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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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CD Review: An American In Paris Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin Adaptation &Arrangement: Rob Fisher Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys 64 years since the classic movie musical, the first stage adaptation of An American in Paris is currently wowing them on the Great White Way, trailing 12 Tony Award nominations in its wake alongside a wave of positive reviews. Re-set to the immediate aftermath of WW2 and ...

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CD REVIEW: Ben Stock – And There Was Music

Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Ben Stock's debut album And there was music is a warm invitation to enjoy his musical inspirations, personal favourites and classic crowd pleaser's. Stock covers a broad range of tunes from the golden era of musicals. As Stock has worked extensively in musicals as both a performer and as musical director we know that we are in ...

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CD REVIEW: Jeanne the Musical – Original Studio Cast Recording

Music &Lyrics: Shirlie Roden Reviewer: Mark Clegg A brief history lesson: Jeanne d'Arc (or Joan of Arc to the English speaking world) was born a peasant in 15th century France. Claiming to have holy visions urging her to support Charles VII in fighting against the English domination of France, she was sent by the uncrowned Charles to the siege of ...

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CD REVIEW: Made in Dagenham – Original Cast Recording.

Book:Richard Bean Lyrics: Richard Thomas Music: David Arnold Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent The film Made in Dagenham released in 2010, enjoyed a glowing reception and numerous award nominations. Based on the true story about the women who fought for the equal pay act while working at the Ford factory in Dagenham in the 1960s is both empowering and, alarmingly, still very ...

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CD REVIEW: Two’s Company – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music: Vernon Duke Lyrics: Ogden Nash Additional Lyrics: Sammy Cahn Reviewer: Mark Clegg It is not unheard of for a fading Hollywood star to travel east and ply their trade on Broadway. Once there, their famous name could potentially generate ticket sales regardless of how miscast they are. Two's Company was such a vehicle for a true queen of the ...

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CD REVIEW: Gypsy – 2015 London Cast Recording

Book: Arthur Laurents Lyrics: Jule Styne Music: Stephen Sondheim Reviewer: Mark Clegg Soundtracks of musical revivals have their work cut out for them to justify their existence. Why, when there is already one out there (or in the case of this musical, at least seven) would you need to produce another? The new major London revival of Gypsy - staggeringly, ...

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CD REVIEW: The Rise & Fall of a Northern Star – Stella Grundy

Reviewer: Rich Jevons Following the success of last year’s tour and with more performance dates imminent The Rise &Fall of a Northern Star is a soundtrack that has been eagerly anticipated. The show, written and performed by Stella Grundy, tells the story of Tracy Star, a Madchester wannabe who sells her soul for stardom, only to see her world crashing ...

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