Picks and Pans Review: Tell Me on a Sunday
Essentially the cast album of a musical comedy in search of a play, this is a captivating set of songs about a young Englishwoman seeking and not finding her fortune in New York and Los Angeles. It was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who wrote the music for Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, and Don Black, who did the lyrics for Born Free. Webber's melodies, mostly running to pop rock, are nifty enough. The sardonic lyrics are a delight, especially in a commentary on Beverly Hills titled Capped Teeth and Caesar Salad ("Suntans and Sunday brunches/Sprinklers sprinkle away/Careers are being hyped/Before the scripts are typed/I'll call you back and have a nice day"). Webb, 35, the new lead in the London production of Evita, is an established performer in England and justifiably so; she has a gutsy, music-hall voice reminiscent of Oliver star Georgia Brown's.