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CD REVIEW: Van Winkle – A Folk Musical

Music/Lyrics: Caroline Wigmore Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4] Van Winkle – A Folk Musical is a concept recording and musical adaptation of Washington Irving’s short story Rip Van Winkle and is the latest offering from SimG Records. With musical arrangements by Jen Green and music and lyrics by Caroline Wigmore, the recording features a nine piece band including musical saw, which ...

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CD REVIEW: Lizzie – The Studio Album

Writers: Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner and Alan Stevens Hewitt Reviewer: Iain Sykes [rating:4.5] It’s 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden stands accused of the brutal axe murder of her father and stepmother. That’s the lesson in sensationalist American legal history out of the way for those of us on the eastern side of the Atlantic. Fortunately, Lizzie, the rock ...

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CD REVIEW: Sleeping Arrangements – Original Cast Recording

Book, Music and Lyrics: Chris Burgess Musical Arrangements: Colin Billing Reviewer : Rosie Revell [Rating:3] Based upon chick lit author Sophie Kinsella’s best selling 2001 novel Sleeping Arrangements this brand new CD features the original London cast who premiered the show at The Landor Theatre in May 2013. In the heat of the Spanish summer old passions flare up once ...

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CD REVIEW: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Book: David Greig Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman &Marc Shaiman Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [rating:3.5] Arriving in the West End eagerly awaited and shrouded in as much mystery as the enigmatic Willie Wonka himself, David Greig, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory now comes to us immortalised in this original ...

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CD REVIEW: Hey Producer!

Music: Danny Davies Lyrics: Danny Davies, Peter Gallagher and Judy Wolfson Reviewer: Iain Sykes [rating:4] Hey Producer!, the collection of unique musical theatre and cabaret songs from composer Danny Davies and featuring a whole host of names from the West End, faces one huge problem as soon as it begins. The Julie Atherton performed title track. Not that it’s a ...

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CD REVIEW: First Date – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music and Lyrics: Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner Book: Austin Winsberg Reviewer: Laura Orton [Rating:2.5] First Date The Musical follows an all too familiar story about two mismatched New Yorkers going on a blind date. The show covers, in real time, the ups and downs of the unlikely couples date, ending in (of course) the two of them deciding they ...

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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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