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Don’t Celebrate Cinco De Mayo without the Mariachi Version of Unchained Melody

“Unchained Melody” Mariachi is the perfect song to cry into your beer after celebrating Cinco De Mayo… You can hear it here… and see the video here.

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Listeners are Loving ‘Variations “Unchained Melody”‘

Check out these great reviews from folks who’ve found the album! Check out all the tracks here.

A Review of Toots Hibbard’s Reggae Version

Pam/Amazon/April 15, 2012
The sound is so good. I love the beat and as always, Toots’ voice. And I love the art work on the cover; it is really well done. May Toots live forever! He always has a new surprise for us. Jah love.
 
A Review of Unchained Melody Celtic Single
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Katie Carpenter has a beautiful voice that really soars over this lovely and enchanting arrangement of “Unchained Melody.” You can tell this song is sung form the heart and is a really moving performance. Very happy I just listened to it!!! : ) ~Aiyana Cadwell (LA based singer/song-writer.)
 
And Denny Earnest’s Jazz Version 
 
Unchained Melody Jazz/YouTube–Good way to have kept the original taste of this song yet still have a lovely jazz flow.
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The Neon Lights are Bright…

Tonight is the night that the musical, Ghost premieres on New York’s Broadway.  Playbill has all the details of cast and crew. You might be familiar with the story, “Ghost The Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her.” The previews are buzzing with great reviews and fans will be thrilled to know that Dave Stewart composed the music and Alex North and Hy Zaret’s classic love song, “Unchained Melody” figures prominently in the stage version. We’re headed to New York to celebrate and represent the North clan.

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Alex North on Broadway, Ghost and Death of a Salesman

Fans of Alex North can enjoy two hit shows in New York this Spring. The critically hailed, “Death of a Salesman” directed by Mike Nichols is playing now and the musical, “Ghost” which debuts on April 23rd and includes the iconic song, “Unchained Melody” composed by Alex North with lyrics by Hy Zaret.  Alex North earned 15 Academy Award nominations, three Emmy awards, three Golden Globes and more for his remarkable scores and compositions. To learn more about Alex or read his biography, click here.

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Business Week on Alex North’s Music for “Death of a Salesman”

Beautiful and insightful review of “Death of a Salesman” from Bloomberg/ Business Week’s, Jeremy Gerard. 

It’s uncommonly rare to watch a revival and suddenly attune yourself to the sound of weeping around you, the shaking of your hand as you take notes and, most important, to recognize that what you’re feeling must be very much like what audiences must have felt at the opening of a great new drama.

But that’s what I felt at the critics’ preview of Mike Nichols’s magnificent revival of Arthur Miller’s 1949 epilogue for the American Dream, “Death of a Salesman.”

Bucking the revisionist trend, Nichols uses Jo Mielziner’s original, skeletal set and Alex North’s hauntingly beautiful, quietly sinuous underscoring to set the tone for this most respectful production.

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Wall Street Journal on Alex North’s “Death of a Salesman” Score

Mr. Nichols, who saw “Death of a Salesman” performed on Broadway when he was 17 years old, never forgot the impression made on him by Mr. Mielziner’s skeletal set and Mr. North’s fragile, wistful score, and so he decided to incorporate them into his own staging 63 years later.

Read Terry Teachout on the recent revival of “Death of a Salesman” and director, Mike Nichols thoughtful reflection on Alex North’s music. 

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Alex North Profiled on NPR’s WNYC

Don’t miss this great profile on Alex North by Sara Fishko. Sara Fishko produces and hosts Fishko Files, a series of features on art, culture, music and media, as well as many special programs. Her piece is insightful.

A new staging of the play Death of a Salesman opened last night on Broadway, with incidental music by Alex North. The score goes back 63 years to the play’s original production.  In today’s Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko has this appreciation of North’s musical gifts…

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