The Light Princess (Original Cast Recording)

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The Light Princess
(Original Cast Recording)
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Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released October 9, 2015 (2015-10-09)
Recorded 2014–2015
Length2:07:00
Label Universal/Mercury Classics
Producer Tori Amos

The Light Princess (Original Cast Recording) is the commercial music release from the stage adaptation of the Scottish fairy tale by George MacDonald.

Fairy tale fictional story featuring folkloric fantasy characters

A fairy tale, wonder tale, magic tale, or Märchen is a folklore genre that takes the form of a short story. Such stories typically feature entities such as dwarfs, dragons, elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, goblins, griffins, mermaids, talking animals, trolls, unicorns, or witches, and usually magic or enchantments. Fairy tales may be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends and explicit moral tales, including beast fables. The term is mainly used for stories with origins in European tradition and, at least in recent centuries, mostly relates to children's literature.

George MacDonald Scottish journalist, novelist

George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet and Christian minister. He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. His writings have been cited as a major literary influence by many notable authors, including W. H. Auden, J. M. Barrie, Lord Dunsany, Hope Mirrlees, Robert E. Howard, L. Frank Baum, T.H. White, Lloyd Alexander, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Walter de la Mare, E. Nesbit, Peter S. Beagle, Neil Gaiman and Madeleine L'Engle. C. S. Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I began to read. A few hours later", said Lewis, "I knew that I had crossed a great frontier." G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had "made a difference to my whole existence".

Contents

The Light Princess was the first stage musical to feature original compositions by singer-songwriter Tori Amos. The play debuted at London's Royal National Theatre on 9 October 2013 with music and lyrics by Amos and book and lyrics by Australian playwright and screenwriter Samuel Adamson.

<i>The Light Princess</i> short story by George MacDonald

The Light Princess is a Scottish fairy tale by George MacDonald. It was published in 1864. Drawing on inspiration from "Sleeping Beauty", it tells the story of a princess afflicted by a constant weightlessness, unable to get her feet on the ground, both literally and metaphorically, until she finds a love that brings her down to earth. An animated version was released in 1978. In 2013, a musical version by Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson inspired by the original story was premiered for the Royal National Theatre in London. The stage production featured actress Rosalie Craig as the title character. The musical was generally well-received, enjoyed an extended run in the theatre, and had its cast recording released in 2015. Another musical also titled The Light Princess was written by Tony Lawton with music by Alex Bechtel, and debuted in April 2017 at the Arden Theatre Company.

Tori Amos American singer-songwriter and pianist

Tori Amos is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. She is a classically trained musician with a mezzo-soprano vocal range. Having already begun composing instrumental pieces on piano, Amos won a full scholarship to the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University at the age of five, the youngest person ever to have been admitted. She was expelled at the age of 11 for what Rolling Stone described as "musical insubordination." Amos was the lead singer of the short-lived 1980s pop group Y Kant Tori Read before achieving her breakthrough as a solo artist in the early 1990s. Her songs focus on a broad range of topics, including sexuality, feminism, politics, and religion.

Royal National Theatre theatre in London, England

The Royal National Theatre in London, commonly known as the National Theatre (NT), is one of the United Kingdom's three most prominent publicly funded performing arts venues, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera House. Internationally, it is known as the National Theatre of Great Britain.

The story centres around teenage princess Althea of Lagobel who lost gravity when refusing to mourn over her mother’s death and is therefore bound to float above ground. When war breaks out Althea, pushed by her father to come to ground and take responsibility, flees only to fall in love with the rivalling kingdoms prince.

The musical opened to positive reviews in September 2013, starring Rosalie Craig in the titular role, subsequently singled out as a stand-out performance. Craig was nominated for many awards, and ultimately won the Evening Standard's award for best actress in a musical. The choreography, lighting, set design, music (Amos) and other cast performances were also lauded and nominated for a range of awards. In 2014, Amos stated that the production team had ambitions of bringing The Light Princess to American Broadway, but expressed worry that the original National Theatre production might not be commercial enough for the American audience. [1]

Rosalie Craig British actress

Rosalie Craig is an English actress, noted for her performances in musical theatre. In 2013 she received her first major award, a London Evening Standard Award for Best Performance in a Musical. A profile in The Guardian in November 2014 commented that "actor Rosalie Craig is living proof that stars are not born but made – through a combination of talent, hard work, sheer grit and an ability to connect with audiences. She’s got all in abundance."

Broadway theatre class of professional theater presented in New York City, New York, USA

Broadway theatre, commonly known as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Along with London's West End theatre, Broadway theatre is widely considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.

The Original Cast Recording features 30 original recordings by the cast plus three bonus tracks, including two performed by Amos. [2]

An early incarnation of the song "Coronation" appeared on Tori Amos's seasonal album Midwinter Graces in 2009. Then known as "Winter's Carol", much of the song's core melody remains the same as the version that would become "Coronation". In its place as the closing number of The Light Princess, the lyrics, structure and arrangements have been almost completely re-written, though some lyrical content remains similar to "Winter's Carol".

<i>Midwinter Graces</i> album by Tori Amos

Midwinter Graces is the eleventh solo studio album by singer-songwriter Tori Amos released on November 10, 2009, through Universal Republic Records. It is the first seasonal album by Amos, and is also notable for marking her return to a more classical, stripped-down, baroque sound with various synths, string-instruments, the harpsichord and Amos's own signature Bösendorfer piano at center stage, once more. The album, like previous releases from Amos, is available in a single form CD or a Deluxe edition which includes 3 bonus tracks, a 20-page photo book, and a DVD containing an interview with Amos. The standard edition was not released in the US or Canada.

Track listing

The Light Princess - A Musical by Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson (Original Cast Recording) (disc 1)
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Prologue: Once Upon A Time"Amy Booth-Steel, Kane Oliver Parry, Eve Blue Elliott-Sidi, Connor Fitzgerald, The Light Princess Company3:39
2."My Own Land"Amy Booth-Steel, Clive Rowe, David Langham, Hal Fowler, Kane Oliver Parry, Landi Oshinowo, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Malinda Parris, Nick Hendrix, Rosalie Craig And The Light Princess Company7:28
3."My Fairy Story"Rosalie Craig & Amy Booth-Steel4:52
4."Queen Material"Rosalie Craig, Amy Booth-Steel, Clive Rowe, Malinda Parris, Adam Pearce, The Light Princess Company9:58
5."Sealand Supremacy"Rosalie Craig, Nick Hendrix, Amy Booth-Steel, Kane Oliver Parry, Laura Pitt-Pulford, The Light Princess Company3:38
6."Zephyrus Call & Levity"Rosalie Craig & Nick Hendrix3:00
7."Althea"Rosalie Craig & Nick Hendrix4:33
8."Scandal"Malinda Parris & The Light Princess Company1:44
9."The Gauntlet"Clive Rowe, Malinda Parris, The Light Princess Company1:29
10."Better than Good"Rosalie Craig & The Light Princess Company3:06
11."The Solution"Rosalie Craig, Clive Rowe, Malinda Parris, David Langham, Adam Pearce, Caspar Phillipson, The Light Princess Company6:15
12."Highness in the Sky"Nick Hendrix1:58
13."Proverbs & Let the Bells Ring & God, the Horror"Nick Hendrix, Amy Booth-Steel, Clive Rowe, Hal Fowler, The Light Princess Company3:11
14."No H2O"Rosalie Craig & Amy Booth-Steel5:18
15."Zephyrus Call Reprise"Nick Hendrix1:07
16."Darkest Hour"Rosalie Craig4:14
17."After Darkest Hour"Rosalie Craig & Nick Hendrix1:33
The Light Princess - A Musical by Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson (Original Cast Recording) (disc 2)
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Amphibiava"Rosalie Craig & Nick Hendrix4:32
2."Tinkle, Drizzle, Bubble, and Gush"Rosalie Craig, Amy Booth-Steel, Kane Oliver Parry, Clive Rowe, Hal Fowler, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Malinda Parris, Vivien Carter, Jamie Muscato2:38
3."Nothing More Than This, Part One"Rosalie Craig, Nick Hendrix, Kane Oliver Parry5:23
4."Part Two: Queen of the Lake"Rosalie Craig & Amy Booth-Steel3:18
5."Drought"David Langham, Adam Pearce, The Light Princess Company1:44
6."The Whistleblower"Amy Booth-Steel, Clive Rowe, Malinda Parris, James Charlton, The Light Princess Company5:45
7."My LIttle Girl's Smile"Amy Booth-Steel, Clive Rowe, Malinda Parris3:43
8."Bitter Fate"Nick Hendrix, Kane Oliver Parry, Hal Fowler2:51
9."The Wedding"Rosalie Craig, Nick Hendrix, Amy Booth-Steel, Kane Oliver Parry, Clive Rowe, Hal Fowler, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Malinda Parris, The Light Princess Company4:35
10."Crash in the Universe"Rosalie Craig, Nick Hendrix, Amy Booth-Steel, Kane Oliver Parry, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Malinda Parris, The Light Princess Company5:33
11."Tears"Rosalie Craig3:39
12."Gravity & Epilogue: Once Upon a Time"Rosalie Craig, Nick Hendrix, Amy Booth-Steel, Kane Oliver Parry3:33
13."Coronation"Rosalie Craig, Nick Hendrix, Amy Booth-Steel, Kane Oliver Parry, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Malinda Parris, The Light Princess Company3:10
14."Gravity (Bonus Track)"Rosalie Craig & Nick Hendrix2:00
15."Highness in the Sky (Bonus Track)"Tori Amos3:25
16."Darkest Hour (Bonus Track)"Tori Amos3:36

Charts

Chart (2015)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [3] 866

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