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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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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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