Reviews

The Reviews for The Visit are In…

April 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

The reviews for The Visit are in, and while the critics certainly admire legend Chita Rivera and the long journey this Kander and Ebb musical has taken to Broadway, there’s no denying it’s flawed.  The musical tells of Claire Zachanassian’s return to her hometown, a dark and dingy European village, to inflict revenge on the man who shamed [...]

The Reviews for Something Rotten! are In…

April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Something Rotten! are in, and most find the new musical to be something wonderful, while some others feel it’s just a bit more rotten than it should be.  The musical is set in the Elizabethan Renaissance, when Shakespeare (a devilish idol, winningly played by Christian Borle) is the hottest thing in London and the Bottom brothers [...]

The Reviews for Doctor Zhivago are In…

April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Doctor Zhivago are in, and this new Les Misérables wannabe may lack great music, lyrics, dialogue, and overall storytelling, but hey, at least the gunfire effects are realistic.  Loosely based on the Boris Pasternak novel and more closely based on the 1965 movie, this new musical tells of a love story in an epic era of revolution and war [...]

The Reviews for Fun Home are In…

April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Fun Home are in, and the critics agree that this may just – actually – be the best musical on Broadway this season.  Based on a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, this new musical by Jeanine Tesori (music) and Lisa Kron (book and lyrics) is actually a journey through Bechdel’s personal memories, a journey meant to uncover [...]

The Reviews for The King and I Are In…

April 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

The reviews for The King and I are in, and the critics universally admire this astonishing revival.  Playing at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at the Lincoln Center, this sometimes touchy standard is here crafted by the deft, thoughtful hands of director Bartlett Sher. Instead of hiding behind or overemphasizing the seemingly out-of-touch themes of the [...]

The Reviews for Finding Neverland are In…

April 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Finding Neverland opened and it seems lovers of Peter Pan and Glee will cheer, but lovers of creative musical theatre will hiss.  You know the story, and you know the names of the actors playing the biggest roles – Matthew Morrison (of Glee fame) and Kelsey Grammer.  So what’s not to love?  Unfortunately, the production begins and ends with [...]

The Reviews for It Shoulda Been You Are In…

April 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

The reviews for It Shoulda Been You are in, and there are too many appropriate “shoulda, coulda, woulda” jokes here to pick just one (so let’s just skip those altogether).  The reviews for this new musical are not positive, and the critics clearly place blame on Barbara Anselmi (music, concept) and Brian Hargrove (book, lyrics).  Tired, [...]

The Reviews for An American In Paris are In…

April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

An American in Paris opened, and the critics agree that this new stage adaptation of the 1951 film is as beautiful and dream-like as the city of Paris itself.  Kudos go to director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, book adapter Craig Lucas, and set and costume designer Bob Crowley – by all accounts, the musical’s story is told poetically [...]

The Reviews for Gigi are In…

April 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Gigi are in, and most of the critics agree that this revival’s pretty surface fails to totally cover the weaknesses just underneath.  Originally a novella by Colette, then a 1958 Lerner and Loewe film, and then a 1973 Broadway bust, the latest version features a revised book by Heidi Thomas that aims to modernize the tale but ends up [...]

The Reviews for On the Twentieth Century are In…

March 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

The reviews for On the Twentieth Century are in, and the critics are happy to have been invited aboard for the ride.  There’s a charming simplicity to this musical – sign the star before the train’s 16-hour trip to NYC is finished – which is made all the more compelling by the virtuous vocal performances, the fast-paced plot [...]
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