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BWW Reviews: PIPPIN Builds to a Grand Finale at the Benedum Center Review BWW Reviews: PIPPIN Builds to a Grand Finale at the Benedum Center
by Greg Kerestan - January 24, 2015

Watch out, musical fans... this crowd-pleaser has teeth. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Extra! Extra! NEWSIES Leaps into Atlanta Review BWW Reviews: Extra! Extra! NEWSIES Leaps into Atlanta
by Christie Fisher - January 23, 2015

With vigorous dancing and impressive sets, Newsies is currently entertaining audiences in Atlanta. Disney once again provides an excellent spectacle in theatrical mastery. (more...)


BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS is Fantastic and Fun Time at the Fisher Theatre Review BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS is Fantastic and Fun Time at the Fisher Theatre
by Katie Laban - January 23, 2015

The six-time Tony Award winning Kinky Boots is a fun time at the Fisher Theatre. It is a show filled with heart and friendship will have the audience laughing in their seats while they watch an extremely talented cast perform this fantastic show. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Here I Go Again! MAMMA MIA! is Still Irresistible Review BWW Reviews: Here I Go Again! MAMMA MIA! is Still Irresistible
by Wendi Reichstein - January 21, 2015

"Mamma Mia- here I go again" weren't just familiar song lyrics I was thinking of when I walked into Bass Concert Hall Tuesday night. No, it was also literal thinking going through my head. Why? The opening night of Broadway in Austin's Mamma Mia! was my fifth time seeing the production. From seeing the first national tour back in 2002, to the dragging my dad to the production in Las Vegas, to seeing it twice more through Broadway Across America Houston before sitting in the audience at Bass, here I go again may have been the understatement of the evening. (more...)


BWW Reviews: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT National Tour at North Carolina Theatre Review BWW Reviews: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT National Tour at North Carolina Theatre
by Jeffrey Karasarides - January 21, 2015

Based on material previously written by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, featuring a catalog of many recognizable songs by George and Ira Gershwin, Nice Work If You Can Get It tells the story of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter, who meets rough female bootlegger Billie Bendix on the weekend of his wedding. Jimmy, who had been married three times before, is preparing to marry Eileen Evergreen, a self-obsessed modern dancer. Thinking that Jimmy and Eileen wouldl be out of town, Billie and her gang hide cases of alcohol in the basement of Jimmy's Long Island mansion. But when Jimmy, his wife-to-be and her prohibitionist family show up at the mansion for the wedding, Billie and her cohorts pose as servants, causing hijinks galore. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MOTOWN:THE MUSICAL at Shea's Performing Arts Center Review BWW Reviews: MOTOWN:THE MUSICAL at Shea's Performing Arts Center
by Michael Rabice - January 21, 2015

When brainstorming concepts for new shows, the idea of making a musical about Berry Gordy--not necessarily a household name, may have seemed like an odd choice. So let's look at Plan B....a musical about the careers of Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye. Well, essentially the two are all the same musical. The slick production of MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL that opened on Tuesday night at Shea's tells the story of producer Berry Gordy and his start up record label, 'Motown.' (more...)


BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING – They Should Have Left Baby in the Corner Review BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING – They Should Have Left Baby in the Corner
by Jay Irwin - January 21, 2015

Not since 'Flashdance' has a more ill conceived, and forced 80's movie turned stage show been forced upon the unsuspecting theater goers in Seattle. But unlike 'Flashdance', in 'Dirty Dancing' currently playing at the Paramount there weren't quite as many WTF moments to make it somewhat entertaining (in a train wreck kind of way). So what we were left with, save two stunning performances which we will get to in a minute, was a severe lack of storytelling, choreography and acting making this show not a train wreck but just plain bad. (more...)


BWW Reviews: DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Bass Performance Hall Review BWW Reviews: DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Bass Performance Hall
by Kyle West - January 19, 2015

A 'tale as old as time', Disney's Beauty and the Beast remains a classic! (more...)


BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA Serves Up ABBA HITS at Saenger Review BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA Serves Up ABBA HITS at Saenger
by Tara Bennett - January 17, 2015

The one thing I love about theatre, especially musical theatre is that there is always something out there for everyone. There are musicals that can provoke tears or laughs depending on your mood, and there is always that one musical that makes you bounce in your seat. For many, this musical is "MAMMA MIA," which is running this week at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans as part of its Broadway New Orleans series. White wedding dresses and silver sequins more or less sum up the experience, which is not necessarily a bad thing. (more...)


BWW Review: FOOTLOOSE Plays to a Sold-Out House at the Barn Players Review BWW Review: FOOTLOOSE Plays to a Sold-Out House at the Barn Players
by Steve Wilson - January 17, 2015

Footloose opened to a packed house on Friday January 16 at the Barn Players Theater. Directed and choreographed by Guy Gardner, presented by the Barn Juniors, Footloose features middle school and high school students. Based on the screenplay by Dean Pitchford the stage adaption is by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie with music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford. (more...)


BWW Reviews: NEWSIES Delivers Another Win for the Buckeye State Review BWW Reviews: NEWSIES Delivers Another Win for the Buckeye State
by Christina Mancuso - January 14, 2015

Fresh off a National Championship victory, Buckeye fans celebrated at the Ohio Theatre with the rousing, energetic cast of Disney's NEWSIES. (more...)


BWW Reviews: CAMELOT a Dazzling Masterpiece Review BWW Reviews: CAMELOT a Dazzling Masterpiece
by Harmony Wheeler - January 14, 2015

The lyrics tell all. "In short there's simply not a more congenial spot than here in Camelot," now lodged at Fresno's Saroyan Theatre through tonight only. Originally launched into success by Julie Andrews and Richard Harris, the classic receives a new, simplified staging with an overwhelming ambiance, as well as a Renaissance acoustic makeover. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Marches 'Two by Two' into Des Moines Review BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Marches 'Two by Two' into Des Moines
by Brooke Bridenstine - January 12, 2015

The missionaries of The Book of Mormon have been to Des Moines before and with the reception they received during their return engagement this past week, it seems that they can drop by and say "Hello!" anytime they want. (more...)


Special Report: First Public Staged Reading of Revisions to GHOST: THE MUSICAL Shows Promise Review Special Report: First Public Staged Reading of Revisions to GHOST: THE MUSICAL Shows Promise
by Marakay Rogers - January 10, 2015

Theatrical Rights Worldwide wanted a new version of GHOST: THE MUSICAL for regional theatres. Director Marc Robin's initial publicly-presented revisions reveal an entirely new face of Bruce Joel Rubin's stage version of his beloved film. It's spare, clean, and shows signs of major improvement to a flawed musical. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WICKED National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center Review BWW Reviews: WICKED National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - January 09, 2015

Based on the Gregory Maguire novel titled Wicked: The Life & Times of The Wicked Witch of the West, this musical tells the story of The Wizard of Oz from the witches' perspective long before Dorothy dropped in. Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda the Good, who struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard's corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba's public fall from grace. (more...)


BWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP Review BWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP
by Cara Richardson - January 09, 2015

The Blue Man Group tour has made a stop in Nashville this week. Tennessee Performing Arts Center hosts the inventive show, that is full of eye-popping and mouth dropping performances…or skits….or just a 90 minute, non-stop spectacle. Think I'm complete inept when it comes to trying to describe Blue Man Group? I am. But the Blue Man Group's own website says the show is "impossible to describe." (more...)


BWW Reviews: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Wilts at Warner Review BWW Reviews: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Wilts at Warner
by Itai Yasur - January 08, 2015

Disney is known for bringing the magic to its theatrical events, but there's no enchantment in this touring production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Instead, NETworks has skimped on the production values and has presented a night of theater that is often tacky and rarely captivating. In other words, this BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is more beastly than beauty. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Everybody Say Yeah to the Delightful KINKY BOOTS Tour Review BWW Reviews: Everybody Say Yeah to the Delightful KINKY BOOTS Tour
by Michael L. Quintos - January 06, 2015

When it comes to film-to-stage adaptations, the sassy, Tony Award-winning Best Musical KINKY BOOTS---whose touring company is now on stage at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through January 11---is that rare phenomenon we all wish would happen more often: a stage show that actually improves upon its cinematic source material. On stage, the sparkly stage version certainly amps up the hilarity, high-jinks, and heart, thanks to Harvey Fierstein's even cheekier book that complements Cyndi Lauper's Tony-winning, pop-tastic music and lyrics. Along with the added bonus of Jerry Mitchell's fiery choreography balanced within his even-paced direction, the stage adaptation very much deserves every accolade it has received and continues to enjoy. KINKY BOOTS is, no question, one feel-good, winner of a show. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MOTOWN Brings Big Beat and Big Heat to Heinz Hall Review BWW Reviews: MOTOWN Brings Big Beat and Big Heat to Heinz Hall
by Greg Kerestan - January 02, 2015

Any long-time theatregoer will have horror stories of audiences that got too enthusiastic at a show with well-known music, especially jukebox musicals made up of mostly pre-existing pop tunes. I've known people to hum or outright sing along, whoop, cheer and scream like they're at a concert, or even get up and dance in the aisles. At most shows, this behavior is frowned upon by other audience members, or suppressed by ushers. However, at 'Motown,' the Berry Gordy bio-musical, this engaged behavior is encouraged- hell, it's part of the show. You see, audiences at 'Motown' fill a triplicate role: first, the traditional audience at a play, watching the events unfold through the fourth wall; second, the (in-world) audience watching a Motown retrospective show; finally, the various real, historical audiences at performances by Motown artists, from Parisians getting to hear the first international performances by The Supremes, to a spontaneously integrated audience in the Deep South, at a Motown show interrupted by gunshots. (more...)


BWW Reviews: CINDERELLA's New Glass Slippers Are a Perfect Fit Review BWW Reviews: CINDERELLA's New Glass Slippers Are a Perfect Fit
by Elee Schrock - December 22, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com reviews the National Tour of 'Cinderella' in its Chicago stop. (more...)


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 little…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...)