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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); Doesnít 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); ďAnastasiaĒ may well tap into the dewy-eyed demographic that made ďWickedĒ such an indestructible favorite of female adolescents. Those without such nostalgic insulation are likely to find this ďAnastasiaĒ 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, Iím happy that a single eveningís 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 itís 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: Donít 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 Dahlís imagination has been lightened and brightened in helmer Jack OíBrienís 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, youíve razzle dazzled Ďem! (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 thatís 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
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 hasnít 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...

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...

Prince of Broadway
Prince of Broadway Three Stars
The cast, heavyweights of talent one and all, was superb (NYTG); Frilly candy-box sampler (NY Times); Itís a pleasant collection of beloved and familiar Broadway songs, but there isnít much to it (Time Out); An entertaining compilation, despite the shortage of context (Hollywood Reporter) 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 Clubís 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 Bareillesí 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...

Springsteen on Broadway Five Stars
A painful if thrilling summing-up at 68: a major statement about a lifeís work, but also a major revision of it (NY Times); Intimate and persuasive, satisfying and soul-stirring (NY Daily News); He pulls it all off; heís understood. Itís magic (Time Out); A thoughtfully conceived legacy show (Hollywood Reporter) more...

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Reviews - Plays


A Clockwork Orange A Clockwork Orange
(Off-Broadway)
Four Stars
Alexandra Spencer-Jones's intense and erotic production... Not only is the cast made up of excellent actors, but their physical bodies are ripped and cut unbelievably (NYTG); Stylish, sure. Intimidating, not so much. And it should be (NY Daily News); Rancid and confused (Time Out); [Davies] is so physically charismatic you can't take your eyes off him (Hollywood Reporter) more...

Mary Jane Lonely Planet
(Off-Broadway)
Four Stars
The performances by both Arnie Burton as Jody and Matt McGrath as Carl were stellar. I felt a real sense of genuine affection between them, and a palpable connection that made the relationship all the more vibrant (NYTG); You may wish, at times, for a dash of immoderation, but the showís deceptively gentle approach is also what makes it stand apart in our angry times (NY Times); Itís hard to imagine a better cast than the stars of this revival (Time Out) more...

Mary Jane Mary Jane
(Off-Broadway)
Five Stars
Each scene flows seamlessly into the next with a slow and even pacing that captures the audience (NYTG); A heartbreaker for anyone human (NY Times); Clear-eyed, compassionate and engaging (NY Daily News); Exquisite and deeply moving (Time Out); Must-see theater for anyone with a heart (Variety) more...

Measure For Measure Measure For Measure
(Off-Broadway)
Two Stars
This cast gives it everything they have. The pacing, however, does them in. We cannot follow what we do not understand. Or we cannot follow with the full force that we wish (NYTG); Frantic interpretation (NY Times); Audiences who donít know Measure for Measure may well find this version confusing. Those who know the text well, however, will find much to enjoy in ERSís pointed run-through (Time Out) 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...

Time and the Conways Time and the Conways
Three Stars
A curious and thoughtful piece of writing by J.B. Priestly (NYTG); Thoughtful revival of an ambitious, vexing, multilayered drama (NY Times); Time and the Conways requires a stronger gravitational force than McGovernís airy performance provides (Time Out); Lumpy but eventually intriguing drama (Hollywood Reporter); Even an imperfect Priestley play offers food for thought, and McGovern is always a pleasure to watch (Variety) more...

Tiny Beautiful Things Tiny Beautiful Things
(Off-Broadway)
Four Stars
Sugarís heartfelt writing produces an epistolary catalog of emotions ranging from sad to funny to spirited to grave, all carried out on stage with great empathy by Nia Vardalos who, in addition to her starring role as Sugar, also adapted the book for the stage (NYTG) more...

The Treasurer The Treasurer
(Off-Broadway)
Five Stars
Dark, funny, and disturbing, the play seems too insightful for a 28-year old to have been its author (NYTG); Tender and unforgiving (NY Times); A thoughtful, fairly straight-up family story (NY Daily News); The Treasurer tackles its difficult subject matter with sensitivity and flights of lyricism (Hollywood Reporter) more...


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