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CD REVIEW: Fred Astaire: The Early Years at RKO

Reviewer : Rosie Revell [Rating:5] “Can’t sing. Can’t act. Balding. Can dance a little” so allegedly goes the report that accompanied Fred Astaire’s RKO screentest in the early 1930’s. This did not deter RKO from launching him on his career and the rest is history. Despite being predominantly viewed as just a dancer Astaire was much more than just a ...

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DVD REVIEW: The Alternative Comedy Experience: Season one

Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:3.5] The Alternative Comedy Experience was a season of performances curated by long standing alternative comedian Stewart Lee, filmed live at Edinburgh’s famous The Stand Comedy Club and believe It or not as the DVD tells us before every episode was “Filmed in-front of an actual real audience” – well I would hate to see an “actual ...

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CD REVIEW: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Book and Lyrics: Timothy Mason Music: Mel Marvin Musical Director: Joshua Rosenblum Reviewer: Laura Orton [Rating:3.5] Who Likes Christmas? Whos like Christmas! The Grinch however, HATES Christmas, and he'll do anything to stop it from coming. Originally inspired by Charles Dickens “Scrooge” and written in 1957, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! is the classic Dr Seuss story of the mean ...

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CD Review: Stories… in NYC – Bebe Neuwirth Live at 54 Below

Reviewer: Mark Clegg [rating:2.5] There are surprisingly few Broadway performers who are immediately recognisable by their voice alone. Bebe Neuwirth certainly falls into this category and this CD showcases her unique vocals in a collection of what she describes as ‘story songs’. Coming to prominence following her award winning portrayal of Velma Kelly in the 1996 revival of Chicago and ...

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CD Review: Michael Cerveris and Loose Cattle – North Of Houston

Vocals: Michael Cerveris and Kimberley Kaye Musicians: Loose Cattle Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5]   Those familiar with Broadway stalwart Michael Cerveris may be left somewhat flummoxed by this release. The star of Tommy, Sweeney Todd, Assassins and Evita among others, has forgone the sound of the musical, instead returning to an alternative American musical songbook – that of country and ...

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CD REVIEW: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 – Original Cast Recording

Music, Lyrics and Orchestration: Dave Malloy Reviewer : Rosie Revell [Rating:4] “There’s a war going on out there” Natasha, Pierre &The Great Comet of 1812’s original cast recording invites its listeners to join Tolstoy’s lovers for an evening they’ll never forget. Set in Moscow during the Napoleonic war of 1812 the show is a vibrant mix of electro pop opera ...

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CD REVIEW: Van Winkle – A Folk Musical

Music/Lyrics: Caroline Wigmore Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4] Van Winkle – A Folk Musical is a concept recording and musical adaptation of Washington Irving’s short story Rip Van Winkle and is the latest offering from SimG Records. With musical arrangements by Jen Green and music and lyrics by Caroline Wigmore, the recording features a nine piece band including musical saw, which ...

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CD REVIEW: Lizzie – The Studio Album

Writers: Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner and Alan Stevens Hewitt Reviewer: Iain Sykes [rating:4.5] It’s 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden stands accused of the brutal axe murder of her father and stepmother. That’s the lesson in sensationalist American legal history out of the way for those of us on the eastern side of the Atlantic. Fortunately, Lizzie, the rock ...

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