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Beaches Reviews at Signature Theatre Coming In

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Reviews for Beaches are coming in: So far: DCMetroTheaterArts;Variety;and Washingtonian. You can see all the reviews in 'Other Reviews' here. I will be adding the reviews in as they come in and several of them are due in any moment now.
http://www.dcmetrotheaterarts.com/other-reviews/

http://www.dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2014/03/04/beaches-at-signature-theatre1/

http://variety.com/2014/legit/reviews/d-c-theater-review-beaches-1201125254/

http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/afterhours/theater-review/theater-review-beaches-at-signature-theatre.php
All the Beaches at Signature Theatre Reviews
Updated On: 3/4/14 at 08:35 PM
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Matt Rogers
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Ouch! That Variety review is harsh.
hockeynut2
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Two more in: The Washington Post and Whisk and Quill.

Beaches Reviews
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promisespromises2
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I don't care what they say, I will not miss this! And I refuse to sit in a bar stool this time!
hockeynut2
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Here are the reviews that are in so far. You can read all of them in 'Other Reviews' on DCMetroTheaterArts.

DCMetroTheaterArts
Baltimore Sun
City Paper
DCTheatreScene
Maryland Theatre Guide
ShowBizRadio
Talkin’Broadway
Variety
Washingtonian
Washington Post
Whisk and Quill
Beaches Reviews
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newintown
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The story is pure Hallmark tripe; the movie was redeemed by a truly over-the-top performance by Midler; without Midler, no redemption. And to make the garbage even cheaper, they interpolate that meaningless and shchmaltzy song that wasn't even written for the movie. This show sounds like the lowest of the lowbrow, with the sole aim of doing no more than squeezing a few extra dollars out of a once-popular film, the sort of thing that brings despair to those who seek just a little substance and integrity.

Updated On: 3/7/14 at 11:37 AM
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promisespromises2
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^Are you saying that because you saw it?

I'm going next weekend, I'll post what I thought here!
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newintown
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I can understand that, in your haste to snipe, you missed the qualifier in my message, "this show sounds like the lowest of the lowbrow....

But... now you know.
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promisespromises2
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I wasn't sniping I was asking you a simple question. I don't understand why you have to be so rude about it.
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newintown
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Now, now, now - no disingenuousness. Life is too short.
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promisespromises2
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Either way, I fear you are probably right. But I think in going to give this one a chance (partly because I love the Signature theatre; I've met wonderful people there).
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South Fl Marc
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"This show sounds like the lowest of the lowbrow, with the sole aim of doing no more than squeezing a few extra dollars out of a once-popular film, the sort of thing that brings despair to those who seek just a little substance and integrity."


That in no way describes The Signature Theatre. They consistently produce thoughtful and interesting theatre for the DC area. If the only goal of the show was to recreate and exploit the film, then the Company would not have produced it. Apparently the writer of the novel was the one who wanted to make her work into a musical and she put the team together: composer, lyricist, co book writer. They approached Signature to produce it (Signature has had 42 world premieres in their companies history, 14 of them musicals) and after a workshop, Signature agreed. Once again, their production values were wonderful.

I actually saw the show last night and enjoyed it. I can't say how it compares to the film, I have never seen the film. But from what I've heard the musical , which is based directly on the novel and not at all on the film, is very different. It needs some work but I am looking forward to seeing it grow and improve with new productions.

It was also nice not to see a show that was not written for the little kiddies. I am so tired of Disney musicals.

Now living in DC. I really have to change my name on the board.
Updated On: 3/8/14 at 01:41 PM

 
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