Continuing Stage Door's 'Cast Album Masters Series' is the CD debut of the
'On the Level' Original London Cast Recording. An original musical
centered around the theft of G.C.E. exam papers, 'On the Level' opened at London's
Saville Theatre on April 19th 1966 and ran for 118 performances.
'On the Level' was the second musical penned by Ron Grainer and
Ronald Millar and reunited the 'Robert and Elizabeth' creative team of Wendy Toye (producer), Malcolm Clare (choreographer), Malcolm Pride (designer) and impresario Martin Landau. Presented in conjunction with the Beatles manager Brian Epstein,
'On the Level' was the polar opposite to 'Robert and Elizabeth', firmly set in the present day with a contemporary score that reflected the modern era of swinging 60s London. The production, described by Martin Landau as an "ironic comedy", focused on the British fascination with school exams and in particular the
G.C.E. Inspired by real life events, the plot centres on the theft and distribution of the
G.C.E. exam papers amongst both students and their parents and the scandal that ensues.
'On the Level' boasted a youth driven cast that included Angela Richards, Barrie Ingham, Gary Bond, Phyllida Law
and a break out role for Sheila White who reportedly stopped the show with her solo number
'On the Level' Original London Cast Recording is
licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited and
is strictly limited to 500 units only.
DATE: OCTOBER 9th, 2020