Raise The Curtain CD


The terrific debut album from West End leading lady, star of ‘Witches Of Eastwick’, ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Les Miserables’. Featuring a compelling selection of songs by leading contemporary musical theatre writers from Britain and America including

Jason Robert Brown, Stiles&Drewe, Adam Guettel, Grant Olding, Georgia Stitt, Dempsey&Rowe, Richard Taylor

; 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 special guest

Michael Jibson

(‘Our House’, ‘Road Show’) and a special album foreword by respected journalist and London theatre critic

Mark Shenton.

"A terrific debut solo album … ‘Raise The Curtain’ has the selfless purpose of showcasing some of the composers who aren't being heard as widely as they deserve to be; and yet also provides an astonishing calling card for a quirky and original interpreter of their work that gives them each their best possible outing."

Mark Shenton


  1. Carrie Makes A Decision *
    by Grant Olding
  2. A Part Of Me
    by Maltby & Shire
  3. Isn’t This What Every Woman Wants? *
    by Dempsey & Rowe
  4. Higher *
    by Richard Taylor
  5. Will You?
    by Frankel & Korie
  6. What Did You Want From Love? *
    by Conor Mitchell
  7. I Lay My Armor Down
    by Stitt & Greenberg
  8. Wait A Bit
    by Stiles & Drewe
  9. Mr Hopalong Heartbreak
    by Jason Robert Brown
  10. Miss Hardcastle’s Wedding *
    by Goodall &: Hart
  11. The Light In The Piazza
    by Adam Guettel
  12. Anything Can Happen
    by Stiles & Drewe

  13. Bonus Track:
  14. Nothing Is Too Wonderful To Be True
    by David Yazbek
    – duet with Michael Jibson
*previously unrecorded songs

Released 1st February 2010 - Catalogue Number: SimGR-CD02

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"That sterling, stalwart ability to simply live it as she performs it shines through quite effortlessly on her surefire hit first solo album … it is clear to hear here that Sheen is a quite astonishingly versatile actress and her voice is blessed with so much character and style as to always singularly, well, shine with a certain sheen all her own. Without question, it is all-too-rare indeed to see a sheen (capital S or otherwise) shine with such brilliantine gloss and polish as Caroline Sheen‘s does here."


"Caroline is a consummate artiste of the highest standards. There is not a bad song on this superb recording … what a wise choice Caroline has made, opting for superb piano accompaniment as opposed to a synthetic orchestral sound. The choice allows her voice full expression and gives her way with words a great and very successful emphasis indeed. Each song is delivered superbly with the character fully realised."

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"This ambitious and enterprising selection showcases not only Sheen, but the new talents in the world of musical theatre songwriting today ... If you want to listen outside the box, and discover songs and singer, here’s the album. You won’t be sorry."


"West End regular Caroline Sheen throws down the gauntlet for new musical theatre with this terrific collection of songs by composers who are mostly little known. After this, you’ll want to explore their repertoires much further. There’s also a previously unrecorded song from ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ and songs from Broadway shows as yet unseen here in the UK, all rendered in her vivacious soprano."

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