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CD REVIEW: Simon Bailey: Looking Up

Producer: Simon Grieff Reviewer Jonathan Baz [Rating:2] Looking Up, Simon Bailey’s debut solo album released on the SimG label comprises twelve songs being eight covers and four of Bailey’s own compositions. The collection was inspired as a tribute to the singer’s father who died in 2011 and who, as the album notes record in warm detail, was an inspiration and ...

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CD REVIEW: Les Misérables Original Motion Picture Highlights Soundtrack

Book/lyrics/music: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel-Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:2] Released on 11 January in the UK, rarely has a musical film prompted as much hype, criticism and discussion as theLes Misérables movie before even hitting our screens. With an odd sequence of a UK premiere in December, followed by a USA release on Christmas Day, along with a deluge ...

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CD review: The Book of Mormon – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Book/lyrics/music: Trey Parker, Matt Stone &Robert Lopez Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:5] The Book of Mormon, the astonishingly successful Broadway show by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Avenue Q creative Robert Lopez (winning nine Tony Awards in 2011) is now available aurally for those who can't wait for it to convert the West End in February. ...

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CD REVIEW: 35mm – A Musical Exhibition

Music &Lyrics: Ryan Scott Oliver Reviewer: Iain Sykes [rating:3] 35mm: A Musical Exhibition is an interesting concept. A genuine mulitimedia musical where the audience is immersed in the music and the photographs which inspired the songs had a successful off-Broadway run in early 2012. With music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver coupled with photographs from Matthew Murphy the show’s ...

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CD REVIEW: Bring It On the Musical

Music: Lin-Manuel Miranda &Tom Kitt Lyrics: Amanda Green Producers: Universal Pictures Stage Productions &Beacon Communications Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [rating:2.5] Bring It On: The Musical is inspired by the series of films by the same name, all about the world of competitive cheerleading. As the subject matter would suggest, this album is designed to appeal to young teenagers; painting pictures of ...

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CD REVIEW: Carrie – The Musical

Music: Michael Gore Lyrics: Dean Pitchford Producer: Joel Moss and Michael Gore Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [Rating:4.5] ‘Carrie – The Musical’ is notorious as one of the biggest flops in musical theatre history. Starting life at no less than the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford in 1988, it transferred to Broadway at huge cost, only to close four days after its ...

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CD REVIEW: Calvin Berger

Music and lyrics: Barry Wyner Producer: Kurt Deutsch, Doug Besterman and Barry Wyner Reviewer: Ruth Jepson [Rating:4] Calvin Berger at first hearing could be High School Musical, Hairspray, possible even Grease or Fame. Four teenagers, two girls, two boys and everyone in love with everyone else. But with a couple of listens it reveals itself to be so much more. ...

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CD REVIEW: Elf The Musical

Music:Matthew Sklar Lyrics:Chad Beguelin Producer: David Lai and Matthew Sklar Reviewer: Laura Stimpson [rating:4] “The best way to spread some Christmas cheer is by singing out loud for all to hear”, and that is just what they do in Elf The Musical. The Christmas hit film of 2003 has been transformed into a Broadway Christmas spectacular and is currently running ...

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