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Aladdin
Aladdin Four Stars
The most vibrantly colourful of all Disney Theatrical's offerings to date (NYTG); Relentless razzle-dazzle (NY Times); Rollicking and endearingly over-the-top (NY Daily News); Doesn’t quite catch lightning in a bottle (NY Post); The show's ebullient comic spirit should make it a popular hit (Hollywood Reporter) more...


Avenue Q
Avenue Q (Off-Broadway)
We may all be wondering how the hell we got to this point in our lives and constantly questioning what our purpose is? But for now, I’m happy that a single evening’s purpose is well spent just to sit back, laugh and rejoice at the marvel of this modern-day musical (NYTG) more...

Beautiful
Beautiful
Make(s) you feel good (NYTG); Friendly, formulaic bio-musical (NY Times); Only occasionally resurrects the bubbly verve and energy of those glorious songs (NY Post); If you go to "Beautiful" for the songs, you'll probably have a great time. Just don't expect anything more (Record) more...

The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon
Bowls you over (NYTG); Pleasure-giving musical (NY Times); Blissfully original, irreverent, outspoken and hilarious (NY Daily News); A hit (NY Post); Hysterically funny and tunefully irresistible (NY1) more...

A Bronx Tale
A Bronx Tale
This is a production that attempts to serve many masters (NYTG); It delivers reliable pleasures with polished professionalism and infectious energy (NY Times); Packs some tasty ear candy and fine performances, but it’s as conventional as it gets and could use a surprise or two (NY Daily News); Formulaic but entertaining crowd-pleaser (Hollywood Reporter) more...

Cagney
Cagney (Off-Broadway)
There is definitely something to be said for a night of solid tap dancing and fast paced quasi-biographical musical comedy... director Bill Castellino keeps things flowing so quickly that it’s impossible not to get drawn into the fun (NYTG) more...

Cats
Cats Three Stars
Cats is pure spectacle... shimmering, leaping, booty shaking spectacle (NYTG); The overriding spirit of the revival appears to be the familiar motto: Don’t mess with success (NY Times); Lively yet enervating (NY Daily News); Quaint and unsubstantial (Associated Press) more...

Chicago
Chicago
All you need is a live band on stage, intoxicating the auditorium with that jazz-infused score from the genius that is John Kander and Fred Ebb and sprinkle it with that Bob Fosse-style choreography, and before you know it, you’ve razzle dazzled ‘em! (NYTG); Chicago still glitters hypnotically! It remains the best adult entertainment in town and still bubbles with the joy of performing! (NY Times); The spirit of Fosse's genius never leaves the stage (Variety) more...

Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen Five Stars
Required viewing (NYTG); The marvelous young actor Ben Platt is giving a performance that’s not likely to be bettered on Broadway this season... gorgeous heartbreaker of a musical (NY Times); The show's so satisyfing it deserves a thank you note (NY Daily News); Thrillingly modern and moving (Time Out); An incomparable performance that ranks among the finest in years (NY1) more...

Finian's Rainbow
Finian's Rainbow (Off-Broadway)
What saves the day was the rest of the talented cast, especially the outstanding performance by UK import Mark Evans as the leprechaun Og. By turns naïve, sly, and always witty, he oozed charm, was nimble, graceful and sang like an angel (NYTG); 'Finian’s Rainbow' occupies its own special real estate in the universe of musical fantasy (NY Times); The ideal way to experience Finian's ample charms (Time Out) more...

Hamilton
Hamilton Five Stars
'Hamilton' is a magnificent tapestry where all the elements of theatre are called upon to be their very best (NYTG); 'Hamilton' makes us feel the unstoppable, urgent rhythm of a nation being born (NY Times); With 'Hamilton,' Broadway is officially the coolest place on the planet (NY Daily News); A phenomenon (NY Post) more...

In Transit
In Transit Three Stars
The voices are pleasant, the characters and their situations are highly familiar without being totally cliché, nothing overly depressing happens...Fifteen songs, 100 minutes and several supporting characters later, all is right with the world (NYTG); Much collaborative good will and effort have clearly been poured into 'In Transit' (NY Times); Glorious, pitch-perfect voices, set to Deke Sharon’s rich and expressive arrangements (Variety) more...

Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots Four Stars
You are smothered in a good time (NYTG); A shameless emotional button pusher (NY Times); A high time (NY Daily News); Likable but heavy-handed (NY Post); Relentlessly tedious (Record); Blissfully entertaining (NY1) more...

The Lion King
There is simply nothing else like it (NY Times); Julie Taymor's staging of Disney's The Lion King is a marvel, a theatrical achievement unrivaled in its beauty, brains and ingenuity (Variety) more...

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet... Three Stars
This is a visual spectacle that you rarely see on Broadway. Without the spectacle, however, the story does not stand up (NYTG); Who would have guessed that Dave Malloy’s gorgeous pop opera would land on Broadway with all its signal virtues intact, and in some ways heightened? (NY Times); Bold and affecting and a welcome addition to the Great White Way (NY Daily News); A luscious, 360-degree immersive experience that feels like being smothered in velvet (Variety) more...

On Your Feet!
On Your Feet! Four Stars
The result is a perfect 10. Fun, tears, greats songs and dancing (NYTG); Half-formulaic, half-original and undeniably crowd-pleasing musical (NY Times); Predictable but entertaining (NY Daily News); A fine addition to the ranks of jukebox musicals (Associated Press); A solid crowdpleaser (Hollywood Reporter) more...

Paramour
Paramour Three Stars
So take off your judgement glasses and have a good time... Is Paramour brilliant? Not quite. Did I have a great time – you betcha (NYTG); Simultaneously frenetic and tedious (NY Times); Sometimes overstuffed and awkward but always finds its footing when it highlights its soaring, rubber-bodied stars (Associated Press); A Broadway musical on steroids (Hollywood Reporter) more...

The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera Five Stars
The Phantom of the Opera remains a stunning production that engages the ear, the eye and the heart (NYTG); A tour de force... as extravagant of imagination as of budget (NY Times); A spectacular entertainment (NY Daily News); A piece of impeccably crafted musical theatre (NY Post); Staged with brilliantly organized flair by Harold Prince (Variety) more...

School of Rock
School of Rock Five Stars
Fads in education may come and go, but School Of Rock ought to be in session for a long time to come (NYTG); Youth, it would seem, is rejuvenating (NY Times); 'School Of Rock' is a rock solid hit! (NY1); A double jolt of adrenaline and sugar (Time Out); Crowd-pleasing, upbeat musical...with a wondrously rebellious spirit and a superb cast (Associated Press) more...

Waitress
Waitress Three Stars
Waitress is a musical that will leave you fahklempt, because of Sarah Bareilles’ sublime music, but seriously unsatisfied with the decision to overstuff this story (NYTG); Agreeable if unexceptional (NY Times); From score to casting, book to staging, everything comes together with a deceiving ease (NY Post); A tasty slice of pie for those with a sweet tooth (Hollywood Reporter) more...

Wicked
Wicked
Impeccably oiled entertainment machine (NYTG); Lavish, ambitious and problematic (Associated Press); Satisfying (USA Today) more...

Reviews - Entertainment

The Gazillion Bubble Show (Off-Broadway) Four Stars
Just another bit of clever entertainment for little ones, the kid in everyone suddenly emerges... Bring the whole family to see this delightful show (NYTG) more...

Not That Jewish (Off-Broadway) Three Stars
“Not That Jewish” needs a good bit of trimming, and another hook to hang its hat on. As it stands now, she’s trying to force the narrative of her life into the framework of how she relates to her Judaism. I suspect that’s because of who’s paying the Piper (NYTG) more...

Oh, Hello on Broadway Four Stars
When that pony heads for the feedbag in the barn, and you slip off, you realize that you have spent the better part of the past 70 minutes laughing (NYTG); Stupendously entertaining (NY Times); There are moments that had me in stitches, but the show’s so shapeless and shaggy that it doesn’t add up to much (NY Daily News); Dares to be hilarious, without a nanosecond of deeper meaning. And thank God for that (NY Post) more...

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Reviews - Plays


The Babylon Line The Babylon Line
(Off-Broadway)
Three Stars
The play felt like a train ride...emotionally we were left stranded on the boarding platform, hoping for another train to come our way (NYTG); 'The Babylon Line' feels like a gifted writer’s notebook, stuffed with beguiling phrases and ideas still waiting to cohere into a compelling shape (NY Times); An intoxicating back-to-school trip (Hollywood Reporter) more...

The Front Page The Front Page
Three Stars
This is a show with many good moments, but you do have to pay the piper with your patience (NYTG); The latest edition of “The Front Page” is … diverting. Pretty darn good. At moments, very funny indeed (NY Times); An impeccable revival that delights in the tasteless vulgarity of that fabled era (Variety) more...

The Present The Present
Three Stars
The only reason to see this play is the duo of Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh. And this is one mighty reason. Watching these two is witnessing a pas de deux of mighty proportions (NYTG); Sprawling and confused adaptation of a sprawling and confused play written by a young Anton Chekhov (NY Times); Cate Blanchett’s captivating presence makes “The Present” a worthwhile three-hour sit (NY Daily News) more...


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