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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...)


BWW Reviews:  Fiery Operatic Drama Unfolds in New Production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Shea's Buffalo Theatre Review BWW Reviews: Fiery Operatic Drama Unfolds in New Production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - March 22, 2015

2015 brings a lavish new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'The Phantom of The Opera' that opened at Shea's Buffalo Theatre on Wednesday and it has received glorious new sets by Paul Brown, while retaining most of Maria Bjornson's Tony Award winning costume designs. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE Offers Bittersweet Love Story at Saenger Review BWW Reviews: ONCE Offers Bittersweet Love Story at Saenger
by Tara Bennett - March 20, 2015

To view 'Once' at the Saenger Theatre for St. Patrick's Day was a great decision. (more...)


BWW Reviews: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at Vintage Theatre Review BWW Reviews: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at Vintage Theatre
by colin roybal - March 20, 2015

The music of jazz legend Thomas 'Fats' Waller is iconic. Born in the Harlem nightlife, his blues/jazz melodies are hauntingly beautiful and complex, and are the feature of Vintage Theatre's production of 'Ain't Misbehavin'. (more...)


BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS - A Premier Broadway Musical Review BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS - A Premier Broadway Musical
by Vickie Evans - March 19, 2015

'Kinky Boots' Lights Up The Blumenthal Stage In Charlotte, NC. It is sparkling, spectacular, superb, sensational...I would run out of positive adjectives to describe it. (more...)


BWW Reviews: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM COAT Is Fun, But Has Some Loose Threads Review BWW Reviews: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM COAT Is Fun, But Has Some Loose Threads
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - March 18, 2015

BWW Reviews: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM COAT Is A Mixed Bag (more...)


BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! at Kingsbury Hall is Crowd-Pleasing Fun Review BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! at Kingsbury Hall is Crowd-Pleasing Fun
by Tyler Hinton - March 16, 2015

The national tour of MAMMA MIA!, which played at Kingsbury Hall this past weekend, is a crowd-pleasing mix of enjoyable performances, appealing characters, and well-loved pop hits. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE Is One Of A Kind Review BWW Reviews: ONCE Is One Of A Kind
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - March 13, 2015

BWW Reviews: ONCE Is One Of A Kind (more...)


BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center Review BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - March 12, 2015

Based on the 2005 British independent film of the same name which was inspired by a true story, this musical tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits a shoe factory from his father. To save the business, Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen, Lola. With Lola's help, Charlie develops a plan to produce a line of high-heeled boots. In the process, he and Lola discover that they are not so different after all. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Worth Its Weight in Golden Plates - THE BOOK OF MORMON Review BWW Reviews: Worth Its Weight in Golden Plates - THE BOOK OF MORMON
by Amanda Finn - March 12, 2015

The musical that has had theatregoers buzzing since its premiere, The Book of Mormon, has finally made its way to Madison. It's a show so full of lewd behavior that one would almost have to assume it was written by the men behind the series South Park. That shock value - however - is what makes this show so unbelievably fun. (more...)


BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Is High-Speed Nostalgic Fun at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Review BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Is High-Speed Nostalgic Fun at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
by Matt Tamanini - March 11, 2015

How do you cram 50 hit songs, over 90 characters, and 25 years of history from one of music's most important companies into a dramatically satisfying, two hour and 45 minute musical? The answer is, you don't; but based on the enthusiastic response to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, playing at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts through March 15th, that really doesn't matter. What does matter is that the music of Motown (the record company and the musical) is here to make people happy. That mantra is repeated multiple times during the show's most difficult situations by its central figure, Berry Gordy. According to the musical, Motown's founder created the most successful independent record label of all-time on little more than determination and a desire to spread joy. As anyone familiar with Motown's mile-long string of hits, or the stage show that they inspired, can attest to, Gordy, Hitsville U.S.A., and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL more than delivered on creating joy for countless generations of music fans. (more...)


BWW Reviews: PIPPIN's Magic Transforms TPAC's Jackson Hall Review BWW Reviews: PIPPIN's Magic Transforms TPAC's Jackson Hall
by Jeffrey Ellis - March 11, 2015

For 40-some years now, Stephen Schwartz's Pippin, the musical about an inquisitive young man in search of meaning in his life - and, notwithstanding, the actual meaning of life - has enraptured audiences, inspired legions of theater devotees and provided any number of young men (and a not insignificant number of young women, either, we suppose) with their go-to audition song in 'Corner of the Sky.' (more...)


BWW Reviews: PETER & THE STARCATCHER National Tour at North Carolina Theatre Review BWW Reviews: PETER & THE STARCATCHER National Tour at North Carolina Theatre
by Jeffrey Karasarides - March 11, 2015

Based on the novel Peter & the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson, this play features a company of twelve actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? (more...)


BWW Reviews: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is 'Delishious' Broadway Fare Review BWW Reviews: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is 'Delishious' Broadway Fare
by Harmony Wheeler - March 07, 2015

The Broadway production of "Nice Work If You Can Get It" played for just over a year in New York with the fame factor of Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara pulling in audiences. The current national tour may not last long either, with its only Northern California stop currently in Folsom. But the production, a reworking of Gershwin's 1926 musical "Oh Kay," features an equally charming pair with instant chemistry. Add to that amazing energy and Broadway-polished sets and result in a "fascinating rhythm" worth dancing to. (more...)


BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING Disappoints at the Connor Palace Review BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING Disappoints at the Connor Palace
by Roy Berko - March 06, 2015

DIRTY DANCING, THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE, which is now in production at the Connor Palace transports the audience back to the summer of 1963. As is the custom of many well-to-do Jewish New York City families of that time, the Housemans have escaped for the summer to the Catskill Mountains, home of the Borscht Belt. It's a summer away from the sweltering city. It's a time for fun and games, and summer romances. (more...)


BWW Review: PIPPIN - A Kaleidoscope! Review BWW Review: PIPPIN - A Kaleidoscope!
by Christine Swerczek - March 05, 2015

Pippin brings the circus to Omaha in a kaleidoscope of color. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Jukebox Musical MAMMA MIA Stands the Test of Time Review BWW Reviews: Jukebox Musical MAMMA MIA Stands the Test of Time
by Paul Batterson - March 05, 2015

Growing up Father's Day must have been very confusing for Sophie Sheridan, the lead character for MAMMA MIA. The product of a brief love affair, Sophie never knew who her real father was. So on the weeks before her wedding, she sends out invitations to the three chief suspects in hopes of finding out how her real dad is. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE Warms Audience at The Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas Review BWW Reviews: ONCE Warms Audience at The Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas
by Kathy Strain - March 04, 2015

ONCE doesn't start quietly, In fact as you enter the Majestic Theater where ONCE opened Tuesday night, you'll notice that the show has already started as members of the cast are on stage playing music and singing classic songs of Ireland. (more...)


BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Will Leave Audiences Dancing into the Streets Review BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Will Leave Audiences Dancing into the Streets
by Mary Damiano - March 02, 2015

It was the music that put the Motor City on the map for something other than moving vehicles. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Rocks the Fabulous Fox Theatre Review BWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Rocks the Fabulous Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - March 01, 2015

While it is certainly a fact that on December 4, 1956, Sun Records was host to an incredible gathering of talent (Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis), a listen to the actual recordings made that day were more along the lines of favorite folk and gospel numbers that the four shared in common. And though some of that does come through, the stage musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, utilizes this historic meeting as a jumping off point for an evening of truly classic rock and roll, with some other more reverent material sprinkled in for good measure. But honestly, a faithful recreation of the truth would be a bit of a letdown to most fans, so instead we're treated to a re-imagining that might bend the truth a bit (book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux), but only in the quest to give audiences a glimpse at what could have been. (more...)


BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS at The Music Hall At Fair Park Review BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS at The Music Hall At Fair Park
by Kyle West - February 26, 2015

Kinky Boots is an exciting evening full of humor and heart. Despite the racy title and drag stars, the show is remarkably family-friendly, rarely straying from PG/PG-13 themes. With equal parts guts and glitter, this extravaganza is sure to please the whole crowd! (more...)


BWW Review:  THE BOOK OF MORMON - You May Not Be Saved, But You Could Die Laughing Review BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON - You May Not Be Saved, But You Could Die Laughing
by Steve Wilson - February 26, 2015

Like a group of Jehovah's Witnesses on steroids, The Book of Mormon is currently playing at the Music Hall in Kansas City. The Broadway Across America satire musical with book, lyrics, and music by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone runs through March 8. The creators of South Park, Stone, and Parker with Lopez's music have created a musical religious comedy that makes Monty Python, Benny Hill, and Saturday Night Live look like dramatic pieces. (more...)






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