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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...)


SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: BACKSTAGE WITH DISNEY ON BROADWAY Confirms FROZEN Heading to Broadway! Review SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: BACKSTAGE WITH DISNEY ON BROADWAY Confirms FROZEN Heading to Broadway!
by Matt Tamanini - December 14, 2014

Tonight, the mammoth Disney Theatricals pulls back the curtain on the eight Broadway shows that they have brought to the stage over the past 20 years. BACKSTAGE WITH DISNEY ON BROADWAY: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS will be hosted by Broadway favorite, and ABC Family member, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and will feature performances by Elton John, Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen (from ABC's NASHVILLE), Ashley Brown (Broadway's original Mary Poppins), Darren Criss (GLEE), Adam Jacobs (Broadway's Aladdin), and more. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: THE MAN WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS (Original Studio Cast Recording) is Old-Fashioned Musical Fun Review BWW CD Reviews: THE MAN WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS (Original Studio Cast Recording) is Old-Fashioned Musical Fun
by David Clarke - December 10, 2014

This year, Ron Lytle released the original studio cast recording to his musical THE MAN WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS: A NEW OLD-FASHIONED MUSICAL. Like the made for TV CBS film, the World War I set musical is based on the true story of A.C. Gilbert. However, Ron Lytle tells the heartwarming holiday story with splashy old-fashioned Broadway tunes. The mirthful spirit of the production is captured on the recording, which left me curious to see the musical staged. (more...)


SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Offers Redemption in Wild Card Round; Full Review! Review SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Offers Redemption in Wild Card Round; Full Review!
by Matt Tamanini - December 09, 2014

Leave it to NBC's THE VOICE to change up their format with little to no warning. One could say that it is in an effort to get (or keep) a specific producer-favorite in the competition, or it could just be a shrewd programming decision to make a normally anticlimactic results show just a bit more interesting. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' VENICE (Original Cast Recording) is Deeply Satisfying Review BWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' VENICE (Original Cast Recording) is Deeply Satisfying
by David Clarke - December 09, 2014

Recently Ghostlight Records released the astounding original cast recording of VENICE. The Off-Broadway musical features a book by Eric Rosen, music by Matt Sax, lyrics by Sax and Rosen, and additional music by Curtis Moore. The cast album is quite possibly one of the most exciting recordings I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Mary Testa and Michael Starobin's HAVE FAITH is Beautifully Hypnotizing Review BWW CD Reviews: Mary Testa and Michael Starobin's HAVE FAITH is Beautifully Hypnotizing
by David Clarke - December 08, 2014

Having seen Mary Testa in a cabaret concert in Houston, I feel I had an idea of what to expect from her and Michael Starobin's album HAVE FAITH. While I expected it to be eccentrically eclectic and haunting, nothing could have prepared me for how it was beautifully hypnotizing and simultaneously so unlike anything I've ever heard before. The unique album utilizes well-known pop songs (hits from The Beach Boys to Alanis Morissette) and songs written by William Finn and Michael John LaChiusa to explore thoughts on faith and doubt in ways that are equally alluring and unexpected. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  THE ELEPHANT MAN is a Curiosity, But Far From Intriguing Review BWW Reviews: THE ELEPHANT MAN is a Curiosity, But Far From Intriguing
by Michael Dale - December 08, 2014

Bernard Pomerance's one Broadway play is a clinical, alienating drama. (more...)


VIDEO: The Only Review That Matters; Watch PETER PAN LIVE! Through the Eyes of a Child Review VIDEO: The Only Review That Matters; Watch PETER PAN LIVE! Through the Eyes of a Child
by TV News Desk - December 05, 2014

Below, check out young Iain as he watches the broadcast and reminds us all of the true magic behind the J.M. Barrie classic! (more...)


SPOILER ALERT! Review: Despite Hiccups, PETER PAN LIVE! Thrives as Broadway Stars Shine Review SPOILER ALERT! Review: Despite Hiccups, PETER PAN LIVE! Thrives as Broadway Stars Shine
by Matt Tamanini - December 04, 2014

Growing up, my brother, sister, and I wore out our VHS recording of one of Mary Martin's TV productions of PETER PAN. Mixed in between viewings of APOLLO 13 and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, we learned every word to every song, and while I don't remember dancing along with the Lost Boys, there is no doubt that we could have, if asked. I've never seen the musical on stage, so, for me, PETER PAN simply belongs on TV; and producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan spared no fiary dust in creating a magical PETER PAN that reinforced why this holiday tradition should never grow up and fly away. Despite a handful of hiccups that befall many live productions, simply put, PETER PAN LIVE! is a triumph for children young and old. (more...)


BWW Recap: PETER PAN LIVE! Flies onto TV Tonight! UPDATING LIVE! Review BWW Recap: PETER PAN LIVE! Flies onto TV Tonight! UPDATING LIVE!
by Robert Lawlor - December 04, 2014

Last year, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron brought The Sound of Music starring country star (and former American Idol winner) Carrie Underwood in the leading role of Maria live to millions of people across the country. With this live performance featuring Broadway vets like Christian Borle and Laura Benanti in supporting roles, America was exposed to a small taste of what happens eight times a week on Broadway. To some, The Sound of Music Live was their first big exposure to the magic and wonder of Broadway, perhaps leading young viewers to bigger and grander things. (more...)


SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Delivers a Messy 'Blood Bath' & Not in a Good Way Review SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Delivers a Messy 'Blood Bath' & Not in a Good Way
by Matt Tamanini - December 03, 2014

After a week off to give thanks, the freaks are back tonight on AMERICAN HORROR STORY. When we last left Fraulein Elsa's Cabinet of Curiosities, Penny's father had her face covered in tattoos, Bette and Dot returned to camp to blackmail Elsa, and, after bonding with his son Jimmy, Dell delivered Ma Petite's lifeless body to Stanley. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  OUR LADY OF KIBEHO Tells of a Holy Prelude to Tragedy Review BWW Reviews: OUR LADY OF KIBEHO Tells of a Holy Prelude to Tragedy
by Michael Dale - December 02, 2014

Kateri Hall's drama dares the audience to accept a miracle. (more...)


Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: What Did We Learn from THE MAKING OF PETER PAN LIVE!? Review Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: What Did We Learn from THE MAKING OF PETER PAN LIVE!?
by Matt Tamanini - November 26, 2014

Tonight, NBC is pulling back the curtain on the upcoming PETER PAN LIVE! As BroadwayWorld recently reported, the MAKING OF PETER PAN LIVE! special will share secrets about the production, including how everybody's favorite fairy Tinkerbell will be created. (more...)


DANCING WITH THE STARS: Who is the Proud Owner of a Mirror Ball Trophy?! Recap 11/25; FULL RESULTS! Review DANCING WITH THE STARS: Who is the Proud Owner of a Mirror Ball Trophy?! Recap 11/25; FULL RESULTS!
by Gabrielle Gervais - November 25, 2014

Well, folks...tonight's the big night! We crown a new Mirror Ball Trophy winner and I couldn't be more excited! It has been such a fun and entertaining season and I'm actually kind of sad to see it go! The three finalist performing tonight for their shot at being the Season 19 champion are Sadie Robertson and her partner Mark Ballas, Janel Parrish & Val Chmerkovskiy, and tegitimately the last man standing, Alfoso Ribeiro and his partner Winey Carson. As I mentioned in last night's recap, I want to keep everything a surprise, so I won't say anything aout what to expect duringtonight's dances (more...)


DANCING WITH THE STARS-The Finals! 11/24 Recap; FULL RESULTS! Review DANCING WITH THE STARS-The Finals! 11/24 Recap; FULL RESULTS!
by Gabrielle Gervais - November 24, 2014

Tonight's the big night! The DANCING WITH THE STARS finale starts at 8/7c on ABC and it is not one to be missed! Will Alfonso be okay to dance? What kind of choreography will Derek Hough come up with for the freestyle? Who will win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy? All of these questions will be answered in the two-night DANCING WITH THE STARS Finale! (more...)


BWW Reviews:  A DELICATE BALANCE Stirs, but Doesn't Shake Review BWW Reviews: A DELICATE BALANCE Stirs, but Doesn't Shake
by Michael Dale - November 23, 2014

Pam MacKinnon's starry production has its stumbling points. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  New and Improved SIDE SHOW Fleshes Out Its Story of Conjoined Twins Review BWW Reviews: New and Improved SIDE SHOW Fleshes Out Its Story of Conjoined Twins
by Michael Dale - November 18, 2014

The 1997 flop with a big cult following returns with major revisions. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  Butterworth's THE RIVER Drowns in Its Own Ambiguity Review BWW Reviews: Butterworth's THE RIVER Drowns in Its Own Ambiguity
by Michael Dale - November 16, 2014

Hugh Jackman stars in the longest 90 minutes on Broadway.. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  Alda sends Bergen M*A*S*H Notes in LOVE LETTERS Review BWW Reviews: Alda sends Bergen M*A*S*H Notes in LOVE LETTERS
by Michael Dale - November 15, 2014

Candice Bergen and Alan Alda may be among the most endearing and believable pairs to take on A.R. Gurney's Pulitzer finalist. (more...)


Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Live Playoffs Elimination Show 11/12; Full Results! Review Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Live Playoffs Elimination Show 11/12; Full Results!
by Matt Tamanini - November 12, 2014

For the first time all season, we will have an elimination show on THE VOICE. After two months of Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, Knockout Rounds, and Live Playoffs, we finally get to see what America thinks of the 20 remaining singers. (more...)


BWW DVD Reviews: JERSEY BOYS is Fun & Fascinating Review BWW DVD Reviews: JERSEY BOYS is Fun & Fascinating
by David Clarke - November 11, 2014

For fans of JERSEY BOYS, today is the day you have been waiting for because the film adaptation of the musical is now in stores. Available on both DVD and Blu-ray, the fascinating film is directed by Clint Eastwood. John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, with Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi, Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito, and Christopher Walken as mobster Gyp DeCarlo. (more...)


   
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