Articles by Gary DuBreuil

The Reviews for PRINCE OF BROADWAY are In…

August 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Prince of Broadway is officially open, and while the critics love Harold Prince and his musicals as much as the next theatregoer, they don’t particularly like this rather aimless revue. The cast works hard to make brief snapshots of renowned musicals matter, portraying iconic characters in some of the most memorable songs of the Hal Prince canon with ...

The Reviews for BANDSTAND are In…

April 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Bandstand are in, and while the critics universally respect the ambition of the original musical, they also universally feel it fell just short. Director and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, the Tony Award-winning choreographer of Hamilton, is creative in tackling the principle challenge of the piece – establishing both the peppy ...

The Reviews for ANASTASIA are In…

April 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Anastasia are in, and it’s not the dark and dangerous story that’s got critics leaving with frowns…it’s the unrealized production that struggles to tell it. It’s a tell-tale sign of dissatisfaction when an audience member can only comment on the “gorgeous costumes” and “picturesque ...

The Reviews for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY are In…

April 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are in, and critics enjoyed the new musical like a bar of bittersweet baking chocolate with a side of skim milk. Whether you’re a lover of Roald Dahl’s 1964 book or the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder or even the 2005 film starring Johnny Depp, you’re likely to find yourself unsatisfied. ...

The Reviews for HELLO, DOLLY! are In…

April 21, 2017 // 2 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 // 1 Comment

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 ...