The National Youth Music Theatre seems to have a tradition of presenting musicals set in a bygone era: in its illustrious history stretching back to 1976, previous productions have included The Ragged Child, set in 19th-century London, Pendragon, about the Arthurian legends of the late 5th and early 6th centuries, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a story set in Ancient Egypt. This new work, Billy the Kid, takes its audiences back to the United States of … [Read more...]
Reviews of Cast Recordings, Soundtracks from Musicals & Music
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London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s debut album GIRLFRIENDS
With such a talented cast, it’s difficult to single out stand-out performances. But the ones that stick in my mind are Bronté Barbé’s rendering of ‘The Chances Are’, a heartfelt number about the sitting and hoping that goes on when one’s partner is out to war, and Rob Houchen’s tenor voice is perfectly suited to the soaring melodies in this musical. It’s not often that a new recording of a musical with an orchestra as large as the LMTO is released these days. Rather longer than most cast recordings, coming in at just under two hours, this is set to be the go-to album for Girlfriends, a hearty and passionate listening experience.
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The minute you walk into the intimate space that is the Other Palace Studio you cannot help but feel Christmassy. There's a Christmas tree, lots of tinsel and a lovely projection of a log fire which makes you feel like you have walked straight into someone's living room on Christmas Eve. I only wish my living room could also be adorned with a grand piano and four men singing songs arrangements of Christmas carols. I suspect I would never leave. From start to finish The Barricade Boys is … [Read more...]
Simon Callow has been a knowledgeable figure in theatre on Charles Dickens (1812-1870) for some time. I recall seeing one of his solo shows, The Mystery of Charles Dickens, a mesmerising biographical show in which everyone from his wife to characters in Oliver Twist were featured in a rather intense and fast-paced production. This audio recording, relatively more moderately-paced, is a version of another of his one-man shows, A Christmas Carol, and comes across as one of those stories told so … [Read more...]
“She’s imperfect, but she tries / She is good, but she lies / She is hard on herself / She is broken and won’t ask for help…” The haunting lyrics of ‘She Used To Be Mine’ from the Broadway musical Waitress filled the beautiful Assembly Hall of the Shoreditch Town Hall, performed with poignancy and passion by Rachel Tucker, in what was billed as ‘her biggest solo concert to date’. It’s a cliché, but one really could have heard a pin drop. The acoustics of the venue, truth be told, weren’t the … [Read more...]
I’ve not always agreed with Janie Dee’s views on the theatre industry and what needs to be done to improve on the status quo, but there’s no doubting her sustained and stellar career to date. It was rather surprising, therefore, to discover Janie Dee at the BBC is her debut album – has she really not done one before? There’s a living room ambience to this recording, which goes well with the sort of cabaret performances Dee has brought to various London venues in recent years. This is an … [Read more...]