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CD REVIEW: First Daughter Suite – Original Cast Recording

Music and Lyrics: Michael John LaChiusa Reviewer: Emily Garside Michael John LaChiusa is a challenging and often divisive composer and the recording of his latest work First Daughter Suite following its staging at the Public Theatre (New York) highlights why LaChiusa is simultaneously critically praised but also seen as a challenging composer. The work is clever, intriguing and musically brilliant, ...

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CD REVIEW: On Your Feet! (Live) – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Artwork for On Your Feet!

Music and Lyrics: Gloria and Emilio Estefan Reviewer: Emily Garside The fact that Gloria and Emilio Estefan are experts at creating an infectious pop hit is no secret, and it is an element showcased in this musical, which tells the story of Estefan’s life and career. That the songs are excellent pop numbers is clear, however perfect pop music does ...

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CD REVIEW: Harold Sanditen – Flyin’ High

Harold Sanditen

Reviewer: Glen Pearce Harold Sanditen hosts London Cabaret venue The Crazy Coqs' long-running open mic night. Here, though, is a CD capturing his own show at the same venue, Flyin’ High. As Sanditen confesses, he has something of a wanderlust, having, at the last count, visited 66 countries.His set opens with a mash-up of Come Fly With Me and Route ...

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CD REVIEW: American Psycho – Original London Cast Recording

American Psycho Artwork

Music and Lyrics: Duncan Sheik Book: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Reviewer: Niall Harman Since its publication in 1991,Brett Easton Ellis’ novelAmerican Psychobeen deemed by some to ‘harmful to minors’, is only available in Australian bookshops shrink-wrapped in plastic and resulted in the author receiving death threats. It latermade for a bloody film starring Christian Bale. It’s fair to say that it is ...

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CD REVIEW: Kinky Boots – Original West End Cast Recording

Kinky Boots - London Cast Recording

Writer: Harvey Fierstein Composer: Cyndi Lauper Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Ladies, gentlemen and those who have yet to make up their minds – get ready for the musical delight that is the Kinky Boots: Original West End Cast Recording. Based on the 2005 film, Kinky Boots the musical is pretty much a direct retelling of the same plot. Charlie Price (Killian ...

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CD REVIEW: Mrs Henderson Presents – Original Cast Album

Music: George Fenton &Simon Chamberlain Lyrics: Don Black Book: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Mark Clegg The Windmill Theatre made history. In the opening number of this musical we are told that it “had its own little bit of history right in the middle of whole load of history” which neatly sums up that during the Second World War, this little theatre ...

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CD REVIEW: Fiddler on the Roof – 2016 Broadway Cast Recording

Fiddler on the Roof - 2016 Broadway production Artwork

Reviewer: Mark Clegg According to the song in Spamalot, “you won’t succeed on Broadway if you don’t have any Jews”. If this is indeed the case then there is no surprise that Fiddler on the Roof has achieved such massive success since its premiere in 1964. Winner of nine Tony Awards, Broadway’s longest running show (until Grease beat it), revived ...

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CD REVIEW: The Color Purple – New Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile This powerful revivaloriginallypremiered in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013 to sell out audiences, and was so successful that it transferred to Broadway taking with it the stunning performer Cynthia Erivo as Celie. This new Broadway cast recording captures the powerhouse performance of Erivo and intensifies it with the inspired addition of Jennifer Hudson in ...

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