Raise the Curtain
'Raise The Curtain' Caroline's debut album is a compelling selection of songs by leading contemporary musical theatre writers from Britain and America (including Jason Robert Brown, Adam Guettel, Stiles & Drewe, Grant Olding, Maltby & Shire, Richard Taylor, Frankel & Korie, Dempsey & Rowe, Conor Mitchell, David Yazbek); featuring 5 previously unrecorded songs, including a cut song from The Witches Of Eastwick; alongside songs from The Light In The Piazza, Just So, Grey Gardens, and Mary Poppins; with a special album foreword by journalist and theatre critic Mark Shenton. Reviews: 'The title of Caroline Sheen's debut album comes from the lyrics of 'Anything Can Happen', one of Stiles & Drewe's new songs for Mary Poppins. She may come from a family steeped in amateur theatricals and musical history, but this West End leading lady - already a veteran - has her eye firmly on the present, as well as the future. This ambitious and enterprising selection showcases not only Sheen, but the new talents in the world of musical theatre songwriting today. Stand-alone songs by the new generation include Richard Taylor's 'Higher', Georgia Stitt's 'I Lay My Armor Down', and Conor Mitchell's 'What Do You Want from Love?' She opted for piano/vocal presentation "so the songs can be heard in their most honest form". If you want to listen outside the box, and discover songs and singer, here's the album. You won't be sorry.' Catherine Surowiec from whatsonstage.com "...a terrific debut solo album ... she mines it [Mr Hopalong Heartbreak] with real feeling and attack ... and gives a dazzling account of the haunting The Light In The Piazza ... Sheen proves that new musicals are everything and should be everywhere, too." Mark Shenton - Theatre Critic.