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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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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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