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BWW Reviews: PIPPIN Brings Magic to the Fox Theater Review BWW Reviews: PIPPIN Brings Magic to the Fox Theater
by Christie Fisher - May 07, 2015

PIPPIN soars into Atlanta's Fox Theater May 5-10, 2015. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, this new staging of PIPPIN incorporates circus acrobatic tricks as well as Bob Fosse's iconic choreography. (more...)


BWW Reviews: The Legendary Groove Comes to Life in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Review BWW Reviews: The Legendary Groove Comes to Life in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
by Ellen Dostal - May 04, 2015

Turning a profit in the theatre business is challenging at best but it isn't surprising that MOTOWN THE MUSICAL easily recouped its initial investment during its run on Broadway, or its outlay for the First National Tour, now playing at the Hollywood Pantages. The popularity of the Motown sound is undeniable. Even if you wanted to, it's impossible to keep from being carried away by the irresistible groove of the music. And why would you even want to try? (more...)


BWW Reviews: A Rousing, Timely, Musical MEMPHIS at The Warner Theatre Review BWW Reviews: A Rousing, Timely, Musical MEMPHIS at The Warner Theatre
by Ellen Burns - May 03, 2015

'MM-MMM...and that's spelled M-M-M-M-M' says the quirky and charismatic, renegade radio DJ Huey Calhoun as he struggles with his limited literacy to read a beer advertisement on air. The audience might be echoing that 'delicious' sentiment after seeing this touring production of 2010's Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Memphis, currently at DC's Warner Theatre through tonight, May 2. (more...)


BWW Reviews: It's the Story Between the Hits that Makes JERSEY BOYS a Continued Success Review BWW Reviews: It's the Story Between the Hits that Makes JERSEY BOYS a Continued Success
by Jill Schafer - April 30, 2015

The jukebox musical JERSEY BOYS is a crowd-pleaser. The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will celebrate 10 years on Broadway this fall and the tour is making its third stop in Minneapolis this week. At times during last night's opening night, the crowd reacted like this was a Four Seasons tribute concert. But it's so much more than that. This jukebox musical is not just hit after hit strung together with some loose threads we're supposed to accept as a plot. Rather this beloved and familiar music is woven into the true life story of the rise and fall of these Hall of Fame rock-and-rollers. It's like an episode of VH1's Behind the Music, revealing that all was not rosy behind those crisp harmonies and sharp dance moves. Fame and celebrity at a young age rarely lead to a smooth road in life. Any show that featured a string of hits from the '60s would be sure to sell out to a population dominated by baby boomers, but it's the clever book that weaves the hits together and tells a story worth hearing that is responsible for JERSEY BOYS' critical success and staying power. (more...)


BWW Reviews: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Saenger Review BWW Reviews: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Saenger
by Tara Bennett - April 27, 2015

Andrew Lloyd Webber is a household name for many fans of Broadway. From his mega-hits ranging from Cats to Phantom of the Opera, everyone knows his works. The Saenger Theatre is no stranger to the genius of Lloyd Webber either, having housed the current tour of Phantom of the Opera earlier this season. This past week they have housed another Lloyd Webber creation of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, best known as the first Lloyd Webber musical to be professionally produced. (more...)


BWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP is an Energized, Fun-Filled Experience at the Fisher Theatre Review BWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP is an Energized, Fun-Filled Experience at the Fisher Theatre
by Katie Laban - April 25, 2015

Blue Man Group is an experience unlike any other at the Fisher Theatre. It is one that fills the stage with color, music, and comedy and leaves the audience smiling from beginning to end. (more...)


BWW Review: PIPPIN Brings Visually, Emotionally Stunning Circus to Orlando Review BWW Review: PIPPIN Brings Visually, Emotionally Stunning Circus to Orlando
by Matt Tamanini - April 22, 2015

When the curtain hiding the big top is dropped after the opening verses of PIPPIN's first song, it reveals one of the most stunning visual tableaus you will ever see on stage. Acrobats, contortionists, clowns, and dancers line the colorful stage in a dazzling array of theatrical magic. However, as breath-taking as the opening scene is, the musical's impact runs far deeper than just its attractive surface. The show possesses palpable wit, passion, emotion, and a message that should impact theatre-goers of all ages. PIPPIN is, by far, the most exhilarating touring show to come through The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in its first season as host of Orlando's Broadway Series. This visually and emotionally satisfying gem runs through this Sunday, April 26th; don't miss your chance to experience this beautiful corner of the musical theatre sky. (more...)


BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE at Providence Performing Arts Center Review BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE at Providence Performing Arts Center
by Katelyn Corp - April 22, 2015

'I carried a watermelon!', one of the most memorable lines from the classic love story Dirty Dancing, is brought to life on stage in the wildly fun production currently touring North America. For those who have been living under a rock since 1987 or have somehow deprived themselves from enjoying this beloved film, Dirty Dancing is the coming-of-age story of Frances 'Baby' Houseman told over the course of the summer of 1963. On a family vacation at an extravagant summer resort called Kellerman's in her last summer before attending college and living out her dreams of joining the Peace Corps and changing the world, Baby meets resident bad boy dance instructor Johnny Castle and their whirlwind romance is exciting, inspiring, and unforgettable. (more...)


BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS at Shea's Buffalo Theatre Review BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - April 22, 2015

Shimmering and strutting with drag queen elegance, the TONY Award winning Best Musical of 2013, KINKY BOOTS, opened at Shea's Buffalo Theatre last night to rapturous applause by the near capacity audience. With an infectious score by 80's pop icon Cyndi Lauper as well as a fun and often touching book by Harvey Fierstein, KINKY BOOTS tells the dual story of a failing men's shoe factory in suburban England run by the son (Charlie) of the recently deceased owner and his chance encounter with an over the top drag queen named Lola. These two unlikely characters surreptitiously meet at a time when both need each other's help. Charlie is struggling to find a niche market for his shoe factory and Lola and her fellow drag queens are in need of some boots that can support a man's physique. (more...)


BWW Reviews: New GUYS AND DOLLS Tour Charms OC Review BWW Reviews: New GUYS AND DOLLS Tour Charms OC
by Michael L. Quintos - April 19, 2015

Surprise! This brand new, non-equity national tour of GUYS AND DOLLS---currently onstage at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a limited week-long run through April 19---is a winning, nicely-nicely done charmer. Of course, it helps a lot that this traveling production comes equipped with Broadway-caliber sets and costumes and, most satisfying of all, a really talented, engaging ensemble cast. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! Goes Again and Never Lets You Go Review BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! Goes Again and Never Lets You Go
by Katricia Lang - April 16, 2015

MAMMA MIA! is worth your time and money. Go see it. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE Awes in Sacramento Review BWW Reviews: ONCE Awes in Sacramento
by Harmony Wheeler - April 16, 2015

Perhaps the show's title comes from its surprisingly magical "once upon a time" storytelling. Or maybe it refers to its short timeframe wrapped around a once in a lifetime crossing of paths. But one thing is for certain, the Tony Award winner for Best Musical is all at once appealing. Even when lead singer Stuart Ward blurs his indecipherable lyrics together, the folk-style music masterfully conveys every emotion felt on stage. And that's what Once is all about: the power of music to communicate, connect and heal. (more...)


BWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP Involves Everyone Review BWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP Involves Everyone
by Marietta Lunceford - April 15, 2015

As always, the BLUE MAN GROUP makes you laugh, makes you nervous, makes you think. No matter how grumpy you are, there will be something to entertain you. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Great Fun at The Fox with STOMP Review BWW Reviews: Great Fun at The Fox with STOMP
by Chris Gibson - April 13, 2015

One thing I really love about STOMP is that no matter how many times you've seen it, there are always a few new bits thrown in for you to enjoy. It's a constantly evolving show, although you can bet it will always begin with the troupe using their brooms to demonstrate how common items can be utilized to produce music and magic. Productions have been touring the world with various participants for so many years now that it's even become a touchstone for parents, who have already experienced it, to take their children to see it for the first time. My own son has seen it at least three times, but has grown to appreciate it even more as he's gotten older and more into music. The touring company that just passed through The Fabulous Fox Theatre (April 10-12, 2015) proved, once again, that the poly-rhythmic textures that reverberate in the venues they play overflow with a truly joyful noise that both amuses and delights. (more...)


BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS will 'Raise You Up' at the Conner Palace Theatre Review BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS will 'Raise You Up' at the Conner Palace Theatre
by Roy Berko - April 10, 2015

o resounding applause, Gina Vernaci, the Executive Producer of Playhouse Square, the woman responsible for cobbling together each year's Key Bank Broadway Series, announced at the local KINKY BOOTS' press opening, that Cleveland's 32,000 subscribers constituted the largest body of audience for any of the toured Broadway cities. What she didn't share was that almost all the tickets for the local run of KINKY BOOTS are sold out. If you expect to see the show, run, don't walk to your computer or phone and order now (216-241-6000 or www.playhousesquare.org). Not later, now! (more...)


BWW Reviews: It's Impossible to Feel Blue at the BLUE MAN GROUP Review BWW Reviews: It's Impossible to Feel Blue at the BLUE MAN GROUP
by Christie Fisher - April 09, 2015

The national tour of the Blue Man Group swings into Atlanta this week. This spectacle is not to be missed. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE at Kingsbury Hall Review BWW Reviews: ONCE at Kingsbury Hall
by Blair Howell - April 09, 2015

'Once' is not a boy-and-girl-fall-in-love musical. There is a love story between boy, here named Guy, and a girl, named Girl, but their love never comes to fruition. (more...)


BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center Review BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - April 08, 2015

Set in the 1960's, Jersey Boys is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the formation, success and eventual breakup of The Four Seasons. The musical is structured as four 'seasons', where each member of the group narrates giving their own perspective on the story. (more...)


BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Review BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
by Steve Wilson - April 02, 2015

Peter and the Starcatcher, presented by the Theater League of Kansas City, opened on Tuesday night at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. The production not only provides limited sets, costuming, special effects, but also limited appeal. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MOTOWN at the Denver Center's Buell Theatre Review BWW Reviews: MOTOWN at the Denver Center's Buell Theatre
by Chris Arneson - April 02, 2015

Motown the Musical, currently playing at the Buell Theatre, provides a bit of a history lesson for the record label, but mostly it feels like a really impressive tribute concert. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Above the Fold! Pulsating NEWSIES Storms the Pantages Review BWW Reviews: Above the Fold! Pulsating NEWSIES Storms the Pantages
by Don Grigware - March 28, 2015

In 1899 droves of newsboys from every borough of New York City banned together and went on strike against Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst and other wealthy newspaper owners, in a crusade to save children from menial wages and physical abuse. This was a first, where uneducated street kids stood up to the big suits and won. In 1992 Disney created the movie Newsies that went on to become a humongous hit. In 2012 Harvey Fierstein, Alan Menken and Jack Feldman came to Broadway with a musical show they created based on the film. Under the Disney banner, the first national tour of Newsies is currently onstage at the Pantages. All I can say is run, don't walk, to purchase tickets. The Newsies ensemble pulsates from the moment the lights hit the stage. It will jolt you, fulfill you and make you jump for joy. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, What's Going On? Review BWW Reviews: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, What's Going On?
by Christine Swerczek - March 27, 2015

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL recently opened at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha, taking the packed house captive for 2 hours and 45 minutes with nonstop songs covering 25 years of emerging superstars. (more...)


BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS - An Electrifying Entertaining Evening Review BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS - An Electrifying Entertaining Evening
by Frank Benge - March 27, 2015

The 60's were an exciting time for music in America, due in no small part to the proliferation of groups with amazing vocal harmonies like The Mamas & Papas, The Beach Boys, Spanky & Our Gang and The Four Seasons. JERSEY BOYS is a jukebox musical based on the song catalog of The Four Seasons; however, unlike most jukebox musicals, JERSEY BOYS features an intelligent script where the songs flow with the story instead of being forced into a storyline. I suspect the participation of Rick Elice, who was also one of the scriptwriters for the charming and witty PETER AND THE STARCATCHER had more than a little to do with the intelligence and theatrical storytelling skill on display here. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WICKED at ARSHT CENTER Review BWW Reviews: WICKED at ARSHT CENTER
by Roger Martin - March 26, 2015

WICKED is back in town and what a joy that is. The Good Witch and the Bad Witch, the Flying Monkeys and the Fire Breathing Dragon, the Wizard of Oz and the Yellow Brick Road: musical theatre at its best. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Abba-licious Fun at MAMMA MIA! at the Paramount Review BWW Reviews: Abba-licious Fun at MAMMA MIA! at the Paramount
by Jay Irwin - March 25, 2015

It has no huge morally important message to deliver. It won't be stopping wars or fixing societal unrest. But what "Mamma Mia!", currently playing at the Paramount Theatre, does do and has always done is to be fun. A fluffy, bubblegum, rockin' good time and seriously that's enough. (more...)