Royal Shakespeare Company veteran Eileen Page gave her final stage performance last year at Tara Theatre, reprising her legendary performance in one-woman history play Eleanor of Aquitaine. Tara Arts has teamed up with independent producer B7 Media to release an audio version of Page’s performance, now available to purchase on CD and digital download (priced £9.95).
Webborn and Finn’s cracking new musical The Clockmaker’s Daughter receives a delectable cast recording treatment that features the likes of Ramin Karimloo, Hannah Waddingham, Christine Allado and Fra Fee.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer star and Instagram sensation Tom Lenk will be one of the biggest stars at this year’s VAULT Festival when he stars in the hit comedy Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist. The play, which is already a hit in the US, runs from 6-16 February 2019 at the Waterloo venue.
The success of Six The Musical continues with a West End booking extension to 5 January 2020, the announcement of the show’s first US production in Chicago and the musical’s studio album being named as the Best UK Cast Recording in The Curtain Up Show Album of The Year Awards.
Renée Fleming’s choices are shrewd and wide-ranging in her Broadway album, embracing the contemporary and the classic in pretty much equal measure whilst demonstrating that style in this repertoire probably has more to do with attitude than technical adjustment. More, but not all.
I loved The Grinning Man in both its incarnations – from Bristol’s Old Vic to the West End – and so I was most pleased to hear that it would be immortalised in vinyl, or whatever the digital equivalent is…
Natasha Barnes really impresses with debut album Real, a shining example of contemporary pop done well.
It’s the earnestness that doesn’t ring true in Simon Rattle and LSO’s recording of Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, the way in which that which should come naturally simply sounds overworked.
I’m not sure who we apply to for these things but I really would like to see Norm Lewis return to the West End stage – I didn’t catch him in Les Mis but I did get the briefest look at him at a Lance Horne concert so Santa if you’re listening… In the meantime, we have to make do with the many pleasures of The Norm Lewis Christmas Album.
Alfie Boe’s As Time Goes By makes for a hugely enjoyable listen, infused with passion and a thrilling musicality that should see it stuffed into many a stocking come 25 December.
This is also a beautifully sung revival of Carousel on Broadway – and even having not seen it I can tell that these terrific artists are truly ‘acting through song’.
The planned Golden Girls UK tour and album featuring Maria Friedman, Lesley Garrett and Bonnie Langford have been cancelled according to press reports.
Two new music releases – Renée Fleming tackles Broadway classics in style, and The Quentin Dentin Show releases its cast recording
A new rock musical which debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before transferring to London, the soundtrack album for The Quentin Dentin Show is now available.
Short and sharply observed, impeccably sung and filled with irrepressible spirit, this is precisely the kind of work that advances the form of musical theatre for contemporary audiences.
The aim of the album is to challenge preconceptions people may have about refuge and refugees; creativity in those situations might seem, in some ways, to be at the back of people’s minds, when in fact it might be the simplest way of keeping yourself going.
Written by Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan, the concept album of new musical Broken Wings marks an ambitious debut and an impressive arrival.
Are you a child of the 1980s? How many of these albums did you have on repeat on your Sony Walkman? Get into the period mood ahead of seeing Steven Dietz’s American AIDS-era two-hander Lonely Planet, transferring this month to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios. Time to get booking!
I turn my attention to the latest set of Broadway cast recordings with Frozen, Prince of Broadway and Mean Girls.
A trio of West End cast recordings (well, one’s off-West-End…) show that it is sometimes hard to recapture the stage magic.