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BWW Review: BRIGHT STAR at Winspear Opera House BWW Review: BRIGHT STAR at Winspear Opera House
by Kyle Christopher West - June 14, 2018

Scrolling through the nearly 900 musical theatre albums in my iTunes library, it's easy to confirm that Broadway seldom features banjo-led scores, although rare exceptions on and off-Broadway might include MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, ALWAYS PATSY CLINE, THE SPITFIRE GRILL and THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM. And... (more...)
BWW Review: WAITRESS Captures The Heart of Nashville During TPAC Run BWW Review: WAITRESS Captures The Heart of Nashville During TPAC Run
by Jeffrey Ellis - June 07, 2018

There comes a moment late in act two of Waitress, the Jessie Nelson-Sara Bareilles musical now onstage at Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall, when Desi Oakley - the actress portraying Jenna Hunterson, the show's very pregnant heroine - finds herself bathed in the bright glow of a... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Returns to Columbus and They're Still Something Incredible BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Returns to Columbus and They're Still Something Incredible
by Christina Mancuso - May 27, 2018

Hello, again.  Columbus was glutton for punishment when THE BOOK OF MORMON returned to the Ohio Theatre for another blasphemous yet gut-wrenchingly hilarious week of musical theatre genius.  This time, the audience was snickering and giggling while they shuffled in their seats before the show even b... (more...)
BWW Review: CINDERELLA is A Lovely Night at Heinz Hall BWW Review: CINDERELLA is A Lovely Night at Heinz Hall
by Dylan Shaffer - May 24, 2018

Missed your invitation to Harry and Megan's royal wedding? Fear naught, because as part of PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh, the story of Cinderella is as enchanting and regal as any British love story.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Women Rule THE KING AND I Tour Now in Worcester BWW REVIEW: Women Rule THE KING AND I Tour Now in Worcester
by Jan Nargi - May 18, 2018

The national tour of the 2015 Tony Award-winning revival of THE KING AND I, now brightening the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, is a perfectly respectable production. The timeless and soaring Rodgers and Hammerstein score is beautifully sung and impeccably played by the 16-piec... (more...)
BWW Review: OC's Segerstrom Center Finally Becomes the Room Where HAMILTON Happens BWW Review: OC's Segerstrom Center Finally Becomes the Room Where HAMILTON Happens
by Michael Quintos - May 15, 2018

For three years, I have obsessed over the Original Broadway Cast Album of Lin-Manuel Miranda's ingeniously constructed, powerfully-rendered musical masterpiece HAMILTON, mostly because it just wasn't possible for me to see the show at its home at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York. Fast forward... (more...)
BWW Review: Paramount Presents LOVE NEVER DIES - Oh, Please Let It BWW Review: Paramount Presents LOVE NEVER DIES - Oh, Please Let It
by Jay Irwin - May 09, 2018

I'll admit that I've never been what you would call a fan of 'Phantom of the Opera'. I appreciate it for what it is, and I find it tolerable with some interesting melodies but largely it's all flash and no substance. But now comes the (gulp) sequel to 'Phantom', 'Love Never Dies' currently playing... (more...)
BWW Review:  ALADDIN Takes Audience on a Magic Carpet Ride to “A Whole New World” BWW Review: ALADDIN Takes Audience on a Magic Carpet Ride to “A Whole New World”
by Roy Berko - May 06, 2018

Disney, whether it's their theme parks, cruises or Broadway-style shows, has a special approach that excites kids as well as adults. Disney's 'Aladdin,' which is now on stage at the Key Bank State Theatre, is no exception.... (more...)
BWW Review: Three Cheers for the Talented Kids in SCHOOL OF ROCK BWW Review: Three Cheers for the Talented Kids in SCHOOL OF ROCK
by Ellen Dostal - May 05, 2018

As kid musicals go, SCHOOL OF ROCK isn't half bad. It falls somewhere between ANNIE and MATILDA on the Richter scale of stories about downtrodden kids overcoming obstacles to win in the end. It's got enough emotional oomph to tug on your heartstrings and it gives you plenty of reasons to happily che... (more...)
BWW Review: The Phantom Stages A Comeback in LOVE NEVER DIES at Segerstrom Center BWW Review: The Phantom Stages A Comeback in LOVE NEVER DIES at Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos - May 01, 2018

There are many, very obvious spectacular things that stand out while watching LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber's infamously, uh, troubled 2010 musical follow-up to his long-running global hit THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, now continuing its two-week engagement at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Co... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Shea's Buffalo Theatre BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - April 30, 2018

Seldom is there a musical where the question asked is not have whether you seen it, but rather how many times have you seen it. Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1988 blockbuster THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is such a musical. Repeated viewings are commonplace in Western New York, with many having seen the origina... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN Brings 'bright lights, stage fights, and a dazzling chorus' to Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN Brings 'bright lights, stage fights, and a dazzling chorus' to Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts
by McKenzie Lakey - April 28, 2018

Nipping at the heels of the wildly outrageous, yet hilarious, comedies such as 'The Book of Mormon' and 'Spamalot,' this national tour cast of 'Something Rotten' serves up a fun take on musicals at the turn of the century-the 17th century, that is.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: BRIGHT STAR Flickers at Hanover Theatre in Worcester BWW REVIEW: BRIGHT STAR Flickers at Hanover Theatre in Worcester
by Jan Nargi - April 16, 2018

In a brief engagement at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, Mass. (which ended this Sunday), the national tour of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's southern musical BRIGHT STAR flickers between down-home country charm and maudlin storytelling. Strong performances and a kickin' on-stage bluegrass band,... (more...)
BWW Reviews: HAMILTON Ignites the Eccles Theater BWW Reviews: HAMILTON Ignites the Eccles Theater
by Tyler Hinton - April 13, 2018

The national tour of the smash hit musical HAMILTON ignites the Eccles Theater in its long-awaited Utah debut. HAMILTON will be remembered throughout the annals of musical theatre as a show that changed the trajectory of the art form.  If you are one of the lucky ones with a ticket to see this pheno... (more...)
BWW Review: Tony Winning THE HUMANS Has Audience Unexpectedly Laughing at Connor Palace BWW Review: Tony Winning THE HUMANS Has Audience Unexpectedly Laughing at Connor Palace
by Roy Berko - April 12, 2018

Stephen Karam is one of the new breed of contemporary American playwrights. His 'The Humans,' the Tony Award-winning Best Play of 2016, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is now on stage at the Connor Palace.... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Times Union Theater BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Times Union Theater
by Jordan Higginbotham - April 11, 2018

More often than not, I go to a show and sit through the entire thing with the biggest grin on my face. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical was no exception. The musical is the type where I did not want it to be over as the curtain closed. The Tony nominated musical chronicles Carole Klein's, later kn... (more...)
BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre
by Michael Rabice - April 04, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber has become a household name and he is having a resurgence in popularity of late. His 1970 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR garnered great accolades this past Sunday in it's TV presentation. Buffalo audiences will have no less than 4 of his works to see in the next year in the Shea's Buffal... (more...)
BWW Review: Magical, Memorable WICKED Flies Into TPAC's Jackson Hall for 4-Week Nashville Run BWW Review: Magical, Memorable WICKED Flies Into TPAC's Jackson Hall for 4-Week Nashville Run
by Jeffrey Ellis - April 02, 2018

No matter how many times you see Wicked, no matter how many actresses defy gravity to soar as Elphaba or how numerous the renditions of 'Popular' you may hear Galinda sing, make absolutely no mistake about it: Wicked is a musical theater masterpiece. Winnie Holzman's engaging book (based on the nove... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The Straz Center BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The Straz Center
by Carolan Trbovich - March 29, 2018

Exceptional Cast Brings Carole King's Beautiful To Life... (more...)
BWW Review: National Tour of LES MISERABLES Stands the Test of Time & Trends at Milwaukee's Marcus Center BWW Review: National Tour of LES MISERABLES Stands the Test of Time & Trends at Milwaukee's Marcus Center
by Kelsey Lawler - March 29, 2018

Les Miz, based on the book by Victor Hugo, is now in its 32nd year, having played to more than 70 million people in 44 countries and 22 languages. It's the fifth-longest-running Broadway musical of all time. And if the enthusiastic reception at the Marcus Center on opening night is any indication, B... (more...)
BWW Review: 10 Reasons Why THE BOOK OF MORMON Tour at Segerstrom Arts Is Still a Hella Funny, Hella Good Show BWW Review: 10 Reasons Why THE BOOK OF MORMON Tour at Segerstrom Arts Is Still a Hella Funny, Hella Good Show
by Michael Quintos - March 28, 2018

One thing is for certain about THE BOOK OF MORMON: this memorable, whip-smart, and downright gut-busting Broadway musical is still one of the funniest---if not the funniest---musical ever to exist in the 21st Century. The tour's return trip to Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa ... (more...)
BWW Review: WAITRESS Serves Up A Delightful Opening Night in Orlando BWW Review: WAITRESS Serves Up A Delightful Opening Night in Orlando
by McKenzie Lakey - March 21, 2018

The current touring production of 'Waitress' is a musical best served to a full house and welcoming audience prepared to ride one rollercoaster of a show-exactly as it was Tuesday night at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. The show itself dished out some serious laughs... (more...)
BWW Review: RIVERDANCE Amazes at the Hobby Center BWW Review: RIVERDANCE Amazes at the Hobby Center
by Pnina Topham - March 15, 2018

I have never written 'tour de force' without a hint of irony. But that's simply the most accurate way to describe RIVERDANCE - THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR. The longest-running and most popular Irish-centric international dance act in history has been seen by over 25 million people over 20 years ... (more...)
BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Plays The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Plays The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
by Natasha Ashley - March 14, 2018

The latest tour entertaining audiences as part of Broadway in Syracuse at the Crouse Hinds Theater is the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, featuring a book by Harvey Fierstein with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper.... (more...)
BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Times Union Center BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Times Union Center
by Jordan Higginbotham - March 12, 2018

Motown the Musical is a musical unlike any other. The history of Motown Records takes place between 1957 and 1983. Audience members will recognize the music whether they were a part of this time period or not. I was born in 1996 and went into the production not knowing the history of Motown Records,... (more...)