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CD REVIEW: Kate Rockwell – Back to My Roots

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Currently playing the ditzy plastic Karen in Mean Girls on Broadway, for which she was nominated as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Back to My Roots is Kate Rockwell’s debut solo album. The album is a collection of songs from musicals that inspired Rockwell to pursue a career in theatre, from the likes of Cy Coleman, ...

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CD REVIEW: Bright Star – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Writer: Steve Martin Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Lyrics: Edie Brickell Reviewer: Holly Spanner Having played the banjo from a young age, writer and composer Steve Martin previously collaborated with lyricist Edie Brickell on their 2013 bluegrass album Love Has Come For You. The collaboration proved to be a success, the title track scooping a Grammy for Best American ...

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CD REVIEW: His Monkey Wife (plus selections from Aladdin)

Reviewer - Mark Clegg In 1953 Sandy Wilson scored a massive hit with his pastiche of 1920s musicals, The Boy Friend. Still performed today, this musical comedy is an affectionate and warmly amusing love letter to the works of the likes of Rogers &Hart. Wilson would prove to be rather a one-hit-wonder but despite this, collected on this newly released ...

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CD REVIEW: Songs From Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

Music: Gene De Paul, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn Lyrics: Johnny Mercer Reviewer: Sue Collier   Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is set in 1850 and contains sexist language and behaviour that by today’s standards seems unacceptable. To appeal this position and redeem the story to the listener we have romance and great musical storytelling within this JAY Productions studio ...

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CD REVIEW: The Bodyguard – World Premiere Cast Recording

Reviewer: Donna Kelly Following its successful run at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End and to coincide with its current UK tour, First Night Records has released the highly anticipated world premiere cast recording of The Bodyguard - The Musical. Based on the 1992 hit film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, The Bodyguard tells the story of international ...

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CD REVIEW: Patti LuPone – Matters of the Heart

Reviewer: Donna Kelly In an inspired decision by Broadway Records, Patti LuPone’s superb 1999 solo album Matters of the Heart has been reissued in CD format and as a digital download. Best known for her Broadway performances in Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, Evita and Gypsy, LuPone is an American actress and singer, well-known in the world of musical theatre. The ...

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CD REVIEW: Bring The Future Faster: Live at 54 Below – Danielle Hope

  Reviewer: Charlotte Robson The success stories of TV talent shows don't usually hang on to their prominence beyond the season's end – but Danielle Hope proved an exception. After winning the rôle of Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber's series-cum-audition-process Over The Rainbow in 2010, she moved on to leading rôles in Les Misérables, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, ...

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CD REVIEW: Cool Rider

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Billed as the “cult sequel to grease” Cool Rider is in fact Grease 2 – reloaded. Revamped and given a new face, Cool Rider follows unlikely lovers Stephanie Zinone (Ashleigh Gray), leader of The Pink Ladies and English exchange student Michael Carrington (Aaron Sidwell) who quickly becomes smitten. After learning that Stephanie is looking for a devil ...

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