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CD REVIEW: Sweeney Todd – 2012 London Cast Recording

Music &Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Producers: Nigel Wright &Michael Ball Associate Producers: Stephen Sondheim, Nicholas Skilbeck Musical Director: Nicholas Skilbeck Reviewer: Katy Roberts [Rating:4] Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opened on Broadway in 1979 and in London’s West End the following year. Set in 19th century England, the musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, ...

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CD REVIEW: Betty Blue Eyes – Original London Cast Recording

Book: Ron Cowen &Daniel Lipman Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Reviewer: Jo Beggs [Rating:3] Austerity Britain. The country reeling from war. Nothing like a royal wedding to cheer up the populace. Not 2011 but 1947, and the princess bride none but Elizabeth Windsor, about to marry the dashing Philip Mountbatten. Despite rationing the burghers of Shepardsford have decided to ...

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CD REVIEW: End of the Rainbow

Producers: Chris Egan &Gareth Valentine Musical Arrangements: Chris Egan Conductor: Gareth Valentine Reviewer: Lizzie Yoxall [Rating:3.5] Anyone walking into a room and hearing this CD for the first time without seeing the cover could arguably believe they are listening to a Judy Garlands greatest hits CD, but in this case the mix of well known jazz standards are from the ...

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CD REVIEW: Legally Blonde The Musical-Original London Cast Recording

Producer: Stewart Mackintosh Mixed and mastered: Toby Alington Reviewer: Helen Jones [Rating:3.5] Legally Blonde – The Musical was first performed in the UK in London’s West End in December 2009. The show has music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach. The musical is developed from both the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda ...

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CD REVIEW: Anthony Newley: The Last Song, The Final Recordings

Producers: Stage Door Records &The Anthony Newley Society Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [rating:3.5] Anthony Newley passed away in 1999, leaving behind him an impressive legacy covering stage, screen and recordings, both as a writer and performer. The final recordings that he made in 1996 and 1997, before sadly losing his battle with cancer, up until now had remained unreleased. Newley’s fans ...

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CD REVIEW: Release Me – Barbra Streisand

Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:3.5] Ms Streisand’s breathy laughter opens track one of Release Me. “This is take eight? I haven’t sung it once!” she giggles, before launching into the sublime Being Good Isn’t Good Enough (from Sixties musical Hallelujah, Baby!). Now a fame-shunning 70-year-old, Barbra Streisand’s big notes certainly haven’t gone into hiding on this album of unreleased material. On ...

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CD REVIEW – Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory

Producer: Sim G Productions Reviewer: Zara Ellis [Rating: 3.5] A new exciting Musical entitled Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory has been released on the independent label devoted to new writers and artists, SimG Records. Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory written and directed by Paul Boyd, is centred around three ordinary couples that reside on the mundane and predictable Mammary Lane. However the ...

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CD Review: Melanie C – Stages

Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:1] With her 2010 performance as Blood Brother’s Mrs Johnstone gaining her an Olivier-award nomination and a forthcoming turn as Mary Magdalene in the arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, erstwhile Spice Girl Melanie C’s connection to the world of theatre is a genuine one and so the release of a CD of musical theatre songs could ...

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