|4.||I Loved a Man|
|5.||All the Girls Were Pretty|
|6.||What Do I Want with Love?|
|7.||Just Once More (Request Number)|
|8.||Lady of De Manor|
|9.||Big Best Shoes|
|11.||Cry of the Peacock|
|12.||Little Girl Baby|
|13.||The Cathedral of Clemenza|
|14.||Only a Passing Phase|
|15.||Where the Trees are Green with Parrots|
|16.||My Talking Day|
|17.||I Will Miss You|
Sandy Wilson burst on the theater scene in a rather big way, with his fun and fancy-free pastiche musical, The Boy Friend, which opened at the Players’ Theatre in 1953. Such was its success there, that in January of 1954 it was moved to Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End, where it was a smash hit, running over 2,000 performances. The show was then taken to Broadway later that year, where it ran for over 480 performances and introduced a new soon-to-be star to New York – Miss Julie Andrews.
Wilson’s follow-up show was The Buccaneer, which opened at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1955, where it had a brief run, and that was followed by the 1958, the musical comedy Valmouth, based on the novel by Ronald Firbank. Valmouth, like The Buccaneer, was fated to not repeat the success of The Boy Friend, despite a truly fun and tuneful score by Wilson. It would run even less performances than The Buccaneer. But the show and score developed a cult following, thanks to its fun cast album, which starred Cleo Laine, Barbara Couper, Doris Hare, and Fenella Fielding. It has since been revived a couple of times, to limited success.
For this reissue, we have completely remastered the sound, and there are liner notes by set and costume designer Tony Walton, newly commissioned for this release. Sandy Wilson was a treasure – his gift for melody was amazing and it’s sad that he never again achieved the success of The Boy Friend, but each score he wrote, including the Boy Friend sequel, Divorce Me, Darling, is a delight. Sandy Wilson passed away in 2014 at the ripe old age of ninety.