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Articles by Gary DuBreuil

The Reviews for PRETTY WOMAN are In…

August 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Pretty Woman are in, and the reviewers are missing the 1990 film more than they’re loving the new musical. With a storyline that’s been scrubbed clean of all the un-pretty bits that made the original material interesting, original music by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance that adds little more than a definite ’80s feel, and ...

The Reviews for GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER are In…

August 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Gettin’ the Band Back Together are in, and the critics aren’t buying producer and co-writer Ken Davenport’s definition of “original.” While the new musical isn’t strictly derived from any particular source material (though it borrows from more movies and musicals than we’ve got space to list here), ...

The Reviews for HEAD OVER HEELS are In…

July 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

What do you get when you bring together the music of the Go-Go’s, 16th century prose, and a star of RuPaul’s Drag Race? Head Over Heels, apparently! The reviews are in, and while the plot of this centuries-bridging jukebox musical mash-up may be exhausting to follow, the laughs – and the affirming message – come easy. Featuring ...

The Reviews for SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL are In…

April 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

The critics have spoken and the team behind Summer: The Donna Summer Musical isn’t working hard enough for the money. Excepting LaChanze’s mostly compelling performance of Diva Donna, one of three characters that together depict the legendary Donna Summer, this new jukebox musical may start feeling more like a jokebox musical. With a sanitized ...

The Reviews for MY FAIR LADY Are In…

April 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

The reviews for My Fair Lady are in, and the critics approve of this My Fair Lady for a #MeToo America. Director Bartlett Sher is smart and precise in reimagining the classic, introducing thoughtful text tweaks and employing (what some might call) inventive casting to craft a musical that feels familiar and brand new at once. Lauren Ambrose is a star as ...

The Reviews for CAROUSEL are In…

April 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Carousel are in, and the critics love the new life that’s been breathed into this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. The direction by Jack O’Brien and the choreography by Justin Peck are (mostly) outstanding… the production is thoughtful in tone, playing honestly to both the light and dark moments, and the choreography is ...

The Reviews for MEAN GIRLS are In…

April 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Mean Girls is open on Broadway, and the critics say it’s far from perfect, but a pretty fun homage to the beloved 2004 film favorite. With a book adapted by Tina Fey from a screenplay by Tina Fey, Mean Girls on Broadway shares much with its source material, including the plot, characters, and now-legendary one-liners, but smartly evolves to set the ...

The Reviews for FROZEN are In…

March 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Frozen is open on Broadway, and the critics are… luke warm. The leads (Caissie Levy as Elsa and Patti Murin as Anna) deliver on their parts, offering fully developed characters that feel inspired by the film but evolved enough to capture attention in a live setting. And the production is certainly stunning, even if a bit inconsistent in style, ...

The Reviews for ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE are In…

March 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville is open on Broadway, and this new jukebox musical doesn’t sip champagne on opening night – it slugs frozen margaritas. With tiki hut lobby design (complete with frozen and on-the-rocks margaritas) and “colorful” and care-free music and characters, the production invites you to check ...

The Reviews for SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS are In…

December 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

SpongeBob Squarepants may be best for youngsters and young-ish millennials, but there seems to be plenty to entertain our full-grown critics too. The epic $20 million budget affords scenery and props that are ridiculously fun and imaginative, fully creating the bubbly world of a 2-dimensional cartoon in 3-dimensional glory. And the performers match the ...