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BWW Album Review: Linda Lavin's LOVE NOTES is a Bright Spot in Uncertain TimesBWW Album Review: Linda Lavin's LOVE NOTES is a Bright Spot in Uncertain Times
by Courtney Savoia - March 27, 2020

Tony and Golden Globe Award-winning TV and stage star, Linda Lavin – will release her new album Love Notes this Friday, March 27 from Club44 Records. A swinging and elegant collection of standards, jazz classics, and pop hits, set to a top-tier band led by Billy Stritch, this album is what the world NEEDS now! Lavin's gorgeous and lustrous voice makes you want to strap on your dancing shoes and head to a smoky jazz club to swing the night away! (more...)
BWW Album Review: LOSING MY MIND: A SONDHEIM DISCO FEVER DREAM is Just What the Doctor OrderedBWW Album Review: LOSING MY MIND: A SONDHEIM DISCO FEVER DREAM is Just What the Doctor Ordered
by David Clarke - March 21, 2020

LOSING MY MIND: A SONDHEIM DISCO FEVER DREAM is more necessary today than could have ever predicted. Meant to be a celebration of Sondheim's 90th birthday, it's ebullient, mirror-ball infused joy is just what we all need to help us dance a little and get through this era of social distancing, self-containments, lockdowns, and quarantines. (more...)
BWW Album Review: Matthew Morrison's DISNEY DREAMIN' Makes Uneven MagicBWW Album Review: Matthew Morrison's DISNEY DREAMIN' Makes Uneven Magic
by Amanda Prahl - March 16, 2020

There's certainly plenty of nostalgia and good cheer at work in Matthew Morrison's selections, but in some ways, they could have used a bit more pixie dust. (more...)
BWW Album Review: AMERICANO! Gets to the Heart of the Human ExperienceBWW Album Review: AMERICANO! Gets to the Heart of the Human Experience
by Courtney Savoia - March 4, 2020

Americano! is based on the life of Antonio Valdovinos (Tony), a child of immigrants, who discovers his undocumented status when he tries to enlist in the Marines. When this dream escapes his reality, Tony is on a journey to understand his family, heritage, and what it means for his experience in America. Americano! features an original score of new music that delves deep into the human condition and what it truly means to pursue the American Dream. Michael Barnard directs and is a co-book writer and lyricist, with Carrie Rodriguez and Jonathan Rosenburg on the team as composer/lyricist and co-book writer and lyricist. (more...)
BWW Album Review: EMOJILAND Is More Than Meets the SmizeBWW Album Review: EMOJILAND Is More Than Meets the Smize
by Amanda Prahl - March 3, 2020

Going into a show titled Emojiland, you're probably not expecting allegories about immigration, politics, mental illness, and the ups and downs of the human condition. Surprise! Keith Harrison and Laura Schein have created a musical that's remarkably straightforward and thoughtful underneath its gimmicky, colorful exterior. The score is alternately silly and insightful, making it a genuinely delightful listening experience. (more...)
BWW Album Review: Janet Dacal's MY STANDARDS Swings with Vivacious LifeBWW Album Review: Janet Dacal's MY STANDARDS Swings with Vivacious Life
by David Clarke - February 21, 2020

With her debut solo album, MY STANDARDS, Janet Dacal perfectly marries her Cuban heritage with American standards. Carlos Josè Alvarez, as principal arranger (with additional arrangements by Alexis a?oePututia?? Arce, John Di Martino, Alberto Salas, and Ramón Stagnaro), brings a sublimely jazzy flair to these familiar songs and allows Dacal to breathe wonderous new life into each of them. If MY STANDARDS doesn't have you dancing as you listen to it, check your pulse. (more...)
BWW Album Review: West End Production of Dolly Parton's 9 TO 5 Still Giving Women a Voice Almost 40 Years LaterBWW Album Review: West End Production of Dolly Parton's 9 TO 5 Still Giving Women a Voice Almost 40 Years Later
by Courtney Savoia - February 19, 2020

While it's fun to re-live 80's fashion in the workplace and bop along to the renowned “9 to 5” tune, this cast album explores the tough emotions and issues that give voice to women who didn't have the visibility, as more current social movements have allowed. (more...)
BWW Album Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (The New Off-Broadway Cast Album) Delivers Everything Your Secret, Greasy Heart DesiresBWW Album Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (The New Off-Broadway Cast Album) Delivers Everything Your Secret, Greasy Heart Desires
by David Clarke - January 24, 2020

I have been a lifelong fan of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. So, I approached Ghostlight Records' LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (The New Off-Broadway Cast Album) with equal amounts of excitement and trepidation. Would it live up to the joys of the distinctive treasures that are the Original Off-Broadway Cast Album, the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, and the 2003 New Broadway Revival recordings? Luckily, it does. So, to quote Audrey II, a?oeGo git it!a?? (more...)
BWW Album Review: Cast Album of THE NEW YORKERS Is a Witty Love Letter to the Greatest City in the WorldBWW Album Review: Cast Album of THE NEW YORKERS Is a Witty Love Letter to the Greatest City in the World
by Courtney Savoia - January 14, 2020

Ghostlight Records recently recorded a new cast album of Cole Porter's 1930 musical The New Yorkers, based on the 2017 production from New York City Center Encores! Inspired by legendary cartoonist, Peter Arno's work for The New Yorker, this upbeat and dazzling soundtrack captures the hustling energy of New York, from the second you press play. The listener then has the opportunity to bask in the hilarity, romance, wit, and admiration used to express affection for a city celebrated by its unique cast of characters. (more...)
BWW Album Review: CATS Doesn't Make Many Good New MemoriesBWW Album Review: CATS Doesn't Make Many Good New Memories
by Amanda Prahl - January 3, 2020

If we're being honest, we can probably count on one hand the number of viewers who went to see Tom Hooper's ill-advised movie version of Cats for the music. Andrew Lloyd Webber's music has never really been the appeal of Cats; it's always been the visuals and the brand more than anything that allowed it to become an iconic piece of theatre pop culture. As you probably expect, the soundtrack for the movie does very little new, but dutifully recreates the score with a talented all-star cast. (more...)
BWW Album Review: PLAYS WITH MUSIC Is a Beautiful Intersection of Emotion, Storytelling, and Life LessonsBWW Album Review: PLAYS WITH MUSIC Is a Beautiful Intersection of Emotion, Storytelling, and Life Lessons
by Courtney Savoia - December 23, 2019

Two-time Tony Award-winner, Brian Stokes Mitchell, recently released his third solo album, PLAYS WITH MUSIC, that features a stunning orchestra, including his own arrangements and orchestrations. With a dynamic voice and elegant sound, Mitchell not only provides an enjoyable listening experience, but tells a vivid story with every song. Listeners will go on an emotional journey through longing, love, insecurity, human shortcomings, and more over the course of the album. (more...)
Critics Picks: Our Reviewers Pick the Best Broadway Albums of 2019!Critics Picks: Our Reviewers Pick the Best Broadway Albums of 2019!
by BWW News Desk - December 29, 2019

Our album critics have gone through all of the amazing recordings released this year and painstakingly chosen their favorites. From Broadway to West End, big screen to small, we've got a full list to keep you listening to the best of the best! (more...)
BWW Album Review: TYRELL Blooms With Elegance and HumorBWW Album Review: TYRELL Blooms With Elegance and Humor
by Amanda Prahl - December 18, 2019

Tyrell, a new concept album, imagines what three supporting characters were up to during the early days of Game of Thrones. The concept is interesting on its own, but the skillful execution by the writer and performers on the album elevate it to something sure to have appeal outside of Thrones die-hards. (more...)
BWW Album Review: SUPERHERO's Greatest Power Is Its Big HeartBWW Album Review: SUPERHERO's Greatest Power Is Its Big Heart
by Amanda Prahl - December 16, 2019

Historically, superhero concepts and musical theater don't tend to mix well. The off-Broadway musical Superhero, with a score by Tom Kitt, fares somewhat better. It's not breaking new ground, but it's a pleasant album with a big heart. (more...)
BWW Album Review: JAGGED LITTLE PILL Scratches and BurnsBWW Album Review: JAGGED LITTLE PILL Scratches and Burns
by David Clarke - December 6, 2019

So many of us remember exactly where we were when we first heard Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. I tapped into the excitement experienced by my ten-year-old self gleefully ripping the shrink wrap off and popping the CD into his portable Aiwa CD Player when downloading my review copy of JAGGED LITTLE PILL (Original Broadway Cast Recording). Sadly, I was met by streams of disappointment and infuriating rage listening to it. (more...)
BWW Album Review: The Bizarre Brilliance of OCTETBWW Album Review: The Bizarre Brilliance of OCTET
by Amanda Prahl - November 27, 2019

If you're looking for a traditional show, Octet isn't it, but if you're looking for a smart, often witty meditation on technology in the modern world, this definitely is it. (more...)
BWW Album Review: FROZEN II Still Makes Movie MagicBWW Album Review: FROZEN II Still Makes Movie Magic
by Amanda Prahl - November 21, 2019

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who won Oscars for their work on the original Frozen, return with a new batch of songs that are a little more melancholy and a little more mature, but also lack a little bit of the sparkle that set the original apart. Sequels are always hard, and the Frozen 2 soundtrack proves that true. (more...)
BWW Album Review: Ghostlight Records and The Civilians Kick Off THE MICHAEL FRIEDMAN COLLECTION with Three GemsBWW Album Review: Ghostlight Records and The Civilians Kick Off THE MICHAEL FRIEDMAN COLLECTION with Three Gems
by David Clarke - November 20, 2019

Prolific theatrical songwriter Micheal Friedman died at age 41 from AIDS related complications in 2017, leaving many bereft as the theater community recognized his vibrant creativity was snuffed out too soon. To preserve his legacy and work, Ghostlight Records is partnering with The Civilians to record nine albums of Friedman's previously unrecorded music for THE MICHAEL FRIEDMAN COLLECTION. This past October, the first trio of albums was released. (more...)
BWW Album Review: Alfie Boe and Michael Ball Are BACK TOGETHER AgainBWW Album Review: Alfie Boe and Michael Ball Are BACK TOGETHER Again
by Amanda Prahl - November 14, 2019

Pairing Michael Ball and Alfie Boe together for an album of standards seems so intuitive, it's no wonder this is their third album together. Back Together reunites the two stars for an album and a concert tour, covering everything from mid-century standards to contemporary pop-Broadway hybrids. There's little in the way of surprise on this album, but in some ways, that's perfectly fine a?" Ball and Boe know what works for them (and for us), and they lean into it. (more...)
BWW Album Review: BEAU Walks a New, Creative PathBWW Album Review: BEAU Walks a New, Creative Path
by Amanda Prahl - November 8, 2019

Beau, a new musical by Douglas Lyons and Ethan D. Pakchar, has a sound that combines country, folk, and funk sounds and a sweetly internal story. It's a refreshing change of pace that's sure to enter your music rotation. (more...)
BWW Album Review: Lea Michele's CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY Brings Holiday CharmBWW Album Review: Lea Michele's CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY Brings Holiday Charm
by Amanda Prahl - October 31, 2019

It's pretty much a rite of passage for vocalists to put together a holiday album, and this year, it's Lea Michele's turn, with Christmas in the City. For the most part, it's a perfectly lovely addition to the Christmas genre. (more...)
BWW Album Review: A STRANGE LOOP's Funny, Complicated Musings on Identity and CreativityBWW Album Review: A STRANGE LOOP's Funny, Complicated Musings on Identity and Creativity
by Amanda Prahl - October 22, 2019

Every now and then, there's a bright new piece of theatre that finds a way to be innovative and fresh while still embracing some of the exquisite structure that's come before. That's definitely one way to describe Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop. (more...)
BWW Album Review: Kristin Chenoweth Sings FOR THE GIRLSBWW Album Review: Kristin Chenoweth Sings FOR THE GIRLS
by Amanda Prahl - October 1, 2019

Kristin Chenoweth's latest album, For the Girls, is, just as its name suggests, a celebration of songs by, about, and for women. Chenoweth croons her way through a selection of standards, occasionally with the help of some other incredible female vocalists. It's a lovely album with plenty of top-notch performances; the only flaw is a little bit too much same-ness. (more...)
BWW Album Review: Norbert Leo Butz Is In It For THE LONG HAULBWW Album Review: Norbert Leo Butz Is In It For THE LONG HAUL
by Amanda Prahl - September 23, 2019

The Long Haul is Tony nominee Norbert Leo Butz's first original album. Butz has always been one of the more unconventional, versatile voices in contemporary musical theatre, and this album gives him a new chance to shine as both a singer and as a songwriter. It's a pleasant, bluegrass and country-tinged set of songs that doesn't break new ground but is a perfectly enjoyable album overall. (more...)
BWW Album Review: MOULIN ROUGE's Cast Recording Doesn't Quite Listen to Its HeartBWW Album Review: MOULIN ROUGE's Cast Recording Doesn't Quite Listen to Its Heart
by Amanda Prahl - September 11, 2019

The album revamps the 2001 film's famously pop-laden score to incorporate even more greatest hits of the last two decades, and every single track is packed to the brim with excess that Harold Zigler would be proud of. The downside to this approach, unfortunately, is that the story's sweet, sad, beating heart is nearly buried under all the glitz. (more...)

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