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CD REVIEW: Disaster! – Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Jukebox musicals (new shows featuring pre-existing songs) often employ parody and deliberate cheesiness in their plot and libretto. Obvious examples would be We Will Rock You and Rock of Ages, and arguably Mama Mia contains more than a faint whiff of gorgonzola. Disaster! takes things several steps further by wildly parodying a film genre ripe for lampooning: ...

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CD REVIEW: Funny Girl – 2016 London Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg It’s probably fair to say that Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice would be no more than a footnote in history if it weren’t for the musical Funny Girl. Premiering on Broadway in 1964 thirteen years after her death, the show charts both the professional and personal highs and lows of the unconventional comic performer. It’s probably also ...

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CD REVIEW: Michael Longoria – Broadway Brick by Brick

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Currently performing with The Midtown Men, a high-octane band performing hits from the sixties, Michael Longoria made his Broadway debut in Hairspray, after graduating with a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. This is Longoria’s debut Solo Broadway Album, and as the title of the album suggests, Broadway Brick by Brick is a ...

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CD REVIEW: Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined – London Cast Recording

Close To You - Artwork

Music: Burt Bacharach New Arrangements: Kyle Riabko Reviewer: Niall Harman Burt Bacharach is one of the most successful composers of recent decades, scoring hit after hit throughout the sixties and beyond, making for one of the most outstanding back catalogues in popular music. So it is perhaps inevitable that his music would one day be given the jukebox musical treatment. ...

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CD REVIEW: She Loves Me – 2016 Broadway Cast Recording

Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Reviewer: Mark Clegg In 1963 a year before their magnum opus Fiddler on the Roof, lyricist Sheldon Harnick and composer Jerry Bock collaborated on this musical adaptation of Miklos Laszlo’s play Parfumerie. While the show itself is not well remembered, many will be familiar with the plot which has been adapted both as The ...

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CD REVIEW: Bright Star – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Writer: Steve Martin Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Lyrics: Edie Brickell Reviewer: Holly Spanner Having played the banjo from a young age, writer and composer Steve Martin previously collaborated with lyricist Edie Brickell on their 2013 bluegrass album Love Has Come For You. The collaboration proved to be a success, the title track scooping a Grammy for Best American ...

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CD REVIEW: Jasper in Deadland – Premiere Cast Recording

Artwork for Jasper in Deadland

Writer: Hunter Foster and Ryan Scott Oliver Music and lyrics: Ryan Scott Oliver Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Basically a modernised retelling of the Orpheus Greek myth, Jasper in Deadlandtells the story of 16-year-old Jasper, who journeys into the Afterlife to rescue his recently deceased best friend, Agnes, who killed herself by jumping off a cliff (although unlike Orpheus, Jasper completely denies ...

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