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BWW CD Reviews: THE NEW PICASSO (Original Concept Cast Recording) is Stirring but Familiar BWW CD Reviews: THE NEW PICASSO (Original Concept Cast Recording) is Stirring but Familiar
by David Clarke - January 19, 2015

With Max von Essen returning to Broadway in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at The Palace Theatre, it's the perfect time to dig up the concept cast albums for Jonathan David Sloate's THE NEW PICASSO. Spanning two discs, the music to this romantic fantasy piece is equal parts stirring and familiar.... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is a Sure-Fire Ball of Fun BWW CD Reviews: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is a Sure-Fire Ball of Fun
by David Clarke - January 17, 2015

It is really no surprise to me that the first musical to open on Broadway in 2015 garnered impressive raves from New York critics. This smartly crafted piece of theatre candy is just sweet and sassy enough. One of the reasons why it is such a gem is because of its fantastically constructed score. Ja... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Anika Larsen's SING YOU TO SLEEP is Comforting BWW CD Reviews: Anika Larsen's SING YOU TO SLEEP is Comforting
by David Clarke - January 14, 2015

Currently wowing audiences eight times a week as the sassy and tenacious Cynthia Weil in BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Anika Larsen recently released her debut solo album, SING YOU TO SLEEP. Sprinkling in subdued jazz, Anika Larsen invites us to loosen our ties,... (more...)
BWW Interviews: DONNY OSMOND Releases 60th Album BWW Interviews: DONNY OSMOND Releases 60th Album
by Kathy Strain - January 13, 2015

When people hear the name DONNY OSMOND, they usually think of things like “Puppy Love” and purple socks. But, that once young performer has matured into something more than a teenybopper. The proof of that is the release of his 60th album of his career. The title of the album is “The Soundtrack of M... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: I'VE BEEN PLAYED: ALYSHA UMPHRESS SWINGS JEFF BLUMENKRANTZ is Effervescing and Lovely BWW CD Reviews: I'VE BEEN PLAYED: ALYSHA UMPHRESS SWINGS JEFF BLUMENKRANTZ is Effervescing and Lovely
by David Clarke - January 06, 2015

Alysha Umphress is giving audiences the world over a reason to rejoice in her talent. Seeing ON THE TOWN, I instantly fell in love with her plucky bravado and infectiously charismatic performance. That same energy and passion for performance is pristinely captured on Yellow Sound Label's I'VE BEEN P... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: THE LAST SHIP (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Deeply Satiating BWW CD Reviews: THE LAST SHIP (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Deeply Satiating
by David Clarke - January 05, 2015

I was able to catch a performance of THE LAST SHIP during previews. By intermission I knew I was looking forward to a cast recording of the musical, but I was largely uninterested in seeing the second act. I stuck it out and left inspired by the music and the cast's performances but entirely unmoved... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: PETER PAN LIVE! (Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event) Is Full of Pizzazz and Adventure BWW CD Reviews: PETER PAN LIVE! (Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event) Is Full of Pizzazz and Adventure
by David Clarke - January 04, 2015

To be perfectly candid, I found NBC's presentation of PETER PAN LIVE! to be completely unwatchable this past holiday season. However, my review copy of the soundtrack CD landed in my mailbox yesterday. The recording is making me rethink my abandoning the film in the middle of 'Hook's Tango.' Ultimat... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: INTO THE WOODS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Lushly Opulent BWW CD Reviews: INTO THE WOODS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Lushly Opulent
by David Clarke - January 02, 2015

Disney's hit musical adaptation of INTO THE WOODS has been drawing in large chunks of change at the box office and has captured the attention of the world. Luckily for score enthusiasts, Walt Disney Records released 1 hour and 38 minutes worth of musical material across 2 discs, which has been broke... (more...)
BWW Reviews: ELLINGTON AT CHRISTMAS Brings Holiday Charm to Harlem's Apollo Theater BWW Reviews: ELLINGTON AT CHRISTMAS Brings Holiday Charm to Harlem's Apollo Theater
by Aaron Fallon - December 23, 2014

At the Apollo Theater in Harlem, the arrival of the holiday season is marked by 'Holidays at the Apollo,' which this year includes 'Ellington at Christmas,' a two-act offering of Ellington's 'Nutcracker Suite' and portions of his 'Sacred Music Concerts.' We're re-gifted these Ellington holiday class... (more...)
BWW Recap: THE SING OFF A Capella Holiday Special Recap 12/17; FULL RESULTS! BWW Recap: THE SING OFF A Capella Holiday Special Recap 12/17; FULL RESULTS!
by Gabrielle Gervais - December 17, 2014

THE SING OFF, NBC's smash a capella singing competition returns tonight! The show is a one night only holiday special with an instant winner at the end of the night. I couldn't be more excited! This has always been my favorite and, in my opinion, most unique of the singing competition shows. This ho... (more...)
SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: Major Superstars Shine as THE VOICE Crowns Season 7 Champion! SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: Major Superstars Shine as THE VOICE Crowns Season 7 Champion!
by Matt Tamanini - December 16, 2014

Today I had a lengthy Twitter discussion with a few passionate fans of THE VOICE about the increasingly complicated impact of iTunes purchases on the crowning of a champion. Unlike in previous weeks, there is no iTunes x10 bonus tonight, but the contestants will get cumulative credit for every song ... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: VALLEY OF SONG (Original Cast Recording) is Lovely Despite Shortcomings BWW CD Reviews: VALLEY OF SONG (Original Cast Recording) is Lovely Despite Shortcomings
by David Clarke - December 15, 2014

The new musical VALLEY OF SONG opened to positive notices from critics. Left incomplete at Ivor Novello's death, Christopher Hassall finished the piece. The recording captures the spirit of classical musicals as the score abounds with the whimsy of Rodgers + Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe. Despite... (more...)
SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Final Four Sing on Performance Finale 12/15; Full Review and Pictures! SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Final Four Sing on Performance Finale 12/15; Full Review and Pictures!
by Matt Tamanini - December 15, 2014

Well, nearly three months after Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton first hit their 'I Want You' buttons on Season 7 of THE VOICE, we have made it to the finale. 70 artists auditioned for the coaches, 48 were chosen for a team, 20 sang for America's vote, and now only fou... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Stearns Matthews' SPARK Swings With Pizzazz BWW CD Reviews: Stearns Matthews' SPARK Swings With Pizzazz
by David Clarke - December 15, 2014

Celebrated solo cabaret performer Stearns Matthews recently released his debut solo album SPARK. The record serves as a wonderful introduction to his earnest and soothing lyrical baritone instrument. Each of the 11 tracks on the album is a song most already know and love, piquing interest in SPARK. ... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: THE MAN WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS (Original Studio Cast Recording) is Old-Fashioned Musical Fun BWW CD Reviews: THE MAN WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS (Original Studio Cast Recording) is Old-Fashioned Musical Fun
by David Clarke - December 10, 2014

This year, Ron Lytle released the original studio cast recording to his musical THE MAN WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS: A NEW OLD-FASHIONED MUSICAL. Like the made for TV CBS film, the World War I set musical is based on the true story of A.C. Gilbert. However, Ron Lytle tells the heartwarming holiday story wit... (more...)
SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Offers Redemption in Wild Card Round; Full Review! SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Offers Redemption in Wild Card Round; Full Review!
by Matt Tamanini - December 09, 2014

Leave it to NBC's THE VOICE to change up their format with little to no warning. One could say that it is in an effort to get (or keep) a specific producer-favorite in the competition, or it could just be a shrewd programming decision to make a normally anticlimactic results show just a bit more int... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' VENICE (Original Cast Recording) is Deeply Satisfying BWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' VENICE (Original Cast Recording) is Deeply Satisfying
by David Clarke - December 09, 2014

Recently Ghostlight Records released the astounding original cast recording of VENICE. The Off-Broadway musical features a book by Eric Rosen, music by Matt Sax, lyrics by Sax and Rosen, and additional music by Curtis Moore. The cast album is quite possibly one of the most exciting recordings I have... (more...)
SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE's Final Five Sing Twice as a Favorite Emerges from the Semifinals SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE's Final Five Sing Twice as a Favorite Emerges from the Semifinals
by Matt Tamanini - December 08, 2014

Ok, things are getting real on NBC's THE VOICE tonight. Five artists will compete in the Semifinals hoping to secure a spot in next week's Season Seven finale. If last season is any indication, two of the semifinalists will be eliminated on Tuesday, but with THE VOICE's track-record of mixing up the... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Mary Testa and Michael Starobin's HAVE FAITH is Beautifully Hypnotizing BWW CD Reviews: Mary Testa and Michael Starobin's HAVE FAITH is Beautifully Hypnotizing
by David Clarke - December 08, 2014

Having seen Mary Testa in a cabaret concert in Houston, I feel I had an idea of what to expect from her and Michael Starobin's album HAVE FAITH. While I expected it to be eccentrically eclectic and haunting, nothing could have prepared me for how it was beautifully hypnotizing and simultaneously so ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: 54 BELOW CELBRATES WILDHORN's 'Frank and Friends' is Bluesy, Jazz Perfection BWW Reviews: 54 BELOW CELBRATES WILDHORN's 'Frank and Friends' is Bluesy, Jazz Perfection
by David Clarke - December 06, 2014

54 BELOW kicked off the "Frank and Friends" portion of 54 BELOW Celebrates Frank Wildhorn concerts last night with Wildhorn at the piano as a handful of his friends, new and old, take the stage to sing his classic hits. Keeping true to the cabaret setting, many of the songs were re-orchestrated to b... (more...)
BWW Reviews: 54 BELOW CELEBRATES WILDHORN Rocked With BONNIE & CLYDE Reunion Concert BWW Reviews: 54 BELOW CELEBRATES WILDHORN Rocked With BONNIE & CLYDE Reunion Concert
by David Clarke - December 04, 2014

For all of the Frank Wildhorn fans 54 BELOW is stuffing their stockings with a fantastic treat this December. The beloved venue launched their 54 BELOW Celebrates Frank Wildhorn concerts with a Bonnie & Clyde reunion where audiences got to experience the exciting score live. The high-octane concert ... (more...)
SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Says Goodbye to Three Singers, 12/Full Results! SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Says Goodbye to Three Singers, 12/Full Results!
by Matt Tamanini - December 02, 2014

Tonight is a big night for THE VOICE as Carson Daly will mercilessly eliminate three aspiring superstars; not cool Daly, not cool. As I alluded to in my recap from last night, the rapid elimination of contestants on this show is one of the many reasons that it continues to trail far behind AMERICAN ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Annaleigh Ashford's LOST IN THE STARS is Effervescent, Bubbly Fun at 54 Below BWW Reviews: Annaleigh Ashford's LOST IN THE STARS is Effervescent, Bubbly Fun at 54 Below
by David Clarke - December 02, 2014

Annaleigh Ashford opened her solo cabaret Lost In The Stars at 54 BELOW last night. With a deft sense of humor, a glowing smile, a big spoon, and indefatigable pizazz, Ashford brought the 70s back to life with her inspired takes on disco classics and other pop anthems that we all know by heart. Ashf... (more...)
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Welcomes Back Taylor Swift, Another Terrible Instant Save; Full Results! Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Welcomes Back Taylor Swift, Another Terrible Instant Save; Full Results!
by Matt Tamanini - November 25, 2014

You know who I haven't seen on TV lately? That Taylor Swift girl. She used to be a country singer, but she seems to have disappeared from popular culture lately. I wonder what ever happened to her. Well, actually T-Swift is heading back to THE VOICE tonight, this time as a performer. She will report... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Magos & Limón Croon to the Soul BWW Reviews: Magos & Limón Croon to the Soul
by David Clarke - November 25, 2014

Last week, New York based jazz duo Magos & Limon took the stage at Joe's Pub. Jazz vocalist Magos Herrera hails from Mexico City and has garnered great attention for her singing abilities. Javier Limon, who plays minimalist Flamenco on guitar, is originally from Madrid. Together the duo bridges the ... (more...)


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