Following on from Elaine Paige Presents the Musicals, this latest album has plenty of variety that mixes classic musical songs and new favourites – but with mixed results. Taking songs from classic musicals such as Evita and Sunset Boulevard to more contemporary favourites including Kinky Boots and Billy Elliott there is no denying this is an album that will appeal to all musical theatre fans looking for a new album to add to their collection.
There is a wonderful mixture of well known West End performers and their takes on classic songs such as Sarah Brightman’s performance of ‘Music of the Night’ as well as the recent cast of the successful Half a Sixpence performing ‘Flash Bang Wallop’. Combined with contemporary singers such as Kylie Minogue singing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and Robson and Jerome’s version of ‘Unchained Melody’ the album has plenty of treats to enjoy.
However, it does have to be said that there are some very mixed renditions of songs including a version of ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’ that sounds slightly forced and awkward and Michael Ball’s unique interpretation of ‘I Will Always Love You’ which doesn’t quite work.
Despite this however, there are plenty of treasures to enjoy including Judy Garland’s heart wrenching rendition of ‘The Man That Got Away’ , Dinah Carroll’s version of ‘The Perfect Year’ and Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick singing ‘We Can Do it’ from The Producers.
For those who love Elaine Paige’s voice, there are plenty of tracks for you to enjoy as well, with ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’ and her duet with Jason Scott Lee on ‘Shall We Dance’ proving the strongest.
Overall, this is an album filled with a great balance between contemporary and classic that ensures that it appeals to a variety of ages.