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Gender-switched production of ‘Tell Me On A Sunday’ in development

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s musical Tell Me On A Sunday is currently being reimagined with the lead character presented as a gay male.

Black revealed the news to the BBC whilst promoting his memoir The Sanest Guy in the Room: A Life in Lyrics

The musical, which has music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Black, was written as a one-woman show, and tells the story of an English woman struggling romantically in the US. 

Premiering in the West End in 1982 and on Broadway in 1985 it has most mermorably been performed by Marti Webb and Bernadette Peters with Denise Van Outen and Claire Sweeney also performing the role.

Black said “Before coronavirus, I’d started work on what I think is a great idea. We were trying out a new version of Tell Me on a Sunday, the musical Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote 40 years ago and I did the lyrics for. It was a hit in London and on Broadway,” he told the BBC

He added: “We workshopped it in a rehearsal studio with Rebecca Frecknall as director. We knew immediately it could open up resonant new areas of the story. I’ll be so delighted if we can put it together.”

The concept of gender-switching the main character was most recently utilised to great effect by Marianne Elliot in her production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company. In that production the leading male character Robert/Bobby – a single, man about town, about to celebrate his 35th birthday – was reimagined as a single woman with all lifes expectations of a woman at that age.

Dates, venue and casting for Tell Me On A Sunday have yet to be announced.


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