'Half A Sixpence'
is considered one of the most iconic and enduring British musicals of the 20th Century. The musical adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel 'Kipps' featured music and lyrics by
David Heneker and book by Beverley Cross and opened at
London's Cambridge Theatre in March 1963 starring Tommy Steele as Arthur Kipps. On March
13th 1962 (exactly one year before the show opened in the West End) the studio demo recordings for 'Kipps' (the then working title for the show) were recorded at
London's Olympic Studios. Performers featured on the demo recordings
include Tommy Steele, Rita Williams, Roy Sone (Tommy Steele's understudy in the Original London production),
Joanna Rigby and writers David Heneker and Beverley
Cross. Backed by the Kenny Powell Trio, the studio demos effectively capture the magic of David Heneker's classic score and feature many of the stand out numbers from the musical including
'If The Rain's Got To Fall', 'Money To Burn' and 'Half A
Sixpence'. The recordings also highlight several songs which would later be cut from the show and provide a fascinating insight into the development of the musical.
The previously unreleased 'Half A Sixpence' Demo Recordings have been digitally remastered from the studio master tapes. All tracks make their debut on CD.
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DATE: SEPTEMBER 29th, 2017