Major Production History and Awards

Tell Me on a Sunday

After Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black successfully presented Tell Me on a Sunday at the composer’s Sydmonton Festival in 1979, starring Marti Webb, the show was recorded as an album. The following year, a special performance was filmed at London’s Royalty Theatre, which was subsequently broadcast to acclaim and high ratings on the BBC. The record reached number two on the U.K. charts, while the single release of “Take That Look Off Your Face” peaked at number three.

In 1982, Lloyd Webber and Black, with some revisions and additional songs, combined Tell Me on a Sunday with a ballet choreographed to Lloyd Webber’s Variations, to create Song & Dance. Staged in the West End and originally headlined by Webb, other actresses to appear as “the girl” during the run included Gemma Craven and Lulu. Shortly after the show closed in 1984, the production was filmed with Sarah Brightman in the lead role.

Three years later, Song & Dance, with some adaptations by Richard Maltby, Jr., landed on Broadway with Bernadette Peters playing “the girl,” who was now known as Emma. Peters won her first Tony Award for her performance and the show garnered eight nominations in total, including nods for Best Musical and Best Score.

Returning to the one-act format, Tell Me on a Sunday was revived in the West End in a reworked production in 2003 starring Denise Van Outen. In 2014, Webb once again reprised her performance on the London stage.