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CD REVIEW: The Color Purple – New Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile This powerful revivaloriginallypremiered in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013 to sell out audiences, and was so successful that it transferred to Broadway taking with it the stunning performer Cynthia Erivo as Celie. This new Broadway cast recording captures the powerhouse performance of Erivo and intensifies it with the inspired addition of Jennifer Hudson in ...

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CD REVIEW: Sweet Charity – Original London Cast Recording

Sweet Charity - Original London Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg From the iconic brassy six note opening of Big Spender at the start of the overture to the not-very-happy ending, Sweet Charity is an iron-clad classic. Originally opening on Broadway in 1967, this is a rerelease of the soundtrack of the London cast from the following year. Charity Hope Valentine is a hostess in a New York ...

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CD REVIEW: Allegiance – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Lea Salonga and George Takei in Allegiance

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Allegiance is set during World War II, in a period of forced relocation and incarceration of around 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbour. 62% of the internees were US citizens. The internment was sadly the result of racism and xenophobia, rather than any military danger from the population. With music and ...

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CD REVIEW: Merman’s Apprentice – Original Cast Recording

Book &Lyrics by Stephen Cole Music by David Evans Reviewer: Mark Clegg Big, brash, vulgar and most of all loud, they simply do not make stars like Ethel Merman anymore. Frequently imitated but never equalled, Merman’s Broadway career spanned an amazing five decades and included her originating the lead roles in four musicals that are still frequently performed today (Anything ...

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CD REVIEW: Preludes – Original Cast Recording

Reviewer: Holly Spanner At just 19 years old, Rachmaninoff gained instant fame with his Prelude in C-Sharp Major. Five years later in 1897, after devoting two years to his first symphony, Symphony No 1 in D Minor, was appallingly received. Partly due to the conductor at the premiere, Alexander Glazunov, being so drunk he conducted like a zombie and partly ...

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CD REVIEW: Ann Veronica – Original London Cast Recording

Ann Veronica Promo shot of physical cd

Writer: Frank Wells and Ronald Gow Music: Cyril Ornadel Lyrics: David Croft Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Feminism is seen by some nowadays as a dirty word. The fight for equality is still going on, but third wave feminism is seen as indulgent and first world orientated. Ann Veronica, a 1969 musical based on a H.G. Wells novel of the same name, ...

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CD REVIEW: The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Studio Cast Recording

Hunchback Studio Cast Recording promo image

Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz Reviewer: Mark Clegg The Hunchback of Notre Dame was always going to be a hard sell for a Disney movie and despite being perfectly animated and having the obligatory happy ending, it was greeted with middling reviews and disappointing box office when it was released in 1996. But it has remained a ...

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CD REVIEW: Daddy Long Legs – Original Off Broadway Cast Recording

Poster Image for Daddy Long Legs

Music &Lyrics: Paul Gordon Reviewer: Mark Clegg At tail-end of his heyday in 1955, Fred Astaire made a movie musical with Leslie Caron about a rich older man who becomes mysterious benefactor to an 18 year old orphan girl and the love that grows between them. The movie was called Daddy Long Legs and this CD has nothing to do ...

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