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  • THE KING & I Reviews  May 17 2015, 11:52:29 AM

    Have seen THE KING AND I several times on stage, and thought this production was just okay. I love Kelli, and thought she should have won the Tony last year for BRIDGES, did not feel the same sense of passion or commitment here. Of course, she sang beautifully, but her "English" accent was a joke, in and out all night. In the last revival, Lou Diamond Phillips finally broke the "Yul Brynner" mold and gave us a whole new take on the King. Watanabe was back on the same old track, and not nearly

  • HAMILTON on Broadway  May 17 2015, 11:43:16 AM

    "My other option is to book On the Twentieth Century now and Hamilton for another trip in November or December.  I'm really torn.  My mother just saw Twentieth Century and said Cheno is the only reason to see the show.  She felt everything else about it was forgettable and it's not a big loss if I miss it."

     Cheno, whether she wins the Tony or not, is totally worth the price of admission. Her performance is as spot-on

  • Remembering CAMELOT in the Lusty Month Of May  May 16 2015, 12:27:21 PM

    Saw the original production at the end of its long run (two years was considered a long run then), but after the original cast was long gone. Still William Squire, a Welsh actor very much like Burton in looks and speech, was a great Arthur, although Kathryn Grayson, of the 40s MGM musicals, was not very good as Guenevere (they interpolated too many trills and runs into her songs, her long-ago specialty). Saw Burton 20 years later (too old by then) and Goulet on tour as Arthur (ditto), bu

  • ZORBA @ CITY CENTER/ENCORES  May 7 2015, 08:18:44 AM

    The whole purpose of Encores is to recreate the "original" show as much as possible, and not to incorporate changes made by anyone later or in subsequent productions. Yes, I know  that writers like David Ives are often brought in to revise and streamline the librettos, but generally speaking the scores are meant to be intact. For example, when GOLDEN BOY was done some years ago, they did not incorporate the "new" songs that Strouse and Adams had later added to the show ("There's a P

  • ZORBA @ CITY CENTER/ENCORES  May 6 2015, 09:27:46 AM

    Loved the original production, Bernardi and Karnilova were wonderful, that score is amazing. Saw it again a year later, with John Raitt (he sang it very well) and Chita Rivera as the Leader (great). Glad to hear that this production is so good, can't wait!

  • HAMILTON on Broadway  Apr 30 2015, 08:47:23 AM

    I actually was in the process of buying two just-okay orchestra seats last night, and as the purchase was being processed, a note came up to tell me that those tickets had just been sold! So yes, they are "flying off the shelves" and take a look at today's NY Times' article. The last time I recall something like this phenomenon was when A CHORUS LINE opened (again, at the Public) and then moved to Broadway.

  • HAMILTON on Broadway  Apr 29 2015, 11:58:37 PM

    Is it really possible that almost all of the tickets to HAMILTON for the first few months are nearly completely sold out? Does it really have that kind of draw amongst tourists, who have never heard of it? Or is it just New Yorkers rushing to see the show they couldn't get into at the Public? I've checked through the end of August, and there are nearly no tickets for any performance, and the few "prime seats" are going for $277!

  • The Weinstein Effect  Apr 28 2015, 09:57:02 AM

    Tony noms or bad reviews, will not matter. FN is selling big time, audiences seem to love it, and yes, this could be the "critic-proof" and "award-proof" hit of the season.

  • How much are Tony tickets?  Apr 28 2015, 09:54:16 AM

    tombomb31, tried several times and ways, but everything led back to Ticketmaster, which continues to say "no tickets". Did you go to another site? 

  • Happy 50th Anniversary to HALF A SIXPENCE  Apr 27 2015, 09:09:23 AM

    A wonderful show, especially for the performing and dancing of Tommy Steele and the always wonderful Grover Dale, who had been so smashing several seasons before in Noel Coward's SAIL AWAY with Elaine Stritch. Sadly, the film was overdone, the small charming moments blown up and destroyed, and Mr. Steele's stage charm pretty much disintegrated under the camera lens (see FINIAN'S RAINBOW and THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE to see what I mean). Yet another good candidate for Encores.

  • Drama Desk nominations will be announced today  Apr 23 2015, 10:19:22 PM

    I love Kelli as much as anyone, but I don't think this is necessarily one of her best performances (those in BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY and LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA are far more interesting and more challenging). Not that she doesn't belong on the list, but it's hardly time for a "career" award. Sure she will get a Tony nomination, but Kristen and Chita are the real winners this season, imo. And thankfully, the Drama Desk nominations make a lot more sense than the Outer Space ones.

  • LIVING ON LOVE Reviews  Apr 21 2015, 11:33:56 PM

    Will someone out there explain to me where shows like this, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU et al, get their investors from? How do producers convince otherwise intelligent, wealthy people to part with their money? I saw this dog up in Williamstown last summer, it was totally unfunny, the audience hated it, many of us walked out at the intermission, and yet here it is. How does this happen?

  • Best Revival of a Musical  Apr 18 2015, 08:53:27 AM

    Hope Revival award goes to ON THE TOWN or perhaps ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. In both cases, shows that had been forgotten or perhaps written off as second-class shows, have now been given new life in these productions and brilliantly rediscovered. The current THE KING AND I is, at best, a retread of a very familiar show, and imo, after the spectacular opening scene, settles into a very ordinary production, one that takes no risks and presents the original show, in a sacrosanct manner that

  • FINDING NEVERLAND Reviews  Apr 15 2015, 11:14:27 PM

    Perhaps they should have interpolated "Thank Heaven for Little Boys"...

  • The King and I  Apr 15 2015, 09:09:42 AM

    A friend of mine, who loved the SOUTH PACIFIC revival at LC (I did not, other than hearing the orchestra play the overture, and discovering Paulo Szot), felt as I did about THE KING AND I: perfectly acceptable, nothing especially memorable. Kelli sings perfectly well, but does not bring the passion to the role, as she did in LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA and BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, and perhaps that's just the way it is written. And her in-and-out "Briitish" accent is very noticeable; some times it s

  • IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU Reviews  Apr 15 2015, 08:57:58 AM

    Not surprised to see Brantley's review. What surprises me is that this show got here at all. Although there have been some changes/additions to the the show since I saw it in 2011, it's sounds as though it's the same tired evening of cliches, with a "twist" that seems even more ridiculous today. A total waste of time, talent and money.

  • CAROUSEL at the Lyric Opera in Chicago  Apr 12 2015, 12:01:01 PM

    Interesting review, Paul W. Thompson. Thanks for so many in-depth perceptions. I will never forget the last LC production, for its staging and visuals, for the performances of Michael Hayden and Audra McDonald (Sally Murphy? not so much) and for finding a new way to present the story. It made me love a show that I was never all that enamored with (probably because of the lackluster movie, although I did see John Raitt in 1965

  • It Shoulda Been You Previews  Apr 12 2015, 11:49:11 AM

    I guess the real point of getting bad shows like this on Broadway is to secure a place and be able to say it was on Broadway, for amateur rights purposes. There is no other explanation for this being here. Great actors like Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris slogging their way through a sea of jokes and punchlines that were tired 20 years ago. The "twist" is hardl worth the time and money spent on sitting through this.


  • Frank Sinatra Favorite Covers of Musical Theatre and Movie Musical Songs  Apr 11 2015, 10:50:22 AM

    Some great songs from the 1955 TV version of OUR TOWN, by Van Heusen and Cahn, including the big hit, "Love and Marriage," but also ""The Impatient Years," "Look to Your Heart" and the title tune, which is my favorite. The songs are available on various Sinatra recordings, and a b&w kinescope of the program itself (yes, with both Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint singing!) can be found at

  • CAROUSEL at the Lyric Opera in Chicago  Apr 11 2015, 09:55:51 AM

    Who else was there yesterday? Come on, Chicagoans, we are dying to hear your comments. We're flying in from New York in two weeks just to see this, thrilled to see Pasquale get his next big chance. His performance and singing in BRIDGES, even though ignored by the Tony committee, were amazing.