23 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2007, renowned English children’s author Michael Morpurgo expressed doubts about the very notion of London stage producers adapting his 1982 novel about the odyssey of a Devon farm horse sold into the British cavalry during WWI. Yet just four years later, the unlikely show had become not only a Broadway success honored with five Tony Awards (including Best Play) but a lavish, Steven Spielberg–directed Hollywood film translation as well. Given the stage production’s uniquely equine point of view, Adrian Sutton’s elegiac orchestral score and the stark, evocative songs of veteran English folk musician John Tams form crucial but ever-subtle dramatic underpinnings to the unlikely Broadway triumph. Melancholy yet not cloying, the understated grace of Sutton’s and Tams’ musical collaboration evokes the history and travails of a century past, effectively bridging them with a modern era all too familiar with its own horrors of war.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2007, renowned English children’s author Michael Morpurgo expressed doubts about the very notion of London stage producers adapting his 1982 novel about the odyssey of a Devon farm horse sold into the British cavalry during WWI. Yet just four years later, the unlikely show had become not only a Broadway success honored with five Tony Awards (including Best Play) but a lavish, Steven Spielberg–directed Hollywood film translation as well. Given the stage production’s uniquely equine point of view, Adrian Sutton’s elegiac orchestral score and the stark, evocative songs of veteran English folk musician John Tams form crucial but ever-subtle dramatic underpinnings to the unlikely Broadway triumph. Melancholy yet not cloying, the understated grace of Sutton’s and Tams’ musical collaboration evokes the history and travails of a century past, effectively bridging them with a modern era all too familiar with its own horrors of war.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Amazing piece of theatre

Francis6

This play is an amazing piece of theatre. I love alot of this music too.

Fantastic soundtrack to an equally fantastic show....

krhoswen

War Horse is the most beautiful, most breathtaking, most innovative piece of theatre that I have ever had the pleasure of watching. I was lucky enough to see it at the New London Theatre and it moved me in a way that no other theatre performance has done before. The music is fantastic. Listening to it brings back the imagery of the show and even moves me to tears as it did when I first watched it. I hope they bring it to Broadway, because I would fly to NYC just to see this show again.

great score.

Speedsingle

Usually incidental music for plays consists of a little music to set the mood at the beginning of each act. But in WAR HORSE there is this great score continues throughout the entire play. It was like a real soundtrack but there wan't any movie (!)

I saw this play at Lincoln Center in NYC a few weeks ago. The music was haunting and added so much to the emotion of the plot. I have never heard music used as such a central character in a play like in WAR HORSE.

It will be interesting so see how Spielberg treats this subject when it comes out as a movie in December of 2011.

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