What a hoot!
This brand new musical from the pen of Robert J. Sherman is a hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 and from this recording you can understand why. Totally infectious – in a good way – and one of those CDs you seem to have on repeat when you feel like a bit of a lift-me-up. The concept of the show is: “The age of vaudeville. A quartet of penguins and a trio of parrots sing and dance, dazzling and delighting their audiences, night after night in this one of a kind, all avian revue. But when the show’s temperamental cracker-crazed macaw star mysteriously goes missing, it threatens to close down the show for good.” So, what Lloyd Webber did for cats – Robert J. Sherman is doing for birds!
The cast is superb and features: Ruth Betteridge, Greg Castiglioni, John Guerrasio, George Knapper, Jonny Purchase, Joanna Sawyer, Anna Stolli, Rafe Watts and Ryan Willis, with Neil Macdonald, Marcus Pritchard and James Pritchard on piano, bass and drums. The songs are a mixture of genres including tap, rag, ballads and soft-shoe through to a cappella and each one is as catchy as the last – due in no small part to Richard Healey’s wonderful arrangements.
The age of vaudeville has been captured completely and brought to life through the magic of Mr Sherman’s pen. Of course, being directly descended from the legendary Al Sherman and then one half of the Sherman Brothers, the writing team responsible for films such as Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, you have no doubt that the apple didn’t fall very far from the tree at all.
An absolutely delightful cast recording. Tracks include: ‘Tinpanorama’, ‘The Bird With the Broken Heart (Nobody Knows)’, ‘The Flipper Flap’, ’Crunchy Crackers’ and a song sung by the four penguins who appeared in the film of Mary Poppins.
No collection should be without this addition – yes, SimG Records has another hit on its hands!
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