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CD REVIEW: The Bodyguard – World Premiere Cast Recording

Reviewer: Donna Kelly Following its successful run at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End and to coincide with its current UK tour, First Night Records has released the highly anticipated world premiere cast recording of The Bodyguard – The Musical. Based on the 1992 hit film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, The Bodyguard tells the story of international ...

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CD REVIEW: Patti LuPone – Matters of the Heart

Reviewer: Donna Kelly In an inspired decision by Broadway Records, Patti LuPone’s superb 1999 solo album Matters of the Heart has been reissued in CD format and as a digital download. Best known for her Broadway performances in Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, Evita and Gypsy, LuPone is an American actress and singer, well-known in the world of musical theatre. The ...

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CD REVIEW: Love Birds – Original Edinburgh Cast Recording

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A rare and unusual thing – an original Edinburgh cast recording. Following in his family’s illustrious songwriting footsteps (father and uncle The Sherman Brothers, were composers of the music for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and grandfather Al – a Tin Pan Alley alumni,Love Birds is Robert J. Sherman’s new musical premiering ...

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CD REVIEW: Doctor Zhivago: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Written in 1957, the original novel was banned by the authorities in the Soviet Union for decades after its release. But, thanks to a smuggled manuscript and a soviet campaign against the book, Doctor Zhivago became a sensation in the non-communist world and spent 26 weeks at the top of the New York Times best seller list, ...

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CD REVIEW: Bring The Future Faster: Live at 54 Below – Danielle Hope

  Reviewer: Charlotte Robson The success stories of TV talent shows don’t usually hang on to their prominence beyond the season’s end – but Danielle Hope proved an exception. After winning the rôle of Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s series-cum-audition-process Over The Rainbow in 2010, she moved on to leading rôles in Les Misérables, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, ...

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CD REVIEW: Lost West End

Reviewer: Mark Clegg In Mel Brooks’ The Producers Leo Bloom suggests that a production of a new script they are reading wouldn’t last a night. “A night?” Max Bialystock replies “This play’s guaranteed to close on page four!” One of the shows featured on this CD of the West End’s commercial car crashes didn’t even manage to make it to ...

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CD REVIEW: Side Show – Live at 54 Below

Reviewer: Holly Spanner When Side Show opened in 1997 on Broadway, it was billed as being commercially disastrous. It did however generate a substantial a cult following and has since been recently revived at the St James Theatre, only to close after less than two months in early 2015. The production explores the incredible and touching true story of conjoined ...

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