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BWW Album Review: SIX: LIVE ON OPENING NIGHT Is a Royal Rush of Joy PhotoBWW Album Review: SIX: LIVE ON OPENING NIGHT Is a Royal Rush of Joy
by Amanda Prahl - May 13, 2022

The live cast recording, recorded on their (new) opening night, captures the unique energy that has turned Six from quirky online phenom to Broadway hit.
BWW Album Review: ASSASSINS (The 2022 Off-Broadway Cast Recording) is Pistol-Smart an PhotoBWW Album Review: ASSASSINS (The 2022 Off-Broadway Cast Recording) is Pistol-Smart and Deeply Satisfying
by David Clarke - April 12, 2022

Earlier this spring, Broadway Records released ASSASSINS (The 2022 Off-Broadway Cast Recording), giving fans of Stephen Sondheim our third English language commercially released recording of this brilliant score. Closed early because of Omicron, Broadway Records preserved this cast's wonderfully nuanced performances.
BWW Album Review: SPACE DOGS Is Far Out! PhotoBWW Album Review: SPACE DOGS Is Far Out!
by Courtney Savoia - March 8, 2022

SPACE DOGS is the epic new musical, telling the mind-blowing true story of Laika and the Chief Designer — a stray dog and the top-secret Russian scientist, who sent her to space during the Cold War. Written and performed by Broadway’s Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire, this production is equal parts adventure and intrigue, while capturing the depths of human emotion and the immortal friendship between man and dog, as they journey together to the stars.
BWW Album Review: FLYING OVER SUNSET (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Shimmers Beau PhotoBWW Album Review: FLYING OVER SUNSET (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Shimmers Beautifully But Leaves Us Grounded
by David Clarke - March 4, 2022

FLYING OVER SUNSET had the kind of pedigree that made it a must-see show. Yet, many of us missed it. Masterworks Broadway offers theatre lovers a window into the production with FLYING OVER SUNSET (Original Broadway Cast Recording). Despite its beauty, the album exposes why the show shuttered so quickly.
BWW Album Review: LOVE IN HATE NATION Is Defiant But Familiar PhotoBWW Album Review: LOVE IN HATE NATION Is Defiant But Familiar
by Amanda Prahl - March 1, 2022

With some catchy tunes and a talented cast, the cast recording of Love in Hate Nation is a valiant effort, but it never quite rises to standout status.
BWW Album Review: WITNESS UGANDA (AN AMERICAN MUSICAL) Features Beautiful Vocals and  PhotoBWW Album Review: WITNESS UGANDA (AN AMERICAN MUSICAL) Features Beautiful Vocals and Accessible Lyrics
by David Clarke - February 26, 2022

As presented by Sony Masterworks Broadway on WITNESS UGANDA (AN AMERICAN MUSICAL), the musical surprised me with its catchy musical hooks and rhythms, gorgeous vocal performances, and the universality of its story despite its Biblical references.
BWW Album Review: 'The Sunday Set' Will Keep Your Spirits High All Week PhotoBWW Album Review: 'The Sunday Set' Will Keep Your Spirits High All Week
by Courtney Savoia - February 22, 2022

CLUB44 RECORDS recently announced the release of The Sunday Set, the new album from Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso – including an entertaining selection of urbane standards, jazz favorites, and clever comedy numbers. The album, recorded live at The Birdland Theater, features vocals from Stritch and Caruso, with Stritch on piano and Steve Doyle on bass, and will keep your spirits high all week!
BWW Album Review: ONCE UPON A TIME STEP (Songs from the Ron Lytle Musical Fairy Tales PhotoBWW Album Review: ONCE UPON A TIME STEP (Songs from the Ron Lytle Musical Fairy Tales) is Fun
by David Clarke - December 30, 2021

Recently released from Take The Cakeable Records, ONCE UPON A TIME STEP (Songs from the Ron Lytle Musical Fairy Tales) is a fun exercise in family-friendly, schmaltzy showtunes. There’s not a single track on the album that really sticks with you, but I imagine anyone who programs children’s theater who gives ONCE UPON A TIME STEP a listen will be reaching out to Lylte to license a show or two.
BWW Album Review: FROZEN Star Samantha Barks Bravely Leads Listeners 'Into the Unknow PhotoBWW Album Review: FROZEN Star Samantha Barks Bravely Leads Listeners 'Into the Unknown' With Her New Album
by Courtney Savoia - December 28, 2021

Frozen star, Samantha Barks, recently released her latest album, Into the Unknown, under new record label, Westway. The album features selections from a number of contemporary musicals, including Six, Dear Evan Hansen, Jagged Little Pill, Ghost, Mean Girls, Moana, The Greatest Showman, and more.
BWW Album Review: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE (The New Broadway Cast Recording) is Truly Rema PhotoBWW Album Review: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE (The New Broadway Cast Recording) is Truly Remarkable & Moving
by David Clarke - December 22, 2021

Christmas came early when Broadway Records released CAROLINE, OR CHANGE (The New Broadway Cast Recording) on digital platforms. The stunning two-disc recording captures every marvelous moment of the mostly sung-through score, gifting fans of Broadway a truly remarkable way to access this show no matter where they are.
BWW Album Review: WEST SIDE STORY (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Rife with R PhotoBWW Album Review: WEST SIDE STORY (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Rife with Resplendent Performances
by David Clarke - December 10, 2021

Hollywood Records has released WEST SIDE STORY (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). The new soundtrack soars, fully highlighting the brilliance of Leonard Bernstein’s unforgettable jazz and latin infused musical score.
BWW Album Review: Todd Almond's A PONY FOR CHRISTMAS Will Elevate Your Winter Wonderl PhotoBWW Album Review: Todd Almond's A PONY FOR CHRISTMAS Will Elevate Your Winter Wonderland
by David Clarke - December 3, 2021

Just in time for the Christmas season, Ghostlight Records released Todd Almond’s debut holiday album A PONY FOR CHRISTMAS. The record is an unconventional, folk-pop holiday album that blends Almond’s original compositions with renditions of traditional carols and a few pop surprises. Often more wistful and melancholic than ebullient, A PONY FOR CHRISTMAS reminds listeners that joyfulness in the holiday season isn’t always sugar dusted or bright lights.
BWW Album Review: TICK, TICK...BOOM! Makes a Huge Emotional Impact PhotoBWW Album Review: TICK, TICK...BOOM! Makes a Huge Emotional Impact
by Amanda Prahl - December 2, 2021

The experience of listening to the soundtrack to Netflix's adaptation of tick, tick... BOOM! is a highly specific one, and all the more emotional for that specificity.
BWW Album Review: HAPPINESS IS...CHRISTMAS! Is a Dose of Holiday Cheer PhotoBWW Album Review: HAPPINESS IS...CHRISTMAS! Is a Dose of Holiday Cheer
by Amanda Prahl - November 17, 2021

With her second holiday album, Happiness Is… Christmas!, Kristin Chenoweth puts her own unique spin on the classic Christmas collection
BWW Album Review: ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER: SYMPHONIC SUITES Celebrates Art and Creativity PhotoBWW Album Review: ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER: SYMPHONIC SUITES Celebrates Art and Creativity
by David Clarke - November 13, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s scores have remained among the most beloved and most commercially successful music to emanate from the depths of orchestra pits across the world. In a new love letter to the celebrated composer and his enduring music, Decca recently released ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER: SYMPHONIC SUITES. The lush album features an 81-piece orchestra conducted by Simon Lee, and is a true treat for any fan of Lloyd Webber.
BWW Album Review: A VERY DARREN CRISSMAS Serves Up the Perfect Cup of Holiday Cheer PhotoBWW Album Review: A VERY DARREN CRISSMAS Serves Up the Perfect Cup of Holiday Cheer
by Courtney Savoia - November 12, 2021

Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild award-winner, and singer-songwriter and activist, who has graced the screen and Broadway stage in popular acts, including Glee, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and more, Darren Criss is ringin’ in the holiday season with a new album! Ron Fair, multi-Grammy nominee and producer of numerous Grammy-winning hits, produces.
BWW Album Review: Scott Alan's 'Nothing More' Celebrates the Joyous, Fulfilling, and  PhotoBWW Album Review: Scott Alan's 'Nothing More' Celebrates the Joyous, Fulfilling, and Sometimes Messy Parts of Fatherhood
by Courtney Savoia - November 1, 2021

American songwriter, Scott Alan, recently released his ninth album, Nothing More, and partnered with musical director, Ben Cohn, on this special recording that serves as a love letter to his daughter, during her first couple years on Earth. Alan has worked with some of the most talented stars of theatre, TV, film, and music.
BWW Album Review: UNKNOWN SOLDIER (Original Cast Recording) is Truly Gorgeous and Evo PhotoBWW Album Review: UNKNOWN SOLDIER (Original Cast Recording) is Truly Gorgeous and Evocative
by David Clarke - October 13, 2021

Ghostlight Records released UNKNOWN SOLDIER (Original Cast Recording), one of composer Michael Friedman’s last scores, on Friday, September 24, 2021. Every lush and elegiac note and melody has been pristinely preserved with this truly gorgeous and evocative album.
BWW Album Review: DIANA's Cast Recording Isn't Quite a Crown Jewel PhotoBWW Album Review: DIANA's Cast Recording Isn't Quite a Crown Jewel
by Amanda Prahl - September 29, 2021

Diana attempts a throwback-pastiche score with baffling moments of camp to tell the story of an uber-famous blonde whose relationship with the press both made her and destroyed her. And, like Bombshell, the score to Diana vacillates between quite off-the-mark and genuinely affecting.
BWW Album Review:  Jennifer Hudson's RESPECT Soundtrack Exquisitely Honors the 'Queen PhotoBWW Album Review: Jennifer Hudson's RESPECT Soundtrack Exquisitely Honors the 'Queen of Soul' and Celebrates Strength in Sisterhood
by Courtney Savoia - September 25, 2021

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but truly getting to know the heart, soul, and essence of a music legend is the ultimate honor. For Oscar-and Grammy-winning actress, Jennifer Hudson, portraying the one and only Aretha Franklin was a serious and cherished commitment. In her soundtrack to the film, Respect, Hudson not only resurrects some of “The Queen of Soul’s” greatest hits but connects deeply to the raw emotions behind them.
BWW Album Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Continues to Shine with New Film Soundtrack PhotoBWW Album Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Continues to Shine with New Film Soundtrack
by Michael Major - September 24, 2021

The film adaption of Dear Evan Hansen is in theaters today. The soundtrack features Ben Platt, Kaitlyn Never, Julianne Moore, Danny Pino, Colton Ryan, Amandla Stenberg, and Nik Dodani. Additional bonus tracks feature SZA, Sam Smith, Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Summer Walker, Finneas, and Tori Kelly.
BWW Album Review: Tom Kitt & The Collective REFLECT on One Very Tough Year PhotoBWW Album Review: Tom Kitt & The Collective REFLECT on One Very Tough Year
by Amanda Prahl - August 30, 2021

By this point, it feels like every major musical name has produced some kind of “pandemic project”. With Tom Kitt & The Collective's new album, Reflect, there’s a refreshing lack of gimmick to it.
BWW Album Review: Ben Platt's REVERIE Legitimizes His Solo Pop Career PhotoBWW Album Review: Ben Platt's REVERIE Legitimizes His Solo Pop Career
by David Clarke - August 20, 2021

Earlier this month, Ben Platt dropped REVERIE, his second studio album. The irresistible pop project includes the highly lauded and much played singles “Happy to Be Sad” and “Imagine” while further cementing Platt as a legitimate pop musician.
BWW Album Review: Barbra Streisand's Release Me 2 Opens Up Emotionally and Offers Cla PhotoBWW Album Review: Barbra Streisand's Release Me 2 Opens Up Emotionally and Offers Clarity, Peace, and Healing for Life's Journey
by Courtney Savoia - August 6, 2021

Legendary icon, Barbra Streisand, recently announced that her new album, Release Me 2, will be available on Friday, August 6th. Streisand's first Release Me album debuted in September 2012, and contained tracks recorded between her 1967 Simply Streisand and 2011 What Matters Most albums. Featuring a personal collection of songs, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Barry Gibb, Paul Williams, Randy Newman, Michel Legrand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Harold Arlen and Carole King, this 10-track compilation brilliantly showcases the vulnerability and beauty of the human spirit – chock full of honest truths and gratitude for the simple pleasures.
BWW Album Review: IN THE LIGHT, A Faustian Tale, is a Shining Example of Truth, Vulne PhotoBWW Album Review: IN THE LIGHT, A Faustian Tale, is a Shining Example of Truth, Vulnerability, and Healing
by Courtney Savoia - June 25, 2021

This ultra-talented cast hits their high note, blending strong voices with melodious ones to play to different parts of the story. Just like the main characters, the score is powerful, vibrant, and thought-provoking. It creates the perfect backdrop for this robust tale and creates suspense for the story arc. Another unique feature is that the lyrics also reflect the humanity in the characters and how they struggle with not having all the answers, such as in “Let Go of Me.” They speak candidly and display vulnerability in their words, providing a lens into their emotions.

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