Marti Webb

Margaret A. "Marti" Webb
Born (1943-12-13) 13 December 1943
Hampstead, London, England, UK
Origin Cricklewood, London, England, UK
Genres Musical theatre, pop singer
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1959–present

Margaret A. "Marti" Webb (born 13 December 1943, Hampstead, London) is an English actress and singer, who appeared on stage in Evita, before starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber's one woman show Tell Me on a Sunday in 1980. This included her biggest hit single, "Take That Look Off Your Face", a UK top three hit, with the parent album also reaching the top three.[1]

Early life and education

Margaret A. Webb was born in Hampstead to Cecil (a clockmaker) and Selina Elizabeth Webb, and raised in Cricklewood.[2][3] Her parents took her to variety shows and pantomimes as a child.[4] Her father played the violin and her mother sang and played the piano. She attended dance lessons from the age of 3 and first performed in public at the age of 7, at the Scala Theatre, London.

After a school teacher suggested to her parents that her natural talent for singing and dancing should be nurtured, she was educated at the Aida Foster stage school from the age of 12, where she eventually became Head Girl.[5] Her mother had to take an additional job to order to pay for the school fees. While training, she appeared in BBC Schools programmes.[6] Webb later commented that, having come from a normal school, she found it a shock to be asked to perform in front of her classmates.

The first musical she saw was Lionel Bart's Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be as some of her fellow students were performing in it.[4] The school would send students for auditions regularly, which led to an audition for the original London production of Bye Bye Birdie, although she wasn't offered a role.[4] She also auditioned for Oscar Hammerstein II for The Sound of Music, but being overcome by shyness, spoke very quietly. She wasn't cast in the show.

She was selected to take part in the television programme Carol Levis' Junior Discoveries, which was broadcast from the Hackney Empire, for which she sang "Musetta's Waltz" from La Boheme.


Musical theatre

West End debut in Stop the World, I Want to Get Off

Aged 15, she appeared as Moonbeam in the 1959 Manchester production of Listen to the Wind by Vivian Ellis whilst still a student, before leaving school to make her West End debut in Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, a show that starred and had lyrics by Anthony Newley.[7] She later cited Newley as a great influence on her career.[3] She first discovered her belt voice while rehearsing for the show.[6]

Webb performed "Almost Like Being in Love" as her audition piece, before a group that included Newley, Lionel Bart, Lionel Blair and Alma Cogan. The group shared a joke during her audition which distracted her and at the end of the piece, she grabbed her music and went to leave the stage. Newley had to stop her to ask for another song and she was so embarrassed, she dropped her sheet music across the stage. Newley later remarked that he'd loved her from that moment on. The company would go out together to watch other shows and performers, including Lotte Lenya and Ethel Merman.

First lead in Half a Sixpence

Webb first came to prominence as Ann Pornick in the original London production of Half a Sixpence opposite Tommy Steele, citing her first leading role as a career highlight.[7][8] The playwright Beverley Cross's father George was the company manager on the production of Stop the World, I Want to Get Off and recommended his son audition Webb for the role.[4] She was offered the role after thirteen auditions and later dubbed the singing voice of Julia Foster, her replacement for the film adaptation.[9] Webb later commented of Foster, "She has quite a notable voice, so it's not too hard to pick it up."

She also played Nancy in the first UK tour of Oliver! where she met and befriended the show's Assistant Stage Manager Cameron Mackintosh, who was to become one of the most prominent musical theatre producers in the world.[4][10] Lionel Bart, the show's composer and lyricist, saw it numerous times whilst the production was in Manchester, where he was working on the notorious flop, Twang!.[4] When it returned to the West End Phil Collins, who later achieved fame with Genesis and had been one of the original Dodgers, rejoined the production to play Noah Claypole.[11]

During the 1970s, Webb carved out a career as a respected, though not yet famous, West End actress and singer. In 1971, she was one of the original company of the London production of Godspell, the musical based on the Gospel of Matthew, opposite David Essex, Julie Covington and Jeremy Irons.[10] The original London cast recording of the production includes her performance of "Bless the Lord".

She later played Nellie Cotterill in the 1973 original London production of The Card, a musical written by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent which chronicled the rise of the title character from washerwoman's son to mayor of a Northern British town through initiative, guile, and luck.[12]

The production was short-lived but was followed by the 1974 original London production of The Good Companions, alongside John Mills, Judi Dench and Christopher Gable in which she played Susie Dean, a member of a touring concert party.[13] She was flown to Manchester to join the show during its tryout when the original actress Celia Bannerman, whose voice had proved unsuitable for the role, left the production.[14]

Evita and Tell Me on a Sunday

In 1979, Webb was flown to New York to audition for Harold Prince after Gary Bond, then playing Che in the show, suggested her to the producers of Evita as a successor to Elaine Paige who was, at the time, expected to transfer to the recreate the role on Broadway. Prince was impressed and persuaded her to cover while Paige holidayed and sign up as a regular alternate for the remainder of Paige's contract, performing two shows a week, in preparation for succeeding Paige as the star. This began an arrangement which existed for the remained of the show's run, with Stephanie Lawrence appearing as Webb's alternate before succeeding her.[15]

At her original audition, show's composer Andrew Lloyd Webber had asked whether she would be interested if he wrote anything he thought appropriate for her voice. Assuming it was a kindly rejection, she was later surprised to be invited for a meal at Mr. Chow, a London restaurant, with Lloyd Webber and the lyricist Don Black to discuss the concept of a song cycle inspired by the story of a friend of the writers who had moved from London to the United States to begin a new life.[4]

Webb was asked to collaborate on the piece when only two songs, the title piece "Tell Me on a Sunday" and "It's Not the End of the World", had been written, so the rest was created specifically with her voice and character in mind. Black, who became her manager and a close friend, said of her performance, "She was 'the girl', and that was it." Her tendency to, "Talk for hours about the most boring everyday things, like the gas or insurance", also inspired him in creating the narrative pieces in the song cycle which were letters to the character's mum.[16]

She worked on the piece with Lloyd Webber and Black each day before being driven from Sydmonton Court, Lloyd Webber's country house, to the Prince Edward Theatre where Evita was playing.[4] An album was recorded and it was performed at the 1979 Sydmonton Festival, the composer's annual workshop for new works, where a BBC Television producer contracted the collaborators to produce a version for television featuring Webb backed by a band and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.[17] A one-off performance in January 1980 was recorded at the Royalty Theatre, London. Black recalls, "It was fantastic on television because it was almost all filmed in close-up on Marti Webb's face. Every eyebrow raised, every look registered. It was a brilliant piece of TV, like one of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads series, but sung."[16]

The album of Tell Me on a Sunday was released and the television programme aired in February 1980 just as Webb took over the eponymous role in Evita.[18] It was a No. 2 hit in the UK Albums Chart, and saw Webb become a household name. The lead single, "Take That Look Off Your Face" was a similar success, reaching No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Webb has a distinctive, untrained voice and Lloyd Webber was said to have told her "You sing in my keys". She agreed, "You write in mine."[7] She has since regularly performed at his Sydmonton Festival. He produced her second solo album Won't Change Places (1981) which featured the lead single "Your Ears Should Be Burning Now".

In January 2014, Webb again performed Tell Me on a Sunday initially for a week at the St. James Theatre, London, then for a fortnight at the Duchess Theatre.[19][20]

Contrary to the 2004 revival, the show featured largely the original 1979 album tracks, with a few lyric amendments, plus the song "The Last Man in My Life", written for the show's incarnation as Song and Dance in 1982. The production came about after Webb met a commissioning editor for BBC Radio 2 at a concert honouring Don Black in late 2013 at which she'd performed two songs from the piece. Asked whether she could still do the whole show, she suggested that, with a small band, it could be recorded for radio broadcast. The producer Robert Mackintosh then suggested a week's run prior to the recording, the popularity of which led to another three weeks at a second theatre. The recording was broadcast on BBC Radio 2, alongside an interview with Lloyd Webber and Black conducted by Anneka Rice.

Webb later performed the show for two nights at the Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames, in September 2015.[21]

Work with Don Black

At the meal to discuss the Tell Me on a Sunday project, Lloyd Webber asked Don Black, who had maintained parallel careers as a lyricist and as the manager to Matt Monro, to become Webb's personal manager, a role he undertook from 1979 until the early 1990s, when he became too busy with work on Sunset Boulevard. He found her a new manager and they've remained close: "Uncle Don and Auntie Shirl have always been there for me."[16]

During 1981 and 1982, Webb recorded her next album, I'm Not That Kind of Girl, which was eventually released in 1983. Although not based on a musical, the album had a running story concerning a woman who is reunited with a former lover. The album culminates with her on the way to their wedding. The songs were composed by David Hentschel and Don Black and were very much in a contemporary pop vein. Phil Collins played drums on the album and Kiki Dee contributed backing vocals. Despite the album's strong pedigree in terms of personnel, it failed to chart and was Webb's final album on the Polydor label.

In 1985 she scored her next big hit when she recorded a cover version of Black's song, "Ben", which had been originally released by Michael Jackson. It was produced in memory of Ben Hardwick, who died shortly after becoming Britain's youngest liver transplant patient and whose story was publicised on the BBC television programme That's Life!. The single reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart and was included on her 1985 album, Encore.[1][3] In 1986, Black wrote lyrics to the theme of the BBC television drama Howards' Way and the single "Always There" was the result, produced by its composers Simon May and Leslie Osbourne. It became a UK top 20 hit, and inspired an album of the same name in which she covered other television themes. The album, which peaked at No. 65 in the UK Albums Chart, was later released on compact disc entitled Marti Webb Sings Small Screen Themes.[1]

She presented a BBC Radio 2 documentary about the career of Don Black that was broadcast in early 1995, appeared in a concert tribute to him on his 70th birthday that was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in August 2008, performed at a BBC Electric Proms event with the lyricist in October 2009 and sang two songs during another concert tribute in 2013.[22][23][24]

Later career

In 1982 Tell Me on a Sunday was combined with Lloyd Webber's other successful album Variations, which had featured his brother, cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, to create the show Song and Dance. The first act saw Webb reprise her role as the unnamed girl.[7] In the second act Wayne Sleep and a dance troupe performed choreographed routines to the music from Variations. The pair toured with the show in the latter half of the decade.

In the mid 1980s, she again succeeded Elaine Paige, as Grizabella in the musical Cats both in the West End production at the New London Theatre and subsequently on a UK tour. In 1995, at the age of 50, Webb reprised her leading role in a UK tour of Evita, opposite Chris Corcoran as Che and Duncan Smith as Peron. Despite some criticism over her age, the popularity of the tour, produced by Robert Stigwood and David Land with the orchestrations, stage design and direction of the original 1978 London production, led to it being extended throughout 1996. The beginning of the tour also saw the release of an album entitled Music and Songs from Evita as part of Pickwick Records' The Shows Collection series to which Webb contributed a number of tracks.[25]

Between July and September 1997, Webb appeared in Divorce Me, Darling, the sequel to The Boyfriend, at the Chichester Festival Theatre. The cast also included her former husband Tim Flavin.[26]

In 2003, she joined the UK touring production of The King and I , taking over from Stefanie Powers in the role of Anna Leonowens opposite Ronobir Lahiri as The King. Elaine Paige, Webb's predecessor in Evita and Cats had appeared in the London version of the production three years earlier.[27] Later in 2003, she appeared in the original London stage production of Thoroughly Modern Millie uniquely alternating the role of Mrs Meers with Maureen Lipman, to allow Lipman to care for her terminally ill husband.[28][29]

At the beginning of the following year, she again reprised her role in Tell Me on a Sunday, first for a limited run before the closure of the show in the West End and subsequently on tour.[30] The show had been substantially rewritten for a production starring Denise Van Outen, but a combination of the new and original scores was created specifically for Webb. She appeared in many of the principal venues on the tour, but in other locations the show was performed by Faye Tozer and Patsy Palmer.[7]

In 2007, Webb performed alongside Sheila Ferguson and Rula Lenska in a UK touring production of Hot Flush, a new musical about the menopause.[31] She played Helen, a middle-aged widow whose daughter had recently left home.[32] She also appeared on Elaine Paige on Sunday, a show on BBC Radio 2, during which she selected a number of 'Essential Musicals'.

From September to December 2008, she appeared as Mrs Johnstone in the long-running UK tour of Willy Russell's musical Blood Brothers, succeeding Linda Nolan who left due to illness.[33] The producer of the show, Bill Kenwright had been trying to persuade Webb to play the role for around 20 years and she was only free by chance.[4] As Nolan was ill, she had just a week and a half to rehearse, around half the time normally expected for the rehearsal of such a tour. Birmingham-born Niki Evans was playing the role in the West End at the time, so while the tour visited Birmingham, Webb briefly took over in the London production to allow Evans to play her home city.[34]

Webb starred as Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!, touring the UK throughout 2011. Mark Evans, who had previously appeared in the BBC show Your Country Needs You, played Curly.[35][36]

Throughout 2012 Webb appeared as Dorothy Brock, a past-her-prime Prima Donna in a UK tour of 42nd Street. Dave Willetts and Bruce Montague also toured with the cast.[37][38]

In 2017, she will play Jacqueline in a UK tour of the musical La Cage Aux Folles opposite John Partridge and Adrian Zmed, produced by Bill Kenwright.[39]


During her later career, Webb has spent many Christmas seasons in pantomime in venues throughout the UK, such as 2006 where she played the Fairy Godmother in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Theatre Royal, Windsor.[40] She performed in the 1987 London Palladium pantomime, Babes in the Wood, alongside Cannon and Ball, John Inman and Barbara Windsor.

Concert work

She performed a solo concert at the Warrington Festival in 1985.[41]

Webb co-devised and starred in The Magic of the Musicals, a UK concert tour featuring songs from musical theatre in 1992 opposite Opportunity Knocks winner Mark Rattray.[3] The gold-selling album of the show was co-produced by Webb's former husband, sound engineer, Tom Button. A performance at the Bristol Hippodrome was also filmed and broadcast on BBC Television. This was followed in 1993 by a North American and Canadian tour and numerous UK versions in the following years, in which Rattray was succeeded by Dave Willetts, Robert Meadmore and most recently Wayne Sleep.[42][43] The outfits for the tour were designed by Bruce Oldfield.[3]

A live recording of her season of cabaret performances with broadcaster David Jacobs at London's Café Royal was released in 1998 as Marti Webb Sings Gershwin: The Love Songs. Featuring material from her earlier Gershwin recording, the album was co-produced by Webb and West End sound designer Mick Potter.[44]

She has performed her cabaret show on a number of P&O cruise ships, including the MV Arcadia in 2009 and 2010.

In 2016, Webb gave a series of solo concerts.[45] She also performed at These Are a Few of My Favourite Songs: with Don Black at the Royal Albert Hall.[46]


Particularly since coming to fame through Tell Me on A Sunday, Webb has regularly performed on British television. Prior to her performance in Evita, though, she appeared in the television series The Songwriters, about songwriting partnerships. The final episode of the series featured Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and she first met the pair, briefly, while recording the programme.


Webb is often thought to have been a one-hit wonder as the success of "Take That Look Off Your Face" has been much more widespread than much of her other work, however, after Tell Me on a Sunday, she recorded a number of solo albums, including some live work, and most recently Limelight featuring a mix of her best known material and then latest productions.[47]

In 1990, on the last studio collaboration between Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson, the album Freudiana, Webb performed two songs: the solo "Don't Let the Moment Pass" and "No One Can Love You Better Than Me" in which she joined forces with Woolfson, Gary Howard and Kiki Dee.[48][49]


Webb is unusual among musical theatre performers in that she never warms up her voice prior to a performance. She has said she wouldn't recommend this as a technique for other performers. She tries to eat sensibly and dislikes spending time in air-conditioned environments as they dry out the throat.[6] The line in Tell Me on a Sunday, "I long to find a drink that hasn't got an ice cube in it," was included by Don Black in reference to Webb's genuine dislike.

Personal life

Webb married three times and does not have any children. She was married to the actor Alexander Balfour in London in early 1964, but this later ended in divorce.[5] She then married the actor Tim Flavin in New York in 1985 after a courtship of just two weeks but he had a number of affairs during their marriage which ended in divorce in 1986.[50][51][52][53][54][55] She subsequently married sound engineer Tom Button, some two decades her junior, in New York in January 1992. The couple, who met working on a production of Cats, separated some years later.[3]

During the 1980s, she had a country home in Chichester, West Sussex.[56] She also kept an apartment in Westminster, London, for many years.[57] She now lives in a cottage in Langport, Somerset, which she shared with her mother, Selina, before her death.[7] Webb was at one time a patron of The Players Music Hall Theatre in London, which specialises in Victorian variety theatre.

Webb appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs in May 1982. She selected the "Piano Concerto No.1 in B Flat Minor" by Tchaikovsky; "Una voce poco va" from The Barber of Seville; "The Swan" from The Carnival of the Animals; "Oh Happy Day" by the Edwin Hawkins Singers; "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos; "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel; and "Space Oddity" by David Bowie. Her favourite selection was a recording of "The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea" from The Goon Show. She also chose to take an illustrated dictionary and piano to her imaginary island.[58]

In early 2014, she revealed that she was treated for an aggressive form of bowel cancer in 2006, just a month after the death of her mother. The illness wasn't made public at the time and in fact Webb returned to the stage, including dancing in a pantomime, just two months after major surgery.[2]

In a 2016 interview, she described herself as being semi-retired.[57]

Stage appearances

Show Role Year Production Theatre
Listen to the Wind [59] Moonbeam 1959 New Shakespeare Theatre, Liverpool
Stop the World - I Want to Get Off [59] 1961 Original production, UK Tour and London Queen's Theatre, London
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp [60] 1962 Pantomime Arts Theatre, Ipswich
Half a Sixpence Ann 1963 Original production, London Cambridge Theatre, London
Oliver! [59] Nancy 1966 Original UK tour Various then Piccadilly Theatre, London
Godspell [59] 1971 Original London production Roundhouse, London
The Card [59] Nellie Cotterill 1973 Original production Queen's Theatre, London
The Good Companions [61] Susie Dean 1974 Original production, Manchester tryout before London opening Her Majesty's Theatre, London
The Great American Backstage Musical [62] Kelly Moran 1978 Original production Regent Theatre, London
Evita [59] Eva Perón 1979-1981 Original production (Alternate to Elaine Paige from 7 May 1979 and headlining from 4 February 1980 until May 1981) Prince Edward Theatre, London
Tell Me on a Sunday The Girl 1980 Special performance for BBC Television filming Royalty Theatre, London
The Seven Deadly Sins Anna I 1981 English National Opera production London Coliseum, London
Song and Dance The Girl 1982 Original production Palace Theatre, London
Cats Grizabella 1983-1984, 1985 Original production New London Theatre, London
Babes in the Wood Robin Hood 1987 Pantomime London Palladium
Cats Grizabella 1989 First UK tour Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Edinburgh Playhouse, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
Song and Dance [59] The Girl 1990-90 UK tour Various
Dick Whittington Dick 1994 Pantomime Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Evita Eva Perón 1995-1996 UK tour Various
Divorce Me, Darling! [59] Hannah van Husen 1997 Chichester Festival production Chichester Festival Theatre
Cinderella [63] Fairy Godmother 1997 Pantomime Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon
The Goodbye Girl Paula McFadden 1998 UK tour Various
Annie Miss Hannigan 1999 UK tour Various
Dick Whittington [64] Fairy Bowbells 1999 Christmas panto Richmond Theatre, London
Dinner with George [65] Sue Turner 2000 UK tour Various
Cinderella Fairy Godmother 2001 Pantomime Malvern Theatre
The King and I Anna Leonowens 2003 UK tour, taking over from Stefanie Powers Various
Thoroughly Modern Millie [59] Mrs Meers 2003 Original UK production, alternating with Maureen Lipman Shaftesbury Theatre, London
Tell Me on a Sunday The Girl 2004 Rewritten London production, taking over from Denise Van Outen Gielgud Theatre, London
Tell Me on a Sunday The Girl 2004 UK tour, alternating with Patsy Palmer and Faye Tozer Various
Jack and the Beanstalk [66] Fairy 2005 Pantomime His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
The Adventures of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Wicked Queen 2006 Pantomime Theatre Royal, Windsor
Hot Flush Helen Thomas 2007 Original UK tour Various
Blood Brothers Mrs Johnstone 2008 UK tour and London production (for two weeks) Various
Oklahoma! Aunt Eller 2010 UK tour Various
42nd Street Dorothy Brock 2012 UK tour Various
Tell Me on a Sunday The Girl 2014 Reprise of original album version St James Theatre, Duchess Theatre, London
La Cage Aux Folles Jacqueline 2017 First UK tour Various


Show Role Year Details
Carroll Levis Junior Discoveries Performer 1958
Show Time '63 Guest performer 1963 Performed songs from Half a Sixpence with Tommy Steele
Woman's Hour Guest 1963 Interviewed about Half a Sixpence
Royal Variety Performance Performer 1963 Performed songs from Half a Sixpence at the Prince of Wales Theatre
My Perfect Husband [67] Cast member 1965 An excerpt from the Blackpool production
The Good Old Days[68] Guest performer 1966
Half a Sixpence[69] Dubbing artist 1967 Uncredited singing voice of Ann
The Spinners[70] Guest performer 1969 Recording at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Stephen D [71] Singer 1972
David Essex[72] Guest performer 1977 Performed songs from Godspell alongside other original cast members
The Mike Douglas Show Performer 1977
The Songwriters[69][73][74][75] Ensemble 1978
The Good Old Days[69] Guest performer 1978,


Tell Me on a Sunday[69][76] The Girl 1980 The televised version of the original album
The British in Love [77] Performer 1980 Performed "The Long and Winding Road"[78]
The Val Doonican Show [79] Guest performer 1980,


Des O'Connor Tonight [80] Guest performer 1980, 1981,


Friday Night, Saturday Morning Guest 1980
Won't Change Places [81] Presenter and performer 1981 A Marti Webb special, with guests Paul Nicholas, Julian Lloyd Webber and Rod Argent
The Val Doonican Show[69][82] Guest performer 1981, 1982 Appeared in two episodes during 1981
A Royal Gala - The Palace Reopens [83] Performer 1981 A concert to celebrate the reopening of the Palace Theatre, Manchester
A Century of Song Guest performer 1981 Recording of a concert at the Royal Albert Hall
The Two Ronnies[69][84][85] Guest performer 1981 Performed "He Made Me Laugh"
Nice to See You [86] Performer 1981
Starburst Performer 1981
Together Again Presenter and performer 1982 A Marti Webb special, with guests David Essex, Christopher Gable and Angela Richards
Marti Caine[69][87] Guest performer 1982
Parkinson[69][88] Guest 1982 Appeared alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber
Six Fifty-Five Performer 1983 Performances of songs from I'm Not That Kind of Girl
Paul Squire, Esq[89] Guest performer 1983
Pebble Mill at One [90] Performer 1983 Performances of six songs from I'm Not That Kind of Girl
A Royal Concert of Carols [91] Performer 1983
It's Max Boyce[92] Guest performer 1984
3-2-1 [93] Guest 1984, 1986
A Question of Sport [94] Guest 1984
Halls of Fame[95] Gracie Fields 1985 Recording of a concert at the Palace Theatre, Manchester
Loose Ends[96][97] Guest panelist 1985 Appeared in two episodes during 1985
That's Life [98] Guest performer 1985 Performed the single "Ben"
Lyrics by Tim Rice[69] Guest performer 1985 Performed "All Time High" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him"
Give Us A Clue [99] Guest 1985
A Royal Night of One Hundred Starts Performer 1985
Royal Gospel Gala [100] Performer 1986 Recording of a concert at the Royal Albert Hall
Royal Variety Performance [101] Gracie Fields 1986 Recorded at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Blankety Blank[102] Guest panelist 1986 Guested alongside Rory Bremner, Harry Carpenter, Vince Hill, Liz Robertson and Barbara Windsor
The Guinness Book of Records Hall of Fame[103] Guest performer 1986 Performed a medley of songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Shout![104] Performer 1986
Pebble Mill at One[105] Guest 1986
New Faces of 86 [106] Panellist 1986
Des O'Connor Tonight Live [107] Guest 1986
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Story: A South Bank Show Special [108] Contributor 1986
Pamela Armstrong [109] Guest 1986
Cliff From the Hip Guest performer 1986 Performed "Always There" and a duet with Cliff Richard: "All I Ask of You"
The Ronnie Corbett Show[110] Guest performer 1987
Hudson and Halls[111] Guest 1987
Cleo Laine Sings The Best of British [112] Guest performer 1987
The Les Dawson Show[113] Guest performer 1989
Happy Birthday, Coronation Street! Performer 1990
Royal Variety Performance [114] Guest performer 1991
The Magic of the Musicals[115][116] Performer 1992 Recording of the concert tour at the Bristol Hippodrome. Broadcast on BBC One.
The Music Game Guest 1993
Songs of Praise [117] Guest performer 1994
The Olivier Awards telecast Award presenter 1996 Presented the award for Best Lighting Designer
Meridian Masterclass [118] Presenter 1997
This is Your Life Guest 1997 Guested on an edition in honour of Justin Hayward
Call My Bluff [119] Guest 1998
Songs of Praise [120] Guest performer 2001 Performed "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar
Breakfast Interviewee 2004
The Many Faces of... Interviewee 2011 Interviewed about Judi Dench
The Story of Musicals[69] Interviewee 2012
Michael Grade's Stars of Musical Theatre Interviewee 2014
The Alan Titchmarsh Show Interviewee and performer 2014 Interviewed about the upcoming production of Tell Me on a Sunday and performed the title song


Solo albums

Title Year UK Albums Chart Label Notes
Tell Me on a Sunday [121] 1980 2 Really Useful Records/Polydor
Won't Change Places [122] 1981 Really Useful Records/Polydor
I'm Not that Kind of Girl [123] 1983
Encore [124] 1985 55 Starblend Later released on CD as 'Marti Webb: The Album' and 'If You Leave Me Now'
Always There[125] 1986 65 BBC Records and Tapes
Gershwin [126] 1987 BBC Records and Tapes
Marti Webb Sings Small Screen Themes [127] 1988 BBC Records and Tapes Reissue of Always There on CD
Performance [128] 1989 First Night Records
The Magic of the Musicals [129] 1992 55 Flying Music/Music Club Credited to Marti Webb and Mark Rattray
Music and Songs from Evita [25] 1995 Pickwick Recording also featured Dave Willetts, Carl Wayne and Jess Conrad
If You Leave Me Now 1995 Hallmark Reissue of Encore with tracks reordered
Marti Webb Sings Gershwin: The Love Songs [44] 1998 A live recording, self-financed by Webb
Limelight [1][47] 2003 Self financed by Webb

Cast recordings

Title Year
Stop the World - I Want to Get Off: The Original Cast Recording[130] 1961
Half a Sixpence: An Original Cast Recording[131] 1963
Half a Sixpence: A New Recording[132] 1967
Godspell: Original London Cast Recording[133] 1971
The Card: Original Cast Recording[134] 1973
The Good Companions: Original Cast Recording 1974
Der Führer - Rock Opera[135] 1977
Song and Dance: Original Cast Recording[136] 1982
Freudiana[137] 1990
Divorce Me, Darling: Original Cast Recording[138] 1997


Title B-Side Year UK Single Chart Peak Position Label Parent Album Notes
D-Darling [139] An extract from the theme 'Gone Fishing' 1973 Orange With Michael Goodall
"Take That Look Off Your Face"[140] "Sheldon Bloom" 1980 3 Really Useful Records/Polydor Tell Me on a Sunday
"Tell Me on a Sunday" [141] "You Made Me Think You Were in Love" 1980 67 Really Useful Records/Polydor Tell Me on a Sunday
"Your Ears Should Be Burning Now" [142] "Nothing Like You've Known" 1980 61 Really Useful Records/Polydor Won't Change Places
"I've Been in Love Too Long" [143] "I Won't Change Places" 1981 Really Useful Records/Polydor Won't Change Places
"Unexpected Song" [144] "Angry and Sore" 1981 A duet with Justin Hayward
"The Last Man in My Life" [145] "Come Back with the Same Look in Your Eyes" 1982 Really Useful Records/Polydor Song & Dance: Original Cast Recording Recorded live at the premiere of the London production Song & Dance
"Getting It Right" [146] "For the Touch of Your Love" 1982 Polydor I'm Not That Kind of Girl
"I'm Not That Kind of Girl" [147] "One Afternoon" 1982 Polydor I'm Not That Kind of Girl
"Didn't Mean to Fall in Love" [148] "Seven Outside Mr Chows" 1983 Polydor I'm Not That Kind of Girl
"For the Touch of Your Love" [149] "Didn't Mean to Fall in Love" 1983
"Ben" [150] "Nothing Ever Changes" 1985 5 Starblend Recorded in aid of Ben Hardwick Fund
"Ready for Roses Now" "If You Leave Me Now" 1985 Starblend Encore
"Always There" [151] "Howard's Way (Theme from the BBC TV Series) 1986 13 BBC Records and Tapes Always There Vocal version of the theme from Howard's Way
"I Could Be So Good for You" [152] "It's Still the Same Dream" 1986 BBC Records and Tapes Always There
"I Can't Let Go" [153] "Why Forget" 1987 65
"In One of My Weaker Moments" 1989 First Night Records Performance
"Don't Let the Moment Pass"[1][154] "Freudiana (Instrumental)" 1990 Freudiana

Compilation albums


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