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CD REVIEW: Norbert Leo Butz – Girls, Girls, Girls

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Girls, Girls, Girls is considerably deeper than the title suggests. Perhaps this is the point, but there’s no denying it gets straight to the heart of the material. Originally conceived for a concert in 2013, the subject matter is reflective of Butz’s quest to better understand the women in his life, and with three daughters, a wife, ...

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CD REVIEW: NYMT Cast Recording – Prodigy

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Prodigy is a new musical by Jake Brunger and Pippa Clay. It was commissioned and developed by the National Youth Music Theatre, premiering in August 2015 at the St. James Theatre in London. The narrative follows the nervous excitement of five young finalists in a reality television show, each competing to become Britain’s top new classical music ...

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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: 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: 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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