Bob Rizzo

About:  Bob Rizzo is the owner and lead critic for The Dance Coach at www.thedancecoach.com. He is also a freelance writer and reviewer for Broadwayworld, ZEALnyc, and HuffingtonPost.
Reviews (7)
Variety

"The packed narrative may be child’s play for fans of Rick Riordan’s 2005 book — and there were plenty of enthusiasts in the audience on a recent night at the Longacre Theater, where the musical is having a limited run — but others will find the show and the bare-bones production simply myth-begotten." Full Review

BroadwayWorld

for a previous production "'The Radio City Christmas Spectacular' returns in all its glory...The show closely resembles last year's top-notch production with some slight modifications that only enhance the extravaganza. The iconic Rockettes remain supreme with their eye-high kicks, razor-sharp precision and synchronized choreography...But the show is more spectacle than story, with the Rockettes as its most valuable players...Kudos to the dancers and singers who add an extra sparkle this year." Full Review

iLuminate
Midtown W
The Dance Coach

for a previous production "Full of astounding visuals and artistic wit...The choreography may not be anything you haven’t seen before; it’s the way these artists meticulously incorporate the lighting to accent the movement and create such stunning stage pictures that make this work unique...The energetic nine-member troupe is full of expert dancers...Their unified razor-sharp work is worthy of the precision of the Radio City Rockettes…There’s something for all ages in this entertaining and colorful production." Full Review

Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
ZEALnyc

for a previous production "Brassy, irreverent, naughty, whimsical, and delightfully creative...From terrific singer Shelly Watson‘s grandiose take on Madame Drosselmeyer right down to the dedicated ensemble members who bare more than their unique talents, it’s a fantastical feast for the eyes...This is one unified troupe of gifted players that demand you sit up and pay attention. Take your cue from them and enjoy this holiday spectacle while you can still grab a ringside seat." Full Review

Soft Power
East Village
Variety

"The American musical — and America — are reconsidered in this powerfully smart and entertaining show." Full Review

Paris!
Brooklyn
BroadwayWorld

"If there is one thing director/choreographer Austin McCormick (Company XIV) can be accused of it's that he consistently puts on a titillating, atmospheric and imaginative show...The show gets off to a slow start with an abbreviated take on the classic can-can dance...The show picks up steam later in the act when Paris and Mercury (played by the chiseled Todd Hanebrink) dance a beautiful pas de deux to Vivaldi...Momentum builds with the competition between the three goddesses." Full Review

The Dance Coach

"The dominant kid-friendly storyline at times gets tiresome...The pacing suffers and you’re left eagerly awaiting the next big Rockette production number…The new material doesn’t always mix well with the precision type dancing we are used to seeing. However, if you’re game for an updated look and feel, there are still plenty of great performances and much spectacle to be enjoyed in the 'New York Spectacular.'" Full Review