cover art for Billy

Billy

1974

LP: CBS 70133
CD: Columbia 472818 2
Lyric by Don Black

  1. Overture: Ambrosia
  2. Some of Us Belong to the Stars
  3. Happy to Be Themselves
  4. The Witch
  5. Lies
  6. It Were All Green Hills
  7. Aren't You Billy Fisher
  8. Is This Where I Wake Up
  9. Billy
  10. Remembering
  11. Any Minute Now
  12. The Lady from L.A.
  13. I Missed the Last Rainbow
  14. Finale

The Play

This musical was based on Billy Liar, a popular play about a young man (Michael Crawford) who finds himself having to expand and elaborate his lies to keep from being discovered as a liar.


The Music

I have a lot of trouble with this one since I've never seen the play and I'm unfamiliar with the story.


Release Notes

The LP came out around the time of the play. There is a CD floating around but it's hard to find and pricey.

Credits

Adapted by Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais
Based on "Billy Liar" by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
Starring Michael Crawford, Bryan Pringle, Avis Bunnage, Christopher Hancock, Diana Quick, Gay Soper, Elaine Paige, Lockwood West, Betty Turner, Billy Boyle, Barry James, Elsie Winsor
Costumes by Annena Stubs
Production Designed by Ralph Koltai
Vocal and Dance Arrangements by Ray Holder
Music arranged and Orchestrated by John barry and Bobby Richards
Musical Director was Alfred Ralton
Dances and Musical Numbers Staged by Onna White
Directed by Patrick Garland
Produced for Records by Goddard Lieberson