Forever Tango on Broadway Reviews
Forever Tango: Theater Review - Score: 8
From: Hollywood Reporter By: David Rooney Publication Date: 07/14/2013
...this Broadway summer filler's main challenge is to inject variation into an entertainment built entirely around a single sultry dance tradition, defined by its heightened sense of melodramatic sizzle. But creator-director Luis Bravo's worldwide hit addresses the fatigue issue by steadily cranking up the degree of difficulty in the routines as the marathon progresses....Smirnoff and Chmerkovskiy are about as authentically Argentinean as Tango & Cash, but who cares? The crowd is mad for them, and it's easy to see why. They're tall, sinuous and sexy, delivering polished showmanship with effortless charisma. The four routines that feature the duo are among the highlights
'Forever Tango' review: Steamy storytelling - Score: 8
From: Newsday By: Linda Winer Publication Date: 07/14/2013
The guest headliners at "Forever Tango" through Aug. 11 are Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, those superstar virtuoso-celebs from "Dancing With the Stars" by way of Ukraine. And their audience-pleasing, hyper-theatrical, show-off numbers are lots of fun -- especially if you appreciate the allure of unbridled ego...But the real stars of Luis Bravo's "Forever Tango" -- the ones keeping the forever in the tango -- must certainly be the 16 dancers and the 11-piece orchestra now serving as more than mere summer filler on Broadway.
STAGE REVIEW Forever Tango - Score: 7
From: Entertainment Weekly By: Tanner Stransky Publication Date: 07/14/2013
Tango is light but fun, and it moves along at a spicy clip. If you love Latin dance - or hell, if you just love a good time - you won't regret a night at the show, which impresario Luis Bravo has been mounting in various incarnations for more than two decades.
BWW Reviews: FOREVER TANGO Steams Up Broadway's Summer - Score: 7
From: BroadwayWorld By: Michael Dale Publication Date: 07/14/2013
More of a supper club floor show than the usual theatre fare, the elegantly-mannered onstage eleven piece orchestra, led by Víctor Lavallén, features four gentlemen playing the bandoneón, the traditional concertina-type instrument. In fact, the show's primary dance team, Victoria Galoto and Juan Paulo Horvath, both make their entrances out of an oversized replica of the instrument.
It takes two to ‘Tango’ - Score: 7
From: NY Post By: Elisabeth Vincentelli Publication Date: 07/14/2013
There's a reason we have a revue like "Forever Tango" and not "Everlasting Jitterbug" or "Always Rumba." Since its beginnings in lower-class Argentine neighborhoods, tango has enjoyed global success, becoming an international code word for both torrid passion and popular routines on "Dancing With the Stars." Maybe it's that combination of stylized aggression, pent-up sexuality and aloof intensity that draws fans: A hard-to-get lover can be more rewarding than an easy conquest, and tango doesn't try to charm.
Dressed to Kill, and Ready to Stomp All Over You - Score: 6
From: New York Times By: Alastair Macaulay Publication Date: 07/14/2013
This is a foolish production. Belittling its own music, it turns tango into a mere formula, an excuse. Its real heart is in surface displays of costume, makeup, coiffure and sexuality as melodrama. Only the musicians look sincere.
‘Forever Tango,’ theater review - Score: 6
From: NY Daily News By: Joe Dziemianowicz Publication Date: 07/14/2013
It's a bare-bones show. No sets, just a stage full of 11 musicians, with Grammy-winning Latin crooner Gilberto Santa Rosa as a guest vocalist through July 28. On the cello is Luis Bravo, the show's creator and director, who's already brought this show to Broadway in 1997 and 2004. When he called it "Forever," he meant it.
Broadway's 'Tango' isn't worthy of mirror-ball trophy - Score: 6
From: USA Today By: Elysa Gardner Publication Date: 07/14/2013
The tango is a dance that relies heavily on the physical and sensual rapport and tension between partners. The assorted couples in the regular cast - many of whom have appeared in previous stagings of Tango, which creator/director Luis Bravo conceived in the early '90s - lock into each other with an intensity that might seem almost satirical to the uninitiated...Smirnoff and Chmerkovskiy, in contrast, appear much more focused on seducing the audience...Their dancing may be technically impressive, but like the submedium that made them famous, it lacks wit, restraint and nuance.
Theater review: 'Forever Tango' - Score: 6
From: NorthJersey.com By: Robert Feldberg Publication Date: 07/14/2013
Other tango revues have provided context for the dances, presenting the rich history of Argentina's tango culture, which originated in the 1890s in disreputable districts of Buenos Aires, as well as charting the evolution of its style over the years, as it became one of the world's most popular dances. "Forever Tango," however, tries to get by with the bare minimum, assuming the word "tango" is enough to entrance an audience. It isn't.
Theater Review: 'Forever Tango' -- 2 stars - Score: 5
From: amNY By: Matt Windman Publication Date: 07/14/2013
Maybe it's called 'Forever Tango' because, unless you don't mind watching tango routine after tango routine after tango routine for two-plus hours without any kind of narrative, it seems to last forever...The athletic, chic-looking dancers move elegantly and have sex appeal to spare. The accordion-heavy band is also quite elegant. But devoid of plot, character or variation, their leg-locking and thrusting routines get old after 10 minutes.
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