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CD REVIEW: The Robber Bridegroom – 2016 Cast Recording

Lyricist: Alfred Uhry Composer: Robert Waldman Reviewer: Kelyn Luther On paper, The Robber Bridegroom is an intriguing musical- based on a fairy tale and with a bluegrass-inspired music score that should have gelled perfectly. However, on listening to Roundabout Theatre Company’s recording, it’s a bit of a mess. The Robber Bridegroom is based on Eudora Welty’s novella which sets the ...

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CD Review: Falsettos – 2016 Broadway Cast Recording

Music and Lyrics: William Finn Reviewer: Bryony Luther Falsettos is a groundbreaking musical that explores what makes a modern family. It focuses on Marvin, a neurotic gay man who has left his wife and child to start a relationship with his partner Whizzer but wants everyone to get along as a family. The first act focuses on the domestic dramas ...

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CD REVIEW: Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp: Acoustically Speaking

Reviewer: Emily Garside Recorded live at New York’s Feinstein’s/54 Below, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp reunite for an acoustic mix of Broadway and Rock-pop. Ranging across classic 80s pop - as Rapp quips he’s ‘very much a child of the 80s’ across contemporary and classic Broadway songs with a twist, there’s a variety brought out by their different musical styles, ...

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CD REVIEW: Disaster! – Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Jukebox musicals (new shows featuring pre-existing songs) often employ parody and deliberate cheesiness in their plot and libretto. Obvious examples would be We Will Rock You and Rock of Ages, and arguably Mama Mia contains more than a faint whiff of gorgonzola. Disaster! takes things several steps further by wildly parodying a film genre ripe for lampooning: ...

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CD REVIEW: She Loves Me – 2016 Broadway Cast Recording

Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Reviewer: Mark Clegg In 1963 a year before their magnum opus Fiddler on the Roof, lyricist Sheldon Harnick and composer Jerry Bock collaborated on this musical adaptation of Miklos Laszlo’s play Parfumerie. While the show itself is not well remembered, many will be familiar with the plot which has been adapted both as The ...

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CD REVIEW- An American Victory: Concept Album

Lyricist and Composer: Louis R Bucalo Reviewer: Kelyn Luther An American Victory is unfortunately more failure than victory. The lack of memorable songs might be forgivable if the show was sung-through but without the benefit of a book, it’s a collection of pleasant but forgettable songs. Under Thomas Jefferson’s government, pirates rule the seas as they have done for two ...

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CD REVIEW: First Daughter Suite – Original Cast Recording

Music and Lyrics: Michael John LaChiusa Reviewer: Emily Garside Michael John LaChiusa is a challenging and often divisive composer and the recording of his latest work First Daughter Suite following its staging at the Public Theatre (New York) highlights why LaChiusa is simultaneously critically praised but also seen as a challenging composer. The work is clever, intriguing and musically brilliant, ...

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