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BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Spectacular at Detroit Opera House with Derrick Davis, Katie Travis, & Anne Kanengeiser! BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Spectacular at Detroit Opera House with Derrick Davis, Katie Travis, & Anne Kanengeiser!
by Katie Laban - January 20, 2017

Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera is just that - spectacular. It is the show that everyone has grown to know and love since it debuted in 1986, but the added enhancement of updated technology and design makes it an even better experienc... (more...)
BWW Review: ANNIE at Bass Performance Hall BWW Review: ANNIE at Bass Performance Hall
by Kyle Christopher West - January 19, 2017

It's fitting that the weather on opening night of ANNIE as Bass Hall was gloomy and quite wet. Despite the redundant anthem boasting 'the sun'll come out tomorrow,' the quality of the current tour didn't seem so bright. With generally unremarkable performances across the board, any themes of hope or... (more...)
BWW Interview: SOUND OF MUSIC's Charlotte Maltby BWW Interview: SOUND OF MUSIC's Charlotte Maltby
by Christine Swerczek - January 19, 2017

Charlotte Maltby recently took over the leading role of Maria Von Trapp in the national tour of Rogers and Hammerstein's SOUND OF MUSIC. Under the direction of triple Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, the production opens Tuesday, January 24th, at Omaha's Orpheum Theater. I had the opportunity to spea... (more...)
BWW Review: FUN HOME Tour Brings Superb Story to Denver Center BWW Review: FUN HOME Tour Brings Superb Story to Denver Center
by Chris Arneson - January 19, 2017

There's wiping a tear from your eye during an emotional performance, and then there's mopping up buckets of tears from your shirtsleeve for most of the show. For me, Fun Home was the latter.... (more...)
Review: MEMPHIS, THE Musical Review: MEMPHIS, THE Musical
by Pati Buehler - January 19, 2017

It's nice when a somewhat unfamiliar musical can actually surprise you in a good way.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Detroit Opera House BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Detroit Opera House
by Anton Anderssen - January 19, 2017

Are you ready for a new and improved version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA? I love the original, which I first saw in California, when Robert Guillaume (star of Benson) played the role. Of course, I saw it in London's West End and on Broadway, but it's really fun to see the new version right here in D... (more...)
BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at the Eccles is Bold and Heartfelt BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at the Eccles is Bold and Heartfelt
by Tyler Hinton - January 18, 2017

The new Eccles Theater is currently serving as the temporary home for the national tour of KINKY BOOTS--a heartfelt exploration of family and friendship. With a Tony-winning pop score, performances bolstered by emotional strength and bravery, and design that is both subtle and bold, this is an unusu... (more...)
BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at the Hippodrome Theatre Hosts 'The Farewell Tour' Impressively BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at the Hippodrome Theatre Hosts 'The Farewell Tour' Impressively
by Charles Shubow - January 18, 2017

ABBA musical hits the right notes and audiences continue to love it!!!!... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House
by Shelby-Allison Hibbs - January 13, 2017

The Curious Incident offers a profound theatrical experience using captivating movement, images, and sound that work in full collaboration. The result is a thrilling ride down an unpredictable rabbit hole of action that overwhelms the senses.... (more...)
BWW Review: Cute but Uninspired FINDING NEVERLAND at Paramount BWW Review: Cute but Uninspired FINDING NEVERLAND at Paramount
by Jay Irwin - January 11, 2017

Lord, save us from pop songwriters who think they can write musical theater. Sure, some transition successfully but this would not be the case for Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy who have given us the completely unmemorable "Finding Neverland", currently playing at the Paramount Theatre. And if the ... (more...)
BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! Sizzles in Icy Syracuse's Crouse Hinds Theater BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! Sizzles in Icy Syracuse's Crouse Hinds Theater
by Natasha Ashley - January 11, 2017

Despite the ice storm outside, the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater was sizzling. The famous jukebox musical, Mamma Mia!, with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and a book by Catherine Johnson, is the latest national tour to come to Syracuse, New York as part of the Famous Artists B... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LION KING Reigns at Saenger Theatre BWW Review: THE LION KING Reigns at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - January 06, 2017

Many throughout the world have seen the iconic story of The Lion King, the 1994 Disney musical animation that has captured the hearts of young and old alike, but to see it on stage is a whole other experience entirely.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Hobby Center BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Hobby Center
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - January 06, 2017

The city of Houston has been on news feeds with its share of religious drama. Kim Burrell's hateful rhetoric towards the gays has caused an uproar in the gay and Christian communities, and now the controversial religious satire musical BOOK OF MORMON, written by SOUTH PARK creators Trey Parker and M... (more...)
BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at Overture Center Surprises BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at Overture Center Surprises
by Scott Rawson - January 05, 2017

I thought, 'Big Whoop'. I never had any desire to see this show. First, it's Frankie Valli, how tough could his life really be, big star, where's the conflict? Secondly, and more importantly, I know this music. I certainly did not want to see it performed in the classical musical theater operatic st... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - January 05, 2017

Based on the 1951 Academy Award-Winning Vincente Minnelli film musical of the same name which was inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin, An American in Paris tells the story of a young American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning... (more...)
BWW Review: Exquisite Lunacy in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at the Hippodrome BWW Review: Exquisite Lunacy in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at the Hippodrome
by Tina Collins - December 29, 2016

Can murder be funny? It is when a group of eccentric aristocrats are involved with all the frills and trills of the Edwardian Age in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER currently playing at the Hippodrome... (more...)
BWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS at Broadway Sacramento BWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS at Broadway Sacramento
by Harmony Wheeler - December 29, 2016

Don't pack away your favorite Christmas sweater quite yet. You have one more opportunity to celebrate Christmas in full color: The national tour of White Christmas the musical visits Sacramento through this Sunday only. It's a quick-paced production that never quite finds its heart, but you can't de... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at The Bushnell BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at The Bushnell
by Carissa Chesanek - December 28, 2016

Intense is probably one word to describe The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which opened last night at The Bushnell in Hartford, Connecticut. Mesmerizing is another. The Broadway play by Simon Stephens stemmed from the Mark Haddon novel awed its audience with its intelligence, enthus... (more...)
BWW Review: ELF - THE MUSICAL Jingles into OC's Segerstrom Center BWW Review: ELF - THE MUSICAL Jingles into OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - December 26, 2016

Upon learning that part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' holiday programming this season was to finally bring a national tour production of ELF - THE MUSICAL---the 2010 Broadway stage musical adaptation of the popular Will Ferrell holiday movie---to its stage, I was pretty ecstatic. For the most p... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL at Fox Theatre Will Make Audiences Happy This Holiday Season! BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL at Fox Theatre Will Make Audiences Happy This Holiday Season!
by Katie Laban - December 23, 2016

All the Christmas laughter and memories come to life on stage for A Christmas Story, The Musical now playing through December 24th at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. The stage version about Ralphie and the Parker family has countless moments from the beloved film that keeps the audiences laughing in the... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Winspear Opera House BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Winspear Opera House
by Jared West - December 22, 2016

When you think of SOUTH PARK and its no-holds-barred, foul-mouthed humor, you don't tend to think of stories of faith and hope. But, when writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone (along with Robert Lopez of AVENUE Q and FROZEN fame) got together to write a musical based on The Church of Jesus Christ of La... (more...)
BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at Saenger Theatre - Can't Take My Eyes off the Jersey Boys! BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at Saenger Theatre - Can't Take My Eyes off the Jersey Boys!
by Jenny Bravo - December 22, 2016

How can one musical contain so many hits? I'll give you a hint: Jersey Boys has the secret recipe. This show is the get-off-your-feet, lipsync-in-your-seat masterpiece that you need to see as soon as possible.... (more...)
BWW Review: KENNY ROGERS' FINAL TOUR at Mohegan Sun BWW Review: KENNY ROGERS' FINAL TOUR at Mohegan Sun
by Carissa Chesanek - December 19, 2016

Over the weekend, the legendary singer Kenny Rogers hit the stage at Mohegan Sun for his final tour, The Gambler's Last Deal.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's New Production Breathes the Music of the Night Back to Life BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's New Production Breathes the Music of the Night Back to Life
by Kailey Hansen - December 19, 2016

As one of the most successful shows of all time, The Phantom of the Opera continues to draw in audiences who are already familiar with the music of the night. Despite being an age-old tale, Cameron Mackintosh's astounding new production boasts revamped staging and a fresh set design that sweeps both... (more...)
BWW Review: WICKED at Kennedy Center BWW Review: WICKED at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - December 16, 2016

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