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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...


Anastasia
Anastasia Three Stars
Anastasia is a perfectly crafted Broadway musical fairy-tale that is going to run forever (NYTG); “Anastasia” may well tap into the dewy-eyed demographic that made “Wicked” such an indestructible favorite of female adolescents. Those without such nostalgic insulation are likely to find this “Anastasia” a chore (NY Times); Anastasia is the richest and fullest family show to hit Broadway in years (Time Out); Sumptuous fairy tale of a musical (Variety) 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...

Bandstand
Bandstand Three Stars
Cott and Osnes positively crackle and the ensemble work is spectacular in every way (NYTG); An openhearted, indecisive new musical (NY Times); Well-meaning mishmash of a musical (NY Daily News); The show defies you not to be moved by its valiant band of brothers (Time Out); Earnest and often-entertaining musical (Variety) 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...

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...

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Four Stars
An eccentric, entertaining and at times dazzling production of a timeless story audiences will take to heart, especially children (NYTG); Big but tentative show (NY Times); A middle-of-the-road musical with a pale score, a flavorless book and a dearth of eye candy that could have at least made it a spectacle (NY Daily News); The uncanny darkness of Dahl’s imagination has been lightened and brightened in helmer Jack O’Brien’s mechanized production (Variety) 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...

Come From Away
Come From Away Four Stars
The cast is beautifully directed and choreographed... They are a marvel to watch (NYTG); Big bearhug of a musical (NY Times); A big-hearted and crowd-pleasing musical about compassion and community in the wake of 9/11 (NY Daily News); A modest, earnest, life-affirming musical (Variety) more...

Curvy Widow
Curvy Widow (Off-Broadway) Three Stars
The production sinks or swims on the capabilities of the actor portraying Bobby. Fortunately, for all concerned, that actor is the clear voiced, powerhouse Broadway veteran, Nancy Opel (NYTG) 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...

Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day Four Stars
Erasing the estimable Bill Murray in the audience’s memory is no small task — unless you are Andy Karl (NYTG); Dizzyingly witty new musical (NY Times); Groundhog Day is a delirious reinvention with its own defiantly unique personality (Hollywood Reporter); As musical theater performers go, you couldn’t ask for a more personable fellow than Andy Karl (Variety) 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...

Hello, Dolly!
Hello, Dolly! Five Stars
Nostalgia-infused, perfectly-crafted Broadway revival (NYTG); Exceedingly bright and brassy revival (NY Times); Hello, blockbuster! (NY Daily News); Midler hasn’t appeared in a Broadway musical in almost 50 years. It was worth the wait (Time Out); A match made in heaven! (NY1); This deluxe revival of Hello, Dolly! is about as good as it gets, crowned by star casting that fits like a glove (Hollywood Reporter) 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...

Miss Saigon
Miss Saigon Four Stars
The story packs an unavoidable emotional punch, even if you do see it coming, largely due to the performance of Ms. Noblezada... There is little question that this new production of Miss Saigon has produced yet another bona-fide star (NYTG); This eventful, sung-through production out of London, directed by Laurence Connor, feels about as affecting as a historical diorama, albeit a lavishly appointed one (NY Times); This is a most worthy revival, and now, minus the controversy, fans are free to re-live the thrill (NY1) more...

Money Talks
Money Talks (Off-Broadway) Three Stars
Money Talks has the bones of a really good show, especially with regard to the talented cast. The bravado of witty writing and melodic tunes carry a heartfelt sentiment (NYTG) more...

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 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...

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...

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sweeney Todd (Off-Broadway) Five Stars
Sweeney Todd is as good as a musical gets, as good as theater gets, and a great reminder that, no matter how tempting, meeting injustice with wanton revenge will rarely give lasting satisfaction (NYTG); The Tooting Arts Club’s deftly, uh, executed stunt of a show, which originated in London, delivers on its ingenious, if limited, objective (NY Times); Intimate, inventive and as in-your-face as it gets (NY Daily News) 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...

War Paint
War Paint Three Stars
We also witness the extraordinary talents of Ebersole and Lupone. To hear them sing is to listen to the heavens break open and put down pure gold. Never mind that the music itself is not up to the grace of the voices that deliver it (NYTG); Ms. LuPone and Ms. Ebersole ...are strategically deploying the knowledge and craft of a combined eight decades in musicals to make us believe that the show in which they appear is moving forward, instead of running in place in high heels (NY Times) more...

Wicked
Wicked
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...

Michael Moore: The Terms of My Surrender Five Stars
Go get entertained, You Crazy Kids! Get wise and active, too! (NYTG); Shaggy and self-aggrandizing (NY Times); An engaging solo selective memoir (NY Daily News); 'The Terms of My Surrender' reveals Moore to be a warmly funny and engaging raconteur, presiding over an evening of surprising emotional depths (Hollywood Reporter); He makes his revolutionary pitch with surprising sweetness (Variety) more...

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Reviews - Plays


1984 1984
Four Stars
Overall, to not see 1984 is thoughtcrime. So important is the philosophy. So relevant is the message (NYTG); You may well find pleasurable pain in Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s discombobulating stage adaptation of George Orwell’s “1984” (NY Times); Intense in a way I’ve never seen on Broadway: It’s gut-churning (Time Out); Reaches heights of punishing intensity that will rattle even the most jaded audiences (Hollywood Reporter) more...

A Doll's House, Part 2 A Doll's House, Part 2
Five Stars
A Doll's House, Part 2 is a stupendous creation in nearly every way (NYTG); Smart, funny and utterly engrossing new play (NY Times); Compact and provocative comedy (NY Daily News); Modern in its language, mordant in its humor and suspenseful in its plotting (Time Out); Bristles with tension, provocation and unexpected subversive humor (Hollywood Reporter) more...

Hamlet Hamlet
(Off-Broadway)
Four Stars
A brilliant contemporary take on this classic, with a genuine star in the lead and genius directing (NYTG); Gloriously involving (NY Times); Confounding and enervating (NY Daily News); If this Hamlet is rarely emotionally moving, it is never less than engaging (Time Out); Maddeningly uneven but illuminated by a riveting lead performance (Hollywood Reporter) more...

Marvin's Room Marvin's Room
Two Stars
A rather conventional play with a rather conventional structure... it seems to have lost much of its vigor in the intervening decades (NYTG); Thoughtfully directed by Anne Kauffman; keenly performed by Lili Taylor, Janeane Garofalo and especially Celia Weston; a pleasure to watch throughout... But it is somehow, also, fatally mild (NY Times); Anne Kauffman’s luminous revival for the Roundabout tends to McPherson’s legacy with grace (Time Out) more...

Napoli, Brooklyn Napoli, Brooklyn
(Off-Broadway)
Three Stars
While there is much substance here, one is hungry for more substantial resolution. It is a good pasta meal, but it is not the Seven Fishes (NYTG); Often sweet but ultimately overwrought new play (NY Times); Director Gordon Edelstein is blessed with a cast that evokes authentic feeling (Time Out) more...

Pipeline Pipeline
(Off-Broadway)
Four Stars
The Mitzi E Newhouse Theater provides the perfect vantage point for the grudge matches, gut punches and emotional jabs of Dominique Morisseau’s poignant Pipeline (NYTG); Passionate but frustratingly unresolved (NY Times); A riveting new drama (NY1); While there are some powerful moments, Pipeline overall fails to come to life (Hollywood Reporter) more...

The Play That Goes Wrong The Play That Goes Wrong
Four Stars
There is NOTHING wrong with The Play That Goes Wrong. Unless you got something against laughing (NYTG); My audience, for the record, roared as loudly as the crowds at any wrestling match (NY Times); A comedy that comes up short with laughs and overstays its welcome (NY Daily News); It's like a stand-up routine consisting only of punch lines (Time Out) more...


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