I scream Sunday

IT WAS the musical that spelt the end of the fruitful collaboration between Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Wondering what to do next, after the success of Evita, writer Tim Rice thought of a series of TV shows under the umbrella title of Tell Me On A Sunday.

However, the two had a major fall out and Rice left the partnership.

Lloyd Webber, meanwhile, was still keen on the concept and hired Don Black – who had previously won an an Oscar for best original song with Born Free.

The show tells the story of the romantic misadventures of a girl from Muswell Hill who relocates to New York to find love in the Big Apple.

Her search takes her to Hollywood before returning to Manhatten.

It was Black’s idea to open up Rice’s original concept from being set solely in the UK to having the female lead travel to the United States.

The original lead role went to Marti Webb who had been playing Eva Peron in the in performances of Evita.

The show was such a success that it was snapped up by the BBC and shown on TV.

Webb also managed to take a single release from the show, Take That Look Off Your Face, to number three in the UK’s music charts.

And now it falls to a new generation of talent to interpret Lloyd Webber and Black’s vision. Step up, Claire Sweeney.

The former Brookside actress has carved out a nice, little career for herself in music since she quit acting in the soap show.

Following from a 2001 appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, she was invited to play Roxie Hart on stage in the musical Chicago, released an eponymous album and has been the darling of many panto shows.

But perhaps her biggest turn to date was when she appeared with Dirty Dancing legend Patrick Swayze on a UK tour of Guys and Dolls.

As the unnamed girl in Tell Me On A Sunday, she takes up the reigns from another TV personality who turned to music, Denise Van Outen.

The show has gone through many changes over the years with formats being changed and new songs added.

This production is no different with a new song, Dreams Never Run On Time, having been penned.

As a one act show with only one character, it is a tough show to carry off.

Sweeney, however, is a feisty Scouser and no one should doubt that this lady has what it takes.