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DVD REVIEW: Trollied Series 3

Reviewer: Helen Patrick The employees of Valco supermarket in Warrington are back. Store Manager Gavin Strong (Jason Watkins) and Deputy Manager Julie Cook (Jane Horricks) have a new team member to deal with Richard France (Chris Greer) a flashy new upstart from head office who has recently been appointed head of strategy who is overseeing big plans for the supermarket ...

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CD REVIEW: The Bakewell Bake Off: A New Musical

Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:3.5] Premiering at the Landor Theatre in October 2013 after a short run at the Waterloo East Theatre, SimG Records have released their latest recording: The Bakewell Bake Off. Initially intended as an in-house production, the musical was created as a college project by a group of students at the Guildford School of Acting (GSA), later to ...

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CD REVIEW: Sex and the Village

Music: Rebecca Applin Book &Lyrics: Rebecca Applin &Susannah Pearse Producer: Pitch Perfect Reviewer: Ruth Jepson [rating:4] ‘Sex and the Village’ – Sex and the City for those of us who enjoy seeing a tree every now and again! Actually, as main character Chloe says,’ it’s less sex and more village’ in this cute little musical about following your dreams verses ...

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CD REVIEW: Fred Astaire: The Early Years at RKO

Reviewer : Rosie Revell [Rating:5] “Can’t sing. Can’t act. Balding. Can dance a little” so allegedly goes the report that accompanied Fred Astaire’s RKO screentest in the early 1930’s. This did not deter RKO from launching him on his career and the rest is history. Despite being predominantly viewed as just a dancer Astaire was much more than just a ...

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DVD REVIEW: The Alternative Comedy Experience: Season one

Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:3.5] The Alternative Comedy Experience was a season of performances curated by long standing alternative comedian Stewart Lee, filmed live at Edinburgh’s famous The Stand Comedy Club and believe It or not as the DVD tells us before every episode was “Filmed in-front of an actual real audience” – well I would hate to see an “actual ...

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CD REVIEW: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Book and Lyrics: Timothy Mason Music: Mel Marvin Musical Director: Joshua Rosenblum Reviewer: Laura Orton [Rating:3.5] Who Likes Christmas? Whos like Christmas! The Grinch however, HATES Christmas, and he'll do anything to stop it from coming. Originally inspired by Charles Dickens “Scrooge” and written in 1957, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! is the classic Dr Seuss story of the mean ...

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CD Review: Stories… in NYC – Bebe Neuwirth Live at 54 Below

Reviewer: Mark Clegg [rating:2.5] There are surprisingly few Broadway performers who are immediately recognisable by their voice alone. Bebe Neuwirth certainly falls into this category and this CD showcases her unique vocals in a collection of what she describes as ‘story songs’. Coming to prominence following her award winning portrayal of Velma Kelly in the 1996 revival of Chicago and ...

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CD Review: Michael Cerveris and Loose Cattle – North Of Houston

Vocals: Michael Cerveris and Kimberley Kaye Musicians: Loose Cattle Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5]   Those familiar with Broadway stalwart Michael Cerveris may be left somewhat flummoxed by this release. The star of Tommy, Sweeney Todd, Assassins and Evita among others, has forgone the sound of the musical, instead returning to an alternative American musical songbook – that of country and ...

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