Original London Cast

Stage door 06/02/2017 CD (5055122190509)

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# Track Artist/Composer Duration
1.Disc OneAct I 
2.Monks' IntroductionCantabilé 
3.Blondel and FionaPaul Nicholas, Sharon Lee Hill, Blondettes 
4.(A). the Creative Process 
5.(B). How Long Can Someone Wait 
6.(C). I'm a Monarchist 
7.(D). Artists Are Tragic and Sensitive Souls 
8.The Ministry of Feudal AffairsCantabilé, Sharon Lee Hill, David Burt, Stephen Tate, Company 
9.(A). Opening Ensemble 
10.(B). Fiona's Plea to John 
11.(C). Richard's Intervention 
12.(D). Economic Acrostic 
13.(E). Crusade Rally 
14.The Least of My TroublesPaul Nicholas, Sharon Lee Hill 
15.LionheartCantabilé, Stephen Tate, David Burt, Paul Nicholas 
16.No Rhyme for RichardDavid Burt, Sharon Lee Hill 
17.TrioDavid Burt, Paul Nicholas, Sharon Lee Hill 
18.Assassin's SongDavid Burt, Chris Langham 
19.Running Back for MoreCantabilé, Blondettes, Sharon Lee Hill 
# Track Artist/Composer Duration
1.Blondel in EuropeChris Langham, Paul Nicholas, Blondettes, Cantabilé, Sharon Lee Hill 
2.Saladin Days / I Can't Wait to Be KingCantabilé, Stephen Tate, David Burt 
3.The Inn at Salzburg / Blondel's SearchCantabilé, Chris Langham, Paul Nicholas, Sharon Lee Hill 
4.The Duke of Austria's QuartersKevin Williams, Tracy Booth, Sharon Lee Hill 
5.The CellPaul Nicholas, Stephen Tate, Kevin Williams, Sharon Lee Hill 
6.(A). Reunion 
7.(B). Death of a Statesman 
8.(C). Tribute to a Statesman/A Royal Pardon 
9.(D). the Wrong Train 
10.Westminster AbbeyCantabilé, David Burt, Stephen Tate 
11.(A). John's Coronation 
12.(C). Richard's Return 
13.I'm a Monarchist (Reprise)Paul Nicholas, Blondettes 
14.Running Back for More (Reprise)Paul Nicholas, Sharon Lee Hill 
15.Running Back for More (Single Version)Sharon Lee Hill 
16.The Least of My TroublesColm Wilkinson 
17.Running Back for MoreMurray Head 
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Two CD set. Blondel, which premiered in 1983, 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 (1950-1992), who penned a lively score that was not at all operatic.. A fully sung-through musical, the show is packed with puns and witticisms. A trio of doo-wop 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. Blondel starred Paul Nicholas in the title role alongside Sharon Lee-Hill as Fiona, Stephan Tate as Richard, David Burt as John, and Chris Langham as the Assassin. The show opened at the Theatre Royal Bath on September 12th 1983 followed by a two week run at Manchester's Palace Theatre before opening the newly refurbished Old Vic on November 2nd, 1983. Blondel subsequently transferred to the West End's Aldwych Theatre opening on January 21st 1984, running for 278 performances. The complete original London cast album of Blondel, originally issued as a double vinyl LP set, now makes a welcome return to CD having been out of print for nearly 20 years. The album, produced by it's creators Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver, represents the complete production including the songs 'Running Back For More', 'The Least Of My Troubles', 'I'm A Monarchist' and 'No Rhyme For Richard'.

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