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CD REVIEW: Kerrigan and Lowdermilk : Live

Music &Lyrics: Kait Kerrigan &Brian Lowdermilk Reviewer: Carrie Carter [Rating:4.5] Recorded over several dates on their 2011 concert tour, Kerrigan and Lowdermilk: Live is a celebration of this acclaimed contemporary writing duo, funded entirely by fans through a kickstarter campaign. With a listener base already firmly established after the success of their debut album Our First Mistake, Kerrigan and Lowdermilk ...

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The Wild Party – LOST Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Michael LaChiusa Director: Dominic O'Hanlon Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:4] You can't avoid it - the Roaring Twenties are hot right now. Baz Luhrmann started it. Hollywood has Gatsby fever and the fashion world isn't far behind, so stylised vaudeville musical The Wild Party is a perfectly timed choice for South London amateur company Mayhem Musical Theatre. Firstly, ...

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Stephen Sondheim Director: Adam Whittle Musical Director: Steven Mercer Reviewer: Richard Marsden [Rating:4] With an off-kilter musical score accompanying a story of how the customers of a barber’s shop become the food for the customers of the pie shop below - Sweeney Todd shouldn’t be easy to swallow. The art lies in the illumination of the gristle and grime ...

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CD REVIEW: Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis

Music &Lyrics: Joe Iconis Director: John Simpkins Reviewer: Carrie Carter [Rating:3.5] Though currently making a name for himself as one of Smash’s latest composing recruits, Joe Iconis has been a fixture on the contemporary musical theatre scene for a while now, and on listening to Things to Ruin, it is easy to see why. Iconis is clearly an extremely diverse ...

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CD REVIEW: Dogfight – Original Cast Recording

Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Book: Peter Duchan Producer: Kurt Deutsch, Lawrence Manchester, Justin Paul and Benj Pasek Reviewer Jonathan Baz [rating:4] Dogfight is an all-American musical set in Los Angeles between 1963 and 1967 around the time of the Vietnam conflict. Premiering off Broadway in 2011, it tells of three young Marines on their last night ...

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CD REVIEW: Fancy Nancy The Musical: Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording

Book and Lyrics: Susan Dilallo Music and Lyrics: Danny Abosch Musical Direction: James Dobinson Reviewer: Helen Jones [rating:4.5] Fancy Nancy The Musical is based upon the series of children's picture books by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. The original book, published in 2005, was a huge success and spawned a series of books now totalling fifty. Fancy ...

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Footloose – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Music: Tom Snow Lyrics: Dean Pritchford Director: Sian Couture Musical Director: Mark Jefferson Reviewer: Flip Miller [rating:4]   A set where less is more greets the audience as you enter the theatre to see this iconic musical. The stage is bare and while you are checking your programme you look up and, as if by magic, there are people on ...

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Dale Wasserman from Ken Kesey’s novel Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5]   The saying goes that medical staff make the worst patients and, while the inmates in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest clearly have issues, there’s a question mark hanging over the sanity of the staff. While the patients actually enjoy a modicum of freedom, the ...

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