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"Sarah Porter is Pure Magic." – Jeff Ritter, Critical Blast

"Sarah Porter shines in Tell Me on a Sunday" – Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"An undeniable winner!" – Paul Friswold, The Riverfront Times

"A character and a show that you can’t help but fall in love with. What a stunning performance."
– Steve Allen Stage Door St. Louis

"A boatload of great songs that take us on one stirring emotional journey after another."
– Richard Green, TalkinBroadway

"An absolute delight . . . I could watch the show again and again."
– Tina Farmer, KDHX

"Porter gives a virtuoso performance, a marathon of mettle, a testament to her talent."
– Lynn Venhaus, Belleville News-Democrat


Take that look off your face!
I can see through your smile.
You would love to be right.
I bet you didn't sleep good last night,
Couldn't wait to bring all of that bad news to my door.
Well, I've got news for you:
I knew before.
          — Tell Me on a Sunday

New Line closed its 25th season with Andrew Lloyd Webber's one-woman, one-act, rock musical TELL ME ON A SUNDAY, a forgotten gem from the composer of Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita (both of which New Line has produced), Phantom of the Opera, Joseph, Cats, and other shows. Tell Me on a Sunday was presented on Broadway as the first half of Song & Dance, with Bernadette Peters.
New Line presented the local premiere of this one-act musical.

New Line's production starred veteran New Liner Sarah Porter as Emma, with New Line Associate Artistic Director Mike Dowdy directing, Nate Jackson music directing, scenic and lighting design by Rob Lippert, costume design by Sarah Porter, and sound design by Benjamin Rosemann.

This pop-rock song cycle follows a young English woman newly arrived in New York, brimming with optimism, and her journey through America and the perils of ill-advised romance. As she seeks out success and love, she weaves her way through the maze of New York and Hollywood social life, and through her own anxieties, frustrations, and heartaches, and she begins to wonder whether there are better choices to be made.

The show was originally conceived by Tim Rice, Lloyd Webber's early writing partner, who intended to develop it into a cycle of television shows with Lloyd Webber, a small, intimate project after finishing the large-scale Evita. But Lloyd Webber took the project instead to lyricist Don Black, who went on to write Aspects of Love and Sunset Boulevard with Lloyd Webber, as well as Bonnie & Clyde with Frank Wildhorn (which New Line produced last season).

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY premiered at Lloyd Webber's famous Sydmonton Festival in 1979, followed by a recording that same year, and a special one-hour BBC television broadcast in 1980. The broadcast was repeated the following month, and the cast album reached #2 on the UK charts, while the single "Take That Look Off Your Face" reached #3. In 1982, Lloyd Webber combined Tell Me on a Sunday, with his Variations for cello and rock band, 23 variations on Paganini's "Caprice #24," to form the two-act Song & Dance, which opened on Broadway in 1985. New Line presents the one-act TELL ME ON A SUNDAY in Andrew Lloyd Webber's new definitive version, a hybrid of the London and Broadway productions of Song and Dance, and a 2003 revision for a London revival.  


  Want to explore more? We recommend:>

The original concept album with Marti Webb, and the original Broadway cast album of Song & Dance, with Bernadette Peters

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Notes on Tell Me on a Sunday

The official Tell Me on a Sunday webpage

The official Andrew Lloyd Webber website

A profile of actor Sarah Porter in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a "Rising Star"

A PBS webpage chronicling Lloyd Webber's life and career

Our webpages for New Line's productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita