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CD REVIEW: My Fair Lady – 2018 Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg From the urgent, pulsing opening bars of its overture to its beautifully ambiguous ending, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s My Fair Lady is unequivocally one of the greatest musicals ever written (credit should also be given to George Bernard Shaw for the original play Pygmalion, much of which survives verbatim in the musical adaption). Debuting in 1956 ...

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CD REVIEW: Paint Your Wagon – 2015 Encores! Cast Recording

Company of New York Encores! Production of Paint Your Wagon

Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner Reviewer: Mark Clegg If asked to name the musicals of Lerner and Loewe, even the most die-hard Broadway fan is unlikely to name Paint Your Wagon straight away. Debuting on Broadway in 1951 during the craze for ‘cowboy’ musicals, it is really now only remembered thanks to the dismal 1969 film adaptation that ...

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Brigadoon – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner Director: Laura Jordan Reed Musical Director: Peter Robinson
 Reviewer: Edie Ranvier In a gust from the past, the Southern Light Opera Company and their director Laura Jordan Reed bring Brigadoon to Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre. First staged in 1947, a few decades before the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Claude-Michel Schönberg revolutionised musical ...

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On a Clear Day You Can See Forever – Union Theatre, London

Music: Burton Lane Book and lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner Director: Kirk Jameson Reviewer: Rob Cottingham [rating:4] It hasn’t been performed for a long, long time yet On a Clear Day is one of the loveliest musicals of the classic musical era. Perhaps the reason why it never completely succeeded is due to the unusual subject matter of extra sensory perception, ...

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