REVIEW: Close To You, London Cast Recording ✭✭✭✭✭

Close To You Cast Album

Close To You is a stunning recording that takes me back to what for me was a very special night in the theatre. I daresay it will be played with frightening regularity here, and I hope that many of you will get a copy and have a listen to Kyle Riabko’s wonderous reimagining of one of the greatest songwriter’s of our time. Bravo!

REVIEW: Kinky Boots, London Cast Recording ✭✭✭✭

Kinky Boots London Cast Album Review

Kinky Boots London Cast Recording Sony Music Classical Purchase A Copy Following on from their win at this year’s Olivier Awards, the London cast recording of Kinky Boots has now been released. As with quite a few cast albums produced to accompany West End productions of late (Made In Dagenham and Legally Blonde amongst others), this album was recorded live in the Adelphi Theatre over several performances with an audience present. This live recording can have several benefits when it comes to the recording of stage musicals. I’ve heard studio based cast albums where the soul of the show has been sanitised out of the recording in a studio setting in the search for a perfect recording. In this recording of Kinky Boots, the live recording works to the benefit of the show and you really get a feel of the live experience. It also allows for important dialogue in … Read more

REVIEW: Hamilton Broadway Cast Recording ✭✭✭✭✭

Hamilton Broadway Cast Recording

I’ve spent the last week listening to the new Broadway cast recording of Hamilton. For those of you who are unaware, Hamilton is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (In The Heights) latest musical. It played to a critically acclaimed sell-out audience at the Public Theatre in New York (read our review), and has now transferred to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway, where it has fast become the hottest ticket on Broadway. Hamilton, is the musicalisation of the life of Alexander Hamilton, a founding father of the United States who is responsible for much of the nation’s financial system and the establishment of the United States Coast Guard, amongst other things. It is therefore apt that he is represented on the American $10 note. From the first bars of the opening number, you get a distinct impression that this man was something extraordinary:- “How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and … Read more

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