Andrew Lloyd Webber musical opening

THEATER

December 12, 1996|By J. Wynn Rousuck

"Whistle Down the Wind," the first Andrew Lloyd Webber musical to premiere in the United States in 25 years, has its grand opening tonight at Washington's National Theatre. The new musical is based on a 1958 novel of the same name by Mary Hayley Bell and on the 1961 movie that starred her daughter, Hayley Mills. Lloyd Webber's collaborators are lyricist Jim Steinman, best known as the lyricist for Meat Loaf, and Patricia Knop, with whom the composer co-wrote the libretto.

Harold Prince directs this story about three children who discover a stranger they believe is Jesus Christ. The setting has been moved from northern England to Louisiana in part to allow Lloyd Webber to compose a score ranging from gospel to rock and roll. The cast is headed by "Phantom of the Opera" veteran Davis Gaines.

Show at the National, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, are 8 p.m. Tuesdays - Saturdays and Dec. 23 and 30 (no show Dec. 24, 25 or Jan. 1); 7 p.m. Sundays; matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 3 p.m. Dec. 26. The show runs through Feb. 9. Tickets are $20-$70. Call (202) 628-6161.

Pub Date: 12/12/96

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