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BWW Reviews: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at The Kennedy Center Review BWW Reviews: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at The Kennedy Center
by Ellen Burns - December 20, 2014

Need some laughter in your life during this sometimes hectic season? Love the classic holiday shows, but want something different that will have the entire family grinning together? Or just love a show that embraces its roots but isn't afraid to grow tall and, dare I say, flash a littleā€¦color?? Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, running through January 4 at The Kennedy Center's Opera House, might be just the cup of cheer you need. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Creative and Innovative Take on PIPPIN Plays the National Theatre Review BWW Reviews: Creative and Innovative Take on PIPPIN Plays the National Theatre
by Jennifer Perry - December 19, 2014

It's pure musical theatre and its finest. Nothing is better than that. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE LION KING Entertains in San Antonio, Texas Review BWW Reviews: THE LION KING Entertains in San Antonio, Texas
by Kathy Strain - December 15, 2014

We all know the story of THE LION KING and how audiences all over the world have been intrigued by this impressive onstage production. There is so much to take in and so much to see, you can scarcely catch your breath before another amazing scene unfolds in front of you. The current tour of THE LION KING has hit the San Antonio area and has thrilled audiences in attendance. (more...)


BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS Returns to Denver Center's Buell Theatre Review BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS Returns to Denver Center's Buell Theatre
by Chris Arneson - December 15, 2014

Jersey Boys has worked its way back for a third visit to Denver, and the fellas have still got it. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE GRINCH Stage Musical Offers Fun, Kid-Friendly Theatrics Review BWW Reviews: THE GRINCH Stage Musical Offers Fun, Kid-Friendly Theatrics
by Michael L. Quintos - December 12, 2014

I'd have to be, well... a mean ol' Grinch to say anything remotely negative about the new non-equity touring stage production of DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL, so I'll try my best to keep it to a minimum. Honestly though, it's really not that hard, actually, because---surprise---the show, for the most part, is an honest-to-goodness adorable little musical with lots of kid-friendly comedy and a feel-good holiday message that really softens even the hardest of cynics. And yes, even I myself found my heart growing three sizes during the course of the show's smile-inducing opening night performance at Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts (it continues here for a brief run through December 14). Sure, the show isn't exactly the pinnacle of musical theater excellence, nor does it even attempt to be. But what it lacks in roof-raising, show-stopping splendor, it makes up for ten-fold in pure pluck---the kind that kids, especially, will eat right up like candy. (more...)


BWW Reviews: An Enjoyable, Albeit Flawed ELF: THE MUSICAL Plays Two Performances in Riverside Review BWW Reviews: An Enjoyable, Albeit Flawed ELF: THE MUSICAL Plays Two Performances in Riverside
by Audrey Liebross - December 11, 2014

The 2014 Western tour of ELF: THE MUSICAL stopped for two performances at Riverside's Fox Performing Arts Center before leaving Southern California. The show is fun, but it has flaws. (more...)


BWW Reviews: PETER & THE STARCATCHER Flies at Theatreworks Review BWW Reviews: PETER & THE STARCATCHER Flies at Theatreworks
by Harmony Wheeler - December 10, 2014

Peter and the Starcatcher may not match your idea of the perfect Christmas show, but it's certainly best friends with the holidays. An emotional and inspirational experience awaits at Theatreworks' production of the Pan prequel. And there's always the company's faux snow after each performance. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Climb Aboard Bass Concert Hall's ANYTHING GOES Before it Says Bon Voyage Review BWW Reviews: Climb Aboard Bass Concert Hall's ANYTHING GOES Before it Says Bon Voyage
by Wendi Reichstein - December 10, 2014

In a little town known as New York City, on a tiny street known as Broadway, the Roundabout Theatre Company took the 1930's Cole Porter classic Anything Goes and revived it on the Great White Way. Starring Tony Winner (soon to be two time Tony Winner) Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney, Broadway's sweetheart Laura Osnes in the role of Hope Harcourt, and the legendary Joel Grey as Moonface Martin. The show went on to win the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, awarded Foster her second Tony, and also took home the prize for Best Choreography before closing in July 2012. Two years later, the award-winning revival hit the road in the U.S. national tour, surprisingly (coming from someone who saw the revival on Broadway) rivaling its New York counterpart. (more...)


BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Makes a Believer at Dr. Phillips Center Review BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Makes a Believer at Dr. Phillips Center
by Matt Tamanini - December 08, 2014

In the summer of 1998, as part of my high school's drama club, I made my first trip to New York City. Over the course of seven days, I saw eight musicals, both on and Off-Broadway. While I was already a devout musical theatre fan, seven of those eight solidified my love for the art form, while one left me cold, and slightly angry. That show was THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. I have spent the past 16 years saying that Andrew Lloyd Weber and Charles Hart's musical was the worst Broadway or touring show that I have ever seen. So, when it was announced that its newly reimagined staging would be the first touring production to grace Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, I was honestly hopeful that as I aged, my appreciation for the longest running show in Broadway history would have as well; and I am happy to say that it most certainly did. (more...)


BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS in San Francisco Review BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS in San Francisco
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - December 08, 2014

Ladies, gentleman and those who are yet to make up your mind -- strut your stuff down to the Orpheum Theatre and march those stilettos into Kinky Boots! This, mind-bending tour-de-force will open up your mind, open up your heart, and maybe open up your legs -- to dancing in your boots (don't think so dirty!) Playing now through Dec 28th at the Orpheum Theatre Kinky Boots is dazzling, joyous and fun. (more...)


BWW Reviews: PIPPIN Revival Jumps Through Hoops Review BWW Reviews: PIPPIN Revival Jumps Through Hoops
by Tim Shawver - December 08, 2014

PIPPIN's 1st National Tour arrives at Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, AZ. (more...)


BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING at Lyric Theatre Review BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING at Lyric Theatre
by Emma Cambey - December 08, 2014

Ten years after its world premiere in Sydney, the worldwide hit musical Dirty Dancing has returned to Sydney for a strictly limited time only. (more...)


BWW Reviews: BEAUTY & THE BEAST in Fresno Review BWW Reviews: BEAUTY & THE BEAST in Fresno
by Harmony Wheeler - December 04, 2014

The newer production of the musical, which I have seen twice before in addition to the Broadway production, moves at a quick pace with added slapstick humor and a gorgeous aesthetic. Despite the few down sides to a trimmed script, the changed direction allows the cast space to make characters their own. I counted at least ten original stagings in the first act alone that were not present when the musical came though Modesto and Sacramento in previous years. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Non-Stop Movement Marks NEWSIES Musical  at The Hippodrome Review BWW Reviews: Non-Stop Movement Marks NEWSIES Musical at The Hippodrome
by Cybele Pomeroy - December 04, 2014

NEWSIES showcases enthusiastic, athletic, acrobatic dancing- the Company is chockablock with high-end dancers equal to the complications of Christopher Gattelli's choreography, which deservedly earned this show one of its Tony awards. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Cicely Tyson Makes a Joyful Noise in THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL Review BWW REVIEW: Cicely Tyson Makes a Joyful Noise in THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
by Jan Nargi - December 01, 2014

Cicely Tyson reprises her Tony Award-winning role as Carrie Watts in Horton Foote's poignant American classic THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL now in its only east coast engagement at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, Mass. The ArtsEmerson World on Stage production continues through December 7. (more...)


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...)


 
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