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BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Helps Jackson Feel the Earth Move Photo BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Helps Jackson Feel the Earth Move
by Juliana Asbill - March 14, 2020

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical began its performance on Wednesday night in Jackson, Mississippi with an empty stage, a grand piano, and a song that sets the tone for an incredible, emotional journey about to be undertaken. The touring production's stop at Thalia Mara Hall on March 11th was prese...
BWW Review: A Glorious Production of MY FAIR LADY at the Ohio Theatre Photo BWW Review: A Glorious Production of MY FAIR LADY at the Ohio Theatre
by Christina Mancuso - March 13, 2020

With the recent pandemic sweeping our world, it was so refreshing to be whisked away by this glorious production of Lerner & Loew's MY FAIR LADY. Brilliantly directed by Bartlett Sher, this version embodies everything a musical should be -- lavish costumes, exquisite sets, superb acting, effortless ...
BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT to Pittsburgh Proves Music's Power Photo BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT to Pittsburgh Proves Music's Power
by Dylan Shaffer - March 11, 2020

As a universal language, music can cross cultures, borders, and time. The Band's Visit does just that, capturing the power of music and sharing its unyielding effects on love with a Pittsburgh audience....
BWW Review: A Jubilant HELLO DOLLY! at Shea's Buffalo Theatre Photo BWW Review: A Jubilant HELLO DOLLY! at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - March 11, 2020

Many may think that the heartwarming and brassy American musical comedy of yore with it's hummable tunes will never be seen again. That the days of star driven shows have dried up. The era when the names of Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, or Carol Channing all but guaranteed a hit musical. Now produce...
BWW Review: WAITRESS at Lied Center For Performing Arts Has All the Ingredients for a Photo BWW Review: WAITRESS at Lied Center For Performing Arts Has All the Ingredients for a Delicious Concoction
by Christine Swerczek - March 07, 2020

Catchy melodies, clever lyrics, and a lot of heart go into this concoction about a waitress with a talent for baking pies and forming friendships. WAITRESS, now showing at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, blends just the right amount of sweet and bitter....
BWW Review of SPAMILTON: AN AMERICAN PARODY at Dr. Phillips Center, Fun But Flimsy Photo BWW Review of SPAMILTON: AN AMERICAN PARODY at Dr. Phillips Center, Fun But Flimsy
by Aaron Wallace - March 06, 2020

It's symptomatic of SPAMILTON's inconsistency: quite funny and thoughtful in one moment, down a rabbit hole the next. For every inspired sequence in which Lin-Manuel engages 'Stephen Sondheim as Ben Franklin' in a lengthy debate about the density of rhymes, there's a lazily written riff like 'not th...
BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN at the Eccles Theater is Enthralling Photo BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN at the Eccles Theater is Enthralling
by Tyler Hinton - March 05, 2020

The national tour of DEAR EVAN HANSEN has arrived at the Eccles Theater, bringing fascinating story, deliberately flawed characters, and a modern score that are enthralling and deeply emotional, eliciting both sadness and hope....
BWW Review: ANASTASIA at Des Moines Performing Arts: A Dazzling Journey To The Past Photo BWW Review: ANASTASIA at Des Moines Performing Arts: A Dazzling Journey To The Past
by DC Felton - February 27, 2020

Have you ever found yourself wrapped up in a rumor, and in the end, wasn't sure what was real or not? Or have you wanted something to happen so badly it feels as though it becomes a reality? This week Des Moines Performing Arts opened 'Anastasia' as part of the 2019-2020 Willis Broadway Series. This...
BWW Review: ROALD DAHL'S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is Pure Imagination at Det Photo BWW Review: ROALD DAHL'S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is Pure Imagination at Detroit Opera House!
by Katie Laban - February 23, 2020

Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently playing until March 1st at the Detroit Opera House. The hit Broadway musical features songs from the original film including, 'Pure Imagination,' The Candy Man,' and 'I've Got the Golden Ticket,' alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new...
BWW Review: CATS Lets the Memory Live Again in Jackson Photo BWW Review: CATS Lets the Memory Live Again in Jackson
by Juliana Asbill - February 17, 2020

“Are you blind when you're born? Can you see in the dark?” According to iconic lyrics by Richard Stilgoe for one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit shows, Jellicles are and Jellicle do! The national tour of the megamusical phenomenon, Cats, stopped at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, Mississippi as a part of ...
BWW Review: FROZEN at the Paramount Astounds with Disney Imagineering Magic Photo BWW Review: FROZEN at the Paramount Astounds with Disney Imagineering Magic
by Jay Irwin - February 09, 2020

You gotta love those Disney Imagineers. They repeatedly manage to take those beloved Disney movies and reimagine them for the stage, taking them far beyond a simple rehash with some new songs into a whole new world (yes, I know, wrong show reference). And a?oeFrozena?? currently playing at the Par...
BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS at Citizens Bank Opera House Photo BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS at Citizens Bank Opera House
by Jan Nargi - February 09, 2020

With friends like The Plastics, who needs enemies? That's the basic premise for the surprisingly fresh and sometimes scathingly funny high school musical MEAN GIRLS written by Emmy Award winner Tina Fey based on her 2004 hit film. Treading the familiar teen angst territory of cafeterias, locker room...
BWW Review: Everything Wrong with ALADDIN: The Musical (And Why You Should See It at Photo BWW Review: Everything Wrong with ALADDIN: The Musical (And Why You Should See It at Dr. Phillips Center Anyway)
by Aaron Wallace - February 06, 2020

Why? Every time I answer that, I start to feel like the Genie in a?oePrince Alia?? when he's counting all those elephants, peacocks, and camels. There are a lot of problems here. Maybe not fifty-three or seventy-five or however many Persian monkeys he has, but I can definitely point to at least five...
BWW Review: ANASTASIA at Connor Palace/Cleveland Photo BWW Review: ANASTASIA at Connor Palace/Cleveland
by Roy Berko - February 06, 2020

'ANASTASIA,' with music and lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and a book by Terrence McNally, based on the 1997 film of the same name, is now on stage at the Connor Palace, as part of the Key Bank Broadway series....
BWW Review: The Heat is on in MISS SAIGON Photo BWW Review: The Heat is on in MISS SAIGON
by Dylan Shaffer - February 06, 2020

How quickly can you fall in love? Can these emotions be distinguished as true love or are they lust and infatuation disguised as such?...
BWW Review: A BRONX TALE at Hanover Theatre In Worcester, MA Photo BWW Review: A BRONX TALE at Hanover Theatre In Worcester, MA
by Jan Nargi - January 19, 2020

If you like your coming-of-age-on-the-mean-streets stories served with an extra side of red sauce, then Chazz Palminteri's semi-autobiographical A BRONX TALE is for you. Featuring characters with names like Rudy the Voice, Eddie Mush, Jojo the Whale and Frankie Coffeecake, this musical adaptation of...
BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Des Moines Performing Arts: Find out 'What's th Photo BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Des Moines Performing Arts: Find out 'What's the Buzz' at the Civic Center
by DC Felton - January 15, 2020

When you hear of a musical turning 50 years old, many think of shows musicals from the golden age of Broadway. Now we are entering a new era were the blockbuster musicals, that have made Broadway what it is today, start celebrating their 50th anniversary. Des Moines Performing Arts is presenting the...
BWW Review: WE WILL ROCK YOU is a Rock-Theatre Extravaganza! Photo BWW Review: WE WILL ROCK YOU is a Rock-Theatre Extravaganza!
by Alyson Eng - January 15, 2020

Imagine you are in a venue with hundreds of people packed around you, swaying and singing along to the music of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. You turn to your left and bob your head to the beat of a?oeI Want It Alla?? and later on, scream the lyrics to a?oeBohemian Rhapsodya?? with the...
BWW Review: Record-shattering HAMILTON Settles Into Multi-Week Run at TPAC With Dazzl Photo BWW Review: Record-shattering HAMILTON Settles Into Multi-Week Run at TPAC With Dazzling Performances and Electrifying Intensity
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 02, 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda's epic masterpiece Hamilton - the Broadway behemoth that continues to take the theater world by storm one city at a time, one stage at a time - has settled into its multi-week run at Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center....
BWW Review: SUMMER at the Paramount - A Raucous Party with No Story Photo BWW Review: SUMMER at the Paramount - A Raucous Party with No Story
by Jay Irwin - January 01, 2020

a?oeSummer, The Donna Summer Musicala?? opened last night, New Year's Eve, at the Paramount like a shiny ball descending on Seattle signifying the new year. But just like the ball dropping and switching from one year to the next, it amounted to very little other than a reason to party. With a book...
BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY National Tour Opens at The Landmark Theatre Photo BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY National Tour Opens at The Landmark Theatre
by Natasha Ashley - December 13, 2019

This week the new national tour of The Lincoln Center Theater Production of My Fair Lady opened at Syracuse's Landmark Theatre and it is a moving, powerful, and beautiful production under the superb direction of Bartlett Sher. It is in fact the classic My Fair Lady  you are probably used to seeing b...
BWW Review: THE HARD NUT at Paramount Theatre Is a Mix of Comedy and Dancing Spectacl Photo BWW Review: THE HARD NUT at Paramount Theatre Is a Mix of Comedy and Dancing Spectacle
by Kelly Rogers Flynt - December 08, 2019

THE HARD NUT at the Paramount Theatre is a mix of comedy and dancing spectacle. The Mark Morris Dance Company presents their version of the Nutcracker and the Mouseking with the aim to make classical ballet accessible to the masses....
BWW Review: PAT HAZELL'S PERMANENT RECORD at Des Moines Performing Arts Photo BWW Review: PAT HAZELL'S PERMANENT RECORD at Des Moines Performing Arts
by DC Felton - December 06, 2019

Our records. These tend to be something we keep to ourselves, but Pat Hazell is opening his records up for everyone to see. Des Moines Performing Arts host the World Premiere of 'Pat Hazell's Permanent Record' as the opening of the Prairie Meadows Temple Comedy Series. This comedic look at the diffe...
BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS at Connor Palace(Key Bank Broadway Series) Photo BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS at Connor Palace(Key Bank Broadway Series)
by Roy Berko - December 05, 2019

Just because it basically takes place in a high school, don't expect 'MEAN GIRLS,' now on stage at the Connor Palace as part of the Key Bank Broadway series, to have the emotional impact of 'DEAR, EVAN HANSEN.'...