Articles by Gary DuBreuil

The Reviews for HELLO, DOLLY! are In…

April 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Hello, Dolly! are in, and Broadway loves Bette! In the middle of a brassy, bouncy, in-your-face-like-it’s-the-golden-age-of-musicals musical, there stands the incomparable Bette Midler performing her take on the famed matchmaker Dolly Levi. Calculated comedy is the name of the game here, and Bette plays it better than anyone. [...]

The Reviews for GROUNDHOG DAY are In…

April 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Groundhog Day are in, and the critics are conflicted. Based on the classic 1993 Harold Ramis film starring the legendary Bill Murray, this new musical seems to borrow the premise of the film but adapt the style to fit the Broadway stage…a fitting move to some, a damning move to others. The one item of agreement is the brilliance of [...]

The Reviews for WAR PAINT are In…

April 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

The reviews for War Paint are in, and while fans of cosmetics history (do those exist?) may not be wholly satisfied with the underwhelming storyline, fans of musical theatre will relish the work of two titans of the stage. Christine Ebersole and Patti LuPone play Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein, respectively, in roles written for them, and they each [...]

The Reviews for AMELIE are In…

April 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

The new musical Amélie is now open, but the critics can’t help pining for the 2001 French film, on which the musical is based, that they wish they’d watched instead. It’s not that there’s anything particularly wrong with the cute new musical…the ensemble is versatile, the imagery is imaginative, and Phillipa Soo acquits [...]

The Reviews for MISS SAIGON are in…

March 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Miss Saigon are in, and the revival seems to be sending critics down memory lane if not to Vietnam with the cast. The sweeping epic from the team behind Les Miz, perhaps best remembered for the helicopter that shows up, is mostly a tribute to the original. Coincidentally, the production offers some modern relevance this time around; issues [...]

The Reviews for COME FROM AWAY are In…

March 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Come From Away are in, and the critics agree that this new feel-good musical takes flight at just the right time. The production, by Canadian duo Irene Sankoff and David Hein, is set on September 11, 2001 and shows the heroic hospitality of a small island’s inhabitants when 6,700 people are unexpectedly grounded there after the attacks [...]

The Reviews for SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE are In…

February 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Sunday in the Park With George are in, and the critics are in admiration of this re-imagined masterpiece. When you bring this timeless and universally revered musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine to life with beautiful, imaginative direction by another Lapine, director Sarna Lapine, and pinpoint performances from stars like Jake [...]

The Reviews for SUNSET BOULEVARD are In…

February 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Sunset Boulevard are in – and it might better be called the Glenn Close show. The pared-down remount of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1994 musical features a simpler, more artistic set that only heightens and better spotlights the work of a true legend. Someway, somehow, Ms. Close manages to outdo the dazzling performance she delivered [...]

The Reviews for IN TRANSIT are In…

December 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

In Transit opened at the Circle in the Square Theater last night, and most reviewers feel it belongs underground at an obscure subway station somewhere. Sure, the a cappella musical about contemporary (though not new) characters and themes will certainly be fun for some – think Pentatonix lovers and sitcom enthusiasts – but it’s far from [...]

The Reviews for DEAR EVAN HANSEN are In…

December 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Dear Evan Hansen are in – and the critics agree that this new musical deserves to go viral. The story follows a socially awkward teen as he changes from stuttering loner to social media sensation…but maybe not in a good way. Ben Platt plays the title role and earns universal acclaim from reviewers, delivering a vulnerable and [...]