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BWW Review: You're Gonna Wanna See THE PRODUCERS! BWW Review: You're Gonna Wanna See THE PRODUCERS!
by Christine Swerczek - May 31, 2016

This is something you're gonna wanna see! THE PRODUCERS, a Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan musical masterpiece of mayhem, has opened at the Omaha Community Playhouse. In typical Mel Brooks fashion, it sweeps you off into a tornadic whirlwind of slapstick, clever innuendos, and just plain foolishness.... (more...)
BWW Review: WICKED Tour Soars Into The Saenger to Uproarious Applause BWW Review: WICKED Tour Soars Into The Saenger to Uproarious Applause
by Tara Bennett - May 31, 2016

If audience appeal is any indication of a show's worth, WICKED casts a spell that has created a multimillion-dollar treasure to the musical theatre world.... (more...)
BWW Review: ONCE Settles in Nicely at the Denver Center BWW Review: ONCE Settles in Nicely at the Denver Center
by Felicia Tassone - May 26, 2016

Once is definitely not your typical Broadway musical. It does not implement nor does it require the razzle dazzle that is usually typical of musical theatre. Instead there is a subtle intimacy and ease to the storytelling. From the moment you enter the theatre, you are transported to another place, ... (more...)
BWW Review: IF/THEN National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: IF/THEN National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - May 25, 2016

If/Then is an original musical that tells the story of Elizabeth Vaughan, a 40-year-old woman who moves back to New York City seeking a fresh start to her life. The musical depicts two different paths of where Elizabeth's life could take her.... (more...)
BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING - A Musical with the Right Moves BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING - A Musical with the Right Moves
by Carissa Chesanek - May 25, 2016

With its impressive onstage dancing and vocals, this is a musical you won't want to miss... (more...)
BWW Review: Seize the Stage! Rousing NEWSIES Leaps Over to OC's Segerstrom Center BWW Review: Seize the Stage! Rousing NEWSIES Leaps Over to OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - May 24, 2016

Now after more than a year, NEWSIES' North American First National Tour is nearing its conclusion, finally stopping at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through May 29 (the musical will motor down to San Diego the following week). After seeing the original Broadway product... (more...)
BWW Revieww: ONCE at Starlight Theatre BWW Revieww: ONCE at Starlight Theatre
by Alan Portner - May 23, 2016

Starlight Theatre's Broadway season stepped off Friday evening with the offbeat, intimate 'Once' based on a 2007 film of the same name. The film became a cult favorite and earned the 2008 Academy Award for Best Song 'Falling, Slowly.' Rewritten for the stage and transformed into a full-fledged music... (more...)
BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Goes Great Guns at The Memphis Orpheum BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Goes Great Guns at The Memphis Orpheum
by Caroline Sposto - May 20, 2016

The lights come up, jazz age gangsters rush the stage and fire at the backdrop with their machine guns, and the words BULLETS OVER BROADWAY appears in lights--a perfect intro for a madcap caper. Let the fun begin!... (more...)
BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING - A Lackluster, Disappointing Version of the Iconic Film BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING - A Lackluster, Disappointing Version of the Iconic Film
by Christina Mancuso - May 18, 2016

Spectacular dancing, heartfelt story, brilliant actors, classic songs.... The iconic film, DIRTY DANCING had all the makings to translate seamlessly onto the stage. However, unfortunately, it failed to deliver on all accounts. Written and conceived by Eleanor Bergstein, who has little to no previous... (more...)
BWW Review: CHICAGO Dazzles at Fox Cites P.A.C. BWW Review: CHICAGO Dazzles at Fox Cites P.A.C.
by Meredith Kreisa - May 18, 2016

Appleton's Fox Cities Performing Arts Center welcomes CHICAGO THE MUSICAL this week, and it is sure to wow audiences.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Spectacle of THE LION KING BWW Review: The Spectacle of THE LION KING
by Amanda Finn - May 16, 2016

Disney's The Lion King has dominated the stage for almost 20 years and audiences still flock to the theatre whenever the show migrates into a new city -- or even an old city as the show makes its return to Overture Center.... (more...)
BWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Hippodrome BWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Hippodrome
by Tina Collins - May 12, 2016

Be their guest at the Hippodrome for Disney's lavish musical, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST... (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE LETTERS at 710 MAIN THEATRE BWW Review: LOVE LETTERS at 710 MAIN THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - May 12, 2016

MACGRAW AND O'NEAL MASTER THE ART OF 'LOVE LETTERS' Before cell phones, texts, tweets or facebook messages there existed that lost art of writing letters. Yes, I said art. Putting words to paper in complete sentences that share emotions as well as news of the day can be exciting to write and even m... (more...)
BWW Review: CHICAGO Brings its City a 'Splendiferous' Show BWW Review: CHICAGO Brings its City a 'Splendiferous' Show
by Kailey Hansen - May 12, 2016

There's a moment during the ritzy, jazzy smash hit, Chicago, when charming lawyer Billy Flynn compares a murder trial to a dazzling, show-stopping circus: 'Give'em a show that's so splendiferous,' he says. And that Chicago truly did.... (more...)
BWW Review: MATILDA, Not Everything It is Cracked Up To Be at State Theatre BWW Review: MATILDA, Not Everything It is Cracked Up To Be at State Theatre
by Roy Berko - May 09, 2016

Matilda Wormwood is a precocious five-year old who loves to read and has the ability to perform telekinesis. She also likes to meet life's obstacles. She comes from a family in which her father wanted a male child, so he calls her 'boy,' has a mother who didn't know she was pregnant and when Matilda... (more...)
BWW Review: Playhouse's MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL Comes 'Home' BWW Review: Playhouse's MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL Comes 'Home'
by Joseph Baker - May 09, 2016

When Director and Co-Choreographer Jordan Nichols first saw and enjoyed MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL, he knew that he just had to stage a production in the city itself; as polished and entertaining as it was, it needed just a little something . . . 'an infusion of Memphis grit.' In Playhouse on the Square's ... (more...)
BWW Review: Lively and Hilarious BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at The Peabody Opera House BWW Review: Lively and Hilarious BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at The Peabody Opera House
by Chris Gibson - May 06, 2016

If you think about it, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is the perfect Woody Allen film to turn into a Broadway musical, especially since it pokes fun at the process of producing one. Add some particularly well drawn characters (book by Allen, based on the original screenplay written with Douglas McGrath) and ... (more...)
BWW Review:  THE WIZARD OF OZ Gets Modern Update at the National Theatre BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ Gets Modern Update at the National Theatre
by Jennifer Perry - May 06, 2016

Overall, there's a lot of mass appeal in this production, some fun musical moments, and opportunities for the entire family to visit the familiar and well-loved. Unfortunately, it simply pales in comparison to what we have seen before.... (more...)
BWW Review: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at Aurora Fox BWW Review: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at Aurora Fox
by Chris Arneson - May 06, 2016

Catch Me If You Can The Musical, currently playing at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, has the perfect mix of an exciting score and stellar design team with a cast sparkling with talent.... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL's Emotional Musical Journey is One of Dr. Phillips Center's Best BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL's Emotional Musical Journey is One of Dr. Phillips Center's Best
by Matt Tamanini - May 05, 2016

Unsurprisingly, the crowd at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for the Opening Night performance of the Tony-winning musical BEAUTIFUL, the final show of the 2015-2016 Broadway in Orlando season, was filled with baby boomers. Not only does that age group line up with traditional ... (more...)
BWW Review: 42ND STREET National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: 42ND STREET National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - May 04, 2016

Based on Bradford Ropes' 1932 novel as well as Busby Berkeley's 1933 film musical adaptation of the same name, 42nd Street tells the story of famed dictatorial Great White Way director Julian Marsh to mount a successful stage production of a musical extravaganza at the height of the Great Depression... (more...)
BWW Review: MEMPHIS at Theatre Three BWW Review: MEMPHIS at Theatre Three
by Kyle Christopher West - May 04, 2016

By 2009, when the musical MEMPHIS opened on Broadway, America had nearly 60 years since the Civil Rights Movement began in the 1950s. But, despite significant progress, headlines even today continue to affirm our society's failings in the areas of discrimination and prejudice. Monday night, when the... (more...)
BWW Review: DAVID SEDARIS Is America's Humorist Laureate BWW Review: DAVID SEDARIS Is America's Humorist Laureate
by Herbert Paine - May 02, 2016

If America had an award for satirist-in-chief, David Sedaris would be the odds-on favorite. If there were a garland for humorist laureate, it would rest on his head. DAVID SEDARIS on-tour proves the point in an evening of readings and commentary that is both intellectual, personal, and theatrical.... (more...)
BWW Review: Feel-Good KINKY BOOTS at The 5th Avenue Theatre is Fun-Filled and Fabulous BWW Review: Feel-Good KINKY BOOTS at The 5th Avenue Theatre is Fun-Filled and Fabulous
by Amelia Reynolds - May 02, 2016

Picture it: New York City; the year, 2002. A wide-eyed, Broadway first timer awaiting her first celebrity signature after a production of 'Hairspray' felt a deep connection with the raspy-voiced actor when he looked me dead in the eye and apologized for his dry sharpie. With one 'Darling, I'm so sor... (more...)
BWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Ultimately Grabs The Heart BWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Ultimately Grabs The Heart
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - April 29, 2016

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Goes Beyond Skin Deep... (more...)




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