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CD REVIEW: Kinky Boots

Book: Harvey Fierstein Composer &Lyricist: Cyndi Lauper Music Supervisor/Otchestrator/Arranger: Stephen Oremus Reviewer : Rosie Revell [Rating:5] Mere days after it swept the Tony Awards the Broadway cast recording of Kinky Boots sashays its way to be reviewed and the hype around the show is going stratostrophic. Its is easy to dismiss the hype but I’m genuinely pleased to report that ...

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CD REVIEW: Norbert Leo Butz – Memory & Mayhem – Live at 54 BELOW

Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4] Norbert Leo Butz is best known for his work in musical comedy and originating the rôle of Fiyero in Wicked on Broadway; twice winning the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performances in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can. He is due to star as Edward Bloom in ...

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CD REVIEW: Total Faith – Faith Prince Live from the Royal Room at the Colony

Reviewer: Mark Clegg [rating:4.5] Faith Prince shot to Broadway stardom with her show-stealing performance as Miss Adelaide opposite Nathan Lane in the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls. In the intervening two decades, Lane’s career on both stage and screen has rocketed and although Prince’s star has not ascended quite so high, her career has been constant and diverse. This ...

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CD REVIEW: Momentous Musicals

Reviewer: LucyThackray [rating:4] Momentous Musicals was a one-off event in July 2012 which brought together musical theatre stars Gareth Gates, Rachael Wooding, Emma Williams and Jonathan Ansell at the New Wimbledon Theatre for an explosive night of 'songs from the shows'. This live recording fizzes with energy as Wooding kicks off with One Night Only from Dreamgirls (made most famous ...

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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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