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BWW REVIEW: PIPPIN Brings Its Magic Back to Boston BWW REVIEW: PIPPIN Brings Its Magic Back to Boston
by Jan Nargi - February 10, 2016

The extraordinary journey of the Broadway revival of PIPPIN began at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge a few years back, and now that triumphant Tony Award-winning musical, directed by Diane Paulus, is back in Boston via the national tour. While some tweaks have since been made to the prod... (more...)
BWW Review:  As Much 'Skillduggery' as 'Skullduggery' in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at the Orpheum BWW Review: As Much 'Skillduggery' as 'Skullduggery' in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at the Orpheum
by Joseph Baker - February 10, 2016

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER must have been a 'labor of love' for Robert L. Freedman, who wrote the book: After all, it is derived from the brilliant 1949 British comedy classic KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS, which benefited immeasurably by performances by Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood, and --... (more...)
BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES at the Warner Theatre BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES at the Warner Theatre
by Joseph Harrison - February 09, 2016

When considering musical theatre, one often immediately thinks of the classics - those shows that tell an age old story with soaring and lyrical songs peppered with engaging dance numbers and beautiful costumes. Those plays certainly have their place in the world, but in the past decade or so, a new... (more...)
BWW Review: MEMPHIS Cast Redefines Community BWW Review: MEMPHIS Cast Redefines Community
by Desiree Fantal - February 09, 2016

I have seen a lot of great theatre & I've also seen a lot of leave-as-soon-as-the-curtain-drops-so-no-one-asks-my-opinion sort of 'bad theatre.' Many think Community Theatre only produces the latter. I dare that lot to go see Memphis the Musical at St. Pete City Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: National Tour of CABARET Creates Melancomedy BWW Review: National Tour of CABARET Creates Melancomedy
by Dylan Shaffer - February 08, 2016

There was a National Tour of CABARET, and there was a theatre called the Benedum Center in a city called Pittsburgh. In this Roundabout Theatre Company production, resembling the 2014 Broadway revival starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams, the stage is metaphorically and literally a frame ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS Bring Their Magic Skills from B'way to Segerstrom Center BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS Bring Their Magic Skills from B'way to Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - February 06, 2016

Filled with eye-popping visuals, optical trickery, risky stunts, hilarious audience participation, and lots of hammy showmanship (complete with Solid Gold-style background dancers-slash-magicians' assistants), THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY is a supremely entertaining if occasionally cheesy s... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY at BDT Stage BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY at BDT Stage
by Chris Arneson - February 05, 2016

The Addams Family has been playing BDT Stage in Boulder since November, but even though death is just around the corner for this show's run, it still manages to be everything but neat, sweet and petite. (Which is exactly what an homage to the classic family deserves.)... (more...)
BWW Reviews: IF/THEN at Aronoff features great talent, but loses its way BWW Reviews: IF/THEN at Aronoff features great talent, but loses its way
by Kate Elliott - February 04, 2016

IF/THEN begins well enough with a compelling musical number. The song 'What If?' weaves a tapestry of tight harmonies and interesting staging. It immediately establishes the premise: a woman paralyzed by the song's title question proceeds to live out two possible life paths for the audience. Think '... (more...)
BWW Review: Sacramento Goes Under the Sea with THE LITTLE MERMAID BWW Review: Sacramento Goes Under the Sea with THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Harmony Wheeler - February 04, 2016

Since Sacramento last saw "The Little Mermaid," director Glenn Casale has fin(e)-tuned Disney's script and created a near-perfect,  spectacle of a production. The unofficial mini-tour of the show comes to Sacramento courtesy of California Musical Theatre this week only and is already sold out. ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PRODUCERS at the Capitol Theatre is Ebullient BWW Review: THE PRODUCERS at the Capitol Theatre is Ebullient
by Tyler Hinton - February 03, 2016

The new national tour of THE PRODUCERS, playing at the Capitol Theatre, is an ebullient, vivacious new version of the well-loved original.... (more...)
BWW Review: Don't Speak!  Just Go See BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at the Paramount BWW Review: Don't Speak! Just Go See BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at the Paramount
by Jay Irwin - February 03, 2016

Let me start by saying that I've never seen the original movie of "Bullets Over Broadway" all the way through. I'm just not a Woody Allen fan. So a musical interpretation of it didn't exactly thrill me. So what about the current production turned me around? Was it the story? It's cute but nothi... (more...)
BWW Review: Overture Hall is alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC BWW Review: Overture Hall is alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by Amanda Finn - February 03, 2016

The musical warhorse penned by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II - the last musical written by the duo -- will turn 57 this year, but thanks to invigorated direction by Jack O'Brien, the musical hasn't aged a day.... (more...)
BWW Review: Seeing IF/THEN is a Choice Cincinnati Should Make BWW Review: Seeing IF/THEN is a Choice Cincinnati Should Make
by Kelly Thompson - February 03, 2016

If/Then, just by the way it is written, will always be about if the woman playing Elizabeth/Liz/Beth is on or not.  While the show was on Broadway Elizabeth was played by Idina Menzel so obviously people will always want to compare.  I for one, am not going to do that because Jackie Burns was too am... (more...)
BWW Review: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Soars Into The Hippodrome BWW Review: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Soars Into The Hippodrome
by Cybele Pomeroy - February 01, 2016

The tech and scale of this North American touring production of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA are, in a word, magnificent. It is a spectacle of spectacles, and set designer Paul Brown deserves his own ovation. The sound, brilliantly executed by the Hippodrome techs and cleverly imagined by designer Mick Pott... (more...)
BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside Shoots 'Em Dead BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside Shoots 'Em Dead
by Audrey Liebross - January 29, 2016

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY's national tour tour shot over to the Fox Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Riverside for a single performance on January 27th, after a run at the Pantages. The top-notch cast delivered a hilarious night of theatre at the Fox, with fabulous dancing and singing.... (more...)
BWW Review: CELTIC NIGHTS Extols The Indomitable Spirit of the Irish - Exhilarating! BWW Review: CELTIC NIGHTS Extols The Indomitable Spirit of the Irish - Exhilarating!
by Herbert Paine - January 29, 2016

A tribe ~ a people, a culture ~ is defined by its history. If that history is wrought by famine and oppression, the experience will show in its art. Such is the case of the Irish, whose spirit, passion for freedom, and fortitude are exhilaratingly showcased in CELTIC NIGHTS: SPIRIT OF FREEDOM. The n... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Pops The Question-Just How Romantic Are You? BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Pops The Question-Just How Romantic Are You?
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - January 29, 2016

BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY: Romantic Or Schmaltzy?... (more...)
BWW Review: ONCE Enchants New Haven BWW Review: ONCE Enchants New Haven
by Lindsey Sullivan - January 29, 2016

Guy meets girl. They make some music. And they either end up together or apart, delighting or devastating their respective audiences. It's just as typical a story as the romance of the Broadway musical (and usually has a similar effect). Well, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's Once is hailed for da... (more...)
BWW Review: IF/THEN at Winspear Opera House BWW Review: IF/THEN at Winspear Opera House
by Kyle Christopher West - January 29, 2016

When IF/THEN debuted on Broadway in March 2014, it reunited original RENT stars Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp with RENT director Michael Grief. Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, whose 2008 rock musical NEXT TO NORMAL had received the Pulitzer Prize, wrote the much-anticipated show, and New York celebrated ... (more...)
BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL Dazzles in Nashville BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL Dazzles in Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 28, 2016

Can there be a better way to capture Matilda's spirit so evocatively than in a sparkling new work for the musical theater? A musical journey through which we can chart her soulful, heartfelt ascent into a literary hierarchy in which readers can live vicariously? Matilda's forays into a fictional wor... (more...)
BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE at the Buell Theatre BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE at the Buell Theatre
by Chris Arneson - January 28, 2016

There's currently a live version of the classic movie Dirty Dancing touring, and it's in Denver through the end of the month. I'll admit, I've never seen the film version of Dirty Dancing. (I swear, it's the truth.) But I had the time of my life. (OK, sorry.)... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour - Breathing Fresh Life Into A Timeless Masterpiece BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour - Breathing Fresh Life Into A Timeless Masterpiece
by Christina Mancuso - January 27, 2016

There's something truly divine about THE SOUND OF MUSIC, which has become a pillar of musical theatre for over 56 years. A brand new touring production of this beloved musical waltzed into The Ohio Theatre on Tuesday night starring Kerstin Anderson as Maria, Ben Davis as Captain Von Trapp, and Ashle... (more...)
BWW Review: PIPPIN at Shea's Buffalo Theatre BWW Review: PIPPIN at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - January 27, 2016

The 1970's was an era of self discovery, rebellion and personal exploration. Broadway was morphing from the stock musical comedy formula towards the darker issues of life not usually seen on the musical stage . There was a young Stephen Sondheim delving into the deep interpersonal relations of marri... (more...)
BWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST BWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Keith Waits - January 26, 2016

PNC Broadway in Louisville fills the Kentucky Center this week with the current tour of the 1993 Broadway hit Beauty and the Beast, the stage version of the 1991 Disney animated movie. The opening night audience included many family groups who clearly were fans of the movie.... (more...)
BWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES at The Fox Theatre BWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - January 25, 2016

It's not unusual for movies to be adapted for the stage these days, in fact, it's become rather commonplace. But typically, musicals written for the screen that flop (even though they might have a rather substantial cult following), are usually avoided for obvious reasons. Although, that didn't stop... (more...)




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