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"van Hove’s overly busy production can’t match the bareknuckle force of his leading man’s performance. Whenever Cranston isn’t on stage, the show tends to feel a bit didactic. And some of van Hove’s flashy, fourth-wall-breaking technical daredevilry feels distracting and oddly pointless...There’s no question that 'Network' is a sickeningly timely evening of theater. But whenever Cranston wasn’t on stage, I had to keep reminding myself why I loved the movie so much." Full Review
"The roles are mostly well played, the book is fine, the songs are serviceable, and the sets are fairly clever, but none of it is—transporting...The best thing about the new production is Christian Borle as Wonka...As good as Borle’s version is, Wilder still owns it. That may not be surprising. But what is is how flat most of the musical feels. From the moment the curtain raises until the moment it finally drops, there’s a sense that something is missing. Something magical. " Full Review
"Upton and Crowley strain to make the play’s late 20th-century makeover contemporary and knowing and cool, but it feels more like punk poseur window-dressing trying to spruce up a soft-rock B-side...It’s only a matter of time before the party ends with a bang — I just wish it was more worth the wait. As hard as it tries, 'The Present' never really makes the case for why Chekhov’s forgotten play should be remembered." Full Review
"If you absolutely adore the film, director Jerry Mitchell has put together a show that will feel instantly familiar...No Broadway show has ever gone wrong by casting Andy Karl...But the best news of all is just how perfectly (and seamlessly) Samantha Barks steps into Roberts’ shoes...And yet, 'Pretty Woman' doesn’t quite work as a musical...Overall, the songs by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance feel uninspired, a little cheesy, and lifeless." Full Review
"Wonderfully inventive...A giddy highlight of the current Broadway season...It takes Karl all of five minutes to win you over completely (resist as you might)...At times, 'Groundhog Day' feels more like a plate-spinning magic trick than a Broadway musical...Spectacle is fine, but none of it much matters if the basics of the show don’t work. Thankfully, they do...Manages to hold onto everything that made Ramis’ movie such a classic and adds songs bound to become nearly as memorable." Full Review
"The first act is both over-long and too broad. It’s flat where it should be fizzy...Barking arias of sarcastic, arsenic-laced insults, Lane is like a human defibrillator whose presence single-handedly puts the production back on course...But you’ll have to be patient waiting for Lane to arrive to really enjoy it...It’s smart, subversive, and seemingly timeless. Too bad that this time around it’s also an ensemble comedy that feels like a one-man show." Full Review