Based on Emily Brontės novel. Concept recording stars Lesley
Dave Willetts, Clive
Carter, Bonnie Langford
and Sharon Campbell.
Taylor's musical was the first stage adaptation of the story to be given
the approval of the Brontė Society. The concept album was released
by Silva Screen records in 1992, and opera star Lesley Garrett also used two
of the songs for one of her best-selling solo albums.
It was recorded in 1992 with the then Phantom of the Opera star Dave Willetts (who took over from Michael Crawford) and Britain's foremost operatic soprano Lesley Garrett, the star of the English National Opera. Soon after its release the Theatre Division, consisting of Andrew Lloyd Webber's former management team - headed by Biddy Hayward and Prince Edward - got behind the musical, but the show became snared in a legal wrangle with the record company for a few years. Meanwhile the Theatre Division went into bankruptcy. Although it did not go onto the West End or Broadway, there have been big productions of the show in Eastern Europe and touring productions in Australia and Holland, as well as various productions by regional theatre companies around the world. A 1994 amateur performance in the Netherlands was very successful and
generated discussions for possible other productions. It has been running in
repertoire in Poland since 1996 and Rumania since 1997. It debuted in
Australia in 1998. It is Taylor's most performed work after Pride and Prejudice.
The show requires a minimum cast of about 15, but can be expanded to
include a chorus of 20 or more. Orchestrations are available for a pit
orchestra of 12.
Cathy Earnshaw, young and attractive
Heathcliff, a gipsy
Nellie, the Earnshaw housekeeper
Hindley Earnshaw, Cathy's brother
Edgar Linton, heir to the grand Linton estate
Isabella Linton, Edgar's sister
Mr Earnshaw, Cathy's father
(Minimum of 10 chorus members)
Liverpool crowd, Earnshaw employees, farm people, farmhands, local villagers,
Lintons servants and estate workers, doctors & nurses, etc.
Please see Production Enquiries for
licensing contacts. Libretto, orchestrations and midi files are available upon
request; contact Bernard J. Taylor.