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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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CD REVIEW: Meredith Braun – Someone Else’s Story

Producer: Stagedoor Records Reviewer: Iain Sykes [rating:4.5] Meredith Braun has been a West End leading lady since the early 1990’s. In that time she has played such iconic rôles as Eponine in Les Miserables, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera and Betty Schaefer in Sunset Boulevard. Returning after a too long absence, it’s songs from other shows though, that ...

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CD REVIEW: Dave Willetts – Once in a Lifetime The 25th Anniversary Collection

Producer: Stagedoor Records Reviewer: Lizzie Yoxall [Rating:4] To quote a line from the title track of this album Willetts has truly done ‘great things’ in the field of musical theatre in the 25 years which this CD celebrates. Unlike many West End stars of his standing Willetts did not undertake training in his youth instead, beginning his performance career in ...

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CD REVIEW: Lend Me A Tenor – Original London Cast Recording

Book and lyrics: Peter Sham Music: Brad Carroll Producer: Stewart Mackintosh and Paul Gemignani Reviewer: Jonathan Baz [rating:5] Lend Me A Tenor is a deliciously silly story that makes for a wonderful CD recording. The London premiere of this production was sadly short-lived which did not do justice to the multi-faceted talent that the show presented. Set in Cleveland, Ohio, ...

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CD REVIEW: Sweeney Todd – 2012 London Cast Recording

Music &Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Producers: Nigel Wright &Michael Ball Associate Producers: Stephen Sondheim, Nicholas Skilbeck Musical Director: Nicholas Skilbeck Reviewer: Katy Roberts [Rating:4] Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opened on Broadway in 1979 and in London’s West End the following year. Set in 19th century England, the musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, ...

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