LEAP OF FAITH Reviews

bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:21pm
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.
adamgreer
Broadway Legend
joined:3/18/05
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:22pm
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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srg129
Stand-by
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dramamama611
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LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:24pm
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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Updated On: 4/26/12 at 10:24 PM
bjh2114
Broadway Legend
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Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:25pm
I think even Broderick or Jordan (for Bonnie and Clyde) may have better shots at nominations than Raul at this point.
ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:28pm
"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.
#sadandtransparent
rjm516
Broadway Star
joined:6/24/09
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:29pm
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.
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:30pm
REALLY, TheaterMania????? The best three songs of the entire season?
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
jv92
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joined:11/4/05
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:31pm
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.
Mildred Plotka
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joined:7/30/08
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:32pm
I'd love to see Ron Raines over Martin, if the Raul is left off. He gave a beautiful performance.
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srg129
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Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:32pm
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.
srg129
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Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:34pm
I have to disagree Mildred, I can barely remember Ron Raines' character from Follies. Thought only Jan Maxwell is worthy of a nomination.
GatorNY
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LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:35pm
Are they giving out speed at the show? That is probably taking up a lot of their weekly nut.
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bjh2114
Broadway Legend
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Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:35pm
Oh I think that number is TERRIBLE. The only decent number was the first half of Dancing in the Devil's Shoes.
SNAFU
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Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:36pm
seems it won't be open long. Has had really crappy word of mouth and now these reviews!
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srg129
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Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:36pm
Raul was not in the Broadway company of Women On The Verge...
bjh2114
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Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:38pm
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.
srg129
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Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:39pm
OK, thanks Bjh, I interpreted it wrong...sorry!
ljay889
Broadway Legend
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Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:39pm
Exactly. Thanks, BJH!
#sadandtransparent
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
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Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:41pm
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.
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
bjh2114
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LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:43pm
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.
inlovewithjerryherman
Broadway Legend
joined:2/19/05
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Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:43pm
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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jv92
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Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:46pm
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.
rosscoe(au)
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Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:47pm
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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ACL2006
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Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:50pm
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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Jonwo
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Posted: 4/26/12 at 10:55pm
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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