Song and Dance

  • Song and Dance

    Bernadette Peters and and Christopher D'Amboise from the 1985 Broadway production (Photo: Martha Swope)

A Tony-nominated musical in two acts, one told entirely in “Song” and the other entirely in “Dance,” linked together by a love story.

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by Don Black

Song & Dance is comprised of Tell Me on a Sunday, a one-woman song cycle Andrew Lloyd Webber penned with Don Black, and Variations, a musical piece the composer wrote for his brother Julian.

The Tony-nominated musical’s first act follows a young English girl living in New York, who begins to wonder whether—in fact—she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places. It contains some of Lloyd Webber’s most appealing songs: “Tell Me on a Sunday,” “Come Back with the Same Look in Your Eyes,” “Unexpected Song” and “Nothing Like You’ve Ever Known.”

The second act is a dance concert, set to Lloyd Webber’s Variations. Based on Paganini’s “Caprice in A minor,” it can be adapted to a myriad of choreographic genres including tap, jazz and modern, commenting and complimenting the events portrayed in the Song portion of the show.

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Watch videos from the show

  • Julian Lloyd Webber plays Variations with the band Colosseum II
  • Wayne Sleep dances Variations theme from Song & Dance
  • Bernadette Peters performs at the 1986 Tony Awards
  • Sarah Brightman performs “Unexpected Song” from the 1984 Palace Theatre special

Show tags

Performance Group: College, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional, University

Type: Revue, Sung Through

Style: Contemporary Broadway

Size of Orchestra: Large

Setting: Contemporary

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Vocal Demands: Challenging

Dance Requirements: Extensive

Cast Size: Flexible

Casting Opportunities: Expandable Casting, Multicultural Casting, Star Vehicle Female

Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen

Award Recognition: Broadway, West End

Collection: Rare Gems, Star Vehicle Female