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"'Ink' isn’t polemical — you could even call it fair and balanced in depicting how Murdoch’s contagious competitiveness inspires his skeleton staff...Director Rupert Goold keeps the mood celebratory, at least in Act One, with impromptu dancing in the newsroom and a delightful segment of editors dramatizing headlines...Murdoch evolves from a give-the-people-what-they-want disruptor to proscriptive populist...'Ink' is a great story: lively, inventive, and chilling." Full Review
“As someone decades removed from high school, I found the humor broad, the POV adolescent and the music too loud. But for those with less delicate ears, there’s a lot to enjoy in the addictive and largely uptempo score...‘Be More Chill’ resonates with both young theater diehards and musical newbies who are skeptical that the art form can speak to them...It’s not for everyone, but it is a distinctive entry in the crowded market of Broadway high school musicals.” Full Review
“Epic drama...As directed by Mendes, it has more humor and vitality than one might expect from a play set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles....Some accuse Butterworth of perpetuating stereotypes with the boozing, wild Irish dancing and allusions to fairies...Whatever the flaws, the highly theatrical ‘Ferryman’ is eminently watchable...If it doesn’t go home with a boatful of Tony Awards in June, it will have been a very strong Broadway season indeed.” Full Review
"'Ain’t Too Proud' isn’t too original, but it should appeal to fans of the Temptations...The 'Ain’t Too Proud' book is a mile wide and an inch deep. In adapting the memoir of Otis Williams, the lone survivor of the original Temptations, there’s lots to cover and less leeway for shifting perspectives...My vote for most exciting Broadway Temptation is newcomer Jeremy Pope. With his sinewy dancing and falsetto...'Ain’t Too Proud' may be an imperfect vehicle, but Pope is going places." Full Review
"The target audience at the Neil Simon Theatre is onboard...A celebratory jukebox musical that has energy and style...Block is the most Cher-like of the trio...She goes beyond impersonation, imbuing the role with strength and vulnerability...As an admirer but not a devotee of Cher and her recordings, I generally enjoyed the party, even if some scenes seem inconsequential...But it’s hard to imagine an unhappy Cher fan at 'The Cher Show.'" Full Review
“Fontana is sublime...Fontana borrows a gesture or two from Dustin Hoffman’s performance...But Fontana makes the role his own with fine timing, crisp dancing and a gender-bending vocal range interpreting Yazbek’s varied and mostly wonderful score...The creators...made shrewd revisions to the movie’s plot...The show has too many broad gags and one-liners that derail the momentum of the story. Several of the supporting characters are caricatures that grow tiresome.” Full Review