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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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CD REVIEW: Something Rotten! – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music &Lyrics by Wayne &Karey Kirkpatrick Reviewer: Mark Clegg Shakespeare is no stranger to musical theatre. Kiss Me Kate, Return to the Forbidden Planet, West Side Story, The Lion King: the list of shows based or inspired by the works of The Bard are numerous. Something Rotten! takes a slightly different approach and sticks Will himself right in the middle ...

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CD REVIEW: Stiles and Drewe’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Reviewer: Mark Clegg The musical writing partnership of Stiles and Drewe has never really got the success or recognition that it deserves. From their award winning Honk!, through to their partnership with Disney writing the new songs that would stand alongside the Sherman brothers classics for Mary Poppins on stage, to their fantastic but ...

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