Shaun's Jukebox #2: Equality, Wedding Comedy, Musical History & Positivity

I did the first one of these posts a few weeks back (link here) and it was so much of a success that I thought I'd bring the series back for another issue this evening. In this series, I take a selection of new or current favourite cast recordings from West End and Broadway shows and review them for you as well as giving you my top three picks from each album. So, without any further ado...
Made in Dagenham is one of my favourite non-musical movies ever so when the musical came around, I was obviously very excited. The show itself kind of disappointed me in that it did have a few flat moments but all in all, I was sad to see the show shutter after such a short run. The cast album keeps the essence of the show alive though and it's nice to be able to revisit this collection of modern musical theatre tunes. My favourites include Everybody Out, This Is What We Want and Stand Up.

Another show that had a similar reception to Made In Dagenham but over in New York was It Shoulda Been You which I caught in June before it closed and absolutely loved. The show is a mix of fun music with fantastic orchestrations and hilarious lyrics with fantastic performances by legends such as Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess and the amazing Lisa Howard. I'd say this is one for a fan of more modest musical albums like The Drowsy Chaperone. Personal favourites? Perfect, Nice and Jenny's Blues.

Time for Broadway's most recent major musical success story now which comes in the form of Something Rotten, a new comedy that has been playing Broadway since March. I caught the show in June and fell head over heels in love with everything about this show be it the fantastic music or the general hilarity of the show. It's hard to think of some favourites but Right Hand Man, Bottom's Gonna Be On Top and A Musical. If you're a fan of fun music for shows like Legally Blonde or The Producers then give this one a go.

Last but not least is London's latest success story which, to me, sounded like it would have a more Made in Dagenham-like run when it was first announced. Now open on the West End to five star reviews, Bend It Like Beckham has fast become a hot ticket to get and is the only one I'm yet to see out of these shows (I'm going on Friday though!). I'm in love with their new cast album and the fusion of music styles is like listening to Legally Blonde crossing over with Bombay Dreams. Fantastic score and top picks of mine include Girl Perfect, There She Goes and UB2.

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