Stu Brown

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Reviews (29)
Stu on Broadway

"The award-winning thespian of stage, screen and television captivates and entertains the audience with a theatrical delivery of the stories...At its best the show pulsates as when an animated Lithgow portrays multiple, rather eccentric characters...But the emphasis on the two stories can come across like a one-trick pony. If the stories don't resonate there's not much else to grab onto...A very personal, mostly entertaining memoir, from one of our finest actors." Full Review

Heisenberg
Midtown W
Stu on Broadway

"Modest, but captivating...Stephens has created two interesting, unique characters. Their idiosyncrasies and traits are strikingly rendered with both performers giving skillful, nuanced portrayals. However, the overall thrust of the production, while bewitching and absorbing, is modest at best. Mary Louise-Parker and Denis Ardnt deliver two outstanding performances. They are appealing, melancholy, and authentic." Full Review

Noises Off
Midtown W
Stu on Broadway

"The revival of 'Noises Off' is not only consistently funny, but a wonderment in precision acting and movement...Director Jeremy Herrin deserves special commendation for the exactitude he brings to the production and his meticulousness to detail. He guides the cast, with both nuanced, subtle performances as well as outright uproariousness, producing an always lively, very funny show." Full Review

King Charles III
Midtown W
Stu on Broadway

"Playwright Mike Bartlett has woven a tale that plays like a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions...For 'King Charles III' to be fully realized as a rousing theatrical drama the actor playing the newly anointed king must be electrifying in his portrayal and Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles does just that. This is a tour de force performance that is full of anger, agony, indecision, and personal suffering. The rest of the cast is equally compelling...'King Charles III' is an absorbing and spellbind... Full Review

Amazing Grace
Midtown W
Stu on Broadway

"Director Gabriel Barre is at his best guiding the many action sequences and incorporating the production’s special effects without overwhelming the show. Unfortunately, there are so many scene changes that achieving a consistent flow or developing an emotional core is difficult....a heartfelt effort not fully realized." Full Review

Shows For Days
Upper W Side
Stu on Broadway

"Director Jerry Zaks makes sure Patti Lupone is front and center when she is onstage. He gives her oversized personality room to scheme, sweet-talk and meddle. Zak successfully maneuvers Michael Urie’s narrator as the unifying force of the play. He skillfully and proficiently shepherds the actors around the small performance space." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"Lincoln Center has done it again. The organization has revived 'The King and I,' and it is a sumptuous and majestic production. Everything about the show is grand, from the musical’s opening to the enormous cast to the towering sets. This is how to experience a Rodgers and Hammerstein production." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

""The book is tightly structured with well-defined characters mined from the graphic novel...The music is the best new score on Broadway...Director Sam Gold has put together a polished production that is passionate, energized and sensitively mines the emotional depths of the musical." Full Review

The Visit
Midtown W
Stu on Broadway

"The score by Kander and Ebb is workman-like with occasional flourishes of cynicism and bite. However, persistently, this is an underwhelming group of songs that never rises to the heights the duo has so consistently delivered in the past...John Doyle’s direction is serviceable... a reserved and slender piece of musical theater." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"Director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, who has worked with ballet companies worldwide, has created one of the most extraordinary and spectacular works for the musical theater I have seen in many years. Working with librettist, Craig Lucas, he has fashioned a book musical that is utterly alive with song and dance." Full Review

On The Town
Midtown W
Stu on Broadway

"Director John Rando admirably takes all the various components of such a big, splashy enterprise and makes it work. The key is harmony, taking a spirited, care-free show and successfully balancing the extensive production numbers so the 2 ½ hour musical flows smoothly without unnecessary starts and fits." Full Review

Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Stu on Broadway

"Aladdin, while charming and fun, lacks the enchantment and savviness of Disney’s most notable theatrical productions." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"An entertaining blend of charm, nostalgia, and showmanship. The show’s overall feel and musicality will resonate greatly with a generation of baby boomers...While the book provides a cohesive plot and allows for a firmly developed point-counterpoint between the songwriting teams, the overall results for 'Beautiful' are problematic." Full Review

Matilda
Midtown W
Stu on Broadway

"Except for a bit of tedium in Act II, 'Matilda' delivers an enchanting and magical theatrical experience to audiences both young and old." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"'The Book of Mormon,' a must for 'South Park' fans as well as the rest of mankind." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"It effectively mixes numerous musical styles into a strikingly affecting whole. The works can be uplifting, poignant, and unabashedly joyous...Chavkin deserves huge praise for the diverse and complex tableaux she has conceived, which produce an almost intoxicating sensory overload...This machination keeps the audience dazzled and entranced. There is never a tiresome moment, even if the goings-on are less then appealing...An absorbing, exhilarating piece of theater." Full Review

Bright Star
Midtown W
Stu on Broadway

"Let it suffice to say I was surprised. Pleasantly surprised. Wonderfully surprised with all aspects of the production...I wanted theater-goers to experience the musical without the filter of my critique and possibly come away exhilarated like myself. Therefore, my review is short, simple, and to the point. Go see 'Bright Star'. Be enchanted, moved, uplifted and maybe even shed a tear." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"The current revival of 'Fiddler on the Roof' is a highly satisfying production with a solid cast, exuberant choreography, and a memorable score...Director Bartlett Sher nimbly and energetically guides the large cast of 'Fiddler on the Roof.' Whether in scenes with a multitude of performers or those more intimate Sher shows his strength and artistry." Full Review

Misery
Midtown W
Stu on Broadway

"Playwright Goldman...has transformed the essence of the novel into a 90 minute, intermission-less heart-stopping production...Director Will Frears skillfully uses the confined and suffocating space to tease out a building tension within the play. The production is well-paced as it almost lazily heads towards its crescendo. He allows Laurie Metcalf plenty of room for her acting pyrotechnics without letting the actress go over the edge." Full Review

Gloria
Gramercy
Stu on Broadway

"The author builds up to the Act I climax slowly, without much warning, providing a heightened buzz at intermission. He continues to surprise, shock and confound throughout the play. Director Evan Cabnet has molded his group of actors into a finely tuned machine. The players are just so in sync with each other." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"The play is hip, topical and comically moralizing. You marvel at where he comes up with the mostly amusing, sometimes wickedly funny, revisionist views on biblical stories, of being omniscient, and much more. Director Mantello manages to walk a tightrope by giving Jim Parsons just enough room to maneuver without reining him in." Full Review

Hand to God
Midtown W
Stu on Broadway

"Playwright Robert Askins has written a truly original play that at its core is an examination of a young man’s descent and, finally ascent, from a personal hell...Director Moritz von Stuelpnagel adroitly brings out the disquietude within the production. He creates a controlled mayhem and methodical rhythm to the play." Full Review

Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Stu on Broadway

"'Something Rotten!', its excesses sometimes going too over-the-top, nonetheless, is fun, clever, and containing a bevy of high-spirited, ebullient actors...Director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw’s work is well-thought out bringing forth superb performances. As choreographer his dance numbers bring down the house." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"The book moves the story along, but lacks any sustained dramatic tension. We never become seriously involved with most of the characters. The show mostly plods from scene to scene, rarely achieving magical heights...The score is a huge letdown...The songs fitfully spring to life, but only occasionally do they fly or hit a tender chord." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"'It Shoulda Been You' is a good-humored musical with a pleasing, but not very memorable score; and a very fine, but underutilized cast...'It Shoulda Been You,' a trifling production that coulda been so much more." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"Director Marianne Elliott, who last time on Broadway won the Tony Award for 'War Horse,' demonstrates, once again, she is quite adept at taking difficult material, incorporating the strengths of the creative team, and turning out a narrative which is inventive, creative, and understandable by audiences everywhere." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

for a previous production "Unpretentious, unadulterated fun. Those are the operative words that come to mind to describe the semi-musical, These! Paper! Bullets...!' While a great idea, it is only a serviceable reshaping of the Bard’s work, coming across as a bit muddled in the beginning, but after settling in midway through the first act the production gathers steam and becomes a more breezy bit of fare." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"The musical is smart, funny, and entertaining. There are many aspects of the production to praise with primary honors going to the tour de force performance of actor Jefferson Mays...'A Gentlemen’s Guide' is smaller in scale, but nonetheless wholly satisfying... Director Darko Tresnjak assuredly guides the musical through its paces." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"At last a new musical I can wholeheartedly recommend!...Director-Choreographer Jerry Mitchell keeps the story flowing without too many wayward passages... a winning musical to celebrate and applaud." Full Review