Tag Archives: musical docudrama

Sparkle: Album Reviews

Sony RCA Records has released the soundtrack to the upcoming film Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 musical picture (starring Irene Cara) inspired by The Supremes, to middling reviews. The recording includes new versions of four songs from Curtis Mayfield’s … Continue reading

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London Road: Review Roundup

The 2011 musical London Road returned to London’s National Theatre last week to overwhelmingly positive reviews for a limited summer revival. The creative team includes Alecky Blythe (book, lyrics), Adam Cork (lyrics, music, orchestration), Rufus Norris (direction), Katrina Lindsay (production … Continue reading

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Fela!: Review Roundup

The return summer engagement of the 2009 bio-musical Fela!, based on the life of Fela Kuti as inspired by Carlos Moore’s book Fela: This Bitch of a Life, opened last night to somewhat mixed but generally positive reviews. For the … 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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February House: Review Roundup

The new Off-Broadway musical February House, based on Sherill Tippins’ 2005 book, opened last week at the Public to mixed but somewhat positive reviews. Below is a sampling. For the record, the creative team includes Seth Bockley (book), Gabriel Kahane … Continue reading

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Rhapsody in Blue: Video Reviews

The 1945 biopic of George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, was released on DVD this month and received generally favorable reviews. The creative team includes Howard Koch and Elliot Paul (screenplay), Irving Rapper (director), Fred M. MacLean (sets), Milo Anderson (costumes), … Continue reading

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Newsies: Album Reviews

Recorded March 4-5 at MSR Studios in New York, the original Broadway cast album of Newsies was released this week and has received generally positive reviews. The creative team includes Harvey Fiersetin (book), Jack Feldman (lyrics), Alan Menken (music), Kurt … Continue reading

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Hands on a Hardbody: Review Roundup

The new musical Hands on a Hardbody, based on S.R. Bindler and Kevin Morris’ 1997 documentary film, received mostly positive reviews for its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse. The creative team is Doug Wright (book), Amanda Green (lyrics and … Continue reading

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Bonnie & Clyde: Album Reviews

Recorded on January 2, 2012, just three days after its closing night, the Original Broadway Cast album of Bonnie and Clyde was released in stores last week by Broadway Records. The score had received warmer reviews than the production. Below … Continue reading

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