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CD REVIEW: You Are Home – The Songs of Anderson and Petty

Reviewer: Ian Foster Songbook albums can be difficult beasts – composers can often find themselves caught between trying to compile a thematically coherent collection and demonstrating the breadth of their talent and it can be a difficult balance to find. Transatlantic writing duo Barry Anderson and Mark Petty, the catchily named Anderson &Petty, have erred towards the latter, not only ...

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CD REVIEW: Stephen Ward – Original Cast Recording

Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book &Lyrics: Christopher Hampton and Don Black Reviewer: Holly Spanner The Profumo affair is perhaps one of the most notorious affairs of the 20th Century. A political scandal, it rocked Britain to its core. Stephen Ward, an osteopath by profession, talented artist and man about town, moved in high society circles, and had a taste for ...

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CD REVIEW: The Sound of Music – NBC Live Television Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg One of the most performed and much loved musicals in history, a Bank Holiday television staple, a theatrical sing-along phenomenon, a constant source of parody for everything from French and Saunders to The Simpsons, Andrew Llloyd Webber’s televised quest to solve a problem like Maria… The Sound of Music is many things to many people – and ...

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CD REVIEW: Sierra Boggess – Awakening, Live at 54 Below

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Starting with her Broadway debut as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, the last six years have seen Sierra Boggess go from unknown to one of the biggest names on Broadway today. It is testament to this that Boggess finds herself joining the hallowed few invited to the famous Studio 54 Below in New York to record an ...

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CD REVIEW: Meet John Doe

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Who is John Doe? Big, small, simple, or wise? The average American, or someone with the potential to change the country? Or, is he simply, a fake? When ambitious reporter Ann Mitchell is fired in the heights of the Depression, she decides to write a letter to her own column from a John Doe. Protesting the state ...

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DVD REVIEW: Trollied Series 3

Reviewer: Helen Patrick The employees of Valco supermarket in Warrington are back. Store Manager Gavin Strong (Jason Watkins) and Deputy Manager Julie Cook (Jane Horricks) have a new team member to deal with Richard France (Chris Greer) a flashy new upstart from head office who has recently been appointed head of strategy who is overseeing big plans for the supermarket ...

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CD REVIEW: The Bakewell Bake Off: A New Musical

Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:3.5] Premiering at the Landor Theatre in October 2013 after a short run at the Waterloo East Theatre, SimG Records have released their latest recording: The Bakewell Bake Off. Initially intended as an in-house production, the musical was created as a college project by a group of students at the Guildford School of Acting (GSA), later to ...

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CD REVIEW: Sex and the Village

Music: Rebecca Applin Book &Lyrics: Rebecca Applin &Susannah Pearse Producer: Pitch Perfect Reviewer: Ruth Jepson [rating:4] ‘Sex and the Village’ – Sex and the City for those of us who enjoy seeing a tree every now and again! Actually, as main character Chloe says,’ it’s less sex and more village’ in this cute little musical about following your dreams verses ...

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