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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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CD REVIEW: Betty Blue Eyes – Original London Cast Recording

Book: Ron Cowen &Daniel Lipman Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Reviewer: Jo Beggs [Rating:3] Austerity Britain. The country reeling from war. Nothing like a royal wedding to cheer up the populace. Not 2011 but 1947, and the princess bride none but Elizabeth Windsor, about to marry the dashing Philip Mountbatten. Despite rationing the burghers of Shepardsford have decided to ...

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CD REVIEW: End of the Rainbow

Producers: Chris Egan &Gareth Valentine Musical Arrangements: Chris Egan Conductor: Gareth Valentine Reviewer: Lizzie Yoxall [Rating:3.5] Anyone walking into a room and hearing this CD for the first time without seeing the cover could arguably believe they are listening to a Judy Garlands greatest hits CD, but in this case the mix of well known jazz standards are from the ...

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CD REVIEW: Legally Blonde The Musical-Original London Cast Recording

Producer: Stewart Mackintosh Mixed and mastered: Toby Alington Reviewer: Helen Jones [Rating:3.5] Legally Blonde – The Musical was first performed in the UK in London's West End in December 2009. The show has music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach. The musical is developed from both the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda ...

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