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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: Once On This Island – New Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Debuting in 1990, Once On This Island is best described as a cross between The Little Mermaid (Hans Anderson’s original tragedy, not Disney’s softened version) and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set on a Caribbean island. It is based on Rosa Guy’s 1985 novel My Love, Mt Love or, The Peasant Girl. The story is overseen by the ...

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Inside COMPANY – Tech Week

Writing an exclusive blog for The Reviews Hub, actor Arun Blair-Mangat will take us over the next few weeks behind the scenes at the brand new production of Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY which is currently running at Aberdeen Arts Centre until 10th February. Tech week is upon us. We’ve all arrived up in Aberdeen and we’re at the theatre. This is the moment ...

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CD REVIEW: Hamlisch Uncovered

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Marvin Hamlisch: composer, conductor and the only person other than Richard Rogers to win a Pulitzer Prize as well the full EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony). Most of his body of work was made up film scores as well as being a prolific conductor, but he will probably be best remembered for composing the score for ...

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CD REVIEW: The Band’s Visit – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek Reviewer: Mark Clegg Admittedly the subject matter of this new musical isn’t exactly enticing. Based on the award-winning 2007 Israeli film of the same name, The Alexandia Ceremonial Police Orchestra is booked to travel from Egypt to Israel to perform at an Arab cultural centre. However, due to a mix-up, they find themselves arriving ...

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CD REVIEW: Seth MacFarlane: In Full Swing

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Seth MacFarlane is an animator/voice actor/writer/comedian/director/actor/producer. Anyone familiar with his animated TV show Family Guy will probably also know that he is a singer. Family Guy’s regular Road to… episodes (themselves an homage to the Crosby/Hope movies) often feature Brian the dog and Stewie the baby (both voiced by MacFarlane) singing. In fact, a large proportion of ...

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INTERVIEW: Kneehigh’s Patryja Kujawska

Kneehigh Theatre’s lastet production The Tin Drum recently opened at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre before embarking on a UK Tour, Lisa Worth caught up with actress Patryja Kujawska to find out more about her past and working with the company. Formed in 1980 by Mike Shepherd, who left the London acting scene to teach in his native Cornwall, Kneehigh began life as ...

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