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CD REVIEW: Chaplin The Musical – Original Boradway Cast Recording

Lyrics: Christopher Curtis Book: Christopher Curtis &Thomas Meehan Reviewer: Lizzie Yoxall [Rating:4] Although originally premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2006 this particular cast recording is that of the original Broadway Cast of 2012, featuring Robert McClure as Chaplin. The show tells the life story of one of Hollywood’s brightest and most loved stars. From a boy ...

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CD REVIEW: Merrily We Roll Along – 2012 Encores Recording

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Reviewed by Jonathan Baz [rating:4] This recording of Merrily We Roll Along hails from the 2012 Encores! concert production, staged at New York City Hall. While many acclaim this show to be among, if not, the best of Stephen Sondheim’s work, it’s a tough story to conceptualise. The tale unfolds backwards through time, where friendships and marriages ...

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CD REVIEW: Leap of Faith – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4] ‘Leap of Faith’, a musical version of the 1992 Steve Martin comedy movie, opened on Broadway in April 2012. Unfortunately, after 44 performances, and some negative reviews, it closed down, losing investors millions of dollars, despite gaining a Tony nomination for Best Musical. Luckily, this underrated music, written by some ...

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CD REVIEW: Nice Work If You Can Get It- 2012 Broadway Cast Recording

Music &Lyrics: George and Ira Gershwin Book: Joe DiPietro Reviewer : Rosie Revell [Rating:5] Nice Work If You Can Get It premiered in 2012 and is essentially a modern musical take on classic musical farce packed full of classic Gershwin tunes with original material by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton also thrown in for good measure. Wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter ...

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CD REVIEW: Laura Osnes – Dream a Little Dream (Live at the Cafe Carlyle)

Reviewer: Shane Morgan [rating:4] Read any biography of Laura Osnes and it already reads like the charmed life of a Musical Theatre star. Only in her mid-twenties, her Broadway credits already boast leads in Grease, South Pacific, Anything Goes, Bonnie and Clyde and the upcoming Cinderella. From humble beginnings through to Tony nominations, Osnes has spent most of her 27 ...

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Cyrano de Bergerac – The Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Edmond Rostand Translator &adaptor: Anthony Burgess Director: Sue Baxter Reviewer: Tom Finch [Rating:3] A bustling city of soldiers and drunkards, ladies and actresses, nuns and whores, pickpockets and noblemen… and a poet. As the houselights (very slowly) dim and the large cast take their places on the stage of the Oxford Playhouse it becomes abundantly clear that this production ...

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CD REVIEW: The Mystery of Edwin Drood – 2012 Broadway Cast Recording

Music, Lyrics and Book: Rupert Holmes Director: Scott Ellis Reviewer: Helen Jones [Rating:4] The Mystery of Edwin Drood is based upon Charles Dicken’s last and unfinished novel of the same name -but where Dickens tells a dark tale, Rupert Holmes musical theatre version is a much lighter and more comedic version. The original story, although named after Edwin Drood, is ...

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