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5.0 out of 5 stars Matador - The Musical
This was the concept album for the musical. The matador is sung by Tom Jones with some wonderful singers including John Barr and a narration by Robert Powell.

From Wikipedia...Matador is the title of a 1991 musical by Mike Leander and Edward Seago, with a book by Peter Jukes, which tells the story of the rise and fall of a fictional matador, loosely based on...
Published on 17 July 2012 by Mr. J. Worthy

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3.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Musical
I bought this as only way to get the song I wanted and to hear Tom Jones at his best.
Published 10 months ago by B. Perrett


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5.0 out of 5 stars Matador - The Musical, 17 July 2012
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This review is from: Matador- The Musical Story of the Life of El Cordobes (Audio CD)
This was the concept album for the musical. The matador is sung by Tom Jones with some wonderful singers including John Barr and a narration by Robert Powell.

From Wikipedia...Matador is the title of a 1991 musical by Mike Leander and Edward Seago, with a book by Peter Jukes, which tells the story of the rise and fall of a fictional matador, loosely based on Manuel Benitez, El Cordobes. The show featured stunning choreography in traditional Flamenco style by Rafael Aguilar, and the show won an Olivier Award as a result. Several dancers were cast directly from Spain, making their West End debuts. The bulls for the fighting sequences were performed by a phalanx of black-clad dancers, moving as one.
The work began life in 1987 as a concept album, starring Tom Jones. Jones was keen to play the lead on stage, and gave up his Las Vegas cabaret shows to return to the UK for that purpose. The musical was initially unable to attract the financial backing required, but Jones did get his first UK top ten hit after a fifteen-year dry spell, with his single, A Boy From Nowhere, lifted from the Matador concept album.
Eventually financial backing was secured, and the show opened at the Queen's Theatre in London on April 16, 1991. Audiences and most critics were positive[citation needed], but the 1991 London theatre season was heavily impacted by the first Persian Gulf War and the subsequent drop in tourism. The production folded after three months. The London production starred John Barrowman as Domingo Hernandez and Stefanie Powers as American actress Laura Jane Wilding, a character based on actress Ava Gardner. Nicky Henson and Caroline O'Connor costarred.
After the failure of the London production, the authors returned to America and made revisions to the book and score during productions in regional and college theatres.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Musical, 24 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Matador- The Musical Story of the Life of El Cordobes (Audio CD)
I bought this as only way to get the song I wanted and to hear Tom Jones at his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My wife has always raved about this show, 7 Aug 2013
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My wife saw this show many years ago in London. and has always raved about it . Since I purchased the CD I now know why.
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