Dave Quinn

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Reviews (15)
85
Entertainment Weekly

"Rarely has O’Hara’s vibrato sounded so strong, so powerful, as it does when she sings these three little words: 'I Hate Men'...Gone is the shiny schmaltz of the Golden Age musical’s previous productions, Ellis instead grounding the piece, when necessarily, in sincerity and reality...It helps that Amanda Green has provided some tweaks to Sam and Bella Spewack’s book...None of this means the piece has lost its spark. Porter’s wit still shines through in his score." Full Review

85
People

"Serving both as an inspiring reminder of how far the LGBTQ community has come and also as a sobering warning of the dangers of internalized oppression...To help put on this poignant play, Murphy and Mantello have assembled a stellar, starry cast...All work remarkable well together and inhabit each role fully, as if it had been written specifically for them...Mantello keeps the action moving swiftly on stage...If there were ever a time to revisit 'The Boys in the Band,' it’s now." Full Review

85
People

"A fresh and fun Broadway musical...Die hard fans of the property will be satisfied, especially because some of 'Mean Girls‘' most-popular quotes are repeated word-for-word here...The songs help too...As a first-time Broadway composer, not all of Richmond’s songs are hits. But the ones that work really work and director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw’s swift staging makes those scenes all the more invigorating." Full Review

95
WNBC

"'Hello, Dolly!' is much more than Midler—something only made clearer when seeing the show with Donna Murphy...Bopping around the stage with near childlike glee and determination, it was impossible not to be swept up in the wake of Dolly's addicting energy. Murphy appeared to have that effect on the rest of the cast too. The entire company fired on all cylinders...One of the most exciting and satisfying experiences I've had in a Broadway theater in years." Full Review

90
WNBC

"Powerful and chilling...The story is filled with delicious twists and turns up until the end. But the fun in this production is watching these two extraordinary and captivating actresses at play, no matter which role she's tackling. Each at the height of her game, the veteran performers were clearly given latitude to interpret their characters as they will...Both prove to be equally effective in either role — a sign of each actress' talent and the production's overall perfection." Full Review

60
WNBC

"Despite the play's best intentions to have us root for Beau to get out of his own way and embrace the love around him, his inability to do so makes 'Gently Down the Stream' a very monotonous journey...None of this is to say that watching 'Gently Down the Stream' is a particularly bad experience. The performances are strong...But in the end, 'Gently Down the Stream' didn't rock the boat enough." Full Review

85
WNBC

"The show's plot is thin...But you're not there for the plot. You're there to see Kroll and Mulaney's masterful take on Faizon and St. Geegland—two incredibly nuanced and well-rounded characters who manage to be wildly offensive and incredibly lovable at the same time. Both are equally excellent...The laughs rarely slow down in the pitch-perfect show either...Alt-comedy fans will surely love 'Oh, Hello.' But rarely do theatergoers get to see such a refreshing, relatable character study." Full Review

100
WNBC

"Living in New York City, it’s easy to forget the fun of experiencing it all for the first time. It’s the sort of childlike discovery that makes even a crowded subway seem like a magical place. That unmitigated glee is alive and well at the Broadway revival of the they-don’t-make-‘em-like-they-used-to musical “On the Town.”" Full Review

90
Entertainment Weekly

"In the exquisite new Broadway revival, Michael Urie establishes himself as a fearless and compelling leading man — delivering a master-class in physical comedy and dramatic authenticity that, in the play’s most gripping scenes, brings laughter and tears nearly simultaneously...Some of those cuts are missed, though 'Torch Song‘s' flame still burns bright. This fresh production, skillfully directed by Kaufman, shows that Fierstein’s words are as poignant now as they were then." Full Review

85
People

"Although some critics wrote 'Cursed Child' off as just fan fiction, the play feels very different when seen on stage. Much of that is thanks to Tiffany’s brilliant, creative direction and the beautiful work from set designer Christine Jones and lighting designer Neil Austin. Together, they infuse the story with a mix of inventive and exciting stage magic that makes Cursed Child a must-see for Muggles everywhere...It’s unlike anything seen on Broadway before." Full Review

85
People

"Though familiar, it comes across just as groundbreaking here as an audience full of kids and parents cheers on two strong female leads...Lee has fleshed out some of the story’s key plot points...But really, 'Frozen' comes down to two sparkling performances by Murin and Levy. Each actress seems born to play her role...Grandage does a respectable job of landing the massive property on its feet...It’s hard not to feel like you’ve just witnessed something very special." Full Review

85
WNBC

"The 1997 beloved animated movie has been transformed into a magical new stage musical with a much-improved book by McNally, added songs from the film's composers, and a star-making performance by actress Christy Altomare...Modifications elevate the stakes at play, but also age the piece's target consumer...It may have taken 20 years for 'Anastasia' to make its way from the screen to the stage, but this journey to the past has proven to be well worth the wait." Full Review

85
WNBC

"Frankly, I would have been crying too like many of those around me, but I was holding my breath instead—stunned by the sheer beauty and sadness of it all...Beautiful and arresting staging...It would be hard to find a weak link among the cast...By so often switching its characters, it can be challenging to get emotionally invested in a central protagonist's journey...Taichman's staging here is strong enough here to make up for what is lacking." Full Review

40
WNBC

"Despite the best efforts of its cast and creative team, this once-exciting story comes across stale and banal. It's a shame too, because ‘A Bronx Tale’ has assembled some truly talented folks…Menken and Slater's doo-wop and Motown-style tunes don't do them any favors. As a whole, the score feels far too vanilla and somewhat forgettable…There is one bright spot throughout, and that's actor Nick Cordero...A harsh reminder that some stories don't need reinvention." Full Review

80
WNBC

"The musical comedy is all about one character: the Genie. But that is not the only thing worth talking about. From “Arabian Nights” to “Prince Ali,” Nicholaw uses his multicultural ensemble flawlessly, unraveling layers to each number that surprise and wonder. You’ll also marvel at Gregg Barnes’ stunning costumes, rich in jewel-tones, feathers and sparkle." Full Review