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Original London Cast Album CoverBeyond the Rainbow

A musical comedy by Garinei and Giovannini
Written with Iaia Fiastri and originally staged in Italy as "Aggiungi un Posto a Tavola"

Based on the novel "After Me The Deluge" by David Forrest

Music: Armando Trovaioli Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse
English version: David Forrest

Adelphi Theatre, London - 9 November, 1978 (6 month run)

Beyond the Rainbow is an Italian musical comedy which was adapted from the English novel "After Me The Deluge", by David Forrest. The show was first produced in Rome in 1974, where it ran for 3½ years. The London production opened at the Adelphi Theatre on the 9th November 1978 starring the original Father Silvestro - Johnny Dorelli. Roy Kinnear played the Mayor. 

The adaptors, Garinei and Giovannini had a previous production entitled When in Rome which also played at the Adelphi in 1959, starring Dickie Henderson and Eleanor Summerfield. The adaptors and the composer - Armando Trovaioli - were also responsible for such popular song hits as "Volare" and "Arriverderci Roma!" 

The play is a comedy set in a small Italian mountain village of San Crispino, where the young priest, Father Silvestro, receives a very unusual telephone call which causes chaos in the village, amongst the inhabitants - Clementina, who is madly in love with the priest, her father, the miserly mayor, Toto, the village simpleton and Consolation, a lady of somewhat doubtful virtue, who arrives there on a dowry fund-raising trip. 

These unusual ingredients result in a musical show of refreshing and different entertainment.

PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS

  • FATHER SILVESTRO
  • ENRICO, the mayor
  • ORTENSIA, his wife
  • CLEMENTINA, his daughter
  • TOTO, a robust but inexperienced young man .
  • GOD'S VOICE
  • CONSOLATION, an itinerant prostitute
  • THE CARDINAL


MUSICAL NUMBERS

ACT ONE

Come Join Us at the Table - Silvestro & Company
Pity - Clementina & Silvestro
The Ding Dong Song - Silvestro & Company
Throw it Away - Company
A Time for Love - Silvestro & Company
Consolation - Consolation & Men
A Time for Love (reprise) - Silvestro & Company
Love According to Me - Silvestro, Clementina, Toto and Consolation
A Tiny Art - Silvestro & Company

ACT TWO

San Crispino - Company
Pity (reprise) - Silvestro and Clementina
Clementina - Silvestro
I Want You - Toto, Consolation & Company
Beyond the Rainbow - Silvestro & Company
Love According To You - (reprise) - Silvestro & Company
Come Join Us at the Table - (reprise) - Company

TIME: The Present

PLACE: A mountain village in Italy.

Discography:

Original London Cast Alburm - MCA - MCF 2874