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Articles by Gary DuBreuil

The Reviews for THE CHER SHOW are In…

December 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

The critics have spoken and The Cher Show is bound to be a good time for big time fans, but maybe less of a winner for the rest of us. The songs are, of course, hits, the leads acquit themselves (Stephanie J. Block, Teal Weaks, and Micaela Diamond deliver fine performances as Cher in the Star, Lady, and Babe stages of her career), and the costumes by Bob ...

The Reviews for THE PROM are In…

November 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

The reviews for The Prom are in, and the critics are in love with this new musical – original musical, we might add – directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. The creative team of Bob Martin (book), Chad Beguelin (book, lyrics), and Matthew Sklar (music) has crafted a fun new musical that manages to poke blues and reds equally enough to ...

The Reviews for KING KONG are In…

November 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

The reviews for King Kong are in, and while the great ape puppet dominating the Broadway Theater boards may be the king of his stage, this production doesn’t exactly sound poised for the throne. The critics generally find King Kong himself impressive, calling him “enchanting,” “a technological marvel,” and even “the most ...

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 ...