The reviews for the Addams Family are in…

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…

The reviews for Come Fly Away are in…

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…

The Reviews for All About Me Are In…

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…

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

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…

The reviews for A Little Night Music are in …

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, "Smiles of a Summer…

The Reviews for Fela! are In …

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…

American Idiot: Rock Music Video, Theatricalized (A guest review by BroadwayGirlNYC)

As I write this, I’m blasting Green Day’s 2004 “American Idiot” CD only because the cast album of their theatrical adaptation hasn’t yet been recorded. In both incarnations, the music is at once hummable and subversive, driving and spellbinding. I’m thrilled from the very start of Michael Mayer’s collaboration with Green Day frontman Billie Joe…

The reviews for Ragtime are in …

The last time Ragtime appeared on Broadway, a whole new theater was built to house the gigantic production. This time, the show comes from a much humbler place and the critics couldn't be more complimentary - its fresh, relavant and powerful. Here are what the major publications had to say: NEW YORK TIMES The judiciously…

The reviews for Finian’s Rainbow are in …

Finian's Rainbow opened on Broadway to universal critical acclaim. The consensus: featuring a brilliant cast and score and a sweet, simple staging - this production embodies everything a Broadway musical should be. Here's what the critics had to say, in their own words: NEW YORK TIMES Here is where you should head this fall to…

101 Dalmatians: A Light-Hearted, Family-Friendly Musical (A guest review by Amanda Blake)

If you are looking for a family friendly new show, The 101 Dalmatians Musical may be the show for you. 101 Dalmatians, which had its world premiere at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on October 13th, takes Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel from the page to the stage. This new adaptation of Dalmatians is from…