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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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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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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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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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Scrooge: Review Roundup

The latest West End revival of the 1992 musical Scrooge, adapted from the 1970 film version of the Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol, has opened at the London Palladium to poor reviews. The creative team includes Leslie Bricusse (book, … 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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Carrie: Album Reviews

Ghostlight Records has released the much-anticipated 2011 Off-Broadway “revisal” cast recording of the 1988 musical Carrie, the infamous adaptation of Stephen King’s 1974 novel and 1976 film, to appreciative reviews. The legendary original production opened at the RSC in Stratford, … Continue reading

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Love Story: Review Roundup

The U.S. premiere of Love Story, the musical based on Erich Segal’s 1970 novel and film that premiered at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2010 before an Olivier-nominated West End limited run, has opened at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre to mixed … Continue reading

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Spamalot: Review Roundup

The London revival of the 2005 musical Spamalot opened last week at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End to lukewarm reviews. For the record, the creative team includes Eric Idle (book, lyrics, music), John DuPrez (music), Christopher Luscombe … Continue reading

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