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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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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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Civil War Christmas: Review Roundup

New York Theatre Workshop’s production of A Civil War Christmas, Pulitzer-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s new musical play that interpolates period songs, has opened Off-Broadway to very positive reviews. The show made its world premiere in 2008 at Long Wharf Theatre, … Continue reading

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Amy Winehouse Show Is Back to Black

London’s Daily Telegraph has reported that Koda, the Danish copyright agency, has withdrawn permission for the Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen to use Amy Winehouse’s music in Amy, a play about the late British singer that was to open Jan. … Continue reading

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Yoshimi: Review Roundup

The new rock musical Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, based on the 2002 album of the same name from The Flaming Lips, has received mixed to negative reviews for its world premiere production at La Jolla Playhouse, where the show … Continue reading

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Forever Dusty: Review Roundup

The new Off-Broadway one-act jukebox musical Forever Dusty, based on the life of British pop singer Dusty Springfield, opened to negative-leaning reviews. The creative team includes Kirsten Holly Smith and Jonathan Vankin (book), Randal Myler (direction), Michael Thomas Murray (musical … Continue reading

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Marry Me a Little: Review Roundup

The Keen Company has received mixed reviews for its first-ever musical production, a “revisal” of the 1980 one-act Marry Me a Little, which was last revived Off-Broadway in 1987. The creative team includes Craig Lucas and Norman Rene (book), Stephen … Continue reading

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Soul Sister: Review Roundup

The jukebox Tina Turner bio-musical Soul Sister opened to mixed reviews – unfavorable for its creators but highly favorable for its performers – in a limited West End engagement at the Savoy, where it transferred after a limited Fringe engagement … Continue reading

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Rock of Ages: Review Roundup

Rock of Ages, the $75 million film adaptation of the 2009 Tony-nominated Broadway musical, took in an underwhelming $15.1 million in its first weekend, though it has received generally positive reviews. The creative team includes Adam Shankman (direction), Justin Theroux, … Continue reading

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Rock of Ages: Album Reviews

The soundtrack for the recent film Rock of Ages, based on the 2009 Tony-nominated Broadway musical, has received unenthusiastic reviews. The recording features Malin Akerman, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Tom Cruise, Paul Giamatti, Julianne Hough, … Continue reading

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