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CD REVIEW: Giant – Original Cast Recording

Music and Lyrics: Michael John LaChiusa Reviewer: Mark Clegg [rating:4] Giant is perhaps most famous for being the 1956 movie that features James Dean's final performance. The stage adaptation that this CD represents goes to the source, and the basis for this sprawling musical is Edna Ferber's 1952 epic novel that spans 30 years. With a large cast of characters ...

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CD REVIEW: Pippin – New Broadway Cast Recording

Music &lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Reviewer: Jonathan Baz [Rating:5] It is 40 years since Stephen Schwartz's Pippin first arrived on Broadway. On paper it's a quirky show, inspired by the historical reign of Charlemagne whose empire in the early Middle Ages stretched from what is now modern day France through Germany to Italy and zooming in on the Emperor’s eldest son ...

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CD REVIEW: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Reviewer: Katy Roberts [rating:4.0] Originally written for a television musical in 1957, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical adaptation of the famous fairytale Cinderella has been revived and reworked for a 2013 Broadway production, which officially opened in January 2013. The show follows much along the same lines as the traditional fairytale we all know ...

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We Will Rock You – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

Book: Ben Elton Music/Lyrics: Queen Director: Tony Edge Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes [rating:4] In a distant future, the Earth is now known as the i-planet, under the control of Globalsoft. We now live in a virtual world where live music and instruments are banned. Thus is the chilling premise of Ben Elton’s scarily accurate script. The Gaga kids are all virtual ...

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CD REVIEW: The Confession Room

Music and Lyrics: Dan Looney Additional Lyrics: Reece Looney and Sam Champness Reviewer: Ruth Jepson [rating:4] ‘I got a problem with me’ – the opening lyrics to ‘The Confession Room’, and ones which we’ve probably all uttered at one time or another, although probably using less direct phrasing. Having a problem, a secret or something which just needs to be ...

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CD REVIEW: Kerrigan and Lowdermilk : Live

Music &Lyrics: Kait Kerrigan &Brian Lowdermilk Reviewer: Carrie Carter [Rating:4.5] Recorded over several dates on their 2011 concert tour, Kerrigan and Lowdermilk: Live is a celebration of this acclaimed contemporary writing duo, funded entirely by fans through a kickstarter campaign. With a listener base already firmly established after the success of their debut album Our First Mistake, Kerrigan and Lowdermilk ...

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CD REVIEW: Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis

Music &Lyrics: Joe Iconis Director: John Simpkins Reviewer: Carrie Carter [Rating:3.5] Though currently making a name for himself as one of Smash’s latest composing recruits, Joe Iconis has been a fixture on the contemporary musical theatre scene for a while now, and on listening to Things to Ruin, it is easy to see why. Iconis is clearly an extremely diverse ...

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CD REVIEW: Dogfight – Original Cast Recording

Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Book: Peter Duchan Producer: Kurt Deutsch, Lawrence Manchester, Justin Paul and Benj Pasek Reviewer Jonathan Baz [rating:4] Dogfight is an all-American musical set in Los Angeles between 1963 and 1967 around the time of the Vietnam conflict. Premiering off Broadway in 2011, it tells of three young Marines on their last night ...

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