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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...

Amélie Two Stars
Overall this show is a lesson in messing with the sacred. Sometimes it works and other times - when you try to build a musical tower to the clouds where a great quirky movie resides - you end up with Babel (NYTG); It neither offends nor enthralls (NY Times); “Times are hard for dreamers,” the heroine observes. The same goes for audiences dreaming that this show would transcend, or even match, the movie (NY Daily News) more...

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 Three Stars
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); With nary a false note in this revised production, "Bandstand" creates sweet harmony from the dissonance of war (NY1); Earnest and often-entertaining musical (Variety) 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...

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...

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...

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
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 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...

Joan of Arc: Into the Fire
Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (Off-Broadway)
David Byrne's Joan is heavy on rock music and light on story (NYTG); A blaze of monotony (NY Times); Plodding, reverent and dramatically inert, it suggests a Jesus Christ Superstar stripped of wit, ambivalence and social commentary (Time Out); A flashy display of eye-catching stage tricks from director Alex Timbers (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 Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
The Lightning Thief (Off-Broadway)
I find that it is off-Broadway, with it’s limited funding and greater creativity, where some of the most imaginative staging comes out of...Fun and magic - those are the two words that best describe this production (NYTG); For tween audiences, this Lightning Thief is liable to steal their hearts (Time Out); Delivers a lot more fun than the big-budget movie versions (Hollywood Reporter) 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...

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...

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...

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...

Sunset Boulevard
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...

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sweeney Todd (Off-Broadway) Four Stars
This production is magic. Pure and fine (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); This thrilling, overwhelming Sweeney is a full-course meal: hot from the oven and dripping blood (Time Out) 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...

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...

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...

Latin History for Morons (Off-Broadway) Four Stars
John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons, now at the Public Theater is not for morons, and it is not just a history lesson. It is an homage to heritage, to parenthood, to Leguizamo’s family and specifically to his son. Not bad (NYTG); Harshly funny, surprisingly poignant one-man show (NY Times); Sometimes hilarious, sometimes tender-hearted Ted Talk with props, dancing (he’s still got the moves) and a well-used blackboard (Variety) 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
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Reviews - Plays

The Antipodes The Antipodes
Two Stars
The velocity and density of the changing subjects makes the writing too clever by half. Nothing connects (NYTG); Endlessly fascinating work (NY Times); When good playwrights are unable to write, they sometimes write bad plays about being unable to write. Annie Baker, who is normally a very good writer, has written such a play in “The Antipodes” (Variety) more...

Church & State Church & State
Four Stars
Playwright Jason Odell Williams seeks to trouble your sleep with your conscience. Church and State packs surprising philosophical punch, though dressed as a comedy (NYTG) more...

Daniel's Husband Daniel's Husband
Three Stars
The production is impeccably acted and perfectly paced, so one cannot help but be drawn into the dark action (NYTG); Joe Brancato's production is seamless and never drags, even when slogging through heavier material. But the polish of the delivery only makes the piece feel even more like an after-school special for grownups (Time Out) more...

A Doll's House, Part 2 A Doll's House, Part 2
Five Stars
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); Sam Gold shrewdly allows the words to take center stage, amplified by some spectacular acting (NY1); Bristles with tension, provocation and unexpected subversive humor (Hollywood Reporter) more...

Gently Down the Stream Gently Down the Stream
Four Stars
There is something about watching Harvey Fierstein that makes you sit up and take notice (NYTG); The show’s allure derives almost entirely from Mr. Fierstein’s fairly restrained, impeccably timed performance (NY Times); Rich in moments of pathos and humor (Hollywood Reporter); Tender, funny and unconventional romance (Variety) more...

The Glass Menagerie The Glass Menagerie
Three Stars
Sally Field does a masterful job of trying to reconcile the irreconcilable, but in the end, we’re confused by the character and the play through no fault of hers (NYTG); Mr. Gold and his cast, led by an intrepid Sally Field, have dismantled a venerable classic, but darned if they can figure out how to put it back together again (NY Times); For all this production’s cerebral choices and cold, distancing design, the emotional impact is there: love, disgust, betrayal, shame and the longing for understanding (Time Out) more...

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
Two Stars
The only character to whom we relate is the extraordinary Marisa Tomei who is given the tasks of narrating this tale. Her connection to us is revealed well into the play, but it is a welcomed light in a dark and dusty passageway (NYTG); The elements never quite coalesce into a single fluid stream of thought or story (NY Times); “What the hell just happened?” (Hollywood Reporter) more...

If I Forget If I Forget
Five Stars
The play flies by on the wings of lightning and thunder due to the smart, fast, clever, hilarious dialogue of Steven Levenson, the carefully choreographed staging of Daniel Sullivan and the amazing performances of this ensemble (NYTG); Passionate and provoking (NY Times); Whip-smart, bold and, finally, memorable (NY Daily News); This superbly acted play is engrossing from first minute to last (Hollywood Reporter) more...

Indecent Indecent
Five Stars
Beautiful and emotionally shattering new play (NYTG); “Indecent” is, above all, decent, in the most complete sense of the word. It is virtuous, sturdily assembled, informative and brimming with good faith (NY Times); Heart-stirring and haunting play (NY Daily News); A memorial that feels like a blessing (Time Out); Riveting backstage drama (Variety) more...

The Little Foxes The Little Foxes
Four Stars
Directed with style and precision by Daniel Sullivan, this is a crisp evening of deceit and calculation (NYTG); Nimble, exhilarating revival (NY Times); Under Daniel Sullivan’s sure-handed direction, the show satisfies no matter who’s playing Regina — more or less (NY Daily News); Richly satisfying (Time Out); A production as classy as it is smart (Hollywood Reporter) more...

Oslo Oslo
Four Stars
Dense and compelling (NYTG); Thrilling production... directed with a master’s hand by Bartlett Sher (NY Times); This show flows in near-cinematic fashion and pulls you in so tight that time recedes (NY Daily News); Besides turning an historic event into high-brow entertainment, 'Oslo' is impressively even-handed (NY1); Unequivocally fascinating (Variety) 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...

Present Laughter Present Laughter
Five Stars
If you assume that Kevin Kline is perfect for Noel Coward, you assume correctly - and then some (NYTG); It’s high time we were reminded again of what a great physical comedian Kevin Kline is (NY Times); The production is in fine feather (NY Daily News); Talk about a match made in heaven. Kevin Kline was born to do Noel Coward (Hollywood Reporter); Kline relishes the comic challenge in this snazzy production (Variety) more...

The Price The Price
Three Stars
Here is what we don’t anticipate – The Danny DeVito Show (NYTG); Sympathetically directed and ardently acted, there’s much to enjoy in this Roundabout Theater Company revival (NY Times); A compelling drama and one that's, uncharacteristically for Miller, loaded with humor (NY1); A superlative cast consisting of Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub, Jessica Hecht, and Danny DeVito, who make this revival a treasured experience (Variety) more...

The Profane The Profane
Two Stars
The Profane is paved with good intentions but ends up being too clever by half (NYTG); Approachably eloquent, frequently comic new drama (NY Times); Timely and topical but frustratingly incomplete and unevenly acted play (NY Daily News); The Profane doesn't work, and it feels disingenuous to pat a play on the head right before giving it a resounding whack (Time Out) more...

Six Degrees of Separation Six Degrees of Separation
Four Stars
The stunning an uncomfortably funny reminder that the more things change, the more they stay the same (NYTG); Earthbound revival of John Guare’s marvelous “Six Degrees of Separation” (NY Times); Broadway’s crazy good revival of “Six Degrees of Separation” is proof of theater’s enduring impact (NY Daily News); Trip Cullman's razor-sharp staging of Six Degrees of Separation serves as a welcome reminder of the fiercely intelligent, pungently funny voice of playwright John Guare at his vintage best (Hollywood Reporter) more...

Sweat Sweat
Five Stars
Leaves us thirsting for more (NYTG); It marks the belated Broadway debut of Ms. Nottage, a justly acclaimed dramatist of ambitious scope and fierce focus (NY Times); Broadway plays don’t get much more topical than 'Sweat' (NY Daily News); Sweat communicates its points with minimal fuss and maximum grit. Along with the rage, despair and violence, there's humor and abundant humanity (Time Out); Mercilessly realistic production (Variety) more...

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