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Devised and created by Dave Clark
Lyrics by David Soames
Music by Jeff Daniels
Musical Director: Mike Moran
World Premiere held at the Dominion Theatre, London, on 9th April 1986.
A fan page containing more information about the musical can be found here.
The musical performed to more than 1 million people, while the soundtrack album and various singles sold over 12 million copies in total.
'Time' featured two tracks which Freddie Mercury recorded, which were included on the cast album. However, he did not appear in the musical itself, except at a special charity performance on 14 April 1988. During this appearance he performed the same two tracks, plus 'Born To Rock 'n' Roll' and 'It's In Every One Of Us', a duet with Cliff Richard.
The title track Time appears twice in the musical, once at the rock concert, just before the rock star is teleported to the trial, and again at the end of the trial, when the rock star is teleported back to Earth. The track was released as a single in 1986, reaching no. 32 in the chart, and also appears on the 'Lover Of Life: Singer Of Songs' album. It was also remixed for inclusion on 'The Freddie Mercury Album' in 1992, and again for 'Freddie Mercury: Solo' in 2002. The promo video for the track was recorded at the Dominion Theatre, on the set of the musical.
The second track is In My Defence, which was initially only included on the cast album. It was later remixed in 1992 for 'The Freddie Mercury Album' and released as a single, which reached no 8 in the chart. The track was later remixed for a second time for 'Freddie Mercury: Solo', and also appears on 'Lover Of Life: Singer Of Songs'.
The album of 'Time' was re-released on iTunes in May 2012, as two separate downloads, one for each act, with act 1 featuring 'Time' and 'In My Defence', and act 2 featuring the reprise of 'Time'.
Story & Track
The basic plot is that a rock concert is taking place, but suddenly, mid-song, the Rock Star and Louise are transported to a distant planet. Lord Melchisedic, the time lord, decides that they must justify that they are not a threat to universal peace. Akash, the judge, eventually decides that the people of Earth are not a threat and that the planet can continue to exist. The Rock Star and Louise are returned to earth and the concert continues.
The album features narration by Laurence Olivier, and features numerous performers playing the part of the Rock Star. The brackets below show the characters and performers, with brief details of the singles which were released.
Various performers play the Rock Star, and the following are listed on the album cover:
'The Dave Clark Five And Beyond - Glad All Over' Documentary
This 114 minute documentary film was released in April 2014 and tells the story of The Dave Clark Five's career, from their foundation to break-up, and Dave Clark's subsequent projects.
Fourteen minutes of the film focus on the 'Time' musical, from approximately 1:29 to 1:43. It features interviews with many of the people involved, including Dave Clark, Freddie, Sir Laurence Olivier, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick and Julian Lennon, as well as fans including Sir Ian McKellan, Whoopi Goldberg and Gene Simmons. It features a mixture of new and archive interviews, while Freddie's interviews date from 1986 with most of the footage previously unseen.
The film also features photographs and footage of the musical, photographs from the recording sessions, audio excerpts of many of the tracks, including both 'Time' and 'In My Defence', and footage from the 'Time' video.
The film was shown at 10pm on BBC2 on Saturday, 14th February 2015, and repeated at least a couple of times afterwards. It has also been released on DVD and Blu-ray in the USA, and details are available in the discography and gallery.