Last week we saw the first of our two new entrants to the top ten in the 2017 Best Alfie Boe Song poll and this week sees our second new entrant; funnily enough, both newbie songs are from the same album, Alfie:
Despite Wheels of a Dream being one of Alfie’s most performed songs, dating back to the Bring Him Home tour, it’s one of his most popular, as attested to here by the sharp intake of breath on this video when we hear the first few notes. Fans also like the lyrics of this song, seeing as Alfie lives in America and has a wife named Sarah!
The song is taken from the 1996 musical, Ragtime which opened on Broadway in 1998 and in the West End in 2003, netting an Olivier Award for Maria Friedman in the process – Maria featured in 2016’s Ball and Boe TV show. Here are the original Ragtime stars, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald:
Stay tuned for number 7 next week!
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As you already know, I love this song. It is very apparent that he was struck by the lyrics as are his fans but it is the music that is the real showstopper. It’s written in that big sound, broadway style that requires a big voice. He totally shines in this song.
Have to say as much as his wife’s name is Sarah I always think of this being for his son, much as In My Daughter’s Eyes is for Grace and The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face is for Sarah. I may be wrong but the words speak to me of little Alfie, one reason I love it so much. xx
I agree Sue – it’s a special song for Alfie in so many ways!
Yay!!! Thanks as ever Jane xx