REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter To Broadway” Opened with a ShowScore of 90

Show-Score | Nov 5, 2016
“Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter To Broadway,” by Kristin Chenoweth and directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, opened on November  4, 2016 in New York City. “Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter To Broadway,” by Kristin Chenoweth and directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, opened on November 4, 2016 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

4 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 85.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"She has lost none of the girlish glow she possessed when she first rose to Broadway stardom...Nor does her singing ever feel mannered, although her bright lyric soprano is a superbly trained instrument...Whether singing or delivering her often self-deprecating patter, Ms. Chenoweth always radiates a pleasure in performing that carries across the proverbial footlights. Even on a ballad—like 'A Quiet Thing,' the ineffably lovely Kander and Ebb song—she’s like a singing ray of sunshine."
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 80
"This sparkplug performer holds the stage through two hours-plus of eclectic song selections and personal reminiscences...Directed with polish by Richard Jay-Alexander...Her banter is relaxed, funny and warm, and she takes full advantage of the large space while also creating an intimate cabaret feel...Only occasionally did the syrupiness become a little cloying...Chenoweth is in superb voice, supple and controlled, and the selections from 'The Art of Elegance' were lovely."
Joe Dziemianowicz
New York Daily News
ShowScore: 85
"Chenoweth is herself a unique and original mashup, a living lovable contradiction in terms. She's got a big bright legit opera voice. She's a hilarious and self-deprecating comedian...The standout moment: a medley of Willie Nelson's 'You Are Always On My Mind' and Stephen Sondheim's 'Losing My Mind.' It was a little out-there and a whole lot of wonderful. Just like Chenoweth."

“Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter To Broadway” was also reviewed by Melissa Rose Bernardo of Entertainment Weekly.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 19 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 92.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting

TheaterBuff, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You're a fan of the tiny-but-mighty star. She sure can sing; what a range! And she's a fine comedian, making the evening great fun."
Don't see it if…"You want a coherent thread. There's nothing that ties one sing to the next. And some songs selections are subpar, like the closer, 'Smile.'"
Sophia C, ShowScore: 91
See it if…"You enjoy any of Ms. Chenoweth's work. So funny and so many great songs."
Don't see it if…"You are expecting it to be Broadway-centric. A lot of songs are from shows, but not all."
RickD, ShowScore: 89
See it if…"You love 'Kristy.' Concert runs from 'Popular' to a 'Jesus song' to 'A House Is Not a Home' to pop to 'Over the Rainbow.'" 
Don't see it if…"If you're a Republican. I expected a huge orchestra, but this is apparently a touring show that's stopping on Broadway for 12 performances."

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Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.



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