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

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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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CD REVIEW: Paint Your Wagon – 2015 Encores! Cast Recording

Company of New York Encores! Production of Paint Your Wagon

Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner Reviewer: Mark Clegg If asked to name the musicals of Lerner and Loewe, even the most die-hard Broadway fan is unlikely to name Paint Your Wagon straight away. Debuting on Broadway in 1951 during the craze for ‘cowboy’ musicals, it is really now only remembered thanks to the dismal 1969 film adaptation that ...

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CD Review: Ms. A Song Cycle – Concept Recording


Music: George Stiles, Amy Bowie, Paul Boyd, Tamar Broadbent, Brian Lowdermilk, George Maguire, Eamonn O’Dwyer, Gianni Onori, Robert Sherman, Luke Di Somma, Sarah Travis, Verity Quade, Erin Murray Quinlan and Robbie White. Lyrics: Rory Sherman Reviewer: Holly Spanner Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition which can affect the brain and/or spinal cord causing a range of potential symptoms, including ...

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CD REVIEW- An American Victory: Concept Album

Lyricist and Composer: Louis R Bucalo Reviewer: Kelyn Luther An American Victory is unfortunately more failure than victory. The lack of memorable songs might be forgivable if the show was sung-through but without the benefit of a book, it’s a collection of pleasant but forgettable songs. Under Thomas Jefferson’s government, pirates rule the seas as they have done for two ...

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