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BWW Reviews: ONCE Charms at The Fabulous Fox Theatre Review BWW Reviews: ONCE Charms at The Fabulous Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - April 15, 2014

ONCE, the Oscar-winning film ("Falling Slowly"), has a lot of qualities to it that don't immediately make you think it should transition well to the stage. It's a simple story that deals mostly with two main characters, and it doesn't have an "in your face" type of score, or mood about it. And yet, somehow writer Enda Walsh (book) is able to maintain that intimate intensity without sacrificing its charms. It helps that Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova have crafted a subtle, but fine collection of tunes that really work well to assist in telling the story, even on a big stage. The current production gracing the Fox Theatre is wonderfully directed (John Tiffany), and makes for a perfect "date night" out. This Tony Award winner is deserved of its praise and delivers must-see entertainment. (more...)


BWW Reviews: GHOST THE MUSICAL Ascends to Otherworldly Review BWW Reviews: GHOST THE MUSICAL Ascends to Otherworldly
by Cybele Pomeroy - April 10, 2014

GHOST THE MUSICAL, based on the 1990 film Ghost, tours the US after a successful West End run with visual effects that enhance the magic of live theatre. (more...)


BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS - A Blockbuster Hit Review BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS - A Blockbuster Hit
by Jimmy Ferraro - April 10, 2014

'JERSEY BOYS' is a MUST SEE PRODUCTION! 'JERSEY BOYS' is a BLOCKBUSTER HIT! The opening night crowd screamed and whistled and applauded from the moment the show began. They jumped to their feet for a rousing, well deserved STANDING OVATION! (more...)


BWW Reviews: SISTER ACT Takes Audiences to 'Heaven' Review BWW Reviews: SISTER ACT Takes Audiences to 'Heaven'
by Harmony Wheeler - April 10, 2014

Raise your voice, raise your laughter, your praise, your accolades and shout hallelujah! Sister Act is fabulous, baby. The Broadway musical has all the heart of the original Whoopi Goldberg film, with new plot developments and extra soul. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WICKED Defies Gravity in Fresno Review BWW Reviews: WICKED Defies Gravity in Fresno
by Harmony Wheeler - April 04, 2014

'Wicked' arrives in Fresno this week with two new witches at the broom and wand. They share their experience with children and adults new to the musical's magic, and the special quality of the leads' first week of performances makes the production enjoyable for the more familiar, familial audience members, as well. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Go See this Show at ONCE Review BWW Reviews: Go See this Show at ONCE
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - April 03, 2014

Falling slowly into a relationship with ONCE and its quirky characters stirred memories in the hearts and minds of lost loves and fleeting past moments. Catching this show at Minneapolis' Orpheum should be done pretty quickly with the run ending April 6. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WARHORSE Prances Onto the Stage of the Music Hall in Kansas City Review BWW Reviews: WARHORSE Prances Onto the Stage of the Music Hall in Kansas City
by Steve Wilson - April 02, 2014

With the smooth style and graceful stride of a thoroughbred, Warhorse pranced onto the stage of the Music Hall in Kansas City on Tuesday April 1. From the Broadway Across America series Warhorse is based on a book by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford, and in association with Handspring Puppet Company. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WICKED at Tennessee Performing Arts Center Review BWW Reviews: WICKED at Tennessee Performing Arts Center
by Cara Richardson - March 31, 2014

While some may think this could be a boring musical for children, trust me when I say that it is far from that. While this is a show that children will enjoy, Wicked delves much deeper into human nature than most "children's" shows. Wicked gives a hard look at how the choices we make define our lives, and how difficult it can be to be different and to stand for what you believe in. (more...)


BWW Reviews: High Flying BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL Delights at Strathmore Review BWW Reviews: High Flying BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL Delights at Strathmore
by Jennifer Perry - March 30, 2014

Like the Broadway production, the national touring production is fun - pure and simple. You can't ask for much more than that. (more...)


BWW Reviews: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Creates Magic Review BWW Reviews: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Creates Magic
by Harmony Wheeler - March 26, 2014

"Peter and the Starcatcher" catches more than starstuff with its mosaic style and resourceful staging. Directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers and writer Rick Elice manage to use ladders, flashlights and other pulled-together, everyday items to soar the magic to heights stronger and more believable than ever. Clap if you believe! (more...)


BWW Reviews: Jillian Michaels' MAXIMIZE YOUR LIFE Tour Impresses a 'Top 5 Smartest City in the World' Review BWW Reviews: Jillian Michaels' MAXIMIZE YOUR LIFE Tour Impresses a 'Top 5 Smartest City in the World'
by Christina Mancuso - March 24, 2014

Bad-ass fitness trainer, Jillian Michaels, appeared for one night only at the Palace Theatre in Columbus, Ohio on her second national 'Maximize Your Life' tour. But be prepared. This ain't no fitness show. It's a 2 hour wake-up call to anyone who is ready to face their demons, transform their lives, and be their best self. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT Blows Houston Away Review BWW Reviews: Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT Blows Houston Away
by David Clarke - March 22, 2014

Unable to see AMERICAN IDIOT in New York City, I am so happy that the Third National Tour finally brought the show to Houston, TX. This lively, youthful cast owns every moment of this explosive and exhilarating AMERICAN IDIOT, and I can't imagine any other cast performing this rollicking, raucous piece as well as they do. Every human on the stage gives this show everything they can, and the end result is something I'll cherish for years to come. (more...)


BWW Reviews: This BOOK OF MORMON Gets a Warm Welcome as It Rings The Bushnell's Doorbell Review BWW Reviews: This BOOK OF MORMON Gets a Warm Welcome as It Rings The Bushnell's Doorbell
by Lauren Yarger - March 21, 2014

This tour is quite well done, with strong vocals for the leads. Evans nails 'I Believe' and Ncube shows a lovely soprano in her national tour debut. O'Neill, making his professional debut, shows solid comic ability as the awkward Cunningham (more...)


BWW Reviews: EVITA - A New Rendition Review BWW Reviews: EVITA - A New Rendition
by Jimmy Ferraro - March 20, 2014

EVITA won 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical and six Drama Desk Awards. If you never saw a live, production of "EVITA", GO SEE IT! (more...)


BWW Reviews: EVITA Enthralls Durham Review BWW Reviews: EVITA Enthralls Durham
by Larisa Mount - March 15, 2014

Evita, a long-beloved musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice, has landed in Durham for the week. The national tour follows a Broadway revival which played to New York audiences in 2012. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Fun, Puns and Tons of Imagination, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Review BWW Reviews: Fun, Puns and Tons of Imagination, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by Noah Lee Jordan - March 14, 2014

Before there was Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy and those other two annoying little brothers--there was just a boy who didn't have a name, a few orphan friends, a 'starcatcher' named Molly and a ship named Neverland... (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE Brings Two Worlds and Sounds Together at the Benedum Center Review BWW Reviews: ONCE Brings Two Worlds and Sounds Together at the Benedum Center
by Greg Kerestan - March 13, 2014

This Saint Patrick's Day weekend, skip the riots and go see the national tour of the little musical that could, for a tribute to the modern Irish tradition of producing great singer-songwriters. (more...)


BWW Reviews: SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL Review BWW Reviews: SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL
by Cara Richardson - March 13, 2014

On Tuesday night, Sister Act: The Musical opened at Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. Based on the 1992 movie of the same name, the musical has music by Alan Menkin and lyrics by Glen Slater. If you are a fan of the movie, you'll see many of your favorite moments, along with a few new things to keep you interested. If you don't know the movie, you'll meet a lively cast of characters and get a story full of laughs. (more...)


BWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP Parties in Sacramento Review BWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP Parties in Sacramento
by Harmony Wheeler - March 12, 2014

They're blue for a reason. Although their out of this world look and behavior may suggest otherwise, the Blue Man Group is blue for a reason. Their give-or-take 95 minute show celebrates the senses with food, sound and, above all, color. Being blue is all a part of that. I suppose waiting 40 minutes past curtain time for the show to start (due to technical difficulties) on its Broadway Sacramento opening night can be counted part of the experience too. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Put Your Hands Up for BRING IT ON in Folsom Review BWW Reviews: Put Your Hands Up for BRING IT ON in Folsom
by Harmony Wheeler - March 08, 2014

Bring It On Folsom. Bring on the Broadway talent. Bring on the music. Bring on the cheerleaders? Yes, cheerleaders. And Friday evening's audience at the Harris Center was ready to "Bring It On" with the fairly new musical based on the popular film series. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WICKED Flies Into Cincinnati Review BWW Reviews: WICKED Flies Into Cincinnati
by Kelly Thompson - March 07, 2014

I've seen Wicked multiple times (a few more times and I will be in double digits) and every single time, I enjoy myself. That proves how powerful this musical has become and how its themes will always be relevant. But what can make or break any performance, no matter how many times you see it, are the performers. If they are having a bad day or aren't as strong as they are suppose to be, the audience can leave disappointed. In the case of this tour of Wicked Alison Luff, who plays Elphaba, made this show. (more...)


BWW Reviews: JOSEPH National Tour Starts Slow in Cleveland Review BWW Reviews: JOSEPH National Tour Starts Slow in Cleveland
by Roy Berko - March 06, 2014

JOSEPH is one of my favorite escapist musical theatre scripts. I love the music, the creativity of taking a Bible story and making it into a pleasant family experience without getting preachy. The version now on stage at the Palace was not one of my favorite stagings of the show. Audiences will generally like it, but it could have been 'One More Angel in Heaven,' at least in show business firmament, but it wasn't. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Boise Shouts, HELLO DOLLY! To National Tour Review BWW Reviews: Boise Shouts, HELLO DOLLY! To National Tour
by Teresa Rodrick - March 06, 2014

Sally Struthers portrays Dolly Levi in this production. In the age of YouTube there are many versions of Dolly out there to find by famous divas of the stage and each has made Dolly their own part. Sally Struthers can now be added to that list of 'Dolly divas'. Her little quirks and joyful sounds throughout the production has created a Dolly Levi that those of us in Boise who were lucky enough to see, will not forget. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Theatre Under the Stars' THE WIZARD OF OZ is Entirely Charming Review BWW Reviews: Theatre Under the Stars' THE WIZARD OF OZ is Entirely Charming
by David Clarke - March 06, 2014

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's beloved classic film THE WIZARD OF OZ has been re-adapted for the stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams. The splashy show features Harold Arlen's original music and E.Y. Harburg's original lyrics, with additional lyrics by Tim Rice and additional music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Flying audiences over the rainbow, this musical is sentimental, family-friendly schmaltz that entertains with ease. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Take a Chance on Them: MAMMA MIA! Hits DC's National Theatre Review BWW Reviews: Take a Chance on Them: MAMMA MIA! Hits DC's National Theatre
by Jamie McGonnigal - March 05, 2014

The good news is, fifteen years later the songs are still being sung beautifully. The touring company that is briefly visiting the nation's capital sure enough has the audience dancing in the aisles by the time they wrap things up. (more...)