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BWW Review: Latest Stunning Revival of LES MISERABLES Thrills Nashville Audiences in Return to TPAC BWW Review: Latest Stunning Revival of LES MISERABLES Thrills Nashville Audiences in Return to TPAC
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 15, 2017

As difficult as it is to fathom, some 27 years ago my first review of Les Miserables the internationally renowned musical based upon the iconic 1861 Victor Hugo novel about a reformed bread thief who is pursued over the decades by a relentless lawman in post-Revolutionary France was published, y... (more...)
BWW Review: McClure & Pascal Bring the Hilarious High-Jinks of SOMETHING ROTTEN! to OC BWW Review: McClure & Pascal Bring the Hilarious High-Jinks of SOMETHING ROTTEN! to OC
by Michael Quintos - November 14, 2017

In a rarity that doesn't happen too often here in Southern California, a brand new national tour of a recent hit Broadway musical has arrived first in Orange County in advance of a much longer sit-down engagement in Los Angeles. And, boy, is this one a marvelous gift from the comedy gods! Behold, la... (more...)
ALADDIN a Magical Musical Delight Now Thru Jan 7 ALADDIN a Magical Musical Delight Now Thru Jan 7
by Linda Hodges - November 12, 2017

If you're looking for a holiday confectionary delight then get prepared to be dazzled by ALADDIN, playing now thru Jan. 7, 2018 at SF's Orpheum Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE at The Fisher Theatre is a Powerful and Emotion-Filled Production! BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE at The Fisher Theatre is a Powerful and Emotion-Filled Production!
by Katie Laban - November 10, 2017

The Color Purple, the 2016 Tony Award-winning musical adaptation from Alice Walker's best-selling novel, is currently appearing at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. The powerful production is taking the city over with its dynamite cast and their emotional performances leaving the audience in awe by the... (more...)
BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID is Big Fun BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID is Big Fun
by Christine Swerczek - November 09, 2017

What would it be like to live under the sea? Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID gives us a fantasy glimpse into the world of King Triton and his mermaid daughters along with their friends in this color-drenched, bubbly musical now showing at the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha from November 7-12.... (more...)
BWW Review: WAITRESS Serves Up a Sweet Treat for Columbus BWW Review: WAITRESS Serves Up a Sweet Treat for Columbus
by Christina Mancuso - November 08, 2017

Oozing with sweetness, the irresistible WAITRESS is serving up goodness in Columbus, Ohio just in time for the holidays. Led by an all-female creative team and powerhouse Director Diane Paulus, WAITRESS will leave you feeling satisfied with its simple ingredients that produce scrumptious results.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LION KING Opens New North American Tour at The Landmark Theatre BWW Review: THE LION KING Opens New North American Tour at The Landmark Theatre
by Natasha Ashley - November 01, 2017

The excitement in the air in Syracuse, New York has been going on for quite awhile since it was announced that the North American tour of The Lion King would be coming to the Landmark Theatre in late October. The time has finally arrived and the crowds are packed into the theatre, ecstatic to once a... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Transforms TPAC's Jackson Hall Into Musical Theatre Heaven BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Transforms TPAC's Jackson Hall Into Musical Theatre Heaven
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 01, 2017

There is a new vision of heaven tap-dancing its way through my brain replete with beautiful showgirls and handsome chorus boys performing a show-stopping version of George and Ira Gershwin's I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise from An American in Paris, the sumptuous musical now onstage at Tennes... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: FUN HOME Tour Is Sharply Drawn BWW REVIEW: FUN HOME Tour Is Sharply Drawn
by Jan Nargi - October 24, 2017

The national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical FUN HOME has landed in Boston and it's as sharply drawn and richly performed as its highly acclaimed Broadway predecessor. Once again mounted on a proscenium stage (it played in the round at Circle in the Square following its original Off-Broadway ... (more...)
BWW Review: Touring Company of WAITRESS Serves Up Sumptuous Treat in Premiere at Connor Palace BWW Review: Touring Company of WAITRESS Serves Up Sumptuous Treat in Premiere at Connor Palace
by Roy Berko - October 21, 2017

The quality of the music, the staging, the performances and the story line of Waitress assure that it will delight audiences as it traverses the country. It's a must see for anyone who loves musical theater at its creative best.... (more...)
BWW Review: It's Roctober at the Benedum with SCHOOL OF ROCK BWW Review: It's Roctober at the Benedum with SCHOOL OF ROCK
by Dylan Shaffer - October 19, 2017

Washed up and slowly approaching middle age, rocker Dewey Finn (Rob Colletti) is living on his best friend's couch, stuck in his glory days in a college band. He finds himself strapped for cash and soon devises a plan to win the Battle of the Bands, enlisting, of course, the famous School of Rock ba... (more...)
BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Robinson Performance Hall-The Most Beautiful Thing in the World is watching this amazing cast shine like a sequined covered stiletto! BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Robinson Performance Hall-The Most Beautiful Thing in the World is watching this amazing cast shine like a sequined covered stiletto!
by Mike Noland - October 17, 2017

Kinky Boots struts it's stuff right into Little Rock. The 2013 Tony winner for Best musical is a joyous, funny and timely show that entertains even the straightest of laces. It's amazing how much more important the message of the show seems right now.... (more...)
BWW Review: Mirvish's THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is a Surreal Visual Feast BWW Review: Mirvish's THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is a Surreal Visual Feast
by Taylor Long - October 16, 2017

Perception-twisting is the best way to describe the effect this play had on me. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, Simon Stephens' Olivier and Tony Award-winning play, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, has finally come to Canada. The National Theatre touring production of Marianne E... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Eccles is a Work of Art BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Eccles is a Work of Art
by Tyler Hinton - October 11, 2017

The national tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Eccles Theater is a beautifully crafted work of art that celebrates art in many forms. Dance, music, and visual art play important roles in both the plot and the production of the show itself, which is a unique combination of a ballet, a dramatic pla... (more...)
BWW Review: Latin Rhythms Overcome ON YOUR FEET Shortfalls at Shea's Buffalo Theatre BWW Review: Latin Rhythms Overcome ON YOUR FEET Shortfalls at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - September 24, 2017

LATIN RHYTHMS OVERCOME 'ON YOUR FEET' SHORTFALLS No one would be more surprised to see a Cuban-American immigrant turn into an international superstar than a young Gloria Estefan herself. But years later her story is being retold on stage in ON YOUR FEET- The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Broadw... (more...)
BWW Review: FUN HOME at Winspear Opera House BWW Review: FUN HOME at Winspear Opera House
by Samuel Weber - September 17, 2017

Fun Home will always have a special place in my heart. The score and source material are some of the most thoughtful work on the stage in recent years - not to mention the innovation of the Broadway staging. Needless to say, I was curious how well the show would lend itself to tour, perhaps even a... (more...)
BWW Review: Theatrically Inventive CURIOUS INCIDENT Tour Captivates at OC's Segerstrom Center BWW Review: Theatrically Inventive CURIOUS INCIDENT Tour Captivates at OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos - September 15, 2017

A cross between a murder mystery and a psychological drama told with a high-tech showmanship flair, the intriguing touring production of Simon Stephen's Tony Award-winning play THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME now in Costa Mesa at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts throu... (more...)
BWW Review: Irreverent BWW Review: Irreverent "Book of Mormon" Delights in Return Visit at State Theatre
by Roy Berko - September 14, 2017

One of the major concerns in attending a return visit by a Broadway touring show is that the production will be a lesser version. Those planning on attending 'Book of Mormon,' now on stage at the State Theatre, should have no fears. This reincarnation is equally good as any of the other versions tha... (more...)
BWW Review: Beautifully Poignant FUN HOME Tour Moves Into OC's Segerstrom Center BWW Review: Beautifully Poignant FUN HOME Tour Moves Into OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos - August 04, 2017

Riveting, powerful and beautifully poignant at every step, FUN HOME—the Tony Award-winning musical based on Alison Bechdel's 2006 autobiographical graphic memoir—is one of those rare, great stage musicals that represents an astonishingly unique point-of-view that is somehow miraculously universal an... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS National Tour at the Oriental Theatre BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS National Tour at the Oriental Theatre
by Rachel Weinberg - July 29, 2017

Christopher Wheeldon's visually stunning production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS has come dancing into Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre. Wheeldon's complex and extensive choreography is the most striking and entertaining element of this new musical, based upon the classic Gene Kelly film and with a... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD National Tour at Dallas Summer Musicals BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD National Tour at Dallas Summer Musicals
by Kyle Christopher West - July 22, 2017

Like a burst of light, Whitney Houston put herself on the movie screen map with her performance in the 1992 Warner Bros. blockbuster hit, THE BODYGUARD, leaving a long-lasting impression in our hearts and in the music industry. But, it appears that lightning won't be striking twice with this title, ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Broadway San Jose has you at 'Hello!' BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Broadway San Jose has you at 'Hello!'
by Robert Sokol - July 18, 2017

There's not a lot to be written about The Book of Mormon that's new but the tour currently in San Jose is definitely worth another joyful, irreverent look.... (more...)
BWW Review: Empowering Anthems Shine in Mirvish's BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL BWW Review: Empowering Anthems Shine in Mirvish's BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
by Taylor Long - July 06, 2017

Feel the earth move with Chilina Kennedy's powerhouse vocals. Mirvish Productions presents BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, with a book by Douglas McGrath and music by Gerry Goffin & Carole King and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil. The musical follows King's journey - from the sale of her very first s... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LION KING at Hobby Center BWW Review: THE LION KING at Hobby Center
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - July 04, 2017

In 1994 Disney's animated feature The Lion King was the cartoon movie that broke barriers and was popular with adults and children. With its textual references to William Shakespeare's HAMLET, this age old tale is one that no one needs to go in depth about. In July of 1997, Julie Taymor along with o... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! Wows Nashville Audiences During Show's TPAC Run BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! Wows Nashville Audiences During Show's TPAC Run
by Jeffrey Ellis - June 29, 2017

Nashville audiences have long been noted for their generosity in rewarding performances with a standing ovation - to the point that they have become rather commonplace - but never before have we witnessed a 'standing O' at the end of a particularly raucous, thoroughly inspiring and resolutely entert... (more...)