Category Archives: Books & Media

Merrily We Roll Along: Album Reviews

PS Classics has released the cast recording of this February’s Encores! concert version of Merrily We Roll Along, the musical adaptation of Kaufman and Hart’s 1934 play, to positive critical and popular reviews, landing atop the Billboard Cast Album Chart … Continue reading

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Loverly: Book Reviews

Oxford University Press recently released Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady to mixed but generally positive reviews. Using previously unpublished documents, author Dominic McHugh presents a new, behind-the-scenes look at the five-year creation of My Fair Lady. … Continue reading

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The Mikado: Video Reviews

The TV cast audio recording of NBC’s Bell Telephone Hour production of The Mikado has been available since 1960, but this new DVD marks the first time the video recording has been available. For the record, the creative team includes … Continue reading

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Ship Without a Sail: Book Reviews

Last week, Simon & Schuster released A Ship Without a Sail to overwhelmingly positive reviews. The new book from entertainment journalist Gary Marmorstein is being called the definitive biography of lyricist Lorenz Hart, the brilliant but troubled writing partner of … Continue reading

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Summer Reading List

If you’re like me, you spent most of June catching up with this past season’s New York productions of musicals. Over a frenzied Memorial Day holiday in New York, I saw six shows in four days! As New York (and … Continue reading

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Love Never Dies: Video Reviews

Universal has released the video of Love Never Dies to mixed reviews. Filmed live in Melbourne, Australia, last September, the creative team includes Andrew Lloyd Webber (book and music), Glenn Slater (book and lyrics), Ben Elton (book), Charles Hart (additional … Continue reading

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Evita: Album Reviews

Last week, Sony Masterworks released the 2012 Broadway revival cast recording of Evita to generally positive reviews. The creative team includes Time Rice (book and lyrics), Andrew Lloyd Webber (music). The cast includes Ricky Martin (Ché), Michael Cerveris (Juan Perón), … Continue reading

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Queen of the Mist: Album Reviews

This week, Ghostlight Records released the original cast recording of this past season’s Off-Broadway musical Queen of the Mist to generally positive reviews. The creative team includes Michael John LaChiusa (book, lyrics, music), Chris Fenwick (music direction), Michael Starobin (orchestration), … Continue reading

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Rock of Ages: Album Reviews

The soundtrack for the recent film Rock of Ages, based on the 2009 Tony-nominated Broadway musical, has received unenthusiastic reviews. The recording features Malin Akerman, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Tom Cruise, Paul Giamatti, Julianne Hough, … Continue reading

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Sweet Little Devil: Album Reviews

The second Gershwin CD that PS Classics released last week is the world premiere recording of the 1924 musical Sweet Little Devil. The creative team includes Frank Mandel and Laurence Schwab (book), Buddy DeSylva (lyrics), George Gershwin (music), Robert Russell … Continue reading

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