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Articles by Gary DuBreuil

The Reviews for MOULIN ROUGE! are In…

July 26, 2019 // 1 Comment

Moulin Rouge! is open, and while not all the critics are sold on the jukebox-y, mashup-y, remix-y score, they’re all in love with the spectacular design and stellar performances. Inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s beautiful 2001 film, this new musical offers an immersive experience, taking over the Al Hirschfeld Theater and delivering audiences total ...

The Reviews for BEETLEJUICE are In…

April 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Broadway version of Beetlejuice is now open, but the critics seem to wish it would go back to the underworld. Alex Brightman is a total star as Beetlejuice, bringing energy and his own punk-rock take on the character, and the set and effects are amazing… but that’s really where the fun ends. The script seems hellbent on one-upping itself ...

The Reviews for TOOTSIE are In…

April 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

Critics think Tootsie is a bona fide hit! Based on the 1982 movie starring Dustin Hoffman, the Broadway version brings the laugh-out-loud comedy that so many musicals in the musical comedy genre miss. The critics uniformly adore the cast, especially Santino Fontana as Michael/Dorothy, but the book may be the biggest star of the show. In addition to being ...

The Reviews for HADESTOWN are In…

April 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Critics adore Hadestown, giving the most appealing recommendation for the underworld you’re ever likely to hear. Blending Greek mythology with a Big Easy vibe and featuring a captivating score that ranges from pulsing, rhythmic folk-pop to downright heavenly arias, the critics are impressed with the balance achieved by the musical’s creative ...

The Reviews for OKLAHOMA are In…

April 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

And critics might say they’re in love. This naturalistic re-imagining of Oklahoma! may be less its traditional Broadway polish, but that’s one of the reasons the critics call it “wide-awake, jolting and altogether wonderful.” Set in the center of a mid-western arena, where guns adorn the walls and chili bubbles on the stage, the ...

The Reviews for AIN’T TOO PROUD Are In…

March 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Ain’t Too Proud are in, and the critics may be split about where this one lands in the overall jukebox musicals standings, but there’s no disagreement about the immense talent being showcased onstage. The performances of the original five Temptations (by Otis Williams, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, and David ...

The Reviews for KISS ME KATE are In…

March 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Kiss Me Kate are in, and the critics appreciate this Cole Porter classic for the wondrous Kelli O’Hara as Kate and intelligent updates that replace some of the piece’s misogyny with some much needed #metoo. First thing’s first – Kelli O’Hara shines as her own brand of Lilli (the reviewers even note a bit of ...

The Reviews for BE MORE CHILL are In…

March 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

The reviews for Be More Chill are in, and the critics are split. Is this the musical that finally speaks the truth of the tween experience? Some say so, celebrating the combination of pop-inspired music, highly emotive acting, and a frenetic, over-sugared energy that all reflect the life and tastes of modern high school kids (at least those outside the ...

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 // 1 Comment

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 ...