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LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted by LimelightMike 2012-04-26 04:30:20


Post 'em here!

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Posted by rosscoe(au) 2012-04-26 04:33:34


This is going to get messy real early. Bloodbath comes to mind.

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Posted by tazber 2012-04-26 05:59:05


Sadly I think you're right.

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Posted by choitoy 2012-04-26 07:00:55


I'm kinda afraid of what's going to happen with this show. My sister, who is a big Raoul fan, has never seen him live (us living in Washington State). Originally I was going to take her to NY for her 30th birthday in November, and if "Leap" opened in the fall as originally planned, it would have all worked out.

Unfortunately, it got bumped to spring, so we adjusted our plans to come earlier, but the week of July 9th was the soonest we could come (with my work vacation schedule and her going back to school). We booked everything already, and I know she'll be disappointed if "Leap" doesn't post semi-decent notices/gets nominated for enough Tony awards to keep it going through the Summer.

I won't be too heart-broken, as I really wanted to see "Once" and "Evita" myself (and got tickets to those already). But I know she'll be devastated.

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Posted by rosscoe(au) 2012-04-26 07:54:36


Break her heart now!

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Posted by themysteriousgrowl 2012-04-26 07:56:04



lupone76 is negative.

This was one of the overall worst musicals I've ever seen. I kept asking myself why??? Why would producers and creatives have the audacity to open a show like this on Broadway?? Do they actually think that such a poorly constructed, banal musical like this will succeed?? Well, if it does succeed than Broadway has truly gone to the dogs.

http://broadwayworld.com/board/readmessage.php?thread=1043999&dt=92&boardid=1


After Eight is an enormous d-bag.

I thought David Hyde Pierce was great in Curtains, and deserved the Tony Award.

There. You've just heard it.


http://broadwayworld.com/board/readmessage.php?page=3&thread=1043656&boardid=1


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Posted by taboo123 2012-04-26 08:00:27


I'm gonna make some popcorn, sit back and read along for this one!
It's gonna be an exciting night...

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Posted by MamasDoin'Fine 2012-04-26 08:41:48


Saw it last week, horrendous!
This is gonna be some bloodbath, the critics will have a field day with this!
Watch the producers leap into the fire!

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Posted by Sauja 2012-04-26 09:14:27


I'm so confused by the strength of the negative reaction to this show. We've had some horrifying musicals this year: Lysistrata Jones, Spider-Man, and Ghost leap to mind first. Leap of Faith is thin, but it's so much more pleasant and enjoyable than a lot of other shows out there, at least to me. Hell, I'd rather sit through it three more times than have to watch Nice Work again.

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Posted by swoboda 2012-04-26 09:25:18


I took the "Leap" last week and sadly got my feet wet. No doubt that this show is tepid at best. But in it's defense I did not leave at intermission like at Wonderland. I thought it was corny, cheesy, and utterly predictable but somehow it was appealing. Hard to explain a reaction sometimes.

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Posted by jacobtsf 2012-04-26 11:48:26


I'm with Sauja here, it isn't a wonderful piece (or wasn't yet when I saw it last week) but it was far from bad, in fact this season alone I have seen a lot that was worse. Hoping for a few bright spots in the reviews, especially for the ensemble that actually looks like real people and not just juiced up chorus boys, the choreography (the most major improvement from CA) and for Raul's give-it-all performance.

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Posted by WiCkEDrOcKS 2012-04-26 13:58:11


What Sauja said. It's really not that bad of a show. Hopefully the reviews are respectful at least...

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Posted by BroadwayBen 2012-04-26 16:41:39


Wall Street Journal is mixed to neg...Appreciates the style, not much on the substance.

"Leap of Faith," the musical version of the 1992 film in which Steve Martin played a crooked evangelist who has a crisis of faithlessness, is as slick as ice on Teflon. To be sure, Raúl Esparza, the hardworking star, is smooth in the wrong way—he comes across like a talk-show host, not a sequin-spangled faith healer—and none of the other members of the immensely likable cast give the impression of having traveled much farther west than Chelsea. But if you're looking for pure Broadway razzmatazz, "Leap of Faith" delivers the goods. Robin Wagner's set turns the interior of the St. James Theatre into a revival tent, and Christopher Ashley and Sergio Trujillo, the director and choreographer, put every square inch of it to effective use. The chorus rocks and rolls. The gospel-style songs, by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, are rousingly lively (though the ballads, as usual with Mr. Menken, sound like '70s sitcom themes).

What "Leap of Faith" lacks are sweat and heart, the absence of which will be bothersome only if you permit yourself to imagine how this well-oiled applause machine might have run had its creators taken the plot seriously. Real emotions, raw and hurtful, are at stake in "Leap of Faith," and on occasion they bob to the surface, as in the scene in which a frumpy, desperately unhappy woman (well played by Dierdre Friel) drops her wedding ring in the collection basket. Adam Guettel or Michael John LaChiusa would have made the whole show as gripping as that one short scene. Not so the makers of "Leap of Faith," who are, like Mr. Esparza, content to skate glamorously atop the surface of their characters' feelings. If that's good enough for you, then you won't be sorry you came.

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Posted by CurtainPullDowner 2012-04-26 16:44:26


Someone didn't like the Raul!!!!
Heaven forbid!

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Posted by tazber 2012-04-26 16:55:45


Was that Journal review by Treachout?

I'm delighted and very surprised it wasn't an out and out pan.


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Posted by egghumor 2012-04-26 17:10:23


Yes, Tazber, that review of LEAP was written by Terry Teachout, who in the same review served up a far more scathing notice on DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER.

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 19:21:04


Backstage is negative:

http://www.backstage.com/bso/reviews-ny-theatre-broadway/ny-review-leap-of-faith-1006895152.story

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Posted by adamgreer 2012-04-26 19:24:26


And so it begins!

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Posted by mc1227 2012-04-26 19:26:38


Does Backstage really like anything? Best wishes to the company for some kindness. It's getting very ugly out there.

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 19:28:15


Yeah actually they do like most openings...lately not so much though...

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-04-26 19:28:19


I agree with Haagensen 100% with everything he said.

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Posted by egghumor 2012-04-26 19:30:07


Does anyone know who is reviewing LEAP for NYT, Brantley or Isherwood?

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Posted by BroadwayBen 2012-04-26 19:32:21


My guess is Brantley -- he usually loves Raul.

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Posted by EricMontreal22 2012-04-26 19:32:29


"(though the ballads, as usual with Mr. Menken, sound like '70s sitcom themes)."

LOL Is that fair though? he's had some dull ballads lately, but I mean... Santa Fe? Beauty and the Beast? A Whole New World? Colours of the Wind? Suddenly Seymour? Part of Your frickin World? Those are some classy sitcom themes.

I loved the reviews Growl posted.

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Posted by SondheimFan5 2012-04-26 19:33:48


choitoy, if she is a Raoul fan, take her to Phantom. That'll still be running in November.

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Posted by egghumor 2012-04-26 19:34:48


"My guess is Brantley -- he usually loves Raul."

Well that's certainly about to be tested...

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 19:38:52


Time Out New York is negative:

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/leap-of-faith

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Posted by BroadwayBen 2012-04-26 19:42:22


AP is NEGATIVE:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120426/us-theater-review-leap-of-faith/

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Posted by egghumor 2012-04-26 19:43:48


Wow, if that nasty review from Time Out New York merited two stars, what does a one-star review read like?

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 19:45:14


Yeah was wondering the same thing egg! Don't Dress For Dinner also got the two star treatment.

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Posted by mschwager 2012-04-26 19:55:31


Here is my review I posted on my blog after seeing a preview. http://upstage-left.blogspot.com/2012/04/review-alan-menkens-leap-of-faith.html

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Posted by bk 2012-04-26 20:04:37


I believe this thread is for real reviews? Not blogs?

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Posted by Patti LuPone FANatic 2012-04-26 20:07:38


bk: I gather when a person sees a show, he is apt to reveal his opinions on said show..hence a review. Whether it's a blog review, a personal review or a theatre critic review...it's still a review. Just saying...from RC in Austin, Texas

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Posted by tmbyru 2012-04-26 20:10:20


bk, You're right. This is a list of critic reviews.

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-04-26 20:10:23


But THESE threads are specifically for official reviews, the other existing threads are for our opinions.

(It's an understandable mistake, however.)

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Posted by taboo123 2012-04-26 20:26:43


my popcorn just got yummier.

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 20:52:10


The Hollywood Reporter is mixed:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/leap-faith-theater-review-317119

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Posted by BroadwayBen 2012-04-26 20:59:00


I'd say that " Ultimately, it’s hard to shake the feeling that despite all its singing to the Lord, Leap of Faith was never meant to be a musical" is hardly mixed.

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 21:02:54


Variety is negative-to-mixed:

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117947451?refCatId=33

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 21:10:46


Entertainment Weekly is mixed: Grade B-

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20364394_20589865,00.html

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 21:19:51


Newsday is negative:

http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/theater/leap-of-faith-requires-a-major-one-1.3682060

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Posted by rjm516 2012-04-26 21:21:53


EW's and Hollywood Reporter's really aren't that bad, considering.

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 21:30:05


The Faster Times is negative-to-mixed:

http://www.thefastertimes.com/newyorktheater/2012/04/26/leap-of-faith-review/

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Posted by Blockhead24 2012-04-26 21:56:37


Chicago Trib http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/sc-ent-0426-leap-faith-broadway-review-20120426-7,0,6392679.column

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Posted by ABB2357 2012-04-26 22:05:39


Matthew Murray is pretty negative:

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 22:07:58


The NY Times (Brantly) is negative:

http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/04/27/theater/reviews/leap-of-faith-with-raul-esparza-at-st-james-theater.html

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 22:13:52


NY Mag (Vulture) is negative-to-mixed

http://www.vulture.com/2012/04/how-leap-of-faith-falls-short.html

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Posted by ABB2357 2012-04-26 22:16:26


Yikes. I don't think Brantley has slammed a major show this harshly since THE ADDAMS FAMILY.

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-04-26 22:17:00


Lord, I loved this phrase:

Jessica Phillips, who looks and acts as if she has just been dry-cleaned

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Posted by bjh2114 2012-04-26 22:18:57


THE QUOTE OF MY LIFE!!!!!

"Yet here Mr. Esparza seems to keep a chilly distance from his character, and you realize the degree to which self-consciousness has always been a part of his performances. " - Ben Brantley

He is my new favorite person ever.

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Posted by bjh2114 2012-04-26 22:21:15


OOF! "Gospel is not Mr. Esparza’s strong suit. When he belts out raise-your-hands invocations to divinity, he sounds like a second-tier Tina Turner impersonator."

So, yah... that happened. For those of you saying Brantley's Nice Work review was a pan, meet the Leap of Faith review. THAT was a pan.

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Posted by adamgreer 2012-04-26 22:22:28


Ricky Martin's chances at a Tony nomination are looking better and better.

It's entirely possible Esparza could be left off the list, with nominations going to Burstein, Jordan, Lewis, Kazee, and Martin.

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 22:24:09


Theatermania is positive:

http://www.theatermania.com/broadway/reviews/04-2012/leap-of-faith_55261.html

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-04-26 22:24:51


I didn't like Leap, but I certainly didn't hate it as much as many other posters here -- but these reviews make me feel awful for the performers. (Note: I don't disagree with the critics)


And I can't stop myself from trying to figure out the 4th nominee for Best New Musical....the door just swung WAY open for Bonnie and Clyde or even (gasp) Spiderman. Boy, I really wish they would only nominate 3.

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Posted by bjh2114 2012-04-26 22:25:39


I think even Broderick or Jordan (for Bonnie and Clyde) may have better shots at nominations than Raul at this point.

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Posted by ljay889 2012-04-26 22:28:19


"Gospel is not Mr. Esparza’s strong suit. When he belts out raise-your-hands invocations to divinity, he sounds like a second-tier Tina Turner impersonator."

OUCH. that is pretty rough. This is even worse than his WOMEN ON THE VERGE review.

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Posted by rjm516 2012-04-26 22:29:53


Did anyone look at the NYTimes Readers Reviews? It's like all the people involved with the show saw Brantley's pan and commented with INSANE raves (one even said "Better than the Book of Mormon in every way"). I just don't believe that that many actual regular-old audience members have already posted and have all posted raves. Fishy.

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-04-26 22:30:17


REALLY, TheaterMania????? The best three songs of the entire season?

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Posted by jv92 2012-04-26 22:31:22


I think the commercial's pretty fake too, especially since it was aired after, what?, two previews. At that time, the show was a bigger mess than it probably is now.

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Posted by Mildred Plotka 2012-04-26 22:32:03


I'd love to see Ron Raines over Martin, if the Raul is left off. He gave a beautiful performance.

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 22:32:44


I agree too Dramamama, certainly didn't think it was as bad as these reviews; but I must concur that I don't think it has the best three songs of the season. Maybe one--the 11 O'Clock number by Raul.

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 22:34:27


I have to disagree Mildred, I can barely remember Ron Raines' character from Follies. Thought only Jan Maxwell is worthy of a nomination.

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Posted by GatorNY 2012-04-26 22:35:19


Are they giving out speed at the show? That is probably taking up a lot of their weekly nut.

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Posted by bjh2114 2012-04-26 22:35:22


Oh I think that number is TERRIBLE. The only decent number was the first half of Dancing in the Devil's Shoes.

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Posted by SNAFU 2012-04-26 22:36:02


seems it won't be open long. Has had really crappy word of mouth and now these reviews!

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 22:36:10


Raul was not in the Broadway company of Women On The Verge...

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Posted by bjh2114 2012-04-26 22:38:13


srg, that wasn't what ljay meant. Brantley's review for Women on the Verge was scathing. It was probably the last (or at least one of the last) REALLY scathing review he'd written prior to this one. Ljay wasn't referring to Raul in particular.

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Posted by srg129 2012-04-26 22:39:28


OK, thanks Bjh, I interpreted it wrong...sorry!

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Posted by ljay889 2012-04-26 22:39:36


Exactly. Thanks, BJH!

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-04-26 22:41:44


And I just heard a rumor that Bring It On might be getting the St James (in June). I'm not saying this is reliable or realistic, but coming from a person that does not easily talk about this kind of thing.

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Posted by bjh2114 2012-04-26 22:43:09


I wouldn't be surprised if that were true. I also wouldn't be surprised of Leap of Faith posted closing notice on Tuesday after the Tony nominations come out.

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Posted by inlovewithjerryherman 2012-04-26 22:43:20


Apparently, it seems mr. Esparza has had it coming.

Brantley's review has a strange, extraordinarily passive-aggressive feel to it, as if he has longed to dish it to this guy, and now finally has the chance.

Major burn.

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Posted by jv92 2012-04-26 22:46:19


You know, it's funny, I remember the opening phrases of about three of the songs (The Devil Number, The Fox and the Hound song and, "IIIIIIII Can Read YOOOOOU") which is nice, but compare that to when I went out humming the whole Minstrel March in SCOTTSBORO BOYS when I first saw it. It's a shame Menken's work was not up to par here. NEWSIES really was great, though.

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Posted by rosscoe(au) 2012-04-26 22:47:58


Bring it on will be ripped apart by the critics as well, the only really great moments in that show are done by the chubbier sidekick.

That NYT review was harsh, closing notice should be posted soon! Ben had better things to say about In My Life!

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Posted by ACL2006 2012-04-26 22:50:00


it'll be closed in a few weeks. There's just no hope for this show. Ghost at least has decent word-of-mouth, it'll be interesting to see what show takes that 4th Tony nomination.

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Posted by Jonwo 2012-04-26 22:55:14


Looks like Alan Menken is going to be the unique position of having a hit musical and a flop musical both in the same season.

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Posted by mc1227 2012-04-26 22:57:26


Just because Ben Brantley dissed Raul's performance doesn't mean he's out of the running for a nomination. There has been more acknowledgement of his attempt even if it is a miss. The show itself is taking more of a hit than Raul's performance and I think that's rightfully so.

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Posted by WiCkEDrOcKS 2012-04-26 22:58:11


These are ROUGH.

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Posted by TheatreKid3 2012-04-26 23:04:07


Why are the links to Brantley's review suddenly not working? Even when I searched for it on NYT's page, it would say error? Weird...

Never mind, it started working again.

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Posted by mc1227 2012-04-26 23:05:11


All I can say is that there must have been a couple bad press performances with Raul and Matthew this past week because the shows I saw in earlier previews did not warrant such bad commentary on either of their performances.

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Posted by After Eight 2012-04-26 23:05:20


Really, I wouldn't fret about whether Esparza gets a nomination or not, or anyone else, for that matter. It makes no difference who the nominees are. Kazee has it all sewn up.

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-04-26 23:07:47


The link works fine for me.


Didn't someone say earlier in the thread that Brantley usually loves the Raul? That would take away inlovewithjerryherman's suggestionn.

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Posted by mc1227 2012-04-26 23:08:02


Can't disagree, aftereight, but the nominations do make a difference for the shows financial success.

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Posted by CurtainPullDowner 2012-04-26 23:09:54


Benji and the Raul have both just changed their Facebook status:
SINGLE

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-04-26 23:14:13


^ Bwahahaha.

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Posted by bjh2114 2012-04-26 23:16:00


CPD, I just guffawed at that post. Bravo.

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Posted by After Eight 2012-04-26 23:17:16


Mc,

Do you really think so?

I don't think nominations do that much for the box office, nor do even wins in acting categories.

The only things that do are wins for best play/ musical, and even then, not always, eg. Passion got a brief boost and then dropped off soon.

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Posted by kyl3fong2 2012-04-26 23:53:36


So....is LEAP or GHOST going to take that final spot for Best Musical come May 1st? Thoughts?

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Posted by TheatreKid3 2012-04-27 00:05:39


Possibly neither. Like others, I like Bonnie & Clyde or Spider-man's chances at this point (especially the latter).

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Posted by Jonwo 2012-04-27 00:07:50


Spider-Man getting a nomination wouldn't surprise me, has any musicals that got negative reviews ever been nominated.

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Posted by choitoy 2012-04-27 00:08:40


"choitoy, if she is a Raoul fan, take her to Phantom. That'll still be running in November."

That sneaky "O" sneaking in there. My mistake...

She does like Phantom, but not enough to waste a slot on it on a Broadway trip...

Oh well, I guess we should be looking to line up other shows to see on Tuesday and Friday night then, judging by these reviews...

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Posted by egghumor 2012-04-27 00:11:50


I wasn't much surprised by the critical response to Esparza, but as no one in these LEAP threads seemed to have anything much to say regarding Jessica Phillips and Kendra Kessebaum -- and especially after Brantley's swipe at Phillips (aforementioned by dramamama) I think both of these are going to have a tough time getting their next principle role on Broadway (at least in a new musical). Even prior to these reviews, I thought it was highly doubtful for Esparza to snag a Tony nomination, but in the end his career isn't in peril because after it closes he'll be blameless in the grand scheme of things.

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Posted by choitoy 2012-04-27 00:18:50


egghumor: If Kendra Kessebaum isn't going to get a role on Broadway, she always has the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle. I think it was mentioned by them that she recently moved here, and she was originally going to be the lead female role in thier co-production of "First Date" (her pictures were on the posters and everything), until LoF got moved up to spring. It's understandable why she would drop out of a regional world premiere production to take a Broadway role, but she does seem to have a B-plan.

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Posted by egghumor 2012-04-27 00:26:59


My assertion regarding Kendra Kassebaum or Jessica Phillips is not intended as personal statement regarding either woman's talent, but about the potentially damaging effects of flop shows. I distinguish the two of them from Raul Esparza because his reputation was well-established prior to LEAP.

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Posted by inlovewithjerryherman 2012-04-27 00:36:56


Dramamama, I don't mean ill intent toward the (in my opinion) extraordinarily talented mr. Esparza, and in my original post I did not mean to "dump" on him.

The fact of the matter is, Ben Brantley, as mean as he is, is a great critic. Until now, mr Esparza has found roles that are, in a way, critically infallible for someone with his level of talent (Bobby in COMPANY, Charlie in SPEED-THE-PLOW, etc). As of late, it seems that the "word" is that Mr. Esparza is not a pleasant person, and Brantley, finally given the chance, has given the man a very unpleasant kick in the a$$. And Brantley means every word - it reads as if he relishes in delivering such a pan to (as so many others have referred to him) "the Raul".

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Posted by FindingNamo 2012-04-27 02:19:57


Raul may want to take an extended hiatus.

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Posted by ljay889 2012-04-27 02:22:12


has any musicals that got negative reviews ever been nominated.

CRY-BABY.

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Posted by SondheimFan5 2012-04-27 02:37:19


Chris Ashley must be kicking himself that he didn't stick with Pal Joey at the Kennedy Center. (And Michael Kaiser must be kicking him twice as hard). Still bummed that the production had to fold due to Ashley's withdrawal from the project...it had the real potential of being another winner (and b'way transfer) for the KC.

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Posted by egghumor 2012-04-27 02:44:42


has any musicals that got negative reviews ever been nominated.

CRY-BABY


Nominated??? Remember an obscure little ditty known as CATS?

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Posted by devonian.t 2012-04-27 03:25:44


These reviews don't seem quite as contemptuous of the show as the set for Ghost.

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-04-27 04:39:37


I was thinking they WERE worse....but that could be because I saw Leap and haven't seen Ghost

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Posted by bjh2114 2012-04-27 07:33:20


By my count, Leap only got 1 positive review (Theatermania). Ghost got around 4 if i recall (including the far reaching AP). Leap of Faith probable had more mixed reviews than Ghost which seemed to be more polarizing, but the negative Leap of Faith reviews make the Ghost negative reviews sound like love letters.

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Posted by After Eight 2012-04-27 07:40:14


Speaking of design, how could such greats as Robin Wagner and William Ivey Long create such an ugly show?

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Posted by CarlosAlberto 2012-04-27 08:02:49


Ewww this how wuz kah-roo-seph-eyed

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Posted by Mister Matt 2012-04-27 10:42:51


has any musicals that got negative reviews ever been nominated.

CRY-BABY


Nominated??? Remember an obscure little ditty known as CATS?


Reviews for Cats were mixed. Nothing at all like this or Cry Baby. Regardless, reviews ultimately have very little influence on the Tonys. Otherwise, Fela and Passing Strange would have won Best Musical. And I remember Beauty and the Beast and Passion really divided the critics, many of whom found Passion to be too dreary and unfinished.

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Posted by doodlenyc 2012-04-27 10:47:18


Well, the DD's liked it pretty well!

Having seen Ghost, Nice Work..., Evita and Leap just before their openings, I didnt think Leap was as awful by comparison to the others. Each show had problems, imo.

I actually wish Kecia had gotten more love. She and the two who played her kids were the best part of the night.

The big problem with Leap is that it isnt a very good story, and certainly one that has been told MUCH better before. The film flopped, so why try to make a musical out of it? The book, music and lyrics were mediocre at best.

I was annoyed by Esparza's performance for the most part, and found him very mannered...but have felt that way before. I hated him in Rocky Horror.

I enjoyed the rest of the cast, though. Except the kid. I know he's supposed to be 13, but his voice is about to change and it was just painful to listen to.

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Posted by newintown 2012-04-27 10:48:49


I'd be surprised if Leap received any nominations at all, and if Ghost received anything but tech design nods.

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Posted by Borstalboy 2012-04-27 11:01:35


Worst musical season since '88-'89? Possibly?

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Posted by Roscoe 2012-04-27 15:39:06


Pot, Kettle, Kettle, Pot Time -- I'm surprised at the real venom being directed at this show in these reviews. I saw the show, and thought it was pretty bad, probably the most utterly bland score I've ever heard, a bad book and direction, and an over-compensating performance from Raul Esparza who seems to think that if he just acts a lot harder that he can make the show good. Yeah, the show is pretty bad, but I think it is deserving more of a shrug and a "better luck next time, folks" than the real hatred it is inspiring.

BROOKLYN deserved the hate. LEAP OF FAITH should just be allowed to be forgotten.

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Posted by Mister Matt 2012-04-27 15:58:47


Worst musical season since '88-'89? Possibly?

I guess it depends on the criteria for "worst". For original musicals, I'd put it on par with '93-'94 and '98-'99. And '94-'95 only saw two new musicals open. But nearly every season has seen one or two flops (financial or critical) receive Best Musical Tony noms.

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Posted by blaxx 2012-04-27 16:05:27


Every season is the worst in history to some. As long as we have a couple of strong, memorable shows, I think it's far from being the worst.

Tip: Broadway also has shows that are not musicals.

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Posted by cornerstone7 2012-04-27 16:08:08


On Curtain Critic it's scoring higher than Ghost, but lower than Nice Work, Evita, Newsies, JCS, Once, Porgy, Godspell & Spiderman:
44 Overall
66 Cast
36 Book
52 Music
40 Tech
http://www.curtaincritic.com/Shows/LEAP_OF_FAITH_REVIEWS-148.html

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Posted by Mister Matt 2012-04-27 16:09:05


Every season is the worst in history to some.

Of course! It wouldn't be BWW is someone wasn't moaning about the season.

Tip: Broadway also has shows that are not musicals.

I remember hearing something about that, but forgot when they dropped the performances off the Tonys.

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Posted by ABB2357 2012-04-27 16:41:09


Roscoe, I agree with everything you said, but I think the reason for the hatred is the perceived arrogance of the producers for bringing in a show that was obviously not ready. Plus it had been workshopped to death and received a major tryout production in Los Angeles - based on the obvious issues there, you'd think they would have given it the major overhaul (in the text, not the production) it deserved before presenting a "finished product" to all of New York, not to mention the critics.

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-04-27 17:07:56


Brooklyn to me is just astoundingly bad. How could anyone throw millions of dollars into that? Holy crap.

Also, went to get a ticket today for Leap, and there's no show tonight! Ugh, lame! It's a Friday people! Get over your hangover, and do a show!

If Miller is doing Once On This Island does that mean she's leaving this show? Is that a sign that maybe it's closing soon?

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Posted by tazber 2012-04-27 17:17:48


There's no show on a Friday night?

Was this planned or is it a really bad sign?

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Posted by frogs_fan85 2012-04-27 17:22:27


That's scheduled. It's not uncommon for a show to be dark the night following Opening Night, especially if the show opens midweek.

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-04-27 17:39:52


Yeah, it was written into their schedule. I just didn't think about it. I figured every thing would be up and running on a Friday, but alas, I guess not.

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Posted by tazber 2012-04-27 17:51:14


*whew*

I'm kind of pulling for this show.

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Posted by Copperfield2 2012-04-28 09:17:24


People hate the show because of the arrogance of the producers? That's an interesting angle. There seemed to be venom for this show from day one of previews. I do feel bad for the whole cast, which I liked. I wish they had all been involved in a revival of a better show. Unlike some here, I like Raul Esparza a lot and I hope he finds another, better show to do soon. Maybe he should have done The Music Man, which I think he might be better in than Matthew Broderick was on TV.