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BWW Reviews: 6th Street Playhouse's THE ADDAMS FAMILY Review BWW Reviews: 6th Street Playhouse's THE ADDAMS FAMILY
by Meg Masterson - October 21, 2014

As for The Addams Family musical, the 6th Street Playhouse does the show justice. The production values are high - a live band, well-done lighting and sets, and great costumes - and the acting is very good. (more...)


BWW Reviews: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is a Glossy Premiere with Substance Review BWW Reviews: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is a Glossy Premiere with Substance
by Tyler Hinton - October 19, 2014

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley is a slick, joyful production with heart. When its glossy veneer opens up to reveal the substance beneath, it is truly show-stopping. Both ebullient and poignant, this regional premiere is certainly not to be missed. (more...)


BWW Reviews: LION KING Gets Off to a Roaring Start in Columbus Review BWW Reviews: LION KING Gets Off to a Roaring Start in Columbus
by Paul Batterson - October 17, 2014

Not all memories of THE LION KING are good ones. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Adrienne Arsht Center Review BWW Reviews: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Adrienne Arsht Center
by Roger Martin - October 14, 2014

Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, this stage version by Rick Elise is a deliciously campy prequel (God, I hate that word) to the advent of the famous Peter Pan. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Undeniably Magical CINDERELLA Launches National Tour in Providence Review BWW Reviews: Undeniably Magical CINDERELLA Launches National Tour in Providence
by Veronica Bruscini - October 14, 2014

The cast and crew of CINDERELLA have already polished their performance to a brilliant shine; this tour is Broadway quality in every particular, brimming with talent, and an utter delight and a joy to watch. From singing and dancing to costumes and sets, Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is one of the highest caliber shows to play PPAC in recent years. (more...)


BWW Reviews: National Tour of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is More Beastly Than Beautiful Review BWW Reviews: National Tour of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is More Beastly Than Beautiful
by Jeff Davis - October 10, 2014

The current touring production of Beauty and the Beast shares the songs, dialogue, title, and even the creative team of the original Broadway production, but it completely lacks any sort of purpose, save the desire to put cash in the pockets of its producers. There's no magic or life in this pitiful production at all. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Everybody Say 'Yeah' to KINKY BOOTS at the 5th Avenue Review BWW Reviews: Everybody Say 'Yeah' to KINKY BOOTS at the 5th Avenue
by Jay Irwin - October 10, 2014

As you know, Dear Readers, I have no love for the constant turning of movies into Broadway shows but I'm afraid that it's a trend that is not going away any time soon and sometimes results in some good shows (a certain blonde lawyer springs to mind). And the latest of those movie to stage conversions, "Kinky Boots" has hit the 5th Avenue Theatre with its tour and while the show's lack of songs that move the story along should kill it for me, somehow they've made it a raucous good time and I think I know why. But we'll get to that in a minute. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! a Smash Hit at the Music Hall in Kansas City Review BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! a Smash Hit at the Music Hall in Kansas City
by Steve Wilson - October 09, 2014

Mamma Mia! what a way to open a season. Mamma Mia! the feel-good musical that has over 5,000 performances on Broadway opened Tuesday October 7 at the Music Hall in Kansas City, MO. Phyllida Lloyd directs the Broadway Across America special engagement that runs through Sunday October 12. Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus wrote the music and lyrics with choreography by Anthony Van Laast. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE Upon A Time Review BWW Reviews: ONCE Upon A Time
by Finny (Amanda Finn) - October 08, 2014

A Broadway show to end the notion that every tale is a fairytale, though the title of this article would allude otherwise, Once finds its power in all things realistic rather than in a storybook romance. It takes the age old understanding that when a man and woman find each other everything else will work out and flips it on its head. While Hollywood and its cohorts would love for the public to believe that every story has a clear cut path, Once provides insight into what audience members already know. After all, the great Victorian playwright Oscar Wilde Once penned, 'the truth is rarely pure and never simple.' Once merely reiterates the fact. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE - The Best Australia Has Seen Review BWW Reviews: ONCE - The Best Australia Has Seen
by Tim Carney - October 08, 2014

Once, the musical adaptation of the film by the same name is quite possibly the most complete display of craftsmanship and creativity in modern theatre. This coupled with its stunning book by Edna Walsh and equally exquisite score by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova provide for an evening at the theatre unlike any other. (more...)


BWW Reviews: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Tour Review BWW Reviews: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Tour
by Kathy Strain - October 06, 2014

As The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors in September, it was clear they had a lot to offer the locals of San Antonio with their variety of shows including the touring company of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. (more...)


BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS Rocks LA Once More Review BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS Rocks LA Once More
by Don Grigware - October 06, 2014

Jersey Boys, called a jukebox musical, is an uber well-structured, Tony Award-winning show presented in a documentary-like format. It tells the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, retaining most of their original musical hits. There are lots of laughs, great rock and roll music and a realistic look at how the group got started in 1963, the difficulties they faced in staying together, their eventual breakup and ultimate survival. Director Clint Eastwood kept pretty close to the book of the show in his recent film adaptation, and the musical score, generated by its lead actors along with some tracks of the real Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is dynamite. The show has played world wide and now returns on tour to the Pantages for 3 weeks only. Judging by its reception opening night, Jersey Boys keeps on captivating its audiences, young and old. This cast under the original direction of Des McAnuff is every bit as supreme as the original including the first national tour. (more...)


BWW Reviews: EVITA Brings a New Argentina to DC's Kennedy Center Review BWW Reviews: EVITA Brings a New Argentina to DC's Kennedy Center
by Jamie McGonnigal - October 03, 2014

There are few shows I know every word to, and even fewer I've known for 30 years. When I was 10, I was in the chorus of a community theatre production of EVITA in Hingham, MA. I became obsessed. In 5th grade, we had to do a biographical report on anyone we chose. All the other boys chose Babe Ruth, Abraham Lincoln, Ted Williams...I threw up my hand and shouted 'Eva Peron!' The black and white covered vinyl double album became my own personal soundtrack. And I was somehow surprised that people knew I was gay. (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...)


 

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