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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Hamilton – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music/Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda Reviewer: Charlotte Robson Alexander Hamilton was one of America's founding fathers, an aide to General Washington during the American Revolutionary War, defender of the U.S. Constitution, congressman, economist, lawyer, and founder of the first vote-based government party in the world – and now, in 2015, his is the inspiration for one of the most evocative, emotional and ...

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CD REVIEW: A Chorus Line – 40th Anniversary Celebration

Music: Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics: Ed Kleban Reviewer: Mark Clegg A bare stage, no fancy costumes (until the finale) and the burden of the show divided almost equally between its seventeen cast members, A Chorus Line is musical theatre in its purest form. The concept of an entire musical taking the form of people auditioning for a show is so audaciously ...

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CD REVIEW: It Shoulda Been You – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music: Barbara Anselmi Book &Lyrics: Brian Hargrove Reviewer: Mark Clegg Many times in the past perfectly good musicals have failed for no discernible reason. It Shoulda Been You sadly only lasted 135 performances (after previews) but the probable source of its downfall is extremely apparent on this original soundtrack recording that has just been released. However let’s start with the ...

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