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BWW Review: GARLAND IN WORD AND SONG at Black Box Booking BWW Review: GARLAND IN WORD AND SONG at Black Box Booking
by John Lariviere - February 04, 2018

The setting is April 23, 1961, when a 38-year-old Judy Garland performed at Carnegie Hall in what the New York Times called 'the concert of the century.' Her Carnegie Hall appearance marked a huge comeback for the star. The live recording Judy at Carnegie Hall received five Grammy Awards and went Go... (more...)
BWW Review: ON GOLDEN POND at PALM BEACH DRAMAWORKS BWW Review: ON GOLDEN POND at PALM BEACH DRAMAWORKS
by John Lariviere - February 04, 2018

When playwright Ernest Thompson was growing up, he and his family summered at a lakefront cabin in Maine. That special place was the inspiration for On Golden Pond, his lots extraordinarily popular, bittersweet play about love and aging, recrimination and reconciliation.... (more...)
BWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at THE WICK THEATRE BWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at THE WICK THEATRE
by John Lariviere - January 30, 2018

Each year, The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum stages a production selected by their fans, this season, the iconic Singin' in the Rain takes that honor. 'We were so excited when Singin' in the Rain won our fan poll,' said Marilynn A. Wick, Managing Executive Producer. Containing hits such as 'You Ar... (more...)
BWW Review: CABARET at Kravis Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: CABARET at Kravis Center For The Performing Arts
by John Lariviere - January 25, 2018

Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get... (more...)
BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Maltz Jupiter Theatre BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Maltz Jupiter Theatre
by John Lariviere - January 15, 2018

Maltz Jupiter Theatre welcomes you to the 60's with their production of the musical Hairspray. Featuring music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, the musical is based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name.... (more...)
BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Maltz Jupiter Theatre Positively Glows BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Maltz Jupiter Theatre Positively Glows
by Sofia Carianna - January 12, 2018

Hairspray, while managing to remain a bounding musical comedy, simultaneously becomes a solemn reminder of our racial past and our turbulent present.... (more...)
BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND at Kravis Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND at Kravis Center For The Performing Arts
by John Lariviere - January 04, 2018

The musical Finding Neverland is about holding fast to the child inside of us that believes in magic - and magic really only works when it is paired with heart. The same heart that makes us unashamedly cry out 'I Believe' and claps till Tinker Bell is resuscitated before our very eyes. The fantasy o... (more...)
Photo Flash: Palm Beach Dramaworks Presents The World Premiere of Terry Teachout's BILLY AND ME Photo Flash: Palm Beach Dramaworks Presents The World Premiere of Terry Teachout's BILLY AND ME
by BWW News Desk - December 08, 2017

Billy and Me , a new play by Terry Teachout , author of the acclaimed Satchmo at the Waldorf , will receive its world premiere on December 8 at Palm Beach Dramaworks. A work of fiction freely based on fact, the play speculates on the tempestuous friendship between playwrights Tennessee Williams an... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MNM's LITTLE SHOP a Star-Studded Suppertime BWW Reviews: MNM's LITTLE SHOP a Star-Studded Suppertime
by Trevor Durham - December 05, 2017

Bruce Lisner pulls together a star-studded cast of performers, each bringing their own personal blends onto the classic expectations. Despite some technical stumbles, MNM's Little Shop is a toe-tapping, smile-inducing injection for theatre-goers of any age.... (more...)
BWW Review: DISNEY'S NEWSIES at The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Shines BWW Review: DISNEY'S NEWSIES at The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Shines
by Sofia Carianna - December 01, 2017

Great theatre, simply put, relies on drive. Any production can have the ingredients of a show worth watching, but not many have the plain ol' gumption it takes to use them to their full potential. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre's Newsies does. It overflows with passion and determination, as infectious as... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Kravis Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Kravis Center For The Performing Arts
by John Lariviere - November 26, 2017

The musical, The Book of Mormon, which lampoons both organized religion and traditional musical theatre, was conceived by Trey Parker, Matt Stone (creators of South Park), and Robert Lopez. This hysterically funny show is not for the faint of heart. While it comes with a parental advisory for explic... (more...)
BWW Review: Andrea Burns Led BORN YESTERDAY at Maltz Jupiter Theatre BWW Review: Andrea Burns Led BORN YESTERDAY at Maltz Jupiter Theatre
by John Lariviere - November 09, 2017

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre kicks off their 2017/18 season with the Garson Kanin's screwball comedy Born Yesterday. The production stars Drama Desk Award winner Andr a Burns as ex-showgirl Billie Dawn, fresh off her recent Broadway performance as Gloria Fajardo in On Your Feet!, the musical based on t... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LITTLE FOXES at Palm Beach Dramaworks BWW Review: THE LITTLE FOXES at Palm Beach Dramaworks
by John Lariviere - October 30, 2017

Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes. Considered by many to be Hellman's masterpiece, this classic play about greed and the path of destruction it leaves in it's wake is as timely now as when it was written in 1939.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Nilo Cruz's ALICE N. A Vibrant Portrait of Grief BWW Reviews: Nilo Cruz's ALICE N. A Vibrant Portrait of Grief
by Trevor Durham - October 10, 2017

The first reading of Alice N. promises a new, fascinating period of Cruz's writing for the stage.... (more...)
BWW Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at MNM Productions BWW Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at MNM Productions
by John Lariviere - October 08, 2017

MNM Productions presents La Cage aux Folles, featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Harvey Fierstein through October 22, 2017.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: EAST AND WEST OF THE WAR Three Songs of Melancholic Wonder BWW Reviews: EAST AND WEST OF THE WAR Three Songs of Melancholic Wonder
by Trevor Durham - October 07, 2017

Louis Tyrrell cascades East and West of the War, a collection of three monologues, in music and wonder of the pieces bursting louder than any symphony.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SOTTO VOCE Reading a Trip to the Sublime BWW Reviews: SOTTO VOCE Reading a Trip to the Sublime
by Trevor Durham - October 07, 2017

The underrated masterpiece, under the direction of Matt Stabile, gives three world class performers rise to the unbelievable character depth and connectivity that is Cruz' staple.... (more...)
BWW Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at Rinker Playhouse Stumbles Its Way To Greatness BWW Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at Rinker Playhouse Stumbles Its Way To Greatness
by Sofia Carianna - October 07, 2017

Despite rushed moments and preventable mistakes, MNM's production proves to be the shiny jewel we all want from La Cage.... (more...)
BWW Review: COMPANY at MNM Productions BWW Review: COMPANY at MNM Productions
by John Lariviere - August 07, 2017

MNM Productions' Company is the latest venture by theatrical producers and arts consultants Marcie Gorman-Althof and Michael Lifshitz. Company is their sixth major musical following A Chorus Line, Side By Side By Sondheim, Hair, The World Goes 'Round and, most recently, Monty Python's Spamalot. MNM... (more...)
BWW Review: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at Marquee Theater Company BWW Review: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at Marquee Theater Company
by John Lariviere - August 02, 2017

Marquee Theatre Company and Producer Miles McKee proudly present the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie at the West Boca Performing Arts Theater. Based on the 1956 British musical Chrysanthemum, the successful film version of Thoroughly Modern Millie in 1967, starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Fresh SWEENEY TODD Reinvents Darkness BWW Reviews: Fresh SWEENEY TODD Reinvents Darkness
by Trevor Durham - July 17, 2017

Clive Cholerton takes the demon barber's ballads into new dimensions of cruelty and possibility.... (more...)
BWW Review: JULIUS CAESAR at Kentucky Shakespeare BWW Review: JULIUS CAESAR at Kentucky Shakespeare
by Keith Waits - July 06, 2017

The True VillainsWithout planning to be, The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival's current production of this four hundred-year old tragedy could not be more of the moment.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Entre'Acte Theatrix BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Entre'Acte Theatrix
by John Lariviere - July 02, 2017

Entre'Acte Theatrix presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at The PGA Arts Center. Based upon C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original improvisational play created by Rebecca Feldman, the musical was conceived of by Rebecca Feldman, and features music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rache... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Wick Theatre BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Wick Theatre
by John Lariviere - June 11, 2017

The Wick Theatre proudly presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated feature film, the musical features music by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Wolverton. The stage version of Beauty and the Beast includes memorable new songs i... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SPAMALOT Ferocious, Fast-Paced Comedy Smash BWW Reviews: SPAMALOT Ferocious, Fast-Paced Comedy Smash
by Trevor Durham - May 30, 2017

Returning-MNM director/ choreographer Kimberly Dawn Smith's smart attention to the wondrously strong cast, and obvious love of the absurdity, power her Spamalot through the few brief stumbles to deliver a side-splitting evening.... (more...)