Leonard Golubchick

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Reviews (25)
Labor Press

"All the actors work hard, have good voices, and attempt to put a jukebox musical across so it is pleasing and entertaining...A silly but lively show, an over-the-top production with disparate parts that are not tied tightly together to enable it to be an impressive whole...If you enjoy a silly farce with music but which can be confusing, you will enjoy this musical...Adults who enjoyed the Go-Go’s music in the 1980s will find 'Head Over Heels' a worthwhile venture." Full Review

Labor Press

"It's a story of hypnotism and reincarnation, but the orchestra in this production is not big enough to present the music in a manner that engrosses the audience...This is a messy production due to its small size. But Errico excels in the musical numbers. She is the one reason to attend this show." Full Review

Labor Press

"Sher adeptly and wonderfully integrates all of the elements of this complex structure, resulting in an enchanting three hours for theatergoers...This revival is replete with amazing portrayals. Laura Ambrose perfectly plays Liza Doolittle...Her voice is perfect for this role...The misogynist and narcissistic snob Henry Higgins, is wonderfully portrayed by Harry Hadden-Patton...This is a classic musical that would appeal to all members of the family." Full Review

Labor Press

"The show may not be the best by Broadway’s standards, but it creates a magic and enchantment that catches the imagination of children and adults who aren’t Disneyphobes. The score, by the prolific writing team of Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez, is as catchy as ever...Michael Grandage directs it with aplomb." Full Review

Labor Press

"The show bursts with Caribbean rhythms and dance as the story unfolds. Lea Salonga, Phillip Boykin, Darlesia Cearcy, and Merle Dandridge lead an extraordinary ensemble. Director Michael Arden adeptly intertwines the story elements, successfully integrating music, movement, dance, and the folktale...This show is fantastic, charming, and heart-warming entertainment for the entire family. Do not miss this revival." Full Review

Labor Press

"He communicates his words and music, and in between numbers, talks to the audience about his life and music, telling colorful tales from his childhood and his life as a performer. This can be tedious for all but the true Springsteen fan...Overall, the performance is what one would expect of a Springsteen concert. If you are a fan, this two-hour show is something you could dig your teeth into, but if you are not, you may get lost in the interposed conversation and storytelling." Full Review

Labor Press

"Sarna Lapine delicately brings the pieces of the show together and enables the main characters played by Mr. Gyllenhaal and Ms. Ashford to demonstrate the right chemistry to make their performances outstanding...This is a wonderful performance but the slow pace at times and the words and music may not appeal to all audiences. But, this is an experience which should emote pathos with the audience as well as satisfaction." Full Review

The Present
Midtown W
Labor Press

"Crowley directed the show and brings all the characters and internal themes together into a clearly enunciated whole...The running time is three hours but passes quickly with adroit acting and direction. The comic timing of the ensemble cast enables 'The Present' to demonstrate the indulgent aristocracy...'The Present' leaves the audience enthralled and satisfied through the dynamic portrayals by Ms. Blanchett, Mr. Roxburgh and the excellence of the supporting cast." Full Review

Falsettos
Midtown W
Labor Press

"James Lapine’s direction enables this three-hour production to flow as effortlessly as possible with total energy...The words and music flow so that transitions from one point to another are seamless...Throughout the show, comedic relief is given through a wonderful funny performance by Stephanie J. Block. Christian Borle demonstrates a great deal of pathos and empathy during his emotional journey. This is a wonderful show with widespread appeal." Full Review

Paramour
Midtown W
Labor Press

"The music and dialogue are not up to Broadway standards. You come to 'Paramour' for the great fun in watching the high-flying acts and gymnastic ability of the actors. The show is a lot of fun and definitely one your children will love and find entertaining." Full Review

Cagney
Midtown W
Labor Press

"The rousing musical is full of song and tap dance which will excite audiences of all ages. Robert Creighton, who plays Cagney, also wrote the original music and lyrics along with Christopher McGovern, and is adeptly directed by Bill Castellino. Cagney could do it all; act, dance, sing and be the tough guy who portrays gangsters, sometimes with a heart. Creighton does an excellent job as Cagney." Full Review

Bright Star
Midtown W
Labor Press

"The show moves quickly under the creative direction of Walter Bobbie. The lead is Carmen Cusack, who provides us with a charismatic and energetic performance…The plot is quirky and uneven, but stays with the theme that love triumphs. The sweet bluegrass music is a treat, particularly for those who are unfamiliar with this delightful musical form. The music adds a nostalgic charm and melody to the show which is memorable." Full Review

Labor Press

"The Director stages the scenes with great sensitive and vitality...The book by Joseph Stein is still relevant for today’s audiences are still relevant...'Fiddler on the Roof,' one of the greatest musicals of all time and which has meaning to the widest span of theater goers is a must see." Full Review

Labor Press

"'Smokey Joe’s Café' makes a triumphant return as the music of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller rocks the house...This hour and half show gives the audience the thrill of show-stopping and toe-tapping numbers...Joshua Bergasse does an amazing job directing and choreographing a talented cast of nine young performers...A remarkable tuneful funfest for the entire family." Full Review

Labor Press

"Three actresses share the role of Summer...The chemistry of the three is so strong that folks in the aisles jumped up, and stomped their feet, and clapped their hands throughout the performance...It captivates and entertains the audience...The talented trio of LaChanze, DeBose, and Lever invigorates the audience through their stellar performances...If you want an entertaining, toe-tapping musical...there is no doubt this is one for you and the whole family. Go see 'Summer.'" Full Review

Labor Press

"Fey, famous for her Saturday Night Live performances, wrote the show, and Casey Nicholaw directed and choreographed it, bringing the story, song, dance, and comedy together to make for a fun evening for theatregoers. The music is by Fey’s husband, Jeff Richards, and the sassy lyrics by Neil Benjamin. The show is true to the movie...This show has it all: humor, fun, dance, and engagement with the audience. I highly recommend it for an evening of fun." Full Review

Labor Press

"Tina Landau’s direction enables the characters to come alive and transcend the cartoon world. Kyle Jarrow’s book and the choreography by Christopher Gattelli enhance the enjoyment of this wonderful musical...This musical is a show for the entire family. It also has a sublime message about the values of collaboration, tolerance, and appreciation of differences. You will leave the theatre with a feeling of satisfaction and happiness." Full Review

Labor Press

"Cromer’s sensitive direction and Yazbek’s music and lyrics capture the feelings and growth of overnight friendship between the two, and Shalhoub and Lenk persuasively play their roles. The friendship that develops between Israeli and Egyptian is critical to the theme that we are all humans who seek a sense of belonging...This is a sweet, heart-warming and charming musical. The show is suited for everyone, but it might be a bit slow-moving for some theatergoers." Full Review

Labor Press

"A wonderful experience...Matthew Warchus the director brings the show together to the delight of the audience...Andy Karl provides us with a Tony-worthy performance. He is absolutely brilliant and does it all which brings humanity to a difficult role...Mr. Karl’s stage presence and charisma carry the show...A fun evening but definitely keeping the show at an hour and a half would certainly be an enhancement." Full Review

Labor Press

"The director, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, magnificently manages an ensemble cast to provide the audience with a detailed study through precise action, which is interspersed with humor and expertly directed comic timing...August Wilson’s eloquence in his words is brought to life through adept directing as well as expert acting. The performances all create the pathos and interest in the lives of the characters, which maintain the interest of the audience." Full Review

In Transit
Midtown W
Labor Press

"Marshall‘s direction gives the performances energy and momentum. Overall, the plot is weak although the a cappella melodies are harmonious...The actors do a decent job given the sanguine material and plot. This meaningless drab musical needs better harmony although it is well-intended. Good intentions are insufficient to pay the price required for attending a Broadway show. It is quite clear I do not recommend this show which has been stalled at the station." Full Review

The Encounter
Midtown W
Labor Press

"After a while, sitting with stereophonic sound for two hours is certainly not for all theatergoers. Even though the attempt to transport to you to the Amazon rainforest is tantalizing and an interesting experience, the play is not for everyone’s taste, particularly at the prices that Broadway productions demand." Full Review

Labor Press

"Lange gives a Tony-worthy performance as morphine-addicted matriarch Mary Tyrone. Jonathan Kent’s direction of this star-packed revival is substance to those who love great drama and acting…The actors bring to life the Tyrone family’s dysfunction but enable the play to be a compelling evening...Overall, 'Long Day’s Journey Into Night' is a masterpiece which should be seen and will hold your attention throughout the night." Full Review

The Crucible
Midtown W
Labor Press

"The performances are magnificent and give plenty of personality to the characters. The acclaimed Belgian director Ivo van Hove in this production illuminates the battle between good and evil, and the impact of gossip upon a community that believes that sickness and misfortune are the result of evil and witchcraft." Full Review

Hughie
Midtown W
Labor Press

"The play was directed by Michael Grandage who attempts to capture the meaning and feeling of O’Neill’s script...
Mr. Whitaker downplays the character to a point of nothingness. Mr. Wood spends most of the show listening to the long monologue of Erie. This is a show which could have been more dramatic if [Whitaker] had played Erie like his Oscar-winning role in 'The Last King of Scotland.'" Full Review