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Broadway San Jose's BOOK OF MORMON is Heavenly Now thru July 12 Review Broadway San Jose's BOOK OF MORMON is Heavenly Now thru July 12
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - July 02, 2015

The BOOK OF MORMON is holding court at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts now through July 12! (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Dancers Bring Something Extra to NEWSIES National Tour Review BWW REVIEW: Dancers Bring Something Extra to NEWSIES National Tour
by Jan Nargi - June 29, 2015

A lot may seem familiar in Disney's Broadway musical NEWSIES now on tour in Boston, but the dancing chorus of a dozen or so able-bodied newsboys makes this production soar. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Evokes Nostalgia at Wolf Trap Review BWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Evokes Nostalgia at Wolf Trap
by Jennifer Perry - June 27, 2015

Bottom line? If you have an opportunity to check out one of the four remaining performances at Wolf Trap this weekend, it is worthwhile to do so. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Catch PIPPIN Flying At The Hippodrome Review BWW Reviews: Catch PIPPIN Flying At The Hippodrome
by Cybele Pomeroy - June 26, 2015

PIPPIN does what musical theatre ought to do: hooks you with a great opening number, gives you characters to love and hate, treats your senses with song, dance, costuming, sets and lights and offers fresh perspective on a timeless theme. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Still Impressive After All These Years Review BWW Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Still Impressive After All These Years
by Ellen Dostal - June 23, 2015

Spectacle wins out in Cameron Mackintosh's latest tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Less reinvented than it is repackaged, the crowning glory of this production is its lavish costumes and sets (by Paul Brown and Maria Bjornson respectively), and the lush sounds of its 17-member orchestra (under the direction of Richard Carsey). (more...)


BWW Reviews: High-Energy MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Entertains O.C. with Non-Stop Hits Review BWW Reviews: High-Energy MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Entertains O.C. with Non-Stop Hits
by Michael L. Quintos - June 22, 2015

For nearly three vigorous hours, MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL provides one helluva show. More like a CONCERT rather than your typical book musical, this dazzling, high-octane extravaganza of music and dance is a visual and aural feast that gamely crams in more than 60 hits from the groundbreaking record company's discography. The story---penned by Motown founder Berry Gordy himself---may be its lone weak spot, but there's no denying how fun it is to see and hear this impressive cast of quintuple-threats recreate these greatest hits live on stage. The rousingly entertaining, exuberantly-performed stage spectacular continues at Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts through June 28. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  THE BOOK OF MORMON Enthralls Yet Again at Kennedy Center Review BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Enthralls Yet Again at Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - June 22, 2015

It's an old-fashioned musical comedy - but not. (more...)


BWW Reviews: PIPPIN is an Extraordinary Spectacle at the Fisher Theatre! Review BWW Reviews: PIPPIN is an Extraordinary Spectacle at the Fisher Theatre!
by Katie Laban - June 17, 2015

Pippin is an extraordinary experience that should not be missed at the Fisher Theatre. A show filled with spectacle from start to finish that keeps the audience entertained with its amazing stunts, gorgeous costumes, and outstanding musical numbers. (more...)


BWW Reviews: NEWSIES at the National Theatre - WOW...Does It Deliver! Review BWW Reviews: NEWSIES at the National Theatre - WOW...Does It Deliver!
by Charles Shubow - June 12, 2015

Disney musical is full of energy and entertainment.The first time I saw a snippet of this Disney produced musical based on the 1992 film (which I had always enjoyed) was on the Macy's 'Thanksgiving Day Parade'. I knew then that I had to see this show and it was exactly what I expected. It features a remarkable ensemble, amazing athletic dancing thanks to the Tony-winning choreography of Christopher Gattelli who has commented that the show has no chorus, they are all characters with individuals names. (See Nelson Pressley's great article in the June 5 Washington Post) . There are incredible defying gravity leaps, high-flying splits, standing back flips, cartwheels, somersaults, pirouettes, tumbling, and even tap dancing. I just loved watching them dance on newspapers. How clever! (more...)


BWW Reviews: ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA at Music Hall At Fair Park Review BWW Reviews: ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA at Music Hall At Fair Park
by Kyle West - June 12, 2015

Everyone knows Cinderella. As one of the Brothers Grimm's most retold tales, this story made its way through the years from the pages of books to the stage and screen. So, it may come as a surprise that, in 2013, after dozens of successful movies (several of them musicals) and a handful of star-studded touring productions of the same title, CINDERELLA finally opened its first Broadway production. Bringing the enchantment of this extraordinary rags-to-riches story of a young girl becoming a princess to life, CINDERELLA is a magical feast for kids of all ages. (more...)


Broadway Tour of KINKY BOOTS Brings Perfect Musical Magic to PPAC Review Broadway Tour of KINKY BOOTS Brings Perfect Musical Magic to PPAC
by Robert Barossi - June 10, 2015

Plays and musicals have, since the very beginning, found ways to get us to face important issues and problems in new and surprising ways. Musicals, esepcailly, can be unexpected in how they bring together a story that, in the end, is wonderfully relatable, human and filled with emotional and important moments, even though it's wrapped in such an unusual package. The Broadway smash hit musical Kinky Boots succeeds exceptionally well at doing just that, creating a big, bright fun musical entertainment that also delivers a timely and important message in a believable way. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE Channels the Music and Romance of the Emerald Isle Review BWW Reviews: ONCE Channels the Music and Romance of the Emerald Isle
by Amanda Etchison - June 10, 2015

Featuring a stage decorated with an upright piano, mismatched chairs and colorful wooden tables, the Palace Theatre's crystal-draped ceilings faded away to become a cozy pub straight off the streets of Dublin, Ireland, during the touring production of 'Once,' which opened in Columbus on June 9. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Theatre Memphis' ANYTHING GOES - It's 'De-Lovely'! Review BWW Reviews: Theatre Memphis' ANYTHING GOES - It's 'De-Lovely'!
by Joseph Baker - June 06, 2015

It's early June in Memphis, but, with the recent success of Playhouse on the Square's KISS ME, KATE and, now, Theatre Memphis' sparkling production of ANYTHING GOES, we seem to be having, as my late grandmother might say, 'another 'cole' snap' - Cole Porter, that is. Who would not welcome the giddy book by the great P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton, with a reworking by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse? And who has not delighted to such songs as 'You're the Top,' 'I Get a Kick Out of You,' 'Blow, Gabriel, Blow,' 'It's De-Lovely,' and, of course, the title tune? (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE Captivates Audience Opening Night in Chicago Review BWW Reviews: ONCE Captivates Audience Opening Night in Chicago
by Jillian Weimer - June 04, 2015

It's no surprise that “Once” opened to a standing ovation Tuesday night at the Cadillac Palace in Chicago. The show has a successful track record both on screen and on Broadway. “Once” is the winner of eight Tony Awards and the winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. Originally based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film of the same name, it has successfully adapted to the stage. (more...)


BWW Reviews: NEWSIES National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center Review BWW Reviews: NEWSIES National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - June 04, 2015

Based on the 1992 Disney film of the same name, which in turn was inspired by the real-life newsboys strike of 1899 in New York City, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Clever, Imaginative PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Flies Into South Coast Rep Review BWW Reviews: Clever, Imaginative PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Flies Into South Coast Rep
by Michael L. Quintos - June 02, 2015

Let's first get this very necessary accolade out of the way: South Coast Repertory's brand new production of Rick Elice's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is, hands down, one of the most enjoyable, most thrilling, and most engagingly imaginative plays I have seen all season---a fitting capper to the Tony Award-winning Orange County theater's 51st year. This delightfully revised production---which continues performances in Costa Mesa through June 7---re-calibrates the play's hyperactive mixture of mirth and mayhem by further emphasizing its seemingly 'bare-bones' storytelling devices, resulting in one entertaining night of theater that both kids and adults will find endearingly beguiling. Motivated by imagination, I seriously cannot recall the last time I laughed this boisterously and had this much unabashed joy from sitting through a play in quite some time. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Broadway's CINDERELLA Is Dreamy Goodness At TUTS Review BWW Reviews: Broadway's CINDERELLA Is Dreamy Goodness At TUTS
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - May 28, 2015

BWW Reviews: CINDERELLA Has Magic To Spare At TUTS (more...)


BWW Review: Buoyant ANYTHING GOES Docks in Orlando Review BWW Review: Buoyant ANYTHING GOES Docks in Orlando
by Matt Tamanini - May 27, 2015

Beloved theatre standards, tap-dancing sailors, chorines in sequins, a farcically silly plot; what more could you want from a Cole Porter musical? After winning three Tony Awards in 2012, including Best Revival of a Musical, the National Tour of ANYTHING GOES ends its delightfully giddy run at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts this week, concluding on Sunday, May 31st. This non-Equity tour boasts Kathleen Marshall's direction and choreography, the latter of which earned her a third Tony. A joyful celebration of old-fashioned musical theatre, the delightful cast will leave you with a smile on your face, but this ANYTHING GOES lacks the sharpness and playfulness to make you fall out of your seat laughing and/or cheering, which most certainly can happen when this classic is at its best. (more...)


BWW Reviews: NEWSIES' National Tour Lands in Music City Review BWW Reviews: NEWSIES' National Tour Lands in Music City
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 27, 2015

Christopher Gattelli's superb choreography - spirited and athletic, amazingly theatrical and awe-inspiring - may be reason enough to see Disney's Newsies, the show now ensconced at TPAC's Andrew Jackson Hall through Sunday, where it's entertaining audiences and eliciting some of the loudest responses we've ever heard in that cavernous space. (more...)


BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS is a Kick in the Pants! Review BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS is a Kick in the Pants!
by Caroline Sposto - May 26, 2015

Tim Firth and Geoff Deane first picked up the true story of W J Brooks and Co., a fifth generation Northamptonshire shoe factory that survived the 1990's by switching from classic brogues to footwear for drag queens after cheap imports flooded the market. The 2005 film Kinky Boots starred Joel Edgerton as factory owner Charlie Price. (more...)


BWW Review: Academy's LION KING Still Roars! Review BWW Review: Academy's LION KING Still Roars!
by Pati Buehler - May 26, 2015

One of Broadway's most popular, best attended shows in history arrives on Broad St. once again to delight young and old. (more...)


BWW Reviews: PIPPIN Review BWW Reviews: PIPPIN
by Linda Ann Watt - May 21, 2015

All of PIPPIN'S performers bring energy, extraordinary ability and talent to this revival! (more...)


BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS Stuck in One Season Review BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS Stuck in One Season
by Elee Schrock - May 19, 2015

'Jersey Boys,' the hit musical chronicling the story of the Four Seasons, which previously had an extremely successful sit-down production in Chicago, has rolled back into town as a stop on its national tour. All remains intact: The 'Joysy' speak, the high croon of Frankie Valli (played in this production by a charming Hayden Milanes), and the wheeling and dealing with the mob hasn't changed at all since Chicago has last seen the musical. In fact, the production feels almost too exact: the performances (although in very capable and talented hands), feel like they have been directed to model exactly the speech, intonation, and movements of the actors who came before them, who were directed to model exactly the actors who came before them, who were directed to model exactly the actors who came before them...and so on. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Adorable ANNIE Returns In (Another) New Tour Review BWW Reviews: Adorable ANNIE Returns In (Another) New Tour
by Michael L. Quintos - May 18, 2015

A safe, inoffensive, cutesy crowd-pleaser for the young and the young-at-heart, the brand new non-Equity touring revival of the Broadway classic ANNIE is eager to please and pretty much does so. The show is, by all accounts, a cute if standard-issue charmer, filled with hummable ear-worm music (via lyricist/book writer Martin Charnin and composer Charles Strouse) and enjoyably hyperbolic characters that audiences will delight in either cheering or jeering. Sure, ANNIE may not be the best or most groundbreaking musical ever created, but it certainly has its heartwarming place in the genre. The tour continues at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through May 24. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Is ONCE Enough? Review BWW Reviews: Is ONCE Enough?
by Christine Swerczek - May 14, 2015

ONCE is not enough. You must see it as many times as possible, because it is unique.  It is indefinable.  It is a bittersweet love story of longing, and it will leave you wanting more. (more...)






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