Abandonded Projects

Jessie Matthews Film

Singing Sarah to play Jessie  Daily Express Friday March 18 1988 – By DAVID WIGG

PHANTOM of the Opera sensation Sarah Brightman is to make her big screen debut as twenties singing star Jessie Matthews.

The -multi-million pound musical extravaganza will-be the first film produced by husband and Phantom writer – Andrew Lloyd Webbers Really useful company.

 Sarah who after a record-breaking West End run of Phantom is now starring in the sell out New York production will quit the show later tills year and go straight into rehearsals.  She gave fans a sneak preview, with a song and dance routine as Jessie at the Royal variety performance.

 The singer made famous songs such as Cole Porter’s Lets Do It Richard Rogers’ My Heart Stood Still and Noel Cowards A Room With A View.

 Born in London’s Soho in 1907 one of 16 children of a hard-drinking market stall holder, she led a colorful life.  She started as a silent movie actress in 1923, and by the age of 21 was earning £200 a week. She appeared on stage and screen right through to the forties, with daring performances such as The Dance of the Seven Veils.

 Her career took off again in 1963 when she played the title role in the radio series Mrs. Dale’s Diary, right through to its end in 1969.

 She married and divorced three – times including Lord. Lytton and musical star sonny Hale and died of cancer aged 74.

 Sarah, since. starring in Phantom has been deluged with film scripts, but says it has been her one great ambition to star as Jessie. . . The singing, dancing role could nave been tailor made for her and there is even a hint of a resemblance in the way they look.

 Choreographer on the spectacular film set to go into production before the end of the year is Gillian Lynne, much praised for her work on Phantom.

 Lloyd Webber also intends to film the hit musical with its award Winning title role performance by Michael Crawford.



Nine – Musical

Sarah was to appear in a Charity performance of “Nine” with Jonathan Pryce at the London Royal Festival Hall on June 7, 1992 at 8:15 PM.    The performance never happened for Sarah, since it was important she be in Spain on the same day the performance of “Nine” took place.   Due to his schedule, Jose Carrerras was only available to record “Amigos Para Siempre” for the 1992 Olympics on that day.   Promotional posters with Sarah’s name and a sketch of her and Jonathan Pryce exist.   Sarah was replaced with Elizabeth Sastre. 


Wuthering Heights Musical

DAILY EXPRESS Saturday August 24 1991  Sarah In Retreat from New Musical  Heights  by Sian James

SINGER Sarah Brightman has pulled out of the starring role in a musical version of the classic novel Wuthering Heights. The 30-year-old star. the ex-wife of millionaire  composer Andrew Lloyd Webber told the producers at the last moment she was too busy.

Sarah was to play Cathy Earnshaw, Emily Bronte’s wayward heroine, opposite Peter Polycarpou’s Heathcliff.   The role will now be taken by 27-yoar old English National Open soprano Fiona O’ Neill who was discovered in Salome at last years Edinburgh Festival.

  Wuthering Heights A – Musical opens at Oxford’s Old Fire Station Arts Centre on September 2nd  and plans are  afoot  to turn it into a West End spectacular. Sarah was supposed to be a big name to bring in the audiences,’ an insider said. Frankly the cast s quite relieved we found a replacement.  Fiona is extremely good.

Lyricist Steve Deverauax, 36, denied there was a fall-out-with the star.  “Sarah would have loved to have done it” he said. “But she was committed in other places. like recording in Los Angeles.  She would have been very good as Cathy. But Fiona is wonderful.”

She is a real discovery.’ Of the musical he said: It Follows the great English pastoral tradition of Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten.


East of Eden

East of Eden was going to be the name of the La Luna album – as a follow on to Eden, but as La Luna was a moon themed album the name changed to reflect this. 

East of Eden

Cover made by me


Angelica the Classical Collection Concert

In the Summer of 2001 the Sarah Brightman Official Site released details of an upcoming concert entitled  “Angelica: The Classical Collection Concert” which would take place in Greece, at an outdoor venue, maybe at an old amphitheatre theatre.  Sarah would have been accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  Sadly for some reason this never happened, and as far as I remember no real reason was given.

Angelica poster


Diva the French Version


Sometime in 2007 / 2008 for the release of the French edition of “Diva: Sarah Brightman”  This version has a different track list from “Diva: The Singles Collection,” which was released worldwide (except Europe) last fall. The French edition will feature all-new photos with a decidedly European flair, as well as new duets with Florent Pagny, I Muvrini and Patrick Fiori.

The Official Store will not be carrying this CD as it is a France-only release.   

1. A Question Of Honour
2. Just Show Me How To Love You (featuring Florent Pagny)

3. Anytime Anywhere
4. Nella Fantasia

5. Gueri De Toi (featuring Nigel Kennedy)
6. What A Wonderful World
6. The War Is Over (featuring Kazim Al Saher)
7.  Tout Ce Que Je Sais
8. Un Seul Mot (featuring Patrick Fiori)
9.  Nessun Dorma
10. Tu Quieres Volver (featuring I Muvrini)
11. Ave Maria
12.  Mysterious Days (featuring Ofra Haza)
13.  Dans La Nuit
14. Time To Say Goodbye (featuring Andrea Bocelli)

Diva The Singles Collection French Version



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