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AtoZ: Tale of Two Cities

It's a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done. It's a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known. - Sydney.

Good day, friends. I hope you have had the pleasure of reading or seeing A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. The book is full of so many great quotable passages and there have been a couple great film adaptations. My favourite -- Ronald Colman as Sydney in 1935. There is also a well made 1990 TV version starring Chris Sarandon, David Suchet ("Poirot") and Kenneth More ("Father Brown").

But today I draw your attention to the Broadway musical by Jill Santoriello. A Tale of Two Cities: The Musical unfortunately did not fare well on Broadway but we are lucky to have a cast recording and a filmed concert performance featuring Michael York as the Narrator.

I know some people have spoken poorly about the music but I think the music is what makes the musical so heartwarming and beautiful. Songs such as "If Dreams Come True", "Out of Sight, Out of Mind", "Without A Word" and "Let Her Stay A Child" are beautiful in their own right but as part of the musical they help tell a story that is already well known to their audience and help draw out the characters' inner turmoils and stories. Give the show a listen for yourself and let me know what you think.

Until tomorrow!

Haha - just realized that A Tale of Two Cities was my 2017 choice too.


  1. I was unaware that this classic story has dad the musical treatment. Thanks for posting.


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