Category Archives: Shows

Wonderful Wizard of Song Review Roundup

The Harold Arlen revue The Wonderful Wizard of Song has received mixed notices for its Off-Broadway premiere at St. Luke’s, where it has settled for an open-ended run after a national tour. The creative team includes George Bugatti (concept, book), … Continue reading

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Kiss Me Kate: Review Roundup

The Chichester Festival Theatre revival of the 1948 musical Kiss Me, Kate has received generally positive reviews for its West End transfer to the Old Vic. The creative team includes Bella & Sam Spewack (book), Cole Porter (music, lyrics), Trevor … Continue reading

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Les Misérables: Review Roundup

The Hollywood adaptation of the 1980 musical Les Misérables (earlier adapted for the London and New York stages) opened wide on Christmas Day, but it had already received considerable Oscar buzz and garnered a collection of Golden Globe nominations. What … 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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Viva Forever: Review Roundup

The new jukebox musical Viva Forever, based on the music of the Spice Girls, has received scathing reviews for its West End premiere at the Piccadilly. The creative team includes Jennifer Saunders (book), Paul Garrington (direction), Lynne Page (choreography), John … Continue reading

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Working: Review Roundup

The latest revisal of the 1977 musical revue Working, adapted from Studs Terkel’s 1974 book, has received generally positive reviews for its Off-Broadway production at 59E59. The creative team includes Stephen Schwartz (book, lyrics, music), Nina Faso (book), Gordon Greenberg … Continue reading

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Bodyguard: Review Roundup

The new West End musical The Bodyguard, based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 film (whose Grammy-winning soundtrack featured Whitney Houston’s iconic recording of “I Will Always Love You”), has opened at London’s Adelphi Theatre to rave reviews for leading lady Heather Headley but poor … Continue reading

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13 Things: Review Roundup

After a developmental production at the O’Neill Theater Center this summer, the new one-act solo musical 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti, based on the final section of Jeffrey Hatcher’s 1995 play Three Viewings, has opened Off-Broadway at 59E59 to mixed … Continue reading

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Bare: Review Roundup

The Off-Broadway premiere of Bare, a revised version of the show that debuted at L.A.’s Hudson Theatre in 2000 and was first seen Off-Off-Broadway at New York’s American Theatre of Actors in 2004, has opened to mostly negative reviews. The … Continue reading

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Inner Voices: Review Roundup

In 2008, inspired by Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, Premieres inaugurated Inner Voices: Solo Musicals. This year’s collection, the third biennial presentation in the series, included Arlington (book and lyrics by Victor Lodato, music by Polly Pen), directed by Jack Cummings III and starring Alexandra … Continue reading

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