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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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CD REVIEW: Fancy Nancy The Musical: Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording

Book and Lyrics: Susan Dilallo Music and Lyrics: Danny Abosch Musical Direction: James Dobinson Reviewer: Helen Jones [rating:4.5] Fancy Nancy The Musical is based upon the series of children's picture books by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. The original book, published in 2005, was a huge success and spawned a series of books now totalling fifty. Fancy ...

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CD REVIEW: The Concrete Jungle – International Studio Cast Recording

Music &Lyrics: Bobby Cronin Producer: James Beresford for Burlington Productions Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [rating:4] The international studio cast recording of highlights from The Concrete Jungle begins, as you would expect an album with such a title to, with the sounds of the city. As the ensemble start to mimic the sirens and noises with their vocals there is a moment ...

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CD REVIEW: A Little Princess – Premiere Cast Recording

Music: Andrew Lippa Lyrics: Brian Crawley Reviewer: Mark Clegg [rating:3.5] Based on the 1905 children’s book and sporting the moral “anyone can be a princess in their mind and heart”, the first impressions of this musical conjure ideas of a sugary sweet Disney knock-off. Happily this is avoided mainly thanks to some equally emotional and witty lyrics by Brian Crawley ...

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