The musical created by Jack Sain and Stephen Libby has released a cast recording.
Having played at the Union Theatre last year, show creators Jack Sain (book, music and lyrics) and Stephen Libby (lyrics) have revisited the story by releasing a cast soundtrack that reflects the emotional up and downs that the characters go through in the show.
The Green Fairy follows the story of Jo who turns up at a pub where her estranged daughter is about to sing and begins to reflect on how her life has ended up the way it has and whether she can take control of it again.
This is a story that really lends itself well to the folksy style of the music and lyrics that capture the spirit and reflective nature of the story, which can be particularly heard on ‘End of the Day’ and ‘Neverland’. It is a gentle soundtrack, with moments of edginess to it as you can tell from ‘Hello Stranger’ and ‘Animals’.
It is certainly a soundtrack that is quietly understated, but there are also songs that are more playful and spirited adding an extra dimension to what is a surprisingly varied score. ‘Follow the Sea’ is just one such example that really stands out, while ‘To Hollywood’ has plenty of attitude to add more depth and understanding for the characters.
Meanwhile, the cast themselves all offer warmly engaging performances that really capture the attention. But a real highlight is Julie Atherton’s performance of ‘End of the Day’ that really offers plenty of personality and sets up the soundtrack nicely, while the harmonies on ‘By Your Side’ performed by Sain, Libby and David Perkins is wonderfully warm and engaging to listen to.
It is a sweet and charming score that could perhaps to some extent make the story come through slightly stronger particularly for those who didn’t get a chance to experience it on stage. But this is perhaps a minor flaw in a soundtrack that is warm and unique.
By Emma Clarendon
The Green Fairy Cast Recording is available to listen to on all major streaming services.