See it if you need silly escapism. Out-dated book, but lively songs w/many good performances. Calam (KW) is a standout. Well-staged.
Don't see it if you want a strong plot or up-to-date characters/attitudes. A song or two should be cut. Unusually bad costumes/wigs. Good musicians.
See it if It's a western classic Musical funny and you'll have a good time
Don't see it if Not a high-budget play, no fancy outfits
"The choreography by Vogel is far more elaborate than in most productions of this scale...The songs remain breathtaking--and beautifully delivered...Not every number is a hit, but the vast majority of songs are clever and entertaining...Harmonies are particularly strong in the all-male or all-female numbers, thanks to strong musical direction and vocal arrangements by Lozano...A worthy musical skillfully rendered by a talented, cohesive cast clearly having a ball."
"It would be a pleasure to say that Musicals Tonight! is going out on a high but that would not be accurate. While the book by Hanmer and Park based on the play by Freeman is very old-fashioned and the original score by Fain and Webster is quite derivative, the real problem is with the production staged by Devin Vogel making his Off Broadway directing debut. While the Wild West material suggests color and ambiance, 'Calamity Jane' is devoid of those things."
"The stage musical takes liberties with real history and is formulaic...In a typical old-fashioned ending, 'Calamity Jane' ends with not one but three weddings. The dialogue is hokey but one must recall the time period in which it was written. Some of the songs are lovely while others are quite clever...The production is ambitious, especially the dance numbers...Costumes are simple, as is the staging. The play and the cast get stronger in Act 2."
"Wetherington makes a terrific Calamity. She’s expressive, sings extremely well, and embraces just the right proud, pugnacious, rough-and-tumble demeanor...Vogel does better with groups than solos. Ensemble numbers are lively and well executed. Lozano offers appealing arrangements and some spiffy harmony. Costumes and wigs are unflattering and predominantly wrong for period."