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BWW REVIEWS: AMAZING GRACE's World Premiere in Chicago: Sweet Sounds, Heavy Themes Close to Completion Review BWW REVIEWS: AMAZING GRACE's World Premiere in Chicago: Sweet Sounds, Heavy Themes Close to Completion
by Paul W. Thompson - October 20, 2014

Can a new musical be 'pre-Broadway' without having a New York theater booked, or without even announcing a timetable for said booking? How about a musical largely penned by a previously unknown writer, one who worked as a Pennsylvania policeman, and never formally studied music composition? Well, AMAZING GRACE is that show, and this expensive-looking, high-aiming show that's been in development since 2007, with book, music and lyrics by Christopher Smith (the book is co-written with the veteran playwright Arthur Giron) opened on Sunday night. So far, so good! (more...)


BWW Reviews:  LOVE LETTERS Gets Forwarded To Carol Burnett Review BWW Reviews: LOVE LETTERS Gets Forwarded To Carol Burnett
by Michael Dale - October 18, 2014

The beloved comedy star joins Brian Dennehy in the first of the production's scheduled cast changes. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  Tex Avery-Inspired ON THE TOWN Really Cooks Review BWW Reviews: Tex Avery-Inspired ON THE TOWN Really Cooks
by Michael Dale - October 17, 2014

John Rando's fast and furious revival is done in the style of the famed Warner Brothers animator. (more...)


Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Creates Conflict, Context in Best Hour Yet Review Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Creates Conflict, Context in Best Hour Yet
by Matt Tamanini - October 15, 2014

If you are reading this review, you probably loved last week's two-hour AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW premiere as much as I did, but while last week thrived on a sensory assault of spectacular images and fascinating character portrayals, tonight's episode found inventive ways to not only deliver those incredible aesthetics again, but to also set up what has all the makings of an incredibly compelling season of stories. Simply said, this was one of the finest hours of television writing I have seen in a long time. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  CINDERELLA Continues To Occupy Broadway Review BWW Reviews: CINDERELLA Continues To Occupy Broadway
by Michael Dale - October 11, 2014

Keke Palmer, Sherri Shepherd and Judy Kaye join Douglas Carter Beane's political activist musical based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein television classic. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  Nathan Lane Gives a Master Class in IT'S ONLY A PLAY Review BWW Reviews: Nathan Lane Gives a Master Class in IT'S ONLY A PLAY
by Michael Dale - October 10, 2014

Terrence McNally updates his wickedly funny 1980s comedy set at a Broadway opening night party. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is Visually Extraordinary, Emotionally Lacking Review BWW Reviews: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is Visually Extraordinary, Emotionally Lacking
by Michael Dale - October 06, 2014

Director Marianne Elliott and her designers do exceptional work replicating the world as experienced by a teenager with a behavioral condition. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  Chekhov Goes All WTF in THE COUNTRY HOUSE Review BWW Reviews: Chekhov Goes All WTF in THE COUNTRY HOUSE
by Michael Dale - October 03, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's latest addition to the genre of contemporary plays modeled after Chekhov is by far the company's best. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Betty Buckley's GHOSTLIGHT is Dreamy Perfection Review BWW CD Reviews: Betty Buckley's GHOSTLIGHT is Dreamy Perfection
by David Clarke - October 02, 2014

It's those quiet hours-the last few before dawn. Every one has left the theatre, and a single, bare bulb on a stand burns on stage to keep the ghosts company. That is more-or-less the inspiration and significance of the incomparable Betty Buckley's new and haunting album GHOSTLIGHT, produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Omniverse Vision's FROM HERE TO ETERNITY: THE MUSICAL (Live Cast Recording) Leaves Listeners Wanting More Review BWW CD Reviews: Omniverse Vision's FROM HERE TO ETERNITY: THE MUSICAL (Live Cast Recording) Leaves Listeners Wanting More
by David Clarke - October 01, 2014

Recognized as one of the best American novels of the 20th century, it is no surprise that From Here to Eternity has continued to stay present in cultural consciousness. The only true surprise is that it took over 60 years for a musical adaptation to become reality. Recently, Omniverse Vision Productions' released FROM HERE TO ETERNITY: THE MUSICAL (Live Cast Recording), showing that this show still has some fight left in it. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Stage Door Records' TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES (Original Cast Recording) is Atmospheric and Moody Review BWW CD Reviews: Stage Door Records' TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES (Original Cast Recording) is Atmospheric and Moody
by David Clarke - September 29, 2014

Stephen Edwards' TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES, a musical adaption of Thomas Hardy's 1891 novel, is a musical that never found its proper footing. Prior to opening on the West End, the UK tour was met with positive reviews, but poor critical reception at London's Savoy Theatre saw the musical shutter faster than anyone anticipated. Yet, TESS still has life thanks to TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES (Original Cast Recording). (more...)


BWW Reviews: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, a Classic Comedy Given a Classic Production Review BWW Reviews: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, a Classic Comedy Given a Classic Production
by Michael Dale - September 29, 2014

James Earl Jones heads a terrific cast in Scott Ellis' hilarious revival. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Yellow Sound Label's GRIND (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Pop-Laden and Poignant Review BWW CD Reviews: Yellow Sound Label's GRIND (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Pop-Laden and Poignant
by David Clarke - September 26, 2014

In a world ruled by smartphones, social dating apps are at the forefront of the single's experience. Naturally, various forms of media are reflecting these trends and holding that mirror up to audiences. On October 1, 2014 audiences everywhere can experience the musical short film GRIND, but Yellow Sound Label has already released the film's infectiously pulsating, pop-laden soundtrack. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Yellow Sound Label's TAMAR OF THE RIVER (A World Premiere Recording) is Majestically Opulent Review BWW CD Reviews: Yellow Sound Label's TAMAR OF THE RIVER (A World Premiere Recording) is Majestically Opulent
by David Clarke - September 24, 2014

The critically lauded and Drama Desk Award nominated TAMAR OF THE RIVER was originally commissioned as part of Signature Theatre's American Musical Voices Project: The Next Generation. With a rich tapestry of complicated choral and musical stylings, Marisa Michealson's inventive and experimental score has been recorded and recently Yellow Sound Label released TAMAR OF THE RIVER (A World Premiere Recording). (more...)


BWW Recap: DANCING WITH THE STARS Eliminates Another Pair Review BWW Recap: DANCING WITH THE STARS Eliminates Another Pair
by Gabrielle Gervais - September 23, 2014

The DANCING WITH THE STARS Results Show started off on a high note with an opening dance number to British pop group Little Mix's 'Salute.' It's one of my favorite songs right now, so that was fun for me. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Lakeshore Records' STAGE FRIGHT (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Is What It Is Review BWW CD Reviews: Lakeshore Records' STAGE FRIGHT (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Is What It Is
by David Clarke - September 23, 2014

Fall is upon us. As the air grows crisper, stories of gory murderous rampage grab our attention. Whether you love it, hate it, or haven't seen it, Jerome Sable's STAGE FRIGHT has Halloween 2014 written all over it. Recently, the physical album of the film's original motion picture soundtrack was released, scratching the itches of musical horror fanatics' lust for theatrical bloodshed. (more...)


Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Season 7 Premiere Recap; Full Results & Pics! Review Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Season 7 Premiere Recap; Full Results & Pics!
by Matt Tamanini - September 22, 2014

I'm sorry Blake Shelton, I have rooted for your team since the first season of THE VOICE, but no longer. Yes, you are still one funny, country rapscallion, but I will not be pulling for you to take home your fourth VOICE title. Yes, your single finger 'Pick Me' gesture is still one of the most endearingly dorky things this side of Zooey Deschanel, but I can't in good conscience pick you to win. Yes, I did root for your future wife Miranda Lambert on the first season of NASHVILLE STAR, but I can't root for you anymore. The reason? Two words: Gwen Stefani. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  Gurney's Bringing Snail Mail Back with LOVE LETTERS Review BWW Reviews: Gurney's Bringing Snail Mail Back with LOVE LETTERS
by Michael Dale - September 19, 2014

The story of a lifelong relationship between two people is told through the handwritten correspondence sent between them throughout the decades. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's ON THE TOWN (Original London Cast Recording) is a Helluva Recording Review BWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's ON THE TOWN (Original London Cast Recording) is a Helluva Recording
by David Clarke - September 16, 2014

ON THE TOWN is poised to have the best year ever. A big budget Broadway revival is set to begin previews on September 20, and Masterworks Broadway has just released the remastered ON THE TOWN (Original London Cast Recording). With zesty spunk, lively pizzazz, and indefatigable energy, this recording is sure to have you hoofing for days on end. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  THIS IS OUR YOUTH, Entitled Slacker Nostalgia Review BWW Reviews: THIS IS OUR YOUTH, Entitled Slacker Nostalgia
by Michael Dale - September 12, 2014

Anna D. Shapiro's Steppenwold production softens Kenneth Lonergan's satirical edges. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: The Shapiro Sisters' LIVE OUT LOUD: Live at 54 BELOW is Cheerful and Ebullient Review BWW CD Reviews: The Shapiro Sisters' LIVE OUT LOUD: Live at 54 BELOW is Cheerful and Ebullient
by David Clarke - September 10, 2014

On August 28, 2014, the Shapiro Sisters took the 54 BELOW stage for the fourth time and sang many tunes from the album and a few surprises as well, entertaining the audience with their brand of cuteness, charisma, and poised talent. Their debut release from Broadway Records was recorded across their first three appearances at the intimate venue and expertly captures their vibrant charm. (more...)


BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Movie is a Marvelous Adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's Off-Broadway Musical Review BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Movie is a Marvelous Adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's Off-Broadway Musical
by Alan Henry - September 08, 2014

The film adaptation of 'The Last Five Years,' based on the musical by Jason Robert Brown, had its world premiere last night at the Toronto International Film Festival. 'The Last Five Years' is a musical chronicling a relationship taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wallerstein is a young, talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through song. All of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Original Cast Records' NOËL COWARD OFF THE RECORD Is a Gem for Scholars and Noël Coward Fans Review BWW CD Reviews: Original Cast Records' NOËL COWARD OFF THE RECORD Is a Gem for Scholars and Noël Coward Fans
by David Clarke - September 02, 2014

Noel Coward left an inedible mark on the world of theatre with his hit plays, musicals, operettas, and revues. His expansive work is studied and revered by scholars, many of whom can trace elements of modern theatrical experiences back to his brand of "wit, satire, and sentiment." Sharing this brand, Original Cast Records' release of Steve Ross' NOËL COWARD OFF THE RECORD takes listeners on a journey through Coward's lesser-known repertoire. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Stage Door Records' SWAN ESTHER (Original Concept Album) Doesn't Take Flight Review BWW CD Reviews: Stage Door Records' SWAN ESTHER (Original Concept Album) Doesn't Take Flight
by David Clarke - August 27, 2014

In October of 1980, Nick Munns sent a tape of five songs to London theatre agent David Land. With Nick Munns music, David Land dreamed of replicating the success of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. SWAN ESTHER, not the hit that JOSEPH was, has enjoyed varying success. Now, Stage Door Records has re-released SWAN ESTHER's original concept album with studio rehearsal demos written for the reworked UK tour of the production entitled SWAN ESTHER AND THE KING. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Jay Records' THE LAST SESSION (Original London Cast Recording) Review BWW CD Reviews: Jay Records' THE LAST SESSION (Original London Cast Recording)
by David Clarke - August 26, 2014

THE LAST SESSION first opened in 1997 at the 47th Street Theatre. Sitting in one of those audiences was Rob Harris, who was so moved by the show that he made a vow to produce it himself one day. His dream become a reality in 2012, when he produced THE LAST SESSION in London. Now, fans of the musical and those who have never heard of it before can revel in the magic that moved Rob Harris in 1997. (more...)