LEAP OF FAITH Reviews

LimelightMike
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 04:30am
Post 'em here!
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rosscoe(au)
Broadway Legend
joined:8/20/05
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 04:33am
This is going to get messy real early. Bloodbath comes to mind.
Well I didn't want to get into it, but he's a Satanist. Every full moon he sacrifices 4 puppies to the Dark Lord and smears their blood on his paino. This should help you understand the score for Wicked a little bit more. Tazber's: Reply to Is Stephen Schwartz a Practicing Christian
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 05:59am
Sadly I think you're right.
....but the world goes 'round
choitoy
Broadway Star
joined:12/12/07
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 07:00am
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.
Xanadu! Can't cry on cue!
rosscoe(au)
Broadway Legend
joined:8/20/05
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 07:54am
Break her heart now!
Well I didn't want to get into it, but he's a Satanist. Every full moon he sacrifices 4 puppies to the Dark Lord and smears their blood on his paino. This should help you understand the score for Wicked a little bit more. Tazber's: Reply to Is Stephen Schwartz a Practicing Christian
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 07:56am

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.

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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.


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taboo123
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/05
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 08:00am
I'm gonna make some popcorn, sit back and read along for this one!
It's gonna be an exciting night...
MamasDoin'Fine
Broadway Legend
joined:9/28/08
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 08:41am
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!
Sauja
Broadway Star
joined:1/7/07
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 09:14am
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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swoboda
Chorus Member
joined:4/26/11
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 09:25am
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.
jacobtsf
Broadway Legend
joined:6/12/04
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 11:48am
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.
David walked into the valley With a stone clutched in his hand He was only a boy But he knew someone must take a stand There will always be a valley Always mountains one must scale There will always be perilous waters Which someone must sail -Into the Fire Scarlet Pimpernel
WiCkEDrOcKS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/13/04
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 01:58pm
What Sauja said. It's really not that bad of a show. Hopefully the reviews are respectful at least...
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BroadwayBen
Leading Actor
joined:6/5/03
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 04:41pm
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.
CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 04:44pm
Someone didn't like the Raul!!!!
Heaven forbid!
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 04:55pm
Was that Journal review by Treachout?

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


....but the world goes 'round
egghumor
Broadway Legend
joined:3/9/11
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 05:10pm
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.
adamgreer
Broadway Legend
joined:3/18/05
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 07:24pm
And so it begins!

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them"
~Walt Disney

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
~Walt Disney

My name is neither "adam" nor "greer."
mc1227
Broadway Legend
joined:7/29/07
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 07:26pm
Does Backstage really like anything? Best wishes to the company for some kindness. It's getting very ugly out there.
"are you two going to renew your vows"? "Why, did they expire??"
srg129
Stand-by
joined:7/15/08
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 07:28pm
Yeah actually they do like most openings...lately not so much though...
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 07:28pm
I agree with Haagensen 100% with everything he said.

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egghumor
Broadway Legend
joined:3/9/11
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 07:30pm
Does anyone know who is reviewing LEAP for NYT, Brantley or Isherwood?
BroadwayBen
Leading Actor
joined:6/5/03
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 07:32pm
My guess is Brantley -- he usually loves Raul.
EricMontreal22
Broadway Legend
joined:10/31/11
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 07:32pm
"(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.
SondheimFan5
Broadway Legend
joined:6/20/10
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 07:33pm
choitoy, if she is a Raoul fan, take her to Phantom. That'll still be running in November.
egghumor
Broadway Legend
joined:3/9/11
LEAP OF FAITH Reviews
Posted: 4/26/12 at 07:34pm
"My guess is Brantley -- he usually loves Raul."

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


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