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The Reviews for AMERICAN PSYCHO are In…

April 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

American Psycho has opened, and while the critics all applaud the nostalgia-inducing ’80s design and impressively sexy ensemble, it’s hard to fall in love with the show itself – and not because of the devilish story. Based on the infamous 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis, this new musical attempts to translate a complex, psychological [...]

AWARDS SEASON 2016: Pulitzer Prize for Drama

April 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Exciting news for musical lovers! For only the 9th time in the history of the awards, the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Drama has been awarded to a musical — this year’s highly lauded Hamilton! The other finalists were two plays: Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and The Humans by Stephen Karam. Wondering what the other Pulitzer Prize-winning [...]

AWARDS SEASON 2016: Outer Critics Circle Awards

April 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Awards season for 2016 has officially begun and the first set of nominees are in: those for the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards. You’ll see lots of repeats on this list, with American Psycho, She Loves Me, Bright Star and On Your Feet! getting the most nominations. You might notice there’s one big show from this season, Hamilton, missing [...]

The Reviews for BRIGHT STAR Are In…

March 25, 2016 // 2 Comments

The reviews for Bright Star are in, and this new Broadway musical feels remarkably un-Broadway. Featuring bluegrass music, relatively relaxed choreography, and storytelling that feels distinctly Southern (and old fashioned, some say), the new musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell is unlike other Great White Way options.  The standout is Carmen [...]

The Reviews for SHE LOVES ME Are In…

March 17, 2016 // 1 Comment

She Loves Me opened and the critics couldn’t love it more. This unassuming 1963 musical comedy about the most epic of pursuits for ordinary folks – the search for true love – is musical theatre at its finest. First of all, the Roundabout production has a masterpiece to work from, with a book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock, and [...]

The Reviews for DISASTER are In…

March 9, 2016 // 1 Comment

The reviews for Disaster! are in, and while this jukebox-style goofy spoof musical likely isn’t for everyone, it’s certainly a more promising bet than the title implies. The musical, written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, features a ridiculous storyline overflowing with the cleverest, campiest humor they could think of – and it can be [...]

The Reviews for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF are In…

December 21, 2015 // 2 Comments

The reviews for Fiddler on the Roof are in, and this revival may not have audience members dancing with joy – on purpose.  Director Bartlett Sher walks a fine (and somewhat dangerous) line, attempting to honor the beloved 1964 musical while connecting it to modern themes and events.  In fact, he faces a daunting task not unlike the one central to [...]

The Reviews for THE COLOR PURPLE are In…

December 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

The reviews for The Color Purple are in and the critics universally admire this new production based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel.  This powerful musical, unlike its 2005 predecessor, feels stripped bare, leaving the raw heart of the story in clear focus.  The design, the direction, and the performances – most notably from the soon-to-be-star [...]

The Reviews for SCHOOL OF ROCK are In…

December 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

The reviews for School of Rock are in, and this new musical pumps out infectious fun like a Fender amp pumps out high-flying guitar solos.  Based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Black, the musical features Alex Brightman in the leading role of Dewey – and he nails every note.  The school kids with whom Dewey starts his new band also impress, playing [...]

The Reviews for ALLEGIANCE are In…

November 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

The reviews for Allegiance are in, and though the ambitious mission of the new musical is universally admired, the execution is, unfortunately, not.  The sweeping tale is inspired by the memories of George Takei (the ever-loved Star Trek idol) and lends personal perspective to the shameful period of Japanese-American internment in World War II.  On paper, [...]
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