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CD REVIEW: Preludes – Original Cast Recording

Reviewer: Holly Spanner At just 19 years old, Rachmaninoff gained instant fame with his Prelude in C-Sharp Major. Five years later in 1897, after devoting two years to his first symphony, Symphony No 1 in D Minor, was appallingly received. Partly due to the conductor at the premiere, Alexander Glazunov, being so drunk he conducted like a zombie and partly ...

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CD REVIEW: Ann Veronica – Original London Cast Recording

Ann Veronica Promo shot of physical cd

Writer: Frank Wells and Ronald Gow Music: Cyril Ornadel Lyrics: David Croft Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Feminism is seen by some nowadays as a dirty word. The fight for equality is still going on, but third wave feminism is seen as indulgent and first world orientated. Ann Veronica, a 1969 musical based on a H.G. Wells novel of the same name, ...

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CD REVIEW: The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Studio Cast Recording

Hunchback Studio Cast Recording promo image

Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz Reviewer: Mark Clegg The Hunchback of Notre Dame was always going to be a hard sell for a Disney movie and despite being perfectly animated and having the obligatory happy ending, it was greeted with middling reviews and disappointing box office when it was released in 1996. But it has remained a ...

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CD REVIEW: Daddy Long Legs – Original Off Broadway Cast Recording

Poster Image for Daddy Long Legs

Music &Lyrics: Paul Gordon Reviewer: Mark Clegg At tail-end of his heyday in 1955, Fred Astaire made a movie musical with Leslie Caron about a rich older man who becomes mysterious benefactor to an 18 year old orphan girl and the love that grows between them. The movie was called Daddy Long Legs and this CD has nothing to do ...

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CD REVIEW: His Monkey Wife (plus selections from Aladdin)

Reviewer - Mark Clegg In 1953 Sandy Wilson scored a massive hit with his pastiche of 1920s musicals, The Boy Friend. Still performed today, this musical comedy is an affectionate and warmly amusing love letter to the works of the likes of Rogers &Hart. Wilson would prove to be rather a one-hit-wonder but despite this, collected on this newly released ...

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CD REVIEW: Melissa Errico: What About Today? – Live at 54 Below

Melissa Errico performs live at 54 Below

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Recorded at the popular New York cabaret and restaurant venue 54 Below, What About Today is a mix of Broadway classics, film tracks and more contemporary songs as well as one of Melissa Errico’s own compositions. A slightly breathless start to the album, maybe through excitement and audience banter, it opens with What About Today by David ...

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CD REVIEW: Annaleigh Ashford: Lost In The Stars – Live at 54 Below

Annaleigh Ashford in Performance

Reviewer: Charlotte Robson Annaleigh Ashford – actress, singer and Tony award nominee – makes her arrival at Studio 54 amid a roaring guitar solo and a piano in full dramatic sing, promising an evening of hits old and new backed up by a personality with force to match the heights of the big voice of her Glinda, Margot and Jeanie. ...

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CD REVIEW: Richard Woodford – Because of You

Album cover to Richard Woodford's debut album, Because of You

Reviewer: Holly Spanner With two decades of experience in the musical theatre industry, this debut album from Richard Woodford has been long awaited. During his career, to date, he has been involved in 11 major productions and is now somewhat spoilt for choice when it comes to material. It includes a selection of tracks from shows he has performed in, ...

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