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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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CD REVIEW: Love, Lies & Lyrics – The Words Of Lesley Ross

Reviewer: Holly Spanner SimG’s latest offering celebrates the work of lyricist Lesley Ross in this generous 25 track limited edition album. The album features 30 West End vocalists, including Madalena Alberta, Daniel Boys, Annalene Beechey, Kieran Brown, Garry Lake, Sarah Lark, Jodie Jacobs, Sarah Earnshaw, Jon Robyns, Rebecca Lock, Aaron Lee Lambert, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Sophia Ragavelas and Nigel Richards among ...

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CD REVIEW: Dames at Sea – Original 1969 London Cast Recording

Book and Lyrics: George Haimsohn and Robin Miller Music: Jim Wise Reviewer: Mark Clegg The word 'retro' is used a lot lately. Right now it evokes images from the 1980s, but the whole concept of nostalgia for things from a generation ago is nothing new. Just as people today look back fondly at all things ‘80s (even those too young ...

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CD REVIEW: On The Town – New Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Donna Kelly Fans of the iconic musical On The Town have waited a long time for the first complete recording of the stage production - almost 70 years in fact. Despite recordings in 1944, 1960 and 1995, many theatre fans were left disappointed when parts of the score were either omitted, truncated or recorded in the studio. Thankfully, 70 ...

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