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Glee-Cap: The Hurt Locker (Part One): SUE PLOTS, RACHEL PLAYS, AND SAM GETS HYPNOTIZED! Review Glee-Cap: The Hurt Locker (Part One): SUE PLOTS, RACHEL PLAYS, AND SAM GETS HYPNOTIZED!
by Robert Lawlor - January 23, 2015

So, in case you've been living under a rock or not reading my recaps (how dare!), here's what you've been missing on Glee! Most of the original glee club has somehow found their way back to Ohio to help relaunch their favorite club and basically anger Principal Sue Slyvester to no end. Rachel, suffering from that harsh burn of TV cancellation (RIP That's So Rachel #gonetoosoon) has teamed up with Kurt, who is using getting glee club back up and running as part of his NYADA credits, to get the glee club back up and grooving. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (But You Can Go Back and See It Again) Review BWW Reviews: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (But You Can Go Back and See It Again)
by Michael Dale - January 22, 2015

Anna Chlumsky and Richard Thomas have been added to the top-flight ensemble. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: THE NEW PICASSO (Original Concept Cast Recording) is Stirring but Familiar Review BWW CD Reviews: THE NEW PICASSO (Original Concept Cast Recording) is Stirring but Familiar
by David Clarke - January 19, 2015

With Max von Essen returning to Broadway in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at The Palace Theatre, it's the perfect time to dig up the concept cast albums for Jonathan David Sloate's THE NEW PICASSO. Spanning two discs, the music to this romantic fantasy piece is equal parts stirring and familiar. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is a Sure-Fire Ball of Fun Review BWW CD Reviews: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is a Sure-Fire Ball of Fun
by David Clarke - January 17, 2015

It is really no surprise to me that the first musical to open on Broadway in 2015 garnered impressive raves from New York critics. This smartly crafted piece of theatre candy is just sweet and sassy enough. One of the reasons why it is such a gem is because of its fantastically constructed score. Jason Robert Brown layers glitz and glamour on HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, but his trademark nuances and subtleties also add delightful zest and depth to this appealing score. (more...)


Glee-Cap: Alanis, Carole, and a 'Britana' Proposal on 'Jagged Little Tapestry' 1/16; Full Recap! Review Glee-Cap: Alanis, Carole, and a 'Britana' Proposal on 'Jagged Little Tapestry' 1/16; Full Recap!
by Robert Lawlor - January 16, 2015

There are certain things that just pair together well - peanut butter and jelly, Liza and a cabaret, Kurt and Blaine - oops, did I say that last one out loud? Anyway, there's also certain things that get paired together that you didn't realize how weirdly perfect that fit. Tonight, Alanis meets Carole - yes, you heard me, Ms. Jagged Little Pill meets the recent Broadway season's singer/songwriter darling in an epic mash up. It looks like it's going to be quite the tapestry being weaved tonight in song. Join me as I continue my quest of LIVE recapping to the very end, and enjoy some Carole King while I'm at it. (more...)


BWW Review:  HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, What Happened in Jersey is Finally on Broadway Review BWW Review: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, What Happened in Jersey is Finally on Broadway
by Michael Dale - January 15, 2015

Jason Robert Brown dumps the artsy stuff for a big fat hilarious musical comedy. (more...)


BWW Review: Broadway-Bound THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD Opens To Great Fanfare in Toronto Review BWW Review: Broadway-Bound THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD Opens To Great Fanfare in Toronto
by Alan Henry - January 15, 2015

The Toronto production of 'The Heart of Robin Hood' opened to great fanfare yesterday evening at The Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. The audience leapt to its feet at curtain call to cheer on the cast - and it was well deserved. 'The Heart of Robin Hood' is a great, feel-good night out at the theatre - with a fun twist on the story you probably already know and love. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Anika Larsen's SING YOU TO SLEEP is Comforting Review BWW CD Reviews: Anika Larsen's SING YOU TO SLEEP is Comforting
by David Clarke - January 14, 2015

Currently wowing audiences eight times a week as the sassy and tenacious Cynthia Weil in BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Anika Larsen recently released her debut solo album, SING YOU TO SLEEP. Sprinkling in subdued jazz, Anika Larsen invites us to loosen our ties, kick off our shoes, and cuddle up with her gentle crooning as we listen to the deliciously soothing SING ME TO SLEEP. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  CONSTELLATIONS is an Ursa Minor Review BWW Reviews: CONSTELLATIONS is an Ursa Minor
by Michael Dale - January 14, 2015

Call Nick Payne's new play If/Then without the music or Sure Thing without the bell. (more...)


Special Report: First Public Staged Reading of Revisions to GHOST: THE MUSICAL Shows Promise Review Special Report: First Public Staged Reading of Revisions to GHOST: THE MUSICAL Shows Promise
by Marakay Rogers - January 10, 2015

Theatrical Rights Worldwide wanted a new version of GHOST: THE MUSICAL for regional theatres. Director Marc Robin's initial publicly-presented revisions reveal an entirely new face of Bruce Joel Rubin's stage version of his beloved film. It's spare, clean, and shows signs of major improvement to a flawed musical. (more...)


Glee-Cap: Loser Like Me/Homecoming; LIVE Recap! Review Glee-Cap: Loser Like Me/Homecoming; LIVE Recap!
by Robert Lawlor - January 09, 2015

My dearest fellow Gleeks, When I first signed on to recap Glee way back during season two, I never imagined what this experience would be like and just how grateful I would be to bring you all the wonderful world of Glee from my odd, ridiculous, and sassy perspective. As we enter the final season, I want to thank you all for being with me through this journey and I hope that you've enjoyed it half as much as I have. Tonight, we begin a season of goodbyes, but let's enjoy the season ahead with all the music, drama, and lord knows what else. Let's embark on this last midnight train going anywhere, Gleeks. (more...)


VIDEO: Jane Lynch Featured in All-New Preview of Tonight's Season Premiere of GLEE! Review VIDEO: Jane Lynch Featured in All-New Preview of Tonight's Season Premiere of GLEE!
by TV News Desk - January 09, 2015

The final season of GLEE premieres tonight 8/7c on FOX. Below, watch a sneak peek at the premiere episode and see what McKinley High is like under the reign of Sue Sylvester! (more...)


Photos: Tam Mutu And Kelli Barrett At London Showcase Of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO! Review Photos: Tam Mutu And Kelli Barrett At London Showcase Of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO!
by Jamie Scott-Smith - January 08, 2015

See the first pics of Tam Mutu and Kelli Barrett performing songs from Doctor Zhivago, hitting Broadway very soon! (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: I'VE BEEN PLAYED: ALYSHA UMPHRESS SWINGS JEFF BLUMENKRANTZ is Effervescing and Lovely Review BWW CD Reviews: I'VE BEEN PLAYED: ALYSHA UMPHRESS SWINGS JEFF BLUMENKRANTZ is Effervescing and Lovely
by David Clarke - January 06, 2015

Alysha Umphress is giving audiences the world over a reason to rejoice in her talent. Seeing ON THE TOWN, I instantly fell in love with her plucky bravado and infectiously charismatic performance. That same energy and passion for performance is pristinely captured on Yellow Sound Label's I'VE BEEN PLAYED: ALYSHA UMPHRESS SWINGS JEFF BLUMENKRANTZ, making this album a sure-fire toe-tapping dazzler. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: THE LAST SHIP (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Deeply Satiating Review BWW CD Reviews: THE LAST SHIP (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Deeply Satiating
by David Clarke - January 05, 2015

I was able to catch a performance of THE LAST SHIP during previews. By intermission I knew I was looking forward to a cast recording of the musical, but I was largely uninterested in seeing the second act. I stuck it out and left inspired by the music and the cast's performances but entirely unmoved by the clunky book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey. (more...)


SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: GALAVANT Debuts with Singing Knights, Damsels in Distress, and John Stamos Review SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: GALAVANT Debuts with Singing Knights, Damsels in Distress, and John Stamos
by Matt Tamanini - January 04, 2015

After what seems like three years of commercials, ABC finally debuted its new musical series GALAVANT tonight. As I'm sure you know, this eight-episode, four-week 'event' features lyrics by Tony-nominee and Grammy-winner Glenn Slater and music by Grammy, Oscar, and Tony-winner Alan Menken; who seems to be in desperate search for the Emmy to round out his EGOT. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: PETER PAN LIVE! (Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event) Is Full of Pizzazz and Adventure Review BWW CD Reviews: PETER PAN LIVE! (Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event) Is Full of Pizzazz and Adventure
by David Clarke - January 04, 2015

To be perfectly candid, I found NBC's presentation of PETER PAN LIVE! to be completely unwatchable this past holiday season. However, my review copy of the soundtrack CD landed in my mailbox yesterday. The recording is making me rethink my abandoning the film in the middle of 'Hook's Tango.' Ultimately, Broadway Records' PETER PAN LIVE! (Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event) is nicely entertaining and quite charming. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: INTO THE WOODS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Lushly Opulent Review BWW CD Reviews: INTO THE WOODS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Lushly Opulent
by David Clarke - January 02, 2015

Disney's hit musical adaptation of INTO THE WOODS has been drawing in large chunks of change at the box office and has captured the attention of the world. Luckily for score enthusiasts, Walt Disney Records released 1 hour and 38 minutes worth of musical material across 2 discs, which has been broken into 50 palatable tracks. (more...)


2014 Flashback: This Year Backstage with Richard Ridge Review 2014 Flashback: This Year Backstage with Richard Ridge
by BWW Special Coverage - January 01, 2015

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge has moderated some fascinating discussions throughout 2014, including interviews with dynamic, best-friend duo Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, leading ladies Audra McDonald, Kelli O'Hara, Estelle Parsons, Vanessa Redgrave, and more. Scroll down for links and stills from this year's interviews! (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: John Schneider and Tom Wopat's HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Will Make Your Christmas Bright Review BWW CD Reviews: John Schneider and Tom Wopat's HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Will Make Your Christmas Bright
by David Clarke - December 22, 2014

It seems like Christmas albums are truly a dime a dozen. Everyone has one, and most of them get relegated to the $4.99 bins at Target, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart the season after they come out. Fortunately for consumers, John Schneider and Tom Wopat have released HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, a Christmas album that is sure to become a staple in the holiday collection of any discerning music lover. With snazzy, jazzy arrangements, the electric duo is bringing back 'The Rat Pack' aura for our Holiday enjoyment. (more...)


BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Is a Wish Come True for Fans of Both Theatre and Film Review BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Is a Wish Come True for Fans of Both Theatre and Film
by Matt Tamanini - December 19, 2014

For many musical theatre fans, a beloved Broadway musical, fairly faithfully, adapted into a stunning big screen success, is their most treasured of Christmas wishes. In recent years, however, the holidays have brought us near misses (LES MISERABLES), underwhelming disappointments (RENT), and outright abominations (NINE). However, Disney's INTO THE WOODS, opening nationwide on Christmas Day, is those musical theatre fans' wish fulfilled. With a cast of Hollywood A-listers and Broadway alums, all of whom prove more than capable of handling Stephen Sondheim's uniquely intricate and intellectual music and lyrics, this very well might be the most effectively adapted movie musical of the past half century. The lush orchestrations, the gorgeous settings, and the spectacular cast had a smile plastered on my face from the film's first note until its last. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: VALLEY OF SONG (Original Cast Recording) is Lovely Despite Shortcomings Review BWW CD Reviews: VALLEY OF SONG (Original Cast Recording) is Lovely Despite Shortcomings
by David Clarke - December 15, 2014

The new musical VALLEY OF SONG opened to positive notices from critics. Left incomplete at Ivor Novello's death, Christopher Hassall finished the piece. The recording captures the spirit of classical musicals as the score abounds with the whimsy of Rodgers + Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe. Despite these merits, VALLEY OF SONG (Original Cast Recording) suffers some shortcomings. (more...)


SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Final Four Sing on Performance Finale 12/15; Full Review and Pictures! Review SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Final Four Sing on Performance Finale 12/15; Full Review and Pictures!
by Matt Tamanini - December 15, 2014

Well, nearly three months after Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton first hit their 'I Want You' buttons on Season 7 of THE VOICE, we have made it to the finale. 70 artists auditioned for the coaches, 48 were chosen for a team, 20 sang for America's vote, and now only four remain with the hope of being crowned this season's champion. Chris Jamison, Craig Wayne Boyd, Matt McAndrew, and the Wild Card-winning Damien will sing tonight. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Stearns Matthews' SPARK Swings With Pizzazz Review BWW CD Reviews: Stearns Matthews' SPARK Swings With Pizzazz
by David Clarke - December 15, 2014

Celebrated solo cabaret performer Stearns Matthews recently released his debut solo album SPARK. The record serves as a wonderful introduction to his earnest and soothing lyrical baritone instrument. Each of the 11 tracks on the album is a song most already know and love, piquing interest in SPARK. Yet, Stearns Matthews wins us over as he sings them in such a way that the numbers sound completely brand new again. (more...)


BWW Review: The ANNIE Remake is Bad, but Not 
Nearly as Bad as You Think Review BWW Review: The ANNIE Remake is Bad, but Not Nearly as Bad as You Think
by Matt Tamanini - December 15, 2014

Full disclosure, I was completely ready to despise everything about the remake of ANNIE starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis. In fact, I had already written the lede in my head, and let me tell you, it was scathing. But, then I saw the movie, and was pleasantly surprised by how not completely horrible it was. Yes, it will probably still rank as one of the worst big screen musical adaptations of the past decade; just above the disastrous NINE; but there was plenty to appreciate for musical theatre lovers young and old. (more...)