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With his mutable chamber-rock group the Magnetic Fields, Stephin Merritt’s witty, wordy songwriting has always suggested a talent for musical theater. Showtunes bears it out: A set of songs composed for productions by stage director Chen Shi-Zheng showcases the usual droll wit (”Ukulele Me!” ”Sorry, Wrong Show”) colored with Asian instruments and a pronounced Gilbert and Sullivan fixation. DVD visuals would help, but it still beats Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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