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Blondel Original Cast London Cast CD

'Blondel Tim Rice

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  • Format: CD
  • Artist: Paul Nicholas,Sharon Lee Hill,Cantabile, David Burt,Kenneth Williams,
  • Composer: Stephen Oliver
  • Lyricist: Tim Rice
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Year of Recording: 1983
  • Cat Number: STAGE 9050
  • Barcode: 5055122190509
  • Label: Stage Door

'Blondel' was the first musical Tim Rice wrote with a composer other than Andrew Lloyd Webber. The music for 'Blondel' was instead provided by opera composer Stephen Oliver, who penned a lively score that was not at all operatic.

The musical follows the trials and triumphs of Blondel, an ambitious minstrel in King Richard The Lionheart's court, desperately trying for a chart-topping song. Blondel and his long-suffering girlfriend Fiona undertake a multi-nation search when King Richard is taken captive during the Crusades. They rescue him and return to England just in time to prevent the coronation of his brother Prince John. A quartet of Monks provide plot commentary between scenes, also putting in appearances are Blondel's backing group, The Blondettes, and a hapless Assassin who does not enjoy international travel.

Tracklist

01. MONKS' INTRODUCTION - Cantabile
02. BLONDEL AND FIONA - Paul Nicholas, Sharon Lee Hill, Blondettes
(a). THE CREATIVE PROCESS
(b). HOW LONG CAN SOMEONE WAIT
(c). I'M A MONARCHIST
(d). ARTISTS ARE TRAGIC AND SENSITIVE SOULS
03. THE MINISTRY OF FEUDAL AFFAIRS - Cantabile, Sharon Lee Hill, David Burt, Stephen Tate, Company
(a). OPENING ENSEMBLE
(b). FIONA'S PLEA TO JOHN
(c). RICHARD'S INTERVENTION
(d). ECONOMIC ACROSTIC
(e). CRUSADE RALLY
04. THE LEAST OF MY TROUBLES - Paul Nicholas, Sharon Lee Hill [LISTEN]
05. LIONHEART - Cantabile, Stephen Tate, David Burt, Paul Nicholas
06. NO RHYME FOR RICHARD - David Burt, Sharon Lee Hill [LISTEN]
07. TRIO - David Burt, Paul Nicholas, Sharon Lee Hill
08. ASSASSIN'S SONG - David Burt, Chris Langham [LISTEN]
09. RUNNING BACK FOR MORE - Cantabile, Blondettes, Sharon Lee Hill [LISTEN]

DISC TWO - ACT II

01. BLONDEL IN EUROPE - Chris Langham, Paul Nicholas, Blondettes, Cantabile, Sharon Lee Hill [LISTEN]
02. SALADIN DAYS / I CAN'T WAIT TO BE KING
- Cantabile, Stephen Tate, David Burt [LISTEN]
03. THE INN AT SALZBURG / BLONDEL'S SEARCH - Cantabile, Chris Langham, Paul Nicholas, Sharon Lee Hill
04. THE DUKE OF AUSTRIA'S QUARTERS
- Kevin Williams, Tracy Booth, Sharon Lee Hill
05. THE CELL - Paul Nicholas, Stephen Tate, Kevin Williams, Sharon Lee Hill
(a). REUNION
(b). DEATH OF A STATESMAN
(c). TRIBUTE TO A STATESMAN/A ROYAL PARDON
(d). THE WRONG TRAIN
06. WESTMINSTER ABBEY - Cantabile, David Burt, Stephen Tate
(a). JOHN'S CORONATION
(c). RICHARD'S RETURN
07. I'M A MONARCHIST (Reprise) - Paul Nicholas, Blondettes [LISTEN]
08. RUNNING BACK FOR MORE (Reprise) - Paul Nicholas, Sharon Lee Hill

BONUS TRACKS
09. RUNNING BACK FOR MORE (Single Version) - Sharon Lee Hill
10. THE LEAST OF MY TROUBLES - Colm Wilkinson
11. RUNNING BACK FOR MORE - Murray Head

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