecting on 'Two Cities' composer Jeff Wayne commented:
I first moved to England age 9, when my father played Sky Masterson in the original West End production of 'Guys And Dolls' at the London Coliseum. We stayed four years before returning to NY.

I could never have dreamed that years later and just out of college in California, my father now a theatre impresario living again in London, would ask me to compose the music for a musical he was producing based on Charles Dickens' acclaimed novel 'A Tale of Two Cities'.

He took a giant risk on me - while believing in my composing abilities, he knew he would face the wrath of the London critics for hiring his son, and one with no major credits. But he was resolute and his decision stood.

'Two Cities' opened at the Palace Theatre, Cambridge Circus in February 1969, but very little has survived about it. What has survived reveals it being received by the critics in the way we feel about Marmite!

Or perhaps as Mr. Dickens' opening line exclaims –
'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...'

I have distinct memories of standing ovations on opening night ('the best of times...') followed by the Marmite reviews and largely empty houses for the first few weeks ('the worst of times...').
But then 'word-of-mouth' spread that in fact 'Two Cities' was pretty good, including an award-winning performance by its leading man, Edward Woodward.

While the remaining run played to virtually sold-out audiences, 'Notice' from the theatre owners had already condemned 'Two Cities' to the guillotine.

The CD features previously unreleased original 1966 demo recordings for the show, including several songs that would be later cut from the production.

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