Major Production History and Awards

Whistle Down the Wind

Whistle Down the Wind is based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell and subsequent Richard Attenborough-produced film of the same name. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman, together with Patricia Knop and Gale Edwards (co-book writers with Lloyd Webber) reset the original story in Louisiana in 1959.

The musical made its world premiere in 1996 at Washington D.C.’s National Theatre, helmed by Harold Prince. A reworked production, directed by Edwards, opened on July 1, 1998 at the West End’s Aldwych Theatre, where it ran for 1,044 performances and closed in January 2001. Whistle has since undertaken two U.K. tours and also went on the road in the U.S. in 2007-2008.

The 1998 concept album features 12 of the songs from the show, including Boyzone’s massive hit “No Matter What,” Tom Jones singing “Vaults of Heaven,” Tina Arena taking on the title track, Donny Osmond’s rendition of “When Children Rule the World,” Meat Loaf’s “A Kiss Is a Terrible Thing to Waste” and Bonnie Tyler’s “Tire Tracks and Broken Hearts.”