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Carousel Review Roundup

The N.Y. Philharmonic’s concert staging of the 1945 musical Carousel, based on Ferenc Molnar’s 1909 play Liliom, received near universal acclaim. The concert was taped for “Live from Lincoln Center” and will air starting April 26 on PBS. The creative … Continue reading

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Cinderella Review Roundup

The Broadway premiere of the 1957 TV musical Cinderella, based on the fairy tale “Cendrillon” by Charles Perrault, has opened to mixed reviews. The creative team includes Douglas Carter Beane (book), Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics), Richard Rodgers (music), Mark Brokaw … Continue reading

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Wild Bride Review Roundup

The Cornish theater troupe Kneehigh has received very positive reviews for the Off-Broadway stop of its U.S. tour of The Wild Bride, adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Girl Without Hands.” The creative team includes Carl Grose (book, lyrics), … Continue reading

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Passion Review Roundup

Classic Stage Company’s Off-Broadway revival of the 1994 Broadway musical Passion, adapted from Ettore Scola’s 1981 film Passione d’Amore, has received generally positive reviews. For the record, the creative team includes James Lapine (book), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics, music), John Doyle … Continue reading

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Donnybrook Review Roundup

Irish Rep’s revisal of the 1961 musical Donnybrook!, which was adapted from John Ford’s 1952 Oscar-winning film The Quiet Man (itself adapted by Frank S. Nugent from a 1933 Saturday Evening Post story by Maurice Walsh), has received mixed reviews … Continue reading

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Fiorello Review Roundup

The concert revival of the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning 1959 musical Fiorello!, presented as the season opener of the Encores! series at City Center this past weekend, received mixed reviews but universal acclaim for supporting actor Shuler Hensley. The creative team … Continue reading

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Smash Premiere Review Roundup

Critics who previewed “On Broadway,” the second-season opener of Smash that airs Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. on NBC (and has been available for online streaming since Jan. 14), have responded with mixed but promising notices. The creative team for … Continue reading

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Manilow on Broadway Review Roundup

Barry Manilow has received positive reviews for his third Broadway concert, simply titled Manilow on Broadway. His last appearance was the 1989 show Barry Manilow at the Gershwin; his first concert was Barry Manilow on Broadway, in 1976 at the Uris (which is … Continue reading

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Life & Times Review Roundup

The Nature Theater of Oklahoma has received positive reviews for its multi-part Life and Times, presented Off-Broadway by Soho Rep as part of the Under the Radar festival at the Public Theater. The creative team includes Kristin Worrall (book), Florian … Continue reading

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Fig Leaves Review Roundup

Unsung Musicals has received mixed reviews for its Off-Broadway revival of the short-lived 1969 musical The Fig Leaves Are Falling. This revised version features a scaled-down cast of eight actors, three new songs, and previously discarded dialogue and lyrics in … Continue reading

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