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Best reviews of all time

Jay94
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Posted: 6/13/14 at 01:15pm
What are some productions that have received the most ecstatic reviews of all time, particularly from The New York Times? I understand that Guys and Dolls (1992) is up there.
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SomeOtherMe
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Posted: 6/13/14 at 01:34pm
Although I was personally very underwhelmed with the show, if I remember correctly, "Matilda" got some pretty amazing raves all across the board.
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mjohnson2
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Posted: 6/13/14 at 01:40pm
if you're looking for specific review, the times review of Peter and the Starcatcher gives the show some crazy high praise.
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FishermanBob
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Posted: 6/13/14 at 01:54pm
Lots and lots of shows have received rave reviews across the years. How do you begin to judge whether one rave review was more ecstatic than another rave given 30 years apart written by completely different people?
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WiCkEDrOcKS
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Posted: 6/13/14 at 05:43pm
THE BOOK OF MORMON, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, the last revival of HAIR, THE NORMAL HEART, TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III, BILLY ELLIOT, URINETOWN, NEXT TO NORMAL, and THE PRODUCERS are all recent shows that came to mind right away.

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Borstalboy
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Posted: 6/13/14 at 05:47pm
I seem to remember the NYT review for the original PROMISES, PROMISES began with "Oh God, yes!"
"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry
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Borstalboy
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Posted: 6/13/14 at 05:48pm
Double post.
"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry
Updated On: 6/13/14 at 05:48 PM
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darreyl102
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Posted: 6/13/14 at 05:50pm
I misread the title of this thread and thought it said Best REVIVAL of all time. LOL
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Hackasaurus_Rex
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Posted: 6/13/14 at 05:56pm
Rock Of Ages got a rave from the Times.
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Posted: 6/13/14 at 07:07pm
Rock of Ages.
Bronx Bombers
Motown the musical
Mamma Mia
Wicked.
Ed_Mottershead
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Posted: 6/14/14 at 01:39am
According to Suskin's book (circa 1980), the only musical shows that received unanimous raves subsequent to 1943 were the original productions of: Brigadoon; How to Succeed; South Pacific; Guys and Dolls; Wonderful Town; The Music Man; An Evening with Beatrice Lillie; and My Fair Lady; all the others received a least one so-so or mixed review.

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Dollypop
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Posted: 6/14/14 at 11:21am
All the reviews for the original (1964) production of HELLo, DOLLY! were euphoric.
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iluvtheatertrash
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Posted: 6/14/14 at 11:26am
If you mean "best" in the sense of writing? Moose Murders' original review by Frank Rich in the Times is pretty legendary.
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Posted: 6/14/14 at 12:00pm
darreyl102, I read the same thing!
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
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Posted: 6/14/14 at 12:02pm
"Moose Murders' original review by Frank Rich in the Times is pretty legendary."

Frank Rich should have never(!) been a writer for the theater. He thought Madonna did a good job in "Speed The Plow" and years later when his book of reviews came out, he had to walk back his comments about her performance because it was outrageously bad acting.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
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CurtainsUpat8
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Posted: 6/14/14 at 07:42pm
Jim Dale mentions in his show that SCAPINO holds the record for the MOST RAVE reviews. I don't know what he was basing that on, but he seemed serious about it.