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BWW Reviews: Have the Time of Your Life at DIRTY DANCING Review BWW Reviews: Have the Time of Your Life at DIRTY DANCING
by Christie Fisher - November 26, 2014

Fans of the beloved movie rejoice as Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage comes to Atlanta's Fox Theatre. Filled with the hit songs and recognizable dance moves from the movie, this stage adaptation does not disappoint. (more...)


BWW Reviews: JOSEPH and His Fading Dreamcoat Review BWW Reviews: JOSEPH and His Fading Dreamcoat
by Finny (Amanda Finn) - November 26, 2014

Anyone familiar with the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat would know that it's one part kitschy and one part pure entertainment. It's meant to be a fun and over the top Broadway hit -frankly, there's nothing wrong with the quality showmanship required for this particular musical. Almost no dialogue is merely spoken - audiences are constantly bombarded with songs that play out as if one right after the other is going to be a show stopper. It's what audiences expect. It's what has kept the otherwise unimpressive musical alive for so long. There is no Les Mis depth to keep audiences intrigued or the characterizations of Sweeney Todd to pull people to one character's defense over the other. (more...)


BWW Reviews: JOSEPH Falls Short of 'Amazing' Review BWW Reviews: JOSEPH Falls Short of 'Amazing'
by Brooke Bridenstine - November 24, 2014

Joseph is once again traveling the country with his coat of many colors, so how does this reimagining of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat fare in the current musical landscape? The hardworking cast keeps the show lively and entertaining but the musical shows its age in structure and song. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Tennessee Performing Arts Center Review BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Tennessee Performing Arts Center
by Cara Richardson - November 21, 2014

Nashville has been blessed this week with the national touring production of The Book of Mormon. Since storming onto Broadway in 2011 and walking away with eleven Tony awards that season, The Book of Mormon has crossed from being a Broadway phenomenon to becoming a pop culture staple. If you ask anyone, chances are pretty good that they've at least heard of The Book of Mormon musical. (more...)


BWW Reviews: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center Review BWW Reviews: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - November 20, 2014

Based upon the fairy tale Cinderella, particularly the French version Cendrillon, ou la Petite Pantoufle de Verre, by Charles Perrault. The story concerns a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother, who dreams of a better life. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into an elegant young lady and is able to attend the ball to meet her Prince, but, in this version, she must open the Prince's eyes to the injustice in his kingdom. (more...)


BWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON Scores a Red-State Victory Review BWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON Scores a Red-State Victory
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 19, 2014

Two weeks after conservative Tennessee voters turned the Volunteer State a deeper shade of red and some three years after I was told The Book of Mormon likely would never play the Tennessee Performing Arts Center because its plot is too outlandish, its book too profane, its tenor too irreverent, the second national touring company of the nine-time Tony Award-winning musical came to Nashville and gave audiences a much-needed jolt of electricity that elicited one of the longest, uninterrupted standing ovations I've ever witnessed in TPAC's Jackson Hall. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Dynamic Cast Brings Magic and Laughs in Le Petit's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Review BWW Reviews: Dynamic Cast Brings Magic and Laughs in Le Petit's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by Heidi Scheuermann - November 17, 2014

'There it is, Wendy. Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning!' The most famous directions in the world. Is there a person on the planet who doesn't know how to get to Neverland? Better yet, is there a person on the planet who doesn't wish he or she could go to Neverland? How exciting to go on wild adventures, to fight with pirates, to meet a mix of magical creatures, to never grow up, and most importantly, to fly! This weekend at Le Petit Theatre audiences were asked to leave behind all sense of reality and join Molly Aster on her most important mission. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Blissful Beauty in THE LION KING Review BWW Reviews: Blissful Beauty in THE LION KING
by Finny (Amanda Finn) - November 14, 2014

Poetry. A show that inspires beyond one's capabilities of speech is described as poetic genius. Disney's Broadway hit musical The Lion King is nothing short of pure poetry. Frankly a loss for words is what this critic is suffering from. Julie Taymor's most renowned claim to fame is a show that has just recently become the highest grossing Broadway production of all time - and for good reason. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Pantages Shows Off KINKY BOOTS Review BWW Reviews: Pantages Shows Off KINKY BOOTS
by Don Grigware - November 13, 2014

Following in the footsteps of La Cage Aux Folles, Billy Elliott and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, all foreign films turned into Broadway musicals, Kinky Boots, the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, brings its spirited message of 'Just Be Who You Wanna Be' to the Pantages in its West Coast premiere for three weeks only through November 30. Replete with splashy direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a splendid cast, it's top.of.the.line entertaining fare. (more...)


BWW Reviews: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Haunts Audiences at Saenger Theatre Review BWW Reviews: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Haunts Audiences at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - November 12, 2014

The Saenger Theatre has been turned into the Opera Populaire from Nov. 5-16 as the "Broadway in New Orleans" season brings in Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical, "THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" to New Orleans. (more...)


BWW Reviews: CHICAGO Delights at the Orpheum Review BWW Reviews: CHICAGO Delights at the Orpheum
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - November 11, 2014

You could feel the excitement rising as the crowd began to enter the theatre; the pull of liquor and jazz tugging them towards their seats as the opening night of Chicago at San Francisco's SHN was about to begin. Filled with songs that have become Broadway classics, such as 'All That Jazz', 'Razzle Dazzle', 'Cell Block Tango,' and really the list goes on, the revival is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards, outperforming the 1976 original which received ten nominations but no wins. Celebrity murderesses, jazz, greed, lime light, and amazingly inspired Fosse style dancing - what could be better than a night of Chicago, playing now through November 16 at SHNSF's Orpheum Theatre. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  The National Tour of KINKY BOOTS Brings Amazing Heart and Delight to the Denver Center Review BWW Reviews: The National Tour of KINKY BOOTS Brings Amazing Heart and Delight to the Denver Center
by Michael Mulhern - November 10, 2014

The national tour of KINKY BOOTS reveals its 'True Colors' with outstanding performances, exceptional singing, memorable characters and a show that plucks at the heart strings and uplifts your spirits! (more...)


Reflections: Latest CHICAGO Tour Has Strong Leads in MacLeod, Marroquin Review Reflections: Latest CHICAGO Tour Has Strong Leads in MacLeod, Marroquin
by Oliver Oliveros - November 06, 2014

CHICAGO on Broadway's Terrra C. MacLeod and Bianca Marroquin are back on the road as the accused celebrity killers and reluctant vaudeville partners Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, respectively, whose combination delivers equally strong lead performances. (more...)


BWW Reviews: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Ovewhelms PPAC Stage with Spectacle Review BWW Reviews: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Ovewhelms PPAC Stage with Spectacle
by Robert Barossi - November 05, 2014

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical that lends itself to a wide range of production styles and interpretations. Having seen it done in a very minimalistic and simple style, the show can be very impactful and effective when done in that vein. At the far, far other end of the spectrum is the Broadway touring production currently in house at Providence Performing Arts Center. Anything but simple or minimalistic, the production turns Joseph into an overloaded, bloated, overwhelming spectacle of light and sound. (more...)


BWW Reviews: 2 Snaps for KAT's THE ADDAMS FAMILY Review BWW Reviews: 2 Snaps for KAT's THE ADDAMS FAMILY
by Itai Yasur - November 03, 2014

With a strong cast and surprising production values, KAT's THE ADDAMS FAMILY is a smile inducing, laugh-fest the brings cheese, heart, and a high-energy score to Kensington Town Center. (more...)


BWW Reviews: The Orpheum Thinks ONCE Is Not Enough Review BWW Reviews: The Orpheum Thinks ONCE Is Not Enough
by Joseph Baker - October 29, 2014

Despite the fact that I am a great lover of cinema, the film version of ONCE (2006) somehow eluded me; now, the musical stage adaptation, with music by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova and a book by Enda Walsh, is affording Memphians an 'off season' 'pub crawl' at the historic Orpheum Theatre - and though I have never been particularly fond of Irish whimsy (Barry Fitzgerald's coy old priest in GOING MY WAY is probably the source of that), and though PBS repeats of performances of clarion-voiced Irish lasses sawing away at violins and Riverdancers send me reaching for the remote, I am happy to report that . . . I finally 'get it.' ONCE is a refreshingly 'laid back' vehicle for a musical; its often wistful, incisive, perceptive numbers are an intimate alternative to the often overblown showstoppers of larger musicals. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Extraordinary Tony-Winning Revival of PIPPIN Somersaults into SoCal Review BWW Reviews: Extraordinary Tony-Winning Revival of PIPPIN Somersaults into SoCal
by Michael L. Quintos - October 28, 2014

Arguably, director Diane Paulus' greatest triumph to date is the spectacular new production of PIPPIN, the 2013 Tony-winning revival of Stephen Schwartz's trippy but winsome musical about the angst-riddled but hyper-aspirational young son of King Charlemagne, and his erratic, sometimes frustrating journey of self-discovery. In her marvelously inventive, re-imagined update---now playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through November 9---Paulus brilliantly orients the topsy-turvy machinations of the entire story within the canvas-lined confines of a big-top circus. Here, the over-the-top performance troupe that 'guides' our hero's search for self-fulfillment aren't merely just actors (or 'players') but are also all agile, athletic circus performers that tumble, leap, and balance themselves for our (and Pippin's) entertainment pleasure. As expected, both Pippin and the audience are equally lulled into submission. (more...)


BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING at the Fabulous Fox Theatre Review BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING at the Fabulous Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - October 27, 2014

If you're a fan of the film DIRTY DANCING then I have no doubt you'll find plenty to be excited about with the stage version that is currently playing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. It's extremely faithful to the original movie, in fact it may be so much so that you might ask yourself what the point is, since you can always rent or purchase the DVD and watch it over and over to your heart's delight. But, despite that, I think it's a show that has a very broad appeal, and I can see it winning favor with both fans and newbies. And, there's just something special about seeing a show live that can't be, or rarely is, duplicated by Hollywood. That's why I find it especially odd that it's taken ten years for this show to go on a national tour of the USA since it's conception in 2004 in Australia. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Nashville Meets THE ADDAMS FAMILY Review BWW Reviews: Nashville Meets THE ADDAMS FAMILY
by Alaina Rocci - October 25, 2014

Looking for a fun fright this Halloween? The Circle Players production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY sure to give you all the giggles and screams you'll need. Directed by Brett Meyers, this show brings to life the beloved characters from the comic panels of Charles Addams and subsequent TV shows and movies. (more...)


BWW Review: CHICAGO at Tennessee Performing Arts Center Review BWW Review: CHICAGO at Tennessee Performing Arts Center
by Cara Richardson - October 24, 2014

Chicago makes its way back to Nashville this week, making a tour stop at Tennessee Performing Arts Center this week. Tuesday night marked the opening for this sexy, yet satirically funny musical. With catchy and memorable music by John Kander and Free Ebb, and a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, this musical takes a hard look at what society views as fame and the role that the media plays in how events and people are viewed. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Newest Broadway Revival of PIPPIN Provides Spills and Thrills at the Pantages Review BWW Reviews: Newest Broadway Revival of PIPPIN Provides Spills and Thrills at the Pantages
by Don Grigware - October 23, 2014

In 1972 Pippin opened on Broadway and became one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history, closing in 1977. Stephen Schwartz's bubbling optimistic tunes made the surreal and sensual mood of the piece an ultra-pleasant experience for theatre goers. One actually left the theatre humming the score. Throughout the dreamlike texture of Pippin's quest for his 'Corner of the Sky', however, there blooms a simplistic, timeless message that reverberates to this day. So, even though this brand new revival set in a circus big top is visually more opulent with high swinging artists and feats of magic, the pieces of the puzzle do fit into place - original director Bob Fosse would approve - and the play's substance is untarnished. Director Diane Paulus may take a bow for her simply stunning ambition of embellishment. I prefer the simplicity of the original, which allows your imagination to take flight, but must own up to enjoying most of the new version. How can you not, as the Fosse-esque style with acrobatics added on make for a visually splendid evening of dance and action. (more...)


BWW Reviews: New Orleans Gets Jazzed Up With CHICAGO Review BWW Reviews: New Orleans Gets Jazzed Up With CHICAGO
by Tara Bennett - October 23, 2014

From Oct. 7-12, the Crescent City turned into the Second City as the sensational Broadway hit "CHICAGO" gave audiences "All that Jazz" at the Saenger Theatre for the theatre's Broadway in New Orleans series. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA - A New Girl of the Cinders Review BWW Reviews: Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA - A New Girl of the Cinders
by Jimmy Ferraro - October 23, 2014

If you like classic fairytales with a new, comedic, contemporary twist, Rodgers + Hammerstein's "CINDERELLA" is the show for you, and the entire family! (more...)


BWW Reviews: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is a Glossy Premiere with Substance Review BWW Reviews: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is a Glossy Premiere with Substance
by Tyler Hinton - October 19, 2014

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley is a slick, joyful production with heart. When its glossy veneer opens up to reveal the substance beneath, it is truly show-stopping. Both ebullient and poignant, this regional premiere is certainly not to be missed. (more...)


BWW Reviews: LION KING Gets Off to a Roaring Start in Columbus Review BWW Reviews: LION KING Gets Off to a Roaring Start in Columbus
by Paul Batterson - October 17, 2014

Not all memories of THE LION KING are good ones. (more...)


 
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