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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...)


BWW Reviews: ANYTHING GOES at The Warner Theatre Review BWW Reviews: ANYTHING GOES at The Warner Theatre
by Ellen Burns - February 26, 2015

There's no question that Reno Sweeney, the bad girl with a good heart and a big voice is steering the madcap cruise known as Anything Goes, on the stage of The Warner Theatre for two nights, February 25-26 '15. The ship (show), currently sailing (touring) around the country, is based on the 2011 Broadway revival, directed and choreographed by the venerable Kathleen Marshall, and does a good job of bringing Cole Porter's irresistible songs, a good dose of slapstick comedy and lots of true (or not?) love together into an evening of song and dance fun, led by the charismatic Reno. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Paramount's Fresh CINDERELLA is a Lovely Night Review BWW Reviews: Paramount's Fresh CINDERELLA is a Lovely Night
by Jay Irwin - February 25, 2015

Sometimes a little retooling and freshening up of an old classic isn't such a bad thing. I mean I was a little dubious when I heard they were remounting the classic of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" especially when I heard it was getting an all new book. But the tour of this new version still keeps all the magic and charm alive while adding in some humor and elements that just make the characters all the more rich and engaging. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WICKED Tour 'Thrillifies' Audiences at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta Review BWW Reviews: WICKED Tour 'Thrillifies' Audiences at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta
by Sally Henry - February 25, 2015

If crowd appeal is any indication of a show's worth, Wicked is a multimillion-dollar treasure. WICKED's second national tour, 'The Munchkinland Tour,' flew into the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, February 18 to play a 3-week engagement, marking the show's fourth engagement at the historic Atlanta venue. Not surprisingly, this production did not disappoint. (more...)


BWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON Shares Irreverent Fun Review BWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON Shares Irreverent Fun
by Marietta Lunceford - February 23, 2015

BOOK OF MORMON is as off color and irreverent as you might have heard, but it has substance and meaning as well. The music is great and the talent top notch. Old fuddy-duddys should stay home, but for everyone else, you will be hard pressed to find a funnier, more entertaining show. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA 'Takes a Chance' on Milwaukee at Marcus Center For The Performing Arts Review BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA 'Takes a Chance' on Milwaukee at Marcus Center For The Performing Arts
by Keith Gray - February 22, 2015

Most musical theater ends with a simple curtain call with the audience expressing their appreciation for the performance they had attended. Mamma Mia, though, ends with and explosion of music, bringing the audience to it's feet for an encore where the cast invites the audience to sing and dance along. And, Friday Night at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, we certainly did. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA - 'Here We Go Again' Review BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA - 'Here We Go Again'
by Amanda Finn - February 22, 2015

Milwaukee was transported from its gloomy, snowy space to a warm Grecian island on Friday when the national tour of Mamma Mia rolled into town. Directed by the brilliant Phyllida Lloyd (who directed both the film version as well as the critically acclaimed film The Iron Lady), the feel good musical certainly had the audiences in Uhlein Hall grooving to the music. (more...)


BWW Review: SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW Is a Mess; on Stage and Off at the Dr. Phillips Center Review BWW Review: SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW Is a Mess; on Stage and Off at the Dr. Phillips Center
by Matt Tamanini - February 21, 2015

Let me start this review by saying that I generally like everything that I see; at least to a certain degree. I can usually find some redeeming artistic moment of any production to tide me over when the work as a whole isn't up to par. However in SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW, running through March 1st at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, I found almost no redeeming moments; nearly nothing on which to hang even the slightest artistic appreciation. This "show" involves a collection of eight clownish-type individuals who walk around the stage for an hour and 45 minutes (including a 15 minute intermission) and do little more than make a mess. In a word, this show is nonsense; and not fun, clownish nonsense, just plan "this makes no sense" nonsense. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center Review BWW Reviews: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - February 19, 2015

Based on Berry Gordy's 1994 autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, this musical tells the true story behind Mr. Gordy's founding and running of the Motown record label, and his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson. The music and lyrics for the musical are taken from selections from the Motown catalog. (more...)


BWW Reviews: PIPPIN is High Flying Fun Review BWW Reviews: PIPPIN is High Flying Fun
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - February 19, 2015

Tony Award-winning PIPPIN is an acrobatic, twisty, flying, leaping, twirling revival that wowed the Orpheum Theatre crowd in Minneapolis and provides thoughtful insight into the thing called life. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MEMPHIS at Fox PAC has Great Singing and Dancing but Something is Missing Review BWW Reviews: MEMPHIS at Fox PAC has Great Singing and Dancing but Something is Missing
by Audrey Liebross - February 17, 2015

The national tour of MEMPHIS features superb choreography and musical direction, as well as top-notch singing, dancing, and acting by the supporting case. However, despite the show's considerable strengths, the lead actors turn in mediocre performances, reducing the touring version's overall appeal. (more...)


BWW Reviews: RAIN on Tour Brings Back Memories Review BWW Reviews: RAIN on Tour Brings Back Memories
by Kathy Strain - February 16, 2015

Everyone knows at least one song by the Beatles. The band that changed music is hard not to know. The generation who grew up listening to their music become grandparents, the nostalgia keeps audiences begging for more memories. (more...)


BWW Reviews: DREAMGIRLS Explodes With Vocal Artistry Review BWW Reviews: DREAMGIRLS Explodes With Vocal Artistry
by Herbert Paine - February 16, 2015

In his directorial debut, Damon J. Bolling has more than fulfilled his dream of staging DREAMGIRLS; he has delivered a powerhouse theatrical experience. The stage is set at Desert Foothills Theatre for a cast, led by Chanel Bragg and Krystal Pope, that will literally knock your socks off, grab you by the lapel, and speed up your adrenaline. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA a Crowd Pleaser Review BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA a Crowd Pleaser
by Harmony Wheeler - February 13, 2015

Mamma Mia! Here we go again! The sensational Abba-inspired tour returned to the Gallo Center for the Arts Thursday evening with yet another sold-out run ahead. After more than ten years on Broadway and with numerous International and North America tours, the pop musical heads to Fresno for its next California stop. No doubt, audiences there, too, will find themselves unable to resist the beat and motion of the contagious pop musical. Thursday's audience, young and old, had no trouble dancing in their seats. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  CHICAGO: THE MUSICAL Offers Bit of Razzle Dazzle at the National Theatre Review BWW Reviews: CHICAGO: THE MUSICAL Offers Bit of Razzle Dazzle at the National Theatre
by Jennifer Perry - February 12, 2015

'Chicago' returns yet again to DC's historic National Theatre. Even if you've seen the tour the other times it has come through our fair city, the current engagement is worth the return visit. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: MOTOWN Shakes the Blues in Boston Review BWW REVIEW: MOTOWN Shakes the Blues in Boston
by Jan Nargi - February 12, 2015

MOTOWN, Berry Gordy's self-aggrandizing tribute to the independent record label that fused gospel, blues, jazz, doo wop and country into a unique and wildly popular Detroit sound, is currently heating things up at the Boston Opera House through February 15. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Two Snaps for Mercury's THE ADDAMS FAMILY Review BWW Reviews: Two Snaps for Mercury's THE ADDAMS FAMILY
by Misha Davenport - February 10, 2015

Mercury Theater hits it out of the park with the kooky, funny and touching 'The Addams Family -The Musical' (more...)


BWW Reviews: Stage Adaptation of DIRTY DANCING Makes O.C. Debut Review BWW Reviews: Stage Adaptation of DIRTY DANCING Makes O.C. Debut
by Michael L. Quintos - February 10, 2015

Of the multitude of recent film-to-stage adaptations that have risen from the video dust bin to breathe new life in a different guise, the stage version of DIRTY DANCING---whose first national tour is now gyrating inside Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts through February 15---is by far one of the oddest, most peculiar ones of the bunch. Though it's not difficult to believe that this ad-hoc concoction has actually been a hit both in Australia and in the UK (they have the original 1987 film's nostalgia-hungry fans to thank for that, no doubt), it's a bit alarming to think that such an awkward head-scratcher has continued life in its current, somewhat off-putting format: as a show paved with good intentions---but executed poorly. Cool projections, though! (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Blumenthal Performing Arts Belk Theater Review BWW Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Blumenthal Performing Arts Belk Theater
by Linda Ann Watt - February 09, 2015

Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is at Blumenthal Performing Arts Belk Theater until February 15, 2015. Part of the Broadway Light Series, tickets are on sale at the Belk Theater Box Office at (704) 372-1000. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE LION KING Tour Captivates Memphis Review BWW Reviews: THE LION KING Tour Captivates Memphis
by Caroline Sposto - February 09, 2015

It's only fair to start with a confession: I have purposely avoided seeing 'The Lion King' on stage for seventeen years. You see, when the Disney movie came out (1994) I was raising two small children. (If you need further explanation, ask any parent shepherding tots through Frozen Mania.) (more...)


BWW Reviews: NEWSIES Delivers Dynamic Dancing Review BWW Reviews: NEWSIES Delivers Dynamic Dancing
by Mary Damiano - February 05, 2015

Once upon a time, before smart phones and the Internet and Facebook, there were newspapers. And if someone wanted to find out what was happening in the world, they had to buy a paper, often from boys selling the paper on city streets, hawking its headlines like town criers. (more...)


BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS Tour in Nashville Review BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS Tour in Nashville
by Cara Richardson - February 04, 2015

Last night Nashville was doused with glitter and love as Kinky Boots, the Tony Award winning musical, opened at Tennessee Performing Arts Center. With a book by Harvey Fierstein and music & lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, it is easy to see why Kinky Boots swept the Tony Awards in 2013. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Magical PIPPIN Almost Finds Its 'Corner of the Sky,' at the Connor Palace Review BWW Reviews: Magical PIPPIN Almost Finds Its 'Corner of the Sky,' at the Connor Palace
by Roy Berko - February 04, 2015

PIPPIN, the Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics) and Roger O. Hirson (book) magical show is now on stage at The Palace Theatre. It tells a modern version of the mythical tale of Pippin, the oldest son of King Charlemagne, and his search for purpose and identity. (more...)


BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS THE MUSICAL Captures Nashville's Heart Review BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS THE MUSICAL Captures Nashville's Heart
by Jeffrey Ellis - February 04, 2015

As staged in the six-time Tony Award-winning show, the moment is at once tremendously uncomfortable and remarkably eye-opening, making the audience squirm in their seats due to the unease and the sense of voyeuristic embarrassment they feel, as if they have come upon such a scene happening in their real lives instead of seeing it play out onstage. (more...)