PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ORIGINAL LONDON CAST ALBUM OF ‘JACK THE RIPPER’ TO DEBUT ON CD MARCH 30th
Stage Door Records have announced the previously unreleased original London cast recording of the 1974/75 musical ‘Jack The Ripper’ will be released on March 30th, 2015. The CD release continues Stage Door’s London cast album series and commitment to preserve ‘lost’ British theatre scores of the past 50 years.
‘Jack The Ripper’ was adapted for the musical stage in 1974 and features a score by leading actor Ron Pember and book and lyrics by Pember with Denis De Marne. The musical reconstruction of the incidents relating to the historic East End murders of 1888 was told
through the company of a Whitechapel Music Hall, a device that cleverly presented an atmospheric commentary on the murders as opposed to a historic re-enactment.
The production was first staged at London’s Players’ Theatre, opening on June 25th 1974 starring Terese Stevens (‘Rock Carmen’, ‘Gigi’ – US National Tour, ‘Windy City’, ‘The Voice’ Season 3), Eleanor McCready, Roy Stone and Charles West in the lead roles. Theatre impresario Larry Parnes subsequently transferred the production from the Players’ to London’s Ambassadors Theatre in September 1974 followed by the Cambridge Theatre in February 1975, earning a nomination for ‘Best Musical’ at the 1974 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. The show would later debut in the United States, produced by Elliot Martin at Providence’s Trinity Theatre in March 1979. Since the amateur production rights were released in 1976, ‘Jack The Ripper’ has remained a popular production choice with societies worldwide.
In February 1975 an original London cast album of the show was produced but has remained unreleased until now. 40 years after the show was last performed in the West End, Stage Door releasing the original London cast album, digitally remastered from the master tapes.
FIRST LISTEN! SAMPLE THE COMPLETE TRACK ‘STEP ACROSS THE RIVER’ (PERFORMED BY TERESE STEVENS AND ELEANOR MCCREADY) FROM THE FORTHCOMING ‘JACK THE RIPPER’ ORIGINAL LONDON CAST ALBUM ON SOUNDCLOUD:
‘JACK THE RIPPER’ – ORIGINAL 1975 LONDON CAST ALBUM
1. SATURDAY NIGHT – Linda Rusby, Company
2. SING, SING – Company
3. GENERALLY NICE – Terese Stevens
4. GOD BLESS US – Company
5. GOODBYE DAY – Terese Stevens, The Girls
6. WHAT A LIFE – The Gang, The Girls
7. LOVE – Terese Stevens
8. RIPPER’S GOING TO GET YOU – Elaine Holland, Roy Stone, The Gang
9. CHARLIE AND QUEENIE – Eleanor McCready, Peter Spraggon
10. HALF A DOZEN PINTS –Terese Stevens
11. THERE’S A BOAT COMING IN – Company
12. LOOK AT THEM – Company
13. SUSPECTS – Roy Stone, Christine Edmonds, The Gang
14. POLICEMAN’S CHORUS – Charles West, Constables
15. STEP ACROSS THE RIVER – Terese Stevens, Eleanor McCready
16. MONTAGE – Company
17. SATURDAY NIGHT (REPRISE) – Company
Friday 13th February 2015