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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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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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CD REVIEW: Scott Alan – Live Special Edition

Reviewer: Zara Ellis [Rating: 5] A sensational new live album displaying an array of stars from the musical theatre industry is now available in cd format and to download. Composer and lyricist Scott Alan has released this superb collection of his impressive back catalogue and a few brand new songs. According to Alan at the age of three he knew ...

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CD REVIEW: Now. Here. This.

Music &Lyrics: Jeff Bowen Book: Hunter Bell &Susan Blackwell Reviewer: Mark Clegg [rating:2] Many people, most famously Douglas Adams, have sought to address ‘life, the universe and everything’. Here the creative team behind 2008’s [title of show] aim to cover this large subject matter by concentrating on the minutiae of life. [title of show] was a self-referencing musical about the ...

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CD REVIEW: Simon Bailey: Looking Up

Producer: Simon Grieff Reviewer Jonathan Baz [Rating:2] Looking Up, Simon Bailey’s debut solo album released on the SimG label comprises twelve songs being eight covers and four of Bailey’s own compositions. The collection was inspired as a tribute to the singer’s father who died in 2011 and who, as the album notes record in warm detail, was an inspiration and ...

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CD REVIEW: Les Misérables Original Motion Picture Highlights Soundtrack

Book/lyrics/music: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel-Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:2] Released on 11 January in the UK, rarely has a musical film prompted as much hype, criticism and discussion as theLes Misérables movie before even hitting our screens. With an odd sequence of a UK premiere in December, followed by a USA release on Christmas Day, along with a deluge ...

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CD review: The Book of Mormon – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Book/lyrics/music: Trey Parker, Matt Stone &Robert Lopez Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:5] The Book of Mormon, the astonishingly successful Broadway show by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Avenue Q creative Robert Lopez (winning nine Tony Awards in 2011) is now available aurally for those who can’t wait for it to convert the West End in February. ...

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