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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...)


BWW Reviews: DISNEY'S THE LION KING Returns to Kennedy Center and Dazzles with Artistry Review BWW Reviews: DISNEY'S THE LION KING Returns to Kennedy Center and Dazzles with Artistry
by Jennifer Perry - June 23, 2014

Featuring a wonderful combination of dazzling and unique artistry, Elton John and Tim Rice's strong score, and many strong performances, even those who have been there done that and seen The Lion King before can likely still find something to appreciate in the current national tour. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU Fails to Impress Review BWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU Fails to Impress
by Brooke Bridenstine - June 18, 2014

There is not a lot to say about We Will Rock You. The plot is bizarre, the characters and dialogue are weak, and only the great music keeps it afloat. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Review BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON
by Ellen Sterling - June 16, 2014

Those who aren't among the 15,082,028 people (6,398,889 in the United States) in the world's 29,253 congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - the Mormon Church - probably don't know much about that religion. I am one of those people. In fact, the one thing I absolutely believe in is musical theater. I don't claim it as a religion, but I do claim it can cure a host of ills and know that its devotees are fervid in their faith in the curative power of a good musical. I am supremely grateful that I saw my first Broadway show at the age of 5 and that my faith in that art form has never wavered in the least. Now, The Book of Mormon has reinforced that faith. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Pantages Hosts New JOSEPH Tour with Young and DeGarmo Review BWW Reviews: Pantages Hosts New JOSEPH Tour with Young and DeGarmo
by Michael L. Quintos - June 14, 2014

So what's the big selling point for this new national touring production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, which continues its three-week stop at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through June 22? Well, how about a pair of better-known American Idol alums in the lead roles... a pair that also just happens to be married to each other in real life? Though Diana DeGarma (as the Narrator) and Ace Young (as Joseph) may be the names on the marquee, it's the fun party atmosphere exuded by the show's terrific ensemble cast that really makes this show pop. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Horsing Around with WARHORSE Review BWW Reviews: Horsing Around with WARHORSE
by Finny (Amanda Finn) - June 12, 2014

A great poet named Robert Frost once said, 'poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.' WarHorse, in much the same way, is a play that found its words in moments full of 'naysaying' and silence. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! Brings Fun to Durham Review BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! Brings Fun to Durham
by Larisa Mount - June 06, 2014

The national touring company of Mamma Mia! made a brief pit-stop in the Triangle last weekend, doing several performances at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The show closed out the 2013-2014 theater season at DPAC. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Go, Go, Go JOSEPH Rocks the Pantages Review BWW Reviews: Go, Go, Go JOSEPH Rocks the Pantages
by Don Grigware - June 05, 2014

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat/lyrics by Tim Rice/ music by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber/directed & choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler/Pantages Theater/through June 22 (more...)


BWW Reviews: WAR HORSE Brings Heartwarming Tale to Nashville Review BWW Reviews: WAR HORSE Brings Heartwarming Tale to Nashville
by Cara Richardson - June 05, 2014

This week Nashville is gifted the chance to see War Horse at Tennessee Performing Arts Center. It isn't often that a person can say that a horse is the main character of a play, but that's just what War Horse gives you. Set in World War 1 era England, War Horse explores the relationship between a horse and his boy. When the horse, Joey, is sold to the war effort, his owner Albert can't bare to be apart from him and runs away, lies about his age, and joins the military. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU National Tour Hits Washington, DC Review BWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU National Tour Hits Washington, DC
by Jennifer Perry - June 04, 2014

Book problems? Yes. But there's a really talented group of performers involved in this one. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Broadway Sacramento Brings in a WICKED Good Cast Review BWW Reviews: Broadway Sacramento Brings in a WICKED Good Cast
by Harmony Wheeler - May 31, 2014

Good news! Wicked is back in Sacramento for another three weeks, and the goods just keep getting gooderer. Although Thursday's performance had some very minor technical glitches, the spectacle garnered a standing ovation. The lights, costumes and music supply ample goose bump moments in this "popular" musical. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Hodges & Hodges Review JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT! Review BWW Reviews: Hodges & Hodges Review JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT!
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - May 30, 2014

Hodges and Hodges were on the scene at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts for the opening night of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. 'Joseph' is part of Broadway San Jose's current season and if you haven't been to this venue to take in a show, then you're missing something special. Their current offering stars American Idol alums (and newlyweds) Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young who were announced as the leads for the 2014 tour in March. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WAR HORSE is Spectacular Review BWW Reviews: WAR HORSE is Spectacular
by David Clarke - May 28, 2014

On the heels of Memorial Day, Broadway Across America - Houston is presenting the First US National Tour of the acclaimed play WAR HORSE. The visually spectacular production first premiered on London's Off-West End in the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre. It transferred to the West End's New London Theatre, where it is still running. It enjoyed Broadway success at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at New York City's Lincoln Center. It has since been produced in Canada, Australia, and Germany. After seeing this tour, it is no surprise that everywhere the play goes, it leaves tear-soaked audiences speechless and amazed. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MEMPHIS at the Capitol Theatre is Smoldering and Soul-Stirring Review BWW Reviews: MEMPHIS at the Capitol Theatre is Smoldering and Soul-Stirring
by Tyler Hinton - May 28, 2014

The 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical MEMPHIS is currently playing a smoldering, soul-stirring run at the Capitol Theatre. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE at the Paramount - Touching and Simple Storytelling Review BWW Reviews: ONCE at the Paramount - Touching and Simple Storytelling
by Jay Irwin - May 28, 2014

We all know the annoying trend of turning every well-regarded or sellable movie into a Broadway Musical. Do we really need a stage version of the popular film especially when that film is pretty much a musical already such as with the indie sleeper hit "Once"? Well, I don't know if we need it but in this case I'm actually glad we have it as they have taken this lovely romance and just simply let it be told through it's gorgeous music and some very simple staging and the result is a great big sigh (and maybe even a few tears) at the end of a truly entertaining evening. (more...)


BWW Reviews: AMERICAN IDIOT Blends Rock, Theatre in Entertaining Mash-up Review BWW Reviews: AMERICAN IDIOT Blends Rock, Theatre in Entertaining Mash-up
by Maggie Yates - May 27, 2014

American Idiot delivers both the fun of a rock show and the glorious visual trapping of musical theatre for an entertaining mash-up of Broadway and Alt Rock. (more...)


BWW Reviews: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA unmasks fresh ideas Review BWW Reviews: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA unmasks fresh ideas
by Paul Hyde - May 22, 2014

The national tour of 'Phantom of the Opera' is dynamic and captivating, not better than the original, just different. (more...)