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Tell me on a Sunday, Starring Carly Binding

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About the show:

Director David Coddington brings you Tell Me On a Sunday starring Carly Binding.

Tell Me On a Sunday is a one woman musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black. A one-act song cycle, it tells the story of an ordinary English girl from Muswell Hill, who journeys to the United States in search of love. Her romantic misadventures begin in New York City, lead her to Hollywood, and eventually take her back to Manhattan.

Tell Me On a Sunday has been a world wide musical hit and includes the much loved musical numbers; Take that look off your face, Tell me On a Sunday, Capped Teeth and Caeser Salad.

Tell me on a Sunday is Carly Binding’s debut in a musical. Three live backing singers are more fully involved than in any other Tell Me On a Sunday production, and along with a live band make this a stunning night out.

Tell me on a Sunday, 14-24 November.

Bookings open now at

About Carly Binding:

Carly has spent the last 15 years as a contemporary pop singer and songwriter. Over this period of time Carly has released two albums which were met with critical acclaim and sales and chart success.
Her first album 'Passenger' (2003) debuted at number 6 and it's four resulting singles 'Alright with me', 'We Kissed', 'Love will save me', and 'this is it' all sat strongly near the top of the NZ music chart. Passenger was also released in Australia and received high rotation radio play for both 'Alright with me' and 'We kissed'.

Her second album 'So Radiate' garnered interest in the U.S. which saw her being invited to take a much coveted spot at the South by South West music festival in Austin, Texas. This led to regular shows in Los Angeles where Carly took up residency for 4 months.

Now, after more than a decade of recording and touring Carly has decided to explore her family roots of musical theatre - both her mother and grandmother were well known theatre performers at Downstage in Wellington. Carly has always been someone who is not afraid to take on a challenge so it seems only fitting she is making 'Tell me on a Sunday' her debut as lead in a musical.

About the Director, David Coddington:

David set up “The Real Theatre Co.” in 2003. Since then The Company has staged a number of shows including “Amadeus” “Godspell”, “West Side Story” and “Shirley Valentine”. Over the past 22 years that David has been in Auckland he has directed over 70 professional theatre productions including “Ladies Night” (world premier) “Equus”, “Death and the Maiden”. “Kiss of the Spiderwoman” “Judy” “Saving Grace” “Rangi and Papa” for the opening of the Aotea Centre plus over 50 theatre productions for children. David is currently Head of the School of Performing Arts at the Manukau Institute of Technology and Associate Director of the South Seas Film and TV School which he jointly founded in 1991. “Tell Me On A Sunday” is a musical that David has wanted to stage for a long time and is thrilled to have been able to cast Carly Binding as the lead.

Director’s notes

The musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber are often maligned for their overt sentimentality. This does the man a great disservice. At heart all of us are romantics with a strong streak of sentimentality and it is Andrew Lloyd Webber's skill in his composing in conjunction with the lyrics by Don Black that allows us to access the emotions inherent in this musical and identify with the journey of hopes and dashed dreams of the story's heroine. We can empathise with "The Girl" as she is known in this piece as she commits totally to every relationship with a sense of hope and optimism only to have them collapse underneath her. However, she doesn't sink into despair or retreat from society. She tries again and again each time seeking to fulfil her romantic aspirations.

In an age where the pace of life is becoming faster and more pragmatic, where we have little time to pursue the joys of life I am sure we can all identify with "The Girl" and her romanticism and hope for a meaningful relationship.

Carly's thought on the show

As a young girl all I ever wanted to be was a performer. Be it dancing, singing, or acting it didn't matter, I threw myself into it. In my mind there was no other option but to follow this passion. I believed then, and still do now, that a performers one true responsibility is to make an audience feel and to create something with which they can identify. This is something I always strive to achieve. Over the years my love of performing and being on a stage has never waned and here I am in my mid thirties still taking on new challenges. Taking on the role of 'the girl' in Tell me on a Sunday might just be my biggest challenge yet.

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