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CD REVIEW: Stiles and Drewe’s The Three Little Pigs

Producer: SimG Productions

Reviewer: John Roberts

[Rating:4.5]

Decent family friendly musicals seem few and far between, so it is with delight that Stiles and Drewe alongside The Singapore Repertory Theatre, have started to address the situation. Between them they have created three 50 minute musicals all based on fairytales, the remit being that they must be able to use the same cast, that the shows could be performed in rep in any order and they must be able to use the basic same set. The shows on offer are Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs.

Following recent collaborations with Stiles and Drewe (Soho Cinders) SimG Productions have once again stepped in to record The Three Little Pigs, with a cast including; Gareth Gates, Amy Lennox, Clive Rowe, Alison Jiear and Lewis Barnshaw.

What instantly strikes you when listening to the album is that the songs don’t hold back, you have your big group numbers (Perfect for a Pig), your strong ballads and insanely catchy songs that you just have to tap for your feet to (A Little House.) This is a writing partnership that goes from strength to strength, and here there are clear comparisons that can be made between the style of The Three Little Pigs and Honk – but this is no bad thing at all, in fact it takes us back to an era that was highly successful for the duo.

The talent is uniformly excellent and paired with strong production values you can’t help but be won over by this charismatic cast recording. Barnshaw, Lennox and Gates complement each other perfectly as the comically named Cha, Sui and Boa especially when harmonising on many of the shows songs. Clive Rowe adds a delicious dollop of soul and gravitas into his misunderstood Big Bad Wolf.

The Three Little Pigs is a frivolous fairytale frolic, full of catchy songs and silly charm, that reminds us just how good Stiles and Drewe really are and I hope that Goldilocks and Three Billy Goats are not to far behind on the recording slate.

The Three Little Pigs is released on the 25th June 2012

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