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West End musical adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest to debut on CD

The Importance of Being EarnestStage Door Records are pleased to announce that the previously unreleased studio cast recording of the 1984 West End musical ‘The Importance’ is to be released on February 26th, 2016. The CD release continues Stage Door’s commitment to preserve ‘lost’ British theatre scores of the past 50 years.

Sean O’Mahony’s musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest was first staged at London’s Ambassadors Theatre in May 1984. Produced in association with Ray Cooney’s The Theatre Of Comedy Company, ‘The Importance’ starred David Firth, Patrick Ryecart and Judy Campbell and ran for a limited season. To date, ‘The Importance’ holds the distinction of being the only musical adaptation of The Importance Of Being Earnest to run in the West End. A revised production subsequently opened at Peterborough’s Key Theatre in July 1986, now titled ‘Borne In A Handbag’ the new cast featured Nigel Williams as Jack Worthing, Cal McCrystal as Algernon Moncrieff, Amanda Bairstow as Cecily Cardew, Charmian Gradwell as Gwendolen Fairfax and Ann Hamilton as Lady Bracknell.

Following the Key Theatre production, O’Mahony’s delightful score was recorded as a studio cast album with members of the original Peterborough cast and other West End vocalists. Produced over a period of 20 years the album features such leading West End performers as Nigel Williams, Jill Martin and Susan Jane Tanner. Stage Door is pleased to issue the debut release of ‘The Importance’ cast recording.

THE IMPORTANCE
The Musical Importance Of Being Earnest
Original Studio Cast Recording
01. OVERTURE / A FINE AND GRACIOUS CITY
02. BUNBURYING
03. ONE LOVE / THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
04. YOUR ENGAGEMENT
05. BUNBURYING (Reprise)
06. I MUST WRITE THAT DOWN BEFORE I FORGET
07. I NEED SOMEONE TO RESCUE ME / I MUST WRITE THAT DOWN BEFORE I FORGET (Reprise)
08. EVERY FLOWER IN THE GARDEN
09. SINCERELY YOURS
10. YOUR DUTY AS A GENTLEMAN
11. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
12. I AM NEVER WRONG
13. MAY I OFFER YOU A CUP OF TEA?
14. YES FOR A WOMAN HE WILL
15. ONE VITAL QUESTION
16. MY WARD / YOUR ENGAGEMENT (Reprise)
17. BORNE IN A HANDBAG
18. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Finale)

FIRST LISTEN!

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