Douglas Mayo reviews the Off Broadway cast recording of Spamilton – An American Parody by Gerard Alessandrini.
This new cast album is of such a high standard that there will doubtless be many new productions of Working around the globe as a result of this recording. It’s a first class calling card for this undervalued gem of a show.
As far as I’m concerned there is plenty of room for more great musicals and Calendar Girls is definitely one of those. Thankfully this cast album captures the magic of this incredible story to perfection.
That list of writers and the subject matter alone will probably have Broadway purists heading for the exits, but you know what? It works!
Menken’s score is melodic and catchy but with Ashman’s lyrics providing lush frosting these songs become thoroughly irresistible.
It’s a cast recording of a show that I can’t wait to see. I’m sure I won’t be alone in that feeling once the whole world hears the story of Bubble Boy!
George Stiles and Anthony Drewe just keep getting better and better with each show they write. They have successfully encapsulated Grahame’s classic characters and the very atmosphere of the Riverbank with this joyous musical.
It is to the credit and artistry of these two performers that Instructions for Dancing is a calling card that I am sure will have people asking for more.