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Reviews - Musicals

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...

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 (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 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...

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...

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...

Kid Victory
Kid Victory (Off-Broadway)
The cast is superb. They are a perfect ensemble and carry out the task of handling this meandering material brilliantly (NYTG); The subject of 'Kid Victory' feels especially unpromising for any musical that doesn’t aspire to grim, grand (guignol) opera or creepy camp (NY Times); Despite a talented, hard-working cast, songs far too often stop the show dead in its tracks (NY Daily News) 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 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...

Sunday in the Park with George
Sunday in the Park with George Five Stars
This Sunday In The Park With George is a jewel in its own right, radiant with talent, and shimmering with color and light (NYTG); Marvelous revival (NY Times); Jake Gyllenhaal’s got it, by George! A handsome, nimble singing voice to go with his solid acting chops, that is (NY Daily News); A superlative revival imbued with the sense of discovery of an exciting new work (Hollywood Reporter) more...

Sunset Boulevard Four Stars
A 40 piece on-stage orchestra giving glorious voice to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score (NYTG); It is a show that exists almost entirely to let its star blaze to her heart’s content (NY Times); Glenn Close is ready for her close-up in “Sunset Boulevard” — and then some (NY Daily News); Glenn Close makes a triumphant return (Variety) more...

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...

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

Reviews - Entertainment

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...

Georgie (Off-Broadway) Five Stars
It’s an over-used cliche to say a performer is brave, raw, fearless, but maybe we over-use these words because we want that experience so much. Dixon really delivers (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...

Star Ratings
Ratings are based on the general response from the popular press!

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Reviews - Plays

Evening at the Talk House Evening at the Talk House
Four Stars
The genius of Evening at the Talk House is that it’s a play that makes you think about depressing things and allows you to laugh at the same time (NYTG); A talent-stocked ensemble led by an excellent Matthew Broderick (NY Times); Staged with sly humor and creeping perversity (Time Out) more...

Everybody Everybody
Three Stars
The journey of Everybody is clear, but it is interrupted by the whispers in the dark, the appearance and disappearance of the odd character, and of course the character raffle that begins the tale. These elements feel unnecessary and border on being gimmicks. They clutter our field of vision/concentration/spiritual connection. They only serve to make the piece too clever by half and thus dilute the proceedings (NYTG); This ambitious production proves too self-consciously theatrical to be emotionally involving (Hollywood Reporter) more...

Jitney Jitney
Three Stars
There were no real surprises for me, although I have to admit that I was in the minority because this audience was vocal in their response to what was happening (NYTG); Conversation sings and swings, bends and bounces and hits heaven smack in the clouds, in the glorious new production (NY Times); Delivers a gripping ride (NY Daily News); Speaks with an eloquence that transcends time and place (NY1); A soul-sustaining, symphonic piece (Time Out); Pitch-perfect revival (Variety) more...

Jonah and Otto Jonah and Otto
Five Stars
Director Geraldine Hughes has masterfully fine-tuned the work of this pair of enormously talented actors to a razor-sharp attention to detail from the music of the text to the arc of the narrative. The energy never wanes (NYTG) more...

The Liar The Liar
Three Stars
Characters fly back and forth like so many badminton shuttlecocks. Plot takes second place to action. Belief is surrendered at the door, and all we have to do is follow along. Indeed we do, and it is a fine and funny ride (NYTG); An effervescent delight (NY Times); The witty wordplay shines, even if the production sometimes doesn't (Hollywood Reporter) more...

On The Exhale On The Exhale
Five Stars
Where writer Martín Zimmerman and director Leigh Silverman guide the story has a depth and stunning resonance that reaches way beyond the internal place you use as a boundary line between you and the world out there (NYTG); Marin Ireland is a delicate conduit for raw emotions (NY Times); Ireland delivers a superbly restrained performance in this taut, powerful piece (Hollywood Reporter) 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...

Ring Twice For Miranda Ring Twice For Miranda
One Star
I can think of several reasons why Mr. Hruska would take a stab at this idea – the present political circumstances being one of them. What I do not understand is why or how this script was chosen for a full production. It lacks substance, and the story line has no pulse (NYTG) more...

Four Stars
In YEN it is the quiet, painful moments of longing where the writer, actors and director all shine (NYTG); Despite the resulting sensory overload, 'Yen' never quite packs the wallop it so obviously intends to (NY Times); The play’s dark shadows and surprising flickers of tenderness get under your skin (NY Daily News); A powerfully acted and impressively staged MCC Theater production (Variety) more...

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