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"Rodgers and Hammerstein’s groundbreaking 1945 musical still resonates today thanks to its timeless theme of redemption and its rapturously beautiful score...Treasured hymn 'You’ll Never Walk Alone' has never been matched for the poignancy of its uplifting message of hope...The merits of this new production include a sterling cast, generously sized orchestra and thrilling choreography...As close a connection as we have to the dawn of the golden age of Broadway." Full Review
"Broadway producers have taken blue-chip title 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and diminished it to the point where it almost seems to be some sort of elaborate practical joke...These reductions in scale may have been more palatable if the musical itself were more appealing...Borle brings plenty of amusing quirks to Wonka, but overall pushes too hard where the role should be far more sinister and wickedly charming...The only recommendation that can be made is to avoid it." Full Review
"As dainty and delectable as a well-cooked soufflé, the new stage musical 'Amélie' is a feather-light confection of pure charm...In a perfect match of material and star, Phillipa Soo takes on the title role...Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen have crafted a gorgeous set of lilting melodies that are highly enjoyable at first listen...'Amélie' is a lightweight affair, but its message of pursuing human connections remains a salient one." Full Review
"Martin’s book contains many a welcome chuckle. Rob Berman’s music direction and vocal arrangements give the show the hint of a Broadway sound while maintaining the country feel...Anyone who watches soap operas will see where the story is going, but watching the elements fall into place is satisfying...Without a cynical note to be heard, 'Bright Star' is a warm and fuzzy, rose-coloured show for those who like to leave theatre with a smile." Full Review
"Despite finding plenty to praise in 'Fun Home', I am afraid I am going to have to call Emperor’s New Clothes on this one. It is challenging to see what the fuss is about...While I found this more of a production to admire than enjoy, keen aficionados of edgy music theatre will most likely appreciate 'Fun Home.' Full Review
"'The Visit' is a dark, adult chamber musical with an intriguing blend of vengeance and romance...For fans of Rivera, this production is simply unmissable...Kander and Ebb have written an instantly accessible, highly romantic score...Strong support comes from the whole company." Full Review
"All aboard for a generous slice of music theatre heaven as Roundabout Theatre Company revive decedent backstage musical 'On The Twentieth Century'...a delectably daffy return to the heyday of glamorous train travel. 'On The Twentieth Century' is manna from theatrical heaven for lovers of classic musical theatre. Don’t miss the train." Full Review
"A guilty pleasure that leaves the audience on a giddy high...An appealing young cast, vivid design, catchy music and an abundance of laughs, sneaking in the odd inspirational message for good balance...Characters are keenly observed and sharply drawn, and behaviour stays ever true to form...A score which is catchy...Benjamin successfully matches Fey's tone, allowing a seamless transition between sung and spoken word...Tightly choreographed." Full Review
“A glossy, if rather slender, new musical, ‘War Paint’ is a chance to luxuriate in the performances of a pair of Broadway’s greatest divas...LuPone and Ebersole prove utterly deserving of such a splendid showcase for their talents, each performing in peak condition…Wright’s book makes the most of opportunities for bitchy one-liners but provides little tension…Frankel’s music is beautiful, and yet, on first listen, the music all sounds quite similar." Full Review
"Although Peter Stone’s book is very wordy for a concert, the chance to hear Sherman Edwards’ marvelous score played is a definite attraction...For a story whose outcome is known, Stone generates plenty of tension and conflict...The 26 characters of the ensemble company are clearly established, and the moments of character-based humor land many appreciative laughs. Edwards’ score is a terrific collection of melodies and styles, with his songs breaking up the action in a entertaining manner." Full Review
"'The Robber Bridegroom' is 90 effervescent minutes of unabashed fun...Timbers proves himself the go-to director for wildly creative, highly energetic theatre. Sight and sound gags abound, and although their execution is entertaining in its own right, all of the effects are there to serve and propel the story...This is clearly Timbers’ show...The racy content and devilish pace make 'The Robber Bridegroom' an all too rare adult treat." Full Review
"'Doctor Zhivago' does not quite reach the 'Les Misérables' standard for romantic musical drama but it certainly comes very close. Fans for this genre looking for fresh material will not be able to resist it." Full Review
"Jam-packed with all the ingredients of a surefire smash hit, Something Rotten is funny without being unnecessarily smutty, and clever without being particularly original...The fact that the show’s writers are relative newcomers gives it a fresh enough voice, it just does not have anything unique to say with that voice. There are, however, an abundance of hilarious moments. " Full Review
"A truly thrilling new work of high class and polish, "An American in Paris" is the rare new musical aimed mostly at a discerning adult audience...The production achieves an integration of artistic and creative elements that is thoroughly realised...As the show progresses, the methods of storytelling blend to the point that it does not matter whether the plot is being advanced by text, lyrics or dance. The audience is completely absorbed in the world on stage." Full Review