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CD REVIEW: Matilda Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music &Lyrics: Tim Minchin Book: Dennis Kelly Reviewer: Katy Roberts [Rating:4.5] After a hugely successful original run Stratford-Upon-Avon, where it then transferred to London’s West End, Matilda the Musical opened on Broadway earlier this year to critical acclaim. Winning a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards and a total of four Tony Awards, as well as a Tony Honour Award for Excellence ...

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CD REVIEW: The Last Five Years, 2013 Off-Broadway Cast

Music and lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:4] From the moment the haunting, music-box opening bars of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years start, a sense of intense familiarity will wash over any fan of this cult two-hander musical. This is quickly dispersed by a new voice: Betsy Wolfe's pure, country-tinged vocals kick in and, 12 years ...

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CD REVIEW: Jon Lee – Fallen Angel

Reviewer: Mark McCulloch [Rating:4] Fallen Angel, Jon Lee’s debut solo album fantastically crafted triumph of song selection, bringing together some of his personal favourites, songs from musicals to make a simply stunning record. Lee, of previous S Club 7 fame, is no stranger to the stage or recording having previously achieved number one hits across the world, four being in ...

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CD REVIEW: Shona White – I’ll Bring You A Song

Reviewer Jonathan Baz [Rating:4] Released in 2011 Shona White’s album I’ll Bring You A Song is mainly a compilation of show tunes, some well known, some less recognisable but the common theme is a pleasing treatment of each number, combined with a commitment to solid production values from this evidently talented trouper. White opens with the over-familiar 'Take That Look ...

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CD REVIEW: Jon Boydon – Three Four

Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] Firmly ensconced in the rôle of Tommy DeVito in the London production of Jersey Boys, Jon Boydon released his debut album Three Four last year but though he’s coming from many years spent in the world of musical theatre, this collection of 13 songs could never be accused of being ‘stagey’. Instead, Boydon delves into the ...

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CD REVIEW: Marry Me a Little

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [rating:3.5] Ghostlight Records present this new recording of Keen Company's "revisal" of Craig Lucas and the late Norman Rene's 1981 conceptual review Marry Me a Little, built around songs cut from the musicals of Stephen Sondheim. Dialogue free and told entirely in song, this new production re-thinks aspects of the original work: now set in "hipster" Brooklyn ...

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CD REVIEW: Collaborations: The Songs of Elliot Davis

Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] Elliot Davis may be best known to fans of musical theatre as the co-writer of Loserville but his career has stretched over several musicals and other projects which have seen him collaborate with a wide range of songwriters and his CD Collaborations – The Songs of Elliot Davis cherry-picks a collection of 13 songs from his ...

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