The one truly exceptional Musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber that deserves to be far better recognised for it’s musical integrity is The Woman in White. I was fortunate to see it in the first week of it opening in the west end in London in 2004. I loved it for its writing. I didn’t love it for certain elements in production execution (NB, I didn’t say elements in ‘Design’ which, in fact, I admired for the technology available at the time).
The article below in which The Telegraph’s Charles Spencer interviews ALW is interesting on several levels. Noteworthy is the composer’s comments on the rise-and-rise of Musical Comedy to the detriment of more serious musical theatre subject matter, and secondly his observations on the need for structural intergrity in the book of Musicals. It’s worth the read.
And yes, I remain a huge fan of TWIW, irrespective of what version you refer to (the original London cast, Version 2.0 as it is referred, or the shorter and further tightened Broadway production). It should be re-mounted. And yes, one day I would like to conduct a production of it, because it is so operatic in musical ebb-and-flow, and there are not may Musicals that give this scope to a Musical Director. In fact I think ENO could produce it, now that I think about it – that is – after the Menier Chocolate Factory folk rejuvinate this piece’s mixed fortunes with another of their ripping productions. Good luck Ms. Friedman!