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BWW Reviews: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - A Colorful Adventure for All Review BWW Reviews: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - A Colorful Adventure for All
by Alex Urdiales - October 01, 2014

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a colorful adventure for the whole family. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Likable KINKY BOOTS Inaugurates Gammage Auditorium's 50th Anniversary Season Review BWW Reviews: Likable KINKY BOOTS Inaugurates Gammage Auditorium's 50th Anniversary Season
by Tim Shawver - September 29, 2014

Like its composer, KINKY BOOTS is so unusual. Meticulously derivative, yet passingly original. (more...)


BWW Reviews: 'Don't Sit Under the Chandelier with Anyone Else But Me' - PHANTOM Haunts the Orpheum Review BWW Reviews: 'Don't Sit Under the Chandelier with Anyone Else But Me' - PHANTOM Haunts the Orpheum
by Joseph Baker - September 29, 2014

When Gaston Leroux published THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA back in 1911, little did he realize the numerous chandeliers that would come crashing down through the decades, and I've witnessed a good number of them. First, in 1925, there was 'the Man of a Thousand Faces,' Lon Chaney, Sr., who frightened poor Mary Philbin (a well-done version, even IF the film was silent); then, for Universal in 1941, Claude Rains (Bette Davis' favorite co-star) was a more subdued vocal coach for soprano Susanna Foster (a wooden Nelson Eddy, alas, is a greater impending horror as 'Raoul'). I could go on - even Herbert Lom, the actor who was the harried police superior to Peter Sellers' 'Inspector Clousseau,' took a swing on the old light fixture. (And let us not forget diminutive Paul Williams in the slightly askew PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE.) All of these pale, of course, in comparison to the legendary interpretation by Michael Crawford in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which first brought the audience to its feet in 1986. (more...)


BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING is an Off-Beat Production Review BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING is an Off-Beat Production
by Kelly Thompson - September 29, 2014

Dirty Dancing is now playing at the Aronoff and if I had to simply sum up my thoughts on the production I would say this: This show has a major identity crisis going on. (more...)


BWW Reviews: PIPPIN Revival Hits the Heights - Now thru October 19th Review BWW Reviews: PIPPIN Revival Hits the Heights - Now thru October 19th
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - September 29, 2014

The air was crackling with excitement on opening night for the much anticipated revival of Pippin at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre. And for good reason. The show won four Tony Awards last year including Best Musical Revival, with Diane Paulus taking home the Tony for Best Director. Patina Miller as the Leading Player took home Best Actress, while Andrea Martin won Best Featured Actress. Not to be outdone, the national tour signed Sasha Allen, Lucie Arnaz, and John Rubinstein, not to mention Canada's circus troupe, Les 7 doigts de la main. Talk about the wow factor. Pippin is an exuberant, extravaganza of a show and it plays now through October 19 at SHN's Golden Gate Theatre. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  Fall in Love with the Soulful Radiance of MEMPHIS the Musical at the Arvada Center Review BWW Reviews: Fall in Love with the Soulful Radiance of MEMPHIS the Musical at the Arvada Center
by Michael Mulhern - September 28, 2014

This is one word that fits that amazing show - FANTASTICAL! (more...)


BWW Reviews: Hockadoo! And Awesome Too! MEMPHIS Boosts the Music of Our Souls Review BWW Reviews: Hockadoo! And Awesome Too! MEMPHIS Boosts the Music of Our Souls
by Herbert Paine - September 22, 2014

Hockadoo! Phoenix Theatre's production of Memphis is exhilarating! CJ Pawlikowski is electrifying as Huey Calhoun, the department store stockboy who finds the music of his soul in rock and roll and propels himself to local fame as a DJ, but not without stirring up the animosity of the local bigots. Michael Barnard's staging and direction of the Tony award-winning musical by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro is impeccable. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE at the Hippodrome Review BWW Reviews: ONCE at the Hippodrome
by Tina Saratsiotis - September 19, 2014

For Baltimore theater goers, a show at the Hippodrome is a must-see experience. The ornate charm of this historical gem sets an anticipatory air of excitement for the audience. It's proven to be versatile in its staging of both new and old Broadway whether elaborate or intimate. The most recent production, ONCE, is a successful example of the Hippodrome's ability to stretch and contract its personality to fit the style of a small indie movie as well as any elaborate Disney extravaganza. (more...)


BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center Review BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - September 18, 2014

Based on the 1987 film of the same name, Dirty Dancing tells the classic coming of age story documenting a teenage girl's relationship with a dance instructor whom she encountered during her family's summer vacation. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE at Tennessee Performing Arts Center Review BWW Reviews: ONCE at Tennessee Performing Arts Center
by Cara Richardson - September 17, 2014

Once: The Musical brings a taste of Ireland to Nashville this week as the national tour makes a stop at Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Once: The Musical, based on the 2006 indie film, is set in Dublin and centers on two characters known only as Guy and Girl. Their story is as much about the love and power of music as it is about the love between the two characters themselves. The movie's most famous song, 'Falling Slowly' won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Broadway production of Once: The Musical swept the Tony Awards in 2012, receiving 11 Tony nominations and winning 8 Tony Awards including the crown jewel, Best Musical. (more...)


BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS Is Laced with Punch and Brio! Review BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS Is Laced with Punch and Brio!
by Herbert Paine - September 17, 2014

Kinky Boots has ushered in the 50th Anniversary of ASU Gammage in Tempe AZ with a righteous and literally uplifting kick in the pants of intolerance and stereotyping, featuring a star-spangled cast of characters and theatrical elements. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Paramount's CATS Offers High-Quality Entertainment Review BWW Reviews: Paramount's CATS Offers High-Quality Entertainment
by Elee Schrock - September 16, 2014

BroadwayWorld reviews Paramount Theatre's 'Cats.' The felines prowling the stage at Aurora's Paramount Theatre have truly been given the five-star treatment. On a perfectly polished (and monstrous) set by Kevin Depinet (along with projections by Michael Stanfill), they are given plenty of room to jump, climb, and play. They are donned in those iconic (expertly designed by Theresa Ham, with wigs and make-up by Katie Cordts and Lauren Cecil) leotards and furry hats. And, most impressive, they have been lit in brilliant colors by lighting extraordinaire, Jesse Klug. The aesthetic appeal on the Paramount stage is top-notch and one of the main reasons this production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Cats' is as fully satisfying as this musical gets. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Rousing MEMPHIS at Toby's Proves You Can Do Worse Than Be Formulaic Review BWW Reviews: Rousing MEMPHIS at Toby's Proves You Can Do Worse Than Be Formulaic
by Jack L. B. Gohn - September 16, 2014

So far as I know, Toby's staging of Memphis: The Musical is the first local production to date in the Baltimore area, certainly one of the first, and a worthy introduction of the show to the region. It seems to have everything that the Broadway show has: fiery, precise dancing, tuneful belting of catchy songs, great period costumes. In other words, a sure-fire great time, as one would expect for a musical that, on Broadway, won the Tony for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WALKING WITH DINOSAURS Roars Through So. Cal Arenas Review BWW Reviews: WALKING WITH DINOSAURS Roars Through So. Cal Arenas
by Michael L. Quintos - September 05, 2014

Going above-and-beyond your typical museum diorama or theme park animatronic showcase, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - THE ARENA SPECTACULAR is a dino-lover's dream: a wondrous feat of technology, theatrical magic, and imagination---bringing to (virtual) life those figures that continue to scare/fascinate every kid (and kid-at-heart). Kid-friendly, big budget edu-tainment, the show's North American tour has swung back to Southern California, first at the Honda Center in Orange County through September 7, then later at the Staple Center in Los Angeles from September 11-14. (more...)


BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE at The National Theatre Review BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE at The National Theatre
by Heather Nadolny - September 03, 2014

While fans of the sleeper hit movie will be far from disappointed, DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE foxtrots the line between underdeveloped production and campy, brainless fun. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WICKED Defies Gravity Once Again Now Thru September 14th Review BWW Reviews: WICKED Defies Gravity Once Again Now Thru September 14th
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - September 03, 2014

Glinda and Elphaba have flown into San Jose to appear in Wicked and have broken box office records at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts, grossing $1,516,245 during the first week of its three-week engagement. The two witches will be in town (along with a phenomenal cast) through September 14 only so get your tickets now before somebody drops a house on you. Hodges & Hodges are seasoned Wicked audience viewers, but we're here to tell you that this company is spectacular and you're in for a wonderful night of theatre at Broadway San Jose. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Tony-Winning ONCE Makes Stirring OC Debut Review BWW Reviews: Tony-Winning ONCE Makes Stirring OC Debut
by Michael L. Quintos - August 28, 2014

Subtle and, at times, molasses-slow in execution---yet ultimately powerful in impact---ONCE is a beautifully-staged, soul-searing musical that interchanges romantic entanglement for creative fulfillment---and how the line that separates these emotions are often blurred. The eight-time Tony award-winning musical---featuring a book by Enda Walsh and music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova---continues performances in Costa Mesa through August 31. (more...)


BWW Reviews: GHOST THE MUSICAL Haunts the O.C. Review BWW Reviews: GHOST THE MUSICAL Haunts the O.C.
by Michael L. Quintos - August 09, 2014

On the surface, GHOST, the ultra-romantic 1990 Oscar-nominated box office hit, seems every bit the perfect motion picture to be repurposed into a flashy stage musical. Unfortunately, the musical that eventually emerged (now playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts through August 10) is a chaotic, schizophrenic melange of random adult contemporary pop rock songs intermixed with an amped-up mystical mystery where the swoon-worthy aspects of the original gets diluted in favor of dazzling effects and abstract dance numbers. Why water down the romance? (more...)


BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS is Sensational! Review BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS is Sensational!
by Herbert Paine - July 24, 2014

Jersey Boys is far more than a jukebox musical. It is deeper and richer in story line, texture, and technique than most~ a tale of invention, of the creative work-in-progress, the sometimes perilous and sometimes glorious alchemy that, in the case of four young men from the gritty streets of Newark, transforms them into one of America's iconic rock and pop groups. And their story is brilliantly conveyed in perfect harmony by Hayden Milanes (whose tenor falsetto is spot-on Valli), Nicolas Dromard, Quinn VanAntwerp, and Adam Zelasko. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Broadway in Indianapolis 2013/2014 Season Review BWW Reviews: Broadway in Indianapolis 2013/2014 Season
by Trevor Cox - July 22, 2014

And that concludes another stellar season of Broadway touring shows through Indianapolis. Five exciting, high-energy shows each spent one week in the capital of Indiana, as well as an extended run for a Broadway favorite. Here's a recap of the shows from the 2013/2014 season. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE's Absorbing Love Story Rocks the Pantages Review BWW Reviews: ONCE's Absorbing Love Story Rocks the Pantages
by Don Grigware - July 20, 2014

Once/book by Enda Walsh/music & lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova/directed by John Tiffany/Pantages Theatre/through August 10 (more...)


BWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Rocks the Ohio Theatreā€¦'Great Balls of Fire!' Review BWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Rocks the Ohio Theatreā€¦'Great Balls of Fire!'
by Roy Berko - July 10, 2014

Part concert, part history lesson, and a lot of rock 'n roll-- that's 'Million Dollar Quartet', now on stage at the Ohio Theatre in PlayhouseSquare. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA National Tour Haunts Boston Opera House
by Nancy Grossman - July 01, 2014

In celebration of its 25 years on Broadway, Cameron Mackintosh brought forth a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA for a North American Tour, now in its Boston premiere at the ornate Boston Opera House. Directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography by Scott Ambler, impressive set design by Paul Brown, Maria Bjornson's Tony Award-winning original costume design, and evocative lighting design by Paule Constable, the show is a visual spectacle that has enough magical effects to transport the audience to the Paris Opera House in the late 19th century. (more...)


BWW Reviews: GHOST THE MUSICAL Makes West Coast Premiere at Pantages Review BWW Reviews: GHOST THE MUSICAL Makes West Coast Premiere at Pantages
by Don Grigware - June 30, 2014

Ghost the Musical/book & lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin/music & lyrics by Dave Stewart & Glen Ballard/directed by Matthew Warchus/Pantages Theatre/through July 13 (more...)


BWW Reviews: The Orpheum Proselytizes - Sort of - With THE BOOK OF MORMON Review BWW Reviews: The Orpheum Proselytizes - Sort of - With THE BOOK OF MORMON
by Joseph Baker - June 26, 2014

I see them occasionally - white shirts (usually with pockets), black trousers, clean-shaven, and cradling folders and totes. They often are on a corner; at times, they are walking through the parking lots of apartment complexes. They are unfailingly polite; more often than not, they respect our 'Puh-lease'-don't-bother-me looks or our efforts to look as if more important business is calling us elsewhere. These sweet-natured people are usually more interested in our welfare than we ourselves are, and, well, that's nice. (more...)


 

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