I and Albert

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I and Albert
I and Albert programme.png
West End theatre programme
MusicCharles Strouse
LyricsLee Adams
BasisThe lives of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Productions1972 West End

I and Albert is a 1972 musical by composer Charles Strouse, and lyricist Lee Adams. The plot is based on the lives of Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and was adapted for the stage by Jay Presson Allen.

Production[edit]

The musical debuted in the West End at the Piccadilly Theatre on 6 November 1972, under the direction of John Schlesinger, but proved a flop, running only for three months, 120 performances. British actress Polly James performed the role of Victoria opposite Sven-Bertil Taube as her husband Prince Albert.[1] Lewis Fiander and Aubrey Woods had featured roles. Sarah Brightman made her stage debut in 1973 in this musical, as Vicky, the queen's eldest daughter, and a street waif, at age 13; also in the cast was Simon Gipps-Kent as a young Prince Edward ("Bertie"), a role he would later reprise for television in Edward the Seventh.

The musical has not been performed on Broadway.

A PDF of the original program can be found at[2]

Songs[edit]

Act I
  • Vivat! Vivat Regina!
  • It Has All Begun
  • Leave It Alone
  • I've 'Eard The Bloody 'Indoos 'As It Worse
  • This Gentle Land
  • This Noble Land
  • I and Albert
  • Enough!
  • Victoria
Act 2
  • All Glass!
  • The Genius Of Man
  • The Victoria And Albert Waltz
  • His Royal Highness
  • Just You and Me
  • Draw The Blinds
  • The Widow At Windsor
  • No One To Call Me Victoria
  • When You Speak With A Lady
  • Go It, Old Girl!
  • Finale

Recording[edit]

The cast album is a studio recording that reunited some of the original principals in London in 1981.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Suskin, Steven. Show Tunes:The Songs, Shows and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers, Oxford University Press US, 2010 (Ed.4), ISBN 0-19-531407-7, p. 291
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2] jayrecords.com