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CD REVIEW: Calendar Girls The Musical – 2017 Original London Cast

Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Fresh from its run at The Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s newly christened Calendar Girls The Musical (formerly The Girls) delivers its cast recording ahead of a UK-wide tour. The sickly-sweet tale of Yorkshire women baring all to raise funds for Annie’s leukaemia-stricken husband is familiar to most from the 2003 ...

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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- 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: 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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