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The Reviews for SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS are In…

December 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

SpongeBob Squarepants may be best for youngsters and young-ish millennials, but there seems to be plenty to entertain our full-grown critics too. The epic $20 million budget affords scenery and props that are ridiculously fun and imaginative, fully creating the bubbly world of a 2-dimensional cartoon in 3-dimensional glory. And the performers match the ...

The Reviews for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND are In…

December 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Reviewers love Once on This Island! From the environmental design that immerses audiences into a trashed paradise to the outstanding cast of veterans and newcomers alike, the revival of this musical fable is timely, beautiful, and spirited – a winning combination. Director Michael Arden’s smarts and thoughtfulness are evident everywhere… ...

The Reviews for THE BAND’S VISIT are In…

November 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Band’s Visit is open, and the critics are captivated by this intimate and “miraculous” new musical. The songs by David Yazbeck are beautiful and confident at once, while the book by Itamar Moses has grown richer with the move from the Atlantic to the Barrymore. The cast is tremendous; Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub lead with ...

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 ...

AWARDS SEASON 2017: Drama Desk Award Winners

June 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Some award years are more hard to predict than others, but this year, all of the awards seem to be going to the same set of shows and people…with Come From Away, Hello, Dolly!, Andy Karl, Bette Midler, Gavin Creel and Jenn Colella taking home the big prizes at last night’s Drama Desk Awards. For the plays, ...

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 ...