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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Music Reviews: Pretty Singing and Pretty Filthy by Rob Lester

Chenoweth & McGovern's pretty inging plus Pretty Filthy, a cast recording.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Reviews: "Hairspray Live!," "Disaster!," and "The Bodyguard" Recordings by Rob Lester

Taking their cues from the movies ...

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Sound Advice: A wistful and winning "Waitress" by Rob Lester

While not a typical or titanic type of musical theatre—it tends to musically glide more than soar with its more subtle persuasive attractions—the cast album is quite pleasing.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Machine Gun America: a cautionary (but fun) musical by Rob Lester

With the alarmingly large number of recent headline stories about gun violence and the ongoing debates about gun control, a sly and smart musical on the topic makes its points —and wins po…

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Sound Advice" and "Brooklyn Crush" cast recordings by Rob Lester

Here are two contemporary musicals whose scores on disc are among Broadway Records' cluster of recent releases. Neither would be mistaken for a Rodgers & Hammerstein-style musical or a whole…

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Rob Lester Previews Intriguing New Cabaret Show with Andrea Axelrod and Barry Levitt by Rob Lester

Love—or a reasonable facsimile. Or maybe just another shade of the red hot. Hearing their colorful ideas and hearing them perform in a private rehearsal increased my anticipation for ric…

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Sound Advice "Amazing Grace" by Rob Lester

This time, it's Amazing Grace, named for the stirring hymn and charting the journey of the man who wrote it. The second line of that song—"How sweet the sound!"—also describes the voices…

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Sound Advice Reviews: "Fiddler on the Roof" new Broadway cast, Tony Yazbeck, Natalie Douglas, Norm Drubner by Rob Lester

... some whose memories go back a bit more than 50 Broadway seasons may be amazed that it's been that long since Fiddler on the Roof first came along, but it's back and there's another reviv…

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Friday, January 29, 2016

SOUND ADVICE: "The Top Ten Cast Albums of 2015" by Rob Lester

. Each grabbed me right away, having surpassed my expectations based on prior familiarity with the artists and/or songs. They have lasting power, continuing to impress when I hear them again.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Sound Advice "The Top Ten Cast Albums of 2015" by Rob Lester

... here are the ones (submitted for review) that radiate with initial impact and staying power.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Sound Advice "The Wiz Live" and "Finding Neverland" Twice by Rob Lester

The Wiz and Finding Neverland: Inspired by Baum, Barrie & Believing.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015

SOUND ADVICE: IRVING BERLIN, THE EARLY SONGS by Rob Lester

Two new releases concentrate on [the early] period—with gusto. Several titles appear on both albums, but with quite different stylings.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sound Advice: "Lady, Be Good," Annaleigh Ashford and Barbara Fasano by Rob Lester

A new recorded version of a score by George and Ira Gershwin is always good news ... [Annaleigh Ashford] bubbles over with excitement, a party gal eager to have you join her party ... [Barba…

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Sound Advice: "A Chorus Line" 40th Anniversary Remastered OBC recording + bonus tracks by Rob Lester

This CD release marks the 40th anniversary of the original LP of the original cast, produced by Goddard Lieberson, a kind of "encore" task for the Columbia Records giant figure.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Sound Advice: "Doctor Zhivago" and Nicholas Rodriguez by Rob Lester

The case of the musical Doctor Zhivago is hardly the first time that a Broadway show shuttered quickly, despite a storied road of being a celebrated novel, movie, and having a globe-trotting…

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Hysterical, Atypical, Non-Biblical Popesical Is a Smash!! by Rob Lester

Wanna make a bet? The Fringe Festival’s deliciously ridiculous musical about the selection of a new Pope, Popesical, like the actual Pope’s upcoming visit, will attract big crowds. But i…

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Two Musicals About Female Scientists in Love by Rob Lester

I just caught two new musicals about red-headed female scientists and their partners. One is in town for a brief stay in its world premiere in the Fringe Festival. One was never seen before …

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A Show By and For Kids That Works!! by Rob Lester

It’s rare to find a kids’ show that’s this good. Here are 2 that are new, written by Jamey Hood. She scores with both, tho’ it’s her first time. And, in fact, non-distractingly, s…

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Sound Advice: "Fly by Night" and "Night People" by Rob Lester

A 2014 Off-Broadway musical called Fly by Night has key moments with its people seeking solace in the stars of the nighttime sky and being plunged into darkness because of a power failure. N…

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Summer Valley Fair (NYMF) by Rob Lester

Summer means the annual summer musical theatre festival, and this summer, Summer Valley Fair is one of the highlights and a uniquely creative style and approach make it compelling. It’s p…

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The Calico Buffalo at NYMF by Rob Lester

Fellow outsiders, come inside PTC Performance Space and hug a buffalo who’s feeling low. For those of us who like musicals, the annual NYMF series of new ones for three weeks in July feels…

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Theatre for “Real Men” (NYMF) by Rob Lester

In the swirling whirlwind of musical offerings busy invading Manhattan through July 27 comes that increasingly endangered species: the old-fashioned revue. A mix of songs and skits and bits …

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Sound Advice "The Visit" and "Gigi" New Cast Albums by Rob Lester

Their roads to the Broadway season were long, but their runs were short. Here are two recently closed musicals whose action takes place in Europe, with scores written by major league songwri…

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sound Advice: "Misia" and Mazzie by Rob Lester

Musical theatre's Marin Mazzie does double duty in this spring's CD releases: serving in the title role of a long-gestating/morphing musical's premiere recording with Misia featuring melodie…

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Friday, June 19, 2015

PS Classics' "The Golden Apple" 2-CD Set by Rob Lester

The missing slices from the juicy score to 1954's The Golden Apple are on disc at last. So there is reason to rejoice for lovers of adventurous musical theatre scores ...

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Sound Advice: "Fun Home," "Tokio Confidential" and Andrew Heller by Rob Lester

Our mix this time contains the high-profile big Broadway hit, a low-profile 2012 show, and a fellow profiling some Sinatra standbys.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Sound Advice: Cy by Cy: Creative Composer Colmean by Rob Lester

It's a treat to listen to these recordings, made from the 1950s to the 1980s, either with the hindsight of history or wondering how it must have been to perform them or hear them fresh, with…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

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