Friday, January 13, 2017

Music Review: "Junie B. Jones: The Musical" Cast Album

Junie B. Jones, the Musical Cast Album
Music: Zina Goldrich: Book and Lyrics: Marcy Helsler
Released: January 13, 2017
Genre: Children's Music / Musicals

I have to admit that the music on this CD is not new to me.  In the fall of 2015, I took my daughter to see a production of this musical put on by the Oregon Children's Theater.  Before seeing this show, I was not a fan of the Junie B. Jones books.  Any adult who has read these books to kids knows the author Barbara Park is very good at writing in the voice of Kindergartner/1st grader--and that is very hard for an adult to read.  My daughter, of course, loved the books--which motivated me even more to help her become an independent reader.

Because my daughter loved the books so much, I knew that this would be a perfect choice for her first theater visit...and it was!  I even found myself becoming a Junie B. Fan!  So, when I found out a cast album was coming out, I jumped at the chance to get it.

This isn't a very long CD.  I haven't timed it, but I would guess that it is about 30 minutes.  This isn't surprising, because the run time for the show is only 60 minutes without an intermission.  This album does contain all the songs in the show, so you aren't missing anything.  The music is very catchy and my kids love dancing to it.  I can guarantee that you'll have "My Own Personal Beeswax" going through your head after listening to this.

The performances are strong across the board and the energy is high.  I will say that my only quibble is that the performers sound like they are at least older teenagers, if not adults.  I probably would not have even batted an eye at this, except that the young performers in the production I saw were so wonderful that I was nostalgic for the younger voices when I was listening to this.

If you are looking for something that younger listeners will enjoy, I highly recommend this album.  My kids love it and, as I said, it is responsible for more than a few of my ear worms.  And, if you have the chance, definitely take advantage of the opportunity to see Junie B. Jones, the Musical in person!

I received a copy of this CD in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.

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