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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 P'nina Topham - March 15, 2018

It's really, really good.... (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...)
BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Thrasher-Horne Center BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Thrasher-Horne Center
by Jordan Higginbotham - March 12, 2018

'There is no place like home'. A quote that has rung true for generations, but for theatre fans even more so. The theater is an escape from the outside world. A place to enjoy the arts, to watch characters each and every person can relate to, and to experience incredible talent. The Wizard of Oz pro... (more...)
BWW Reviews: BLAME IT ON BIANCA Reminds Us to Laugh and Hate BWW Reviews: BLAME IT ON BIANCA Reminds Us to Laugh and Hate
by Trevor Durham - March 11, 2018

The boss bitch is back, and she's mad.... (more...)
BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Brings That Detroit Sound To Jackson BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Brings That Detroit Sound To Jackson
by Juliana Asbill - March 11, 2018

"Reach out and touch somebody's hand, make this world a better place if you can." With its incredible opportunities for audience participation, the cast of Motown the Musical did just that at their performance on March 7th. Stopping for one night in Jackson, Mississippi, the tour made the world a ... (more...)
BWW Review: RENT at Connor Palace BWW Review: RENT at Connor Palace
by Roy Berko - March 08, 2018

The history of American musical theater is laced with firsts and trend setters. Rogers and Hammerstein's 'Oklahoma' introduced the well-made book musical in which a story was told, with music, lyrics and dance all integrated and setting the pattern of the first act ending with a conflict that would ... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre
by Michael Rabice - March 07, 2018

Oh, remember those great mega-musicals from the 90's? There was LES MISERABLES AND PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and OMELETTE: MUSICAL...Well OMELETTE was the little known musical from the 1590's, not 1990's, that is the subject of the riotous National Tour now playing at Shea's Buffalo Theatre, aptly named... (more...)
BWW Review: CHICAGO Heats Things Up in Jackson BWW Review: CHICAGO Heats Things Up in Jackson
by Juliana Asbill - March 01, 2018

Monday night's performance of Chicago the Musical began with a promise of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and a little treachery, a promise it delivered upon in spades. The musical's national tour stopped at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, Mississippi as a part of the Broa... (more...)
BWW Review: Segerstrom Center Welcomes the Gorgeous Lincoln Center Theater Production of THE KING AND I BWW Review: Segerstrom Center Welcomes the Gorgeous Lincoln Center Theater Production of THE KING AND I
by Michael Quintos - March 01, 2018

Featuring outstanding performances from a cast led by Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana, the beautiful and exquisite national tour production of Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award-winning revival of the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic THE KING AND I leaves audiences utterly spellbound by its... (more...)
BWW Reviews: The Eccles Theater is Alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC BWW Reviews: The Eccles Theater is Alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by Tyler Hinton - February 28, 2018

The national tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC brings the beloved songs and story to the Eccles Theater.... (more...)
BWW Review: CABARET Continues to Captivate On Opening Night at Nashville's TPAC BWW Review: CABARET Continues to Captivate On Opening Night at Nashville's TPAC
by Jeffrey Ellis - February 28, 2018

One thing becomes abundantly clear while witnessing Bailey McCall Thomas' emotionally charged performance of the song 'Cabaret' during a performance of the iconic Broadway musical of the same name: there is perhaps no 'title song' quite so evocative, quite so stunning as John Kander and Fred Ebb's c... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour Filled with Favorite Things BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour Filled with Favorite Things
by Katie Becker - February 24, 2018

THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour kicked off a three night run in Sioux Falls, SD on Friday night at The Washington Pavilion, with plenty of memorable moments to add to anyone's list of favorite things about this timeless production.... (more...)
BWW Review: CABARET at Altria Theatre BWW Review: CABARET at Altria Theatre
by Brent Deekens - February 24, 2018

I believe that I can safely attest that this particular revival of CABARET, which met its incipience with the Donmar Warehouse production in London way back in 1993, bears the graces of a masterwork that has stood the test of time.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE KING AND I at Broadway San Jose is a welcome visitor BWW Review: THE KING AND I at Broadway San Jose is a welcome visitor
by Robert Sokol - February 23, 2018

At 67, this King is timely and timeless in a lush tour based on the Tony-winning Lincoln Center Theater revival directed by Bartlett Sher. As on Broadway, Lady Thiang steals the show.... (more...)