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The reviews for American Idiot are in…

April 21, 2010 // 2 Comments

The reviews for the Green Day album-turned-musical, American Idiot, have come out and  critics were quite pleased with the production, with a few reservations. Some called it the best musical of the season (and even of the 21st century), while others were a bit more discerning – pointing to a thin plot covered up by spectacle, lights and sound. They ...

The reviews for La Cage Aux Folles are in…and they adored it!

April 19, 2010 // 0 Comments

The verdict is unanimous: This scaled-down mounting of La Cage Aux Folles, a transfer from London’s Mernier Chocolate Factory, is a lovely, fun and nuanced take on the campy original. Doglass Hodge lived up to all expectations – blowing away every reviewer, particularly in his performance of “I Am What I Am” – and Kelsey ...

The reviews for Million Dollar Quartet are in…

April 12, 2010 // 4 Comments

Million Dollar Quartet, the Chicago transfer about a recording session featuring Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, opened on Broadway last night and the critics were slightly split, but generally positive. Yes, they admit, the show does have elements of past jukebox musicals, but an amazing score and the fantastic musical skills ...

The reviews for the Addams Family are in…

April 9, 2010 // 4 Comments

The reviews for The Addams Family are in…and the critics were nonplussed that a production starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth could fail so completely. Lacking memorable songs and containing humorless jokes, buzz about the show was slightly on the negative side before opening, but ouch! Just read what they had to say: New York Times Review ...

The reviews for Come Fly Away are in…

March 26, 2010 // 1 Comment

The reviews for Come Fly Away are in and they couldn’t be more mixed. Everyone agrees that this is the quintessential jukebox musical, but whether there’s any place for a story-less show is up for debate. Here’s what the major publications had to say: New York Tharp has built shows around Sinatra before, and the singer himself once told ...

The Reviews for All About Me Are In…

March 19, 2010 // 0 Comments

All About Me, the new musical featuring the talents of Dame Edna and Micheal Feinstein, opened on Broadway last night and the verdict is that the two personalities are simply too dissimilar to pull off a show together. Dame Edna is too large and brash and Feinstein too sweet and traditional; the combination feels forced at best. New York Times Some egos, ...

Why “Fela!” is Such a Winnah! (A guest blog from Broadway & Me)

January 20, 2010 // 1 Comment

Every Broadway show is a crapshoot. No one knows for sure what audiences will like and what they won’t.  Still, the odds seemed higher than usual against the new musical Fela! Its score—a throbbing mix of jazz, funk and traditional African rhythms known as Afrobeat—is as far away from the show tune as Lagos is from Long Island. Its book—the life ...

The reviews for A Little Night Music are in …

December 14, 2009 // 2 Comments

A Little Night Music, the Sondheim musical starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Angela Lansbury, opened to mixed reviews. The verdict – the show is largely heavy-handed, with stand out performances by the two headliners. Here’s what the major publications had to say: Variety The most atypical of Ingmar Bergman’s celebrated films, ...

The Reviews for Fela! are In …

November 25, 2009 // 1 Comment

Fela! opened on Broadway to fairly positive reviews yesterday, the show’s producers, Jay-Z, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, have brought some name recognition to a largely unknown and lively group of artists, most of whom transferred over from the Off-Broadway version of the show. The critics all agree that Fela! offers up something new – ...