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Foster’s living Rent-MP3

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Keeping one’s CD collection of cast recordings up-to-date is a point of pride for most musical theatre fans. Tabard, for instance, has taken to renting out a  suburban garage purely for the purpose of storing one’s collection of discs, which has ceaselessly multiplied over the years. For those working at a musical producing house, moreover, one would assume it is paramount.

So Tabard was pleased  to hear that Curve’s chief executive Fiona Allan has been preparing for the Leicester venue’s current production of Rent by  buying an album of the  original recording via eBay earlier this month.

Yet Allan was surprised to learn of the identity of  the online seller – no less than Curve’s incoming artistic director Nikolai Foster (who recently told The Stage he wants to turn the venue into the home of musical theatre writing).

In response to questions about the reasons behind his attempts to get rid of Rent, Foster insisted he is in  fact a “thoroughly modern director” and has all his recordings in a digital  format. It takes all sorts.

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