|Margaret A. "Marti" Webb|
13 December 1943|
Hampstead, London, England, UK
|Origin||Cricklewood, London, England, UK|
|Genres||Musical theatre, pop singer|
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.
Early life and education
Margaret A. Webb was born in Hampstead to Cecil (a clockmaker) and Selina Elizabeth Webb, and raised in Cricklewood. Her parents took her to variety shows and pantomimes as a child. 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. Her mother had to take an additional job to order to pay for the school fees. While training, she appeared in BBC Schools programmes. 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. 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. 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.
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. She later cited Newley as a great influence on her career. She first discovered her belt voice while rehearsing for the show.
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. 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. She was offered the role after thirteen auditions and later dubbed the singing voice of Julia Foster, her replacement for the film adaptation. 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. 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!. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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."
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. 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.
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." 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".
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.
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."
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
In 2007, Webb performed alongside Sheila Ferguson and Rula Lenska in a UK touring production of Hot Flush, a new musical about the menopause. She played Helen, a middle-aged widow whose daughter had recently left home. 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. 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. 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.
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. She performed in the 1987 London Palladium pantomime, Babes in the Wood, alongside Cannon and Ball, John Inman and Barbara Windsor.
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. 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. The outfits for the tour were designed by Bruce Oldfield.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
During the 1980s, she had a country home in Chichester, West Sussex. She also kept an apartment in Westminster, London, for many years. She now lives in a cottage in Langport, Somerset, which she shared with her mother, Selina, before her death. 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.
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.
|Listen to the Wind||Moonbeam||1959||New Shakespeare Theatre, Liverpool|
|Stop the World - I Want to Get Off||1961||Original production, UK Tour and London||Queen's Theatre, London|
|Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp||1962||Pantomime||Arts Theatre, Ipswich|
|Half a Sixpence||Ann||1963||Original production, London||Cambridge Theatre, London|
|Oliver!||Nancy||1966||Original UK tour||Various then Piccadilly Theatre, London|
|Godspell||1971||Original London production||Roundhouse, London|
|The Card||Nellie Cotterill||1973||Original production||Queen's Theatre, London|
|The Good Companions||Susie Dean||1974||Original production, Manchester tryout before London opening||Her Majesty's Theatre, London|
|The Great American Backstage Musical||Kelly Moran||1978||Original production||Regent Theatre, London|
|Evita||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||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!||Hannah van Husen||1997||Chichester Festival production||Chichester Festival Theatre|
|Cinderella||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||Fairy Bowbells||1999||Christmas panto||Richmond Theatre, London|
|Dinner with George||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||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||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|
|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||Cast member||1965||An excerpt from the Blackpool production|
|The Good Old Days||Guest performer||1966|
|Half a Sixpence||Dubbing artist||1967||Uncredited singing voice of Ann|
|The Spinners||Guest performer||1969||Recording at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton|
|David Essex||Guest performer||1977||Performed songs from Godspell alongside other original cast members|
|The Mike Douglas Show||Performer||1977|
|The Good Old Days||Guest performer||1978,
|Tell Me on a Sunday||The Girl||1980||The televised version of the original album|
|The British in Love||Performer||1980||Performed "The Long and Winding Road"|
|The Val Doonican Show||Guest performer||1980,
|Des O'Connor Tonight||Guest performer||1980, 1981,
|Friday Night, Saturday Morning||Guest||1980|
|Won't Change Places||Presenter and performer||1981||A Marti Webb special, with guests Paul Nicholas, Julian Lloyd Webber and Rod Argent|
|The Val Doonican Show||Guest performer||1981, 1982||Appeared in two episodes during 1981|
|A Royal Gala - The Palace Reopens||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||Guest performer||1981||Performed "He Made Me Laugh"|
|Nice to See You||Performer||1981|
|Together Again||Presenter and performer||1982||A Marti Webb special, with guests David Essex, Christopher Gable and Angela Richards|
|Marti Caine||Guest performer||1982|
|Parkinson||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||Guest performer||1983|
|Pebble Mill at One||Performer||1983||Performances of six songs from I'm Not That Kind of Girl|
|A Royal Concert of Carols||Performer||1983|
|It's Max Boyce||Guest performer||1984|
|A Question of Sport||Guest||1984|
|Halls of Fame||Gracie Fields||1985||Recording of a concert at the Palace Theatre, Manchester|
|Loose Ends||Guest panelist||1985||Appeared in two episodes during 1985|
|That's Life||Guest performer||1985||Performed the single "Ben"|
|Lyrics by Tim Rice||Guest performer||1985||Performed "All Time High" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him"|
|Give Us A Clue||Guest||1985|
|A Royal Night of One Hundred Starts||Performer||1985|
|Royal Gospel Gala||Performer||1986||Recording of a concert at the Royal Albert Hall|
|Royal Variety Performance||Gracie Fields||1986||Recorded at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane|
|Blankety Blank||Guest panelist||1986||Guested alongside Rory Bremner, Harry Carpenter, Vince Hill, Liz Robertson and Barbara Windsor|
|The Guinness Book of Records Hall of Fame||Guest performer||1986||Performed a medley of songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber|
|Pebble Mill at One||Guest||1986|
|New Faces of 86||Panellist||1986|
|Des O'Connor Tonight Live||Guest||1986|
|The Andrew Lloyd Webber Story: A South Bank Show Special||Contributor||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||Guest performer||1987|
|Hudson and Halls||Guest||1987|
|Cleo Laine Sings The Best of British||Guest performer||1987|
|The Les Dawson Show||Guest performer||1989|
|Happy Birthday, Coronation Street!||Performer||1990|
|Royal Variety Performance||Guest performer||1991|
|The Magic of the Musicals||Performer||1992||Recording of the concert tour at the Bristol Hippodrome. Broadcast on BBC One.|
|The Music Game||Guest||1993|
|Songs of Praise||Guest performer||1994|
|The Olivier Awards telecast||Award presenter||1996||Presented the award for Best Lighting Designer|
|This is Your Life||Guest||1997||Guested on an edition in honour of Justin Hayward|
|Call My Bluff||Guest||1998|
|Songs of Praise||Guest performer||2001||Performed "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar|
|The Many Faces of...||Interviewee||2011||Interviewed about Judi Dench|
|The Story of Musicals||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|
|Title||Year||UK Albums Chart||Label||Notes|
|Tell Me on a Sunday||1980||2||Really Useful Records/Polydor|
|Won't Change Places||1981||Really Useful Records/Polydor|
|I'm Not that Kind of Girl||1983|
|Encore||1985||55||Starblend||Later released on CD as 'Marti Webb: The Album' and 'If You Leave Me Now'|
|Always There||1986||65||BBC Records and Tapes|
|Gershwin||1987||BBC Records and Tapes|
|Marti Webb Sings Small Screen Themes||1988||BBC Records and Tapes||Reissue of Always There on CD|
|Performance||1989||First Night Records|
|The Magic of the Musicals||1992||55||Flying Music/Music Club||Credited to Marti Webb and Mark Rattray|
|Music and Songs from Evita||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||1998||A live recording, self-financed by Webb|
|Limelight||2003||Self financed by Webb|
|Stop the World - I Want to Get Off: The Original Cast Recording||1961|
|Half a Sixpence: An Original Cast Recording||1963|
|Half a Sixpence: A New Recording||1967|
|Godspell: Original London Cast Recording||1971|
|The Card: Original Cast Recording||1973|
|The Good Companions: Original Cast Recording||1974|
|Der Führer - Rock Opera||1977|
|Song and Dance: Original Cast Recording||1982|
|Divorce Me, Darling: Original Cast Recording||1997|
|Title||B-Side||Year||UK Single Chart Peak Position||Label||Parent Album||Notes|
|D-Darling||An extract from the theme 'Gone Fishing'||1973||Orange||With Michael Goodall|
|"Take That Look Off Your Face"||"Sheldon Bloom"||1980||3||Really Useful Records/Polydor||Tell Me on a Sunday|
|"Tell Me on a Sunday"||"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"||"Nothing Like You've Known"||1980||61||Really Useful Records/Polydor||Won't Change Places|
|"I've Been in Love Too Long"||"I Won't Change Places"||1981||Really Useful Records/Polydor||Won't Change Places|
|"Unexpected Song"||"Angry and Sore"||1981||A duet with Justin Hayward|
|"The Last Man in My Life"||"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"||"For the Touch of Your Love"||1982||Polydor||I'm Not That Kind of Girl|
|"I'm Not That Kind of Girl"||"One Afternoon"||1982||Polydor||I'm Not That Kind of Girl|
|"Didn't Mean to Fall in Love"||"Seven Outside Mr Chows"||1983||Polydor||I'm Not That Kind of Girl|
|"For the Touch of Your Love"||"Didn't Mean to Fall in Love"||1983|
|"Ben"||"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"||"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"||"It's Still the Same Dream"||1986||BBC Records and Tapes||Always There|
|"I Can't Let Go"||"Why Forget"||1987||65|
|"In One of My Weaker Moments"||1989||First Night Records||Performance|
|"Don't Let the Moment Pass"||"Freudiana (Instrumental)"||1990||Freudiana|
- Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Premiere Collection (1988)
- "Take That Look Off Your Face"
- "Tell Me on a Sunday"
- Magic from the Musicals (1991)
- "Send in the Clowns"
- "If He Walked Into My Life"
- "I Don't Know How to Love Him"
- The Very Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber (1994)
- "Take That Look Off Your Face"
- "Tell Me on a Sunday"
- Andrew Lloyd Webber Gold (1999)
- "Take That Look Off Your Face"
- Divas (2005)
- "Tell Me on a Sunday"
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