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CD REVIEW: Tokio Confidential

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Tokio Confidential premièred Off Broadway in 2012, withmusic and lyrics by Eric Schorr. It was made possible through support from the Asian Cultural Council, Japan Foundation New York, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The musical takes place in the late 19th Century, in a time when tattooing has been ...

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CD REVIEW: Brass – Original Cast Recording

Book, Music &Lyrics: Benjamin Till Additional Lyrics: Nathan Taylor &Sir Arnold Wesker Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Brass is the cast recording of the musical commissioned and presented by National Youth Music Theatre to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. It tells the story of a group of friends, and members of the local brass band, that enlist ...

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CD REVIEW: The Visit _ Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Conductor: David Loud Reviewer: Jackson Cooper Some of the greatest accomplishments of music were written later in a composer’s career: Verdi’s Falstaff, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” Symphony, Mozart Requiem, etc. Perhaps time and maturity gives composers enough momentum to keep writing into their later years…and over a long period of time. Future theatre textbooks will look ...

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CD REVIEW: A Spoonful of Sherman

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers, Robert J Sherman, Al Sherman Director: Stewert Nicholls Conductor: Colin Billing Reviewer: Jackson Cooper It’s like hearing your childhood stripped down to 4 people, a narrator, and a piano. If your childhood could also be a history lesson of one of the most memorable, tuneful musical duos since Rodgers and Hammerstein, A Spoonful of Sherman offers ...

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Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe – Off-Broadway Original Cast Recording

Book/Lyrics: Jonathan Christenson Reviewer: Charlotte Robson Edgar Allen Poe may seem a strange choice for a musical biopic. However, this darkly brilliant cast recording of Catalyst Theatre’s Off Broadway production lifts elements from the writer's life and work, real and imagined, to chart his course from ignominious birth to aptly-titled "mysterious" demise. The tiny cast of seven show astounding measures ...

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Marin Mazzie: Make Your Own Kind of Music – Live at 54 Below

Reviewer: Mark Clegg When a Broadway performer tackles one of these intimate cabaret recordings at 54 Below, the results tend to swing one of two ways. They either give the audience what they expect and pepper the program with songs from shows that they are known for, or they ignore their legacy and take the opportunity to perform a whole ...

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CD REVIEW: Cool Rider

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Billed as the “cult sequel to grease” Cool Rider is in fact Grease 2 – reloaded. Revamped and given a new face, Cool Rider follows unlikely lovers Stephanie Zinone (Ashleigh Gray), leader of The Pink Ladies and English exchange student Michael Carrington (Aaron Sidwell) who quickly becomes smitten. After learning that Stephanie is looking for a devil ...

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CD REVIEW: The King and I – 2015 Broadway Cast Recording

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Reviewer: Jackson Cooper It’s a very ancient saying, but a true and honest thought: that if a musical gets a revival, its recording will reveal something new about the show. This brings people to a deeper appreciation to the score and shows overall. Lincoln Center’s The King and I ranks among the great ...

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