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“The show is not an impersonation, but rather a loving homage from a lifelong fan...She impersonates many of the people or prototypes in Julie’s life...There’s a little too much extraneous Liza Minnelli...The script does cram a good deal of biographical incident in its breezy way, so Young clearly knows her idol...Young is extremely personable, and her enthusiasm for her subject is infectious. She expresses what registers as genuine awe and excitement." Full Review
"Mantello's revival of Edward Albee's 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winner is impeccable in every respect...All three ladies are quite wonderful and form a well-knit ensemble. Metcalf's wry line readings land laughs each time. And Pill, in the least overtly showy role, grows more commanding as the part allows in the second act. But Jackson -- cranky, humorous, or imperious -- is simply tremendous." Full Review
"At nearly two hours, the show could frankly benefit from a break, but in its present form, under the direction of Jeffrey B. Moss, it’s never less than absorbing...For all the care that has been lavished on this resurrection, it can’t be said the story is an intrinsically engaging as 'Fiddler,' nor are the songs anywhere near as memorable. Still, Bock and Harnick were an outstanding team, and this is quality material." Full Review
"Boucicault’s dialogue is quite lively and fun and, at times, unabashedly sentimental. Artistic Director Alex Roe, who also designed the production, has beautifully staged the piece without patronizing the material one jot...The actors are uniformly excellent with everyone astutely cast, and utterly in the spirit...Melodramatic as the proceedings are, there’s a good deal of honest sentiment here and certainly the depiction of poverty resonates with much of what we see today on our streets." Full Review
for a previous production “May well be the most delightful musical in town. The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s production, extravagantly tuneful, perfectly cast, and exceptionally well-paced sets one searching for superlatives...The whole has been astutely directed by Wasserman and Didner to bring out all the fun and poignancy of the original without ever resorting to camp or disrespecting the source material...This show is utterly beguiling with nary a dull moment.” Full Review
for a previous production "This smart and adorable show, about a stubborn princess who cares nothing for the trappings of her station, has charm and Broadway pizzazz in abundance. The overall polish is even more impressive because the cast is aged 9-17. Under Tada! artistic director Janine Nina Trevens' savvy direction, these kids really sell the material...At a packed Saturday matinee, those most discerning of pint-size critics watched with delight, making nary a peep - the ultimate accolade." Full Review