Category Archives: Broadway

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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Chicago Milestone

Yesterday, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Chicago surpassed the performance count of the original production of Les Misérables to become the third longest-running show in Broadway history. “Throughout the past 17 years, this production has exceeded my wildest expectations time … Continue reading

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Elf: Review Roundup

The Broadway return of Elf, the 2010 musical based on the 2003 film written by David Berenbaum, has received mostly positive reviews. This revival features a revised book and a new opening number, “Happy All the Time.” The creative team … Continue reading

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Christmas Story: Review Roundup

The new musical A Christmas Story, based on Jean Shepherd’s 1966 book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and 1983 screenplay A Christmas Story, opened last night at the Lunt-Fontanne to generally positive reviews. It has been a long … Continue reading

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Scandalous: Review Roundup

The new Broadway musical Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson has opened to rave reviews for leading actress Carolee Carmello but negative notices for the overall production. The creative team includes Kathie Lee Gifford (book, lyrics), David … Continue reading

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Drood: Review Roundup

The Roundabout Theater Company has received mixed reviews for its Broadway revival of the 1985 Tony-winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The 2012 creative team includes Rupert Holmes (book, lyrics, music, orchestrations), Scott Ellis (direction), Warren Carlyle (choreography), Paul … Continue reading

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Annie: Review Roundup

The second Broadway revival of the 1977 musical Annie, based on the 1924 comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray, has opened to generally positive reviews. The creative team includes Thomas Meehan (book), Martin Charnin (lyrics), Charles Strouse (music), … Continue reading

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Chaplin: Review Roundup

After thwarted attempts in 1981 (by Ernest Kinoy, Lee Goldsmith, and Roger Anderson) and 1983 (by Anthony Newley and Stanley Ralph Ross) to bring Chaplin’s life to Broadway, a Little Tramp musical has finally arrived on the Great White Way … Continue reading

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Bring It On: Review Roundup

After a yearlong tour that began at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, the new musical Bring It On, inspired by the 2000 film written by Jessica Bendinger and its sequels, opened last night on Broadway to reviews that ranged from … Continue reading

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Fela!: Review Roundup

The return summer engagement of the 2009 bio-musical Fela!, based on the life of Fela Kuti as inspired by Carlos Moore’s book Fela: This Bitch of a Life, opened last night to somewhat mixed but generally positive reviews. For the … Continue reading

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