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Stunning, sensational, dazzling and epic! These are just a few of the adjectives that first come to mind when describing An American In Paris.
It took over 60 years for this show to make it to Broadway, and it was well worth the wait!
This grand story of love and art and is done justice and so lovely and artful!!!
This is now the best show we have seen this season - by far!
Based on the iconic Vincent Minnelli film starring Gene Kelly and with a score from the Gershwin brothers, An American In Paris features some of the most beloved songs of the 20th century - from I Got Rhythm to 'S Wonderful and They Can't Take That Away From Me.
An American In Paris is both classic and ultra modern. It feels like West Side Story, if it were created today.
EVERYTHING works in unison here. It is what musical theater in its most excellence should do! Everything furthers the plot along!
The songs! The dancing! The sets! The lighting! The costumes! It's all spectacular and all the vision of Christopher Wheeldon, who shockingly makes his directory with An American In Paris.
His choices are so bold and inspired! Assured! Nothing would indicate this is a first-time director!
Wheeldon's background is in ballet and he also serves as the show's choreographer. And WOW is there some dancing in this show!
No other Broadway musical has as much dancing as An American In ParisAn American In Paris! And all kinds of dance - from ballet to tap! It feels very Jerome Robbins, and that is a very high compliment!
The dance numbers are so exquisite!
The scenic design is so inventive!
We can't stop thinking about it all, and especially Robert Fairchild in the Gene Kelly role.
The entire cast is great, but Fairchild gives one of THE BEST performances we have ever seen in the theater!
Not only is he an exceptional dancer - he's a member of NYC Ballet - but he also has the vocal and acting chops to pull this all off so seemingly effortlessly.
He is working so hard on that stage but he makes it seem easy!
This is a Tony-winning performance and a timeless production that must be seen by everyone worldwide!
We are glowing from An American In Paris!
Finding Neverland fails to take flight - figuratively AND literally.
Harvey Weinstein made a bold and inspiring choice in hiring director Diane Paulus to helm his first Broadway musical as a lead producer.
Unfortunately, Paulus' own genius is to blame for Finding Neverland's lack of pixie dust.
Paulus - a multiple Tony Award winner - is known for her visionary productions. The recent and inspired revivals of Pippin, Porgy & Bess and Hair are all her genius creations.
Paulus has set the bar high. Exceptionally high! And in Finding Neverland she does not reach her usual level of brilliance, sadly.
This production is good but not great. We liked it but didn't LOVE the show.
For a musical about the creation of and featuring Peter Pan, one would expect flying and all sorts of theatrical razzle dazzle. Those moments of wonder and awe are few and fleeting, though.
The scenic design, by Scott Pask, was fine but far from great. Same for the costumes, by Suttirat Anne Larlarb.
The songs, by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, are hit and miss. Some, like Circus Of Your Mind, are outstanding. But most are just fine.
The best thing about Finding Neverland, however, is the casting. Both Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer shine in their roles. If only they had been given better everything to work with!
We don't say this lightly, but…
It Shoulda Been You is not only the best new musical of the current Broadway season - it is the best theatrical experience we have had since Here Lies Love.
It Shoulda Been You is everything we wish A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder was but isn't. And that won the Tony for Best New Musical last year!
This is a brand new musical that's not based on a movie or book or the songs of a famous artist.
We can't think of a single thing we disliked about the show! It did EVERYTHING right!
It Shoulda Been You feels a lot like an uproarious romantic comedy film (think My Best Friend's Wedding) set to songs, and that's partly due to the super effective choice of not having an intermission and to the show being written by a sitcom veteran and Broadway newcomer, Brian Hargrove, who's worked on such shows as Wanda At Large, Titus, Caroline In The City and more. He's also married to Frasier alum David Hyde Pierce, who makes his Broadway directorial debut skillfully helming this musical about a wedding with many twists and turns.
BUT, the great one-liners and humor would not land if it weren't delivered effectively and this great ensemble cast does a superb job of bringing the laughs! And it's a true ensemble with some mega talent! Everyone has their moment to shine!
And Lisa Howard, especially, gives a star-making performance as the sister who's not-so-lucky in love.
Wow! Wow! Wow! What a revelation she is!
The cast is rounded out by such talented actors! Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Montego Glover, Chip Zien, Josh Grisetti, Adam Heller, and Nick Spangler all shine and are utilized to the best of their abilities!
We don't want to give away any of plot because there are so many surprises, which make the show so fun. But It Shoulda Been You isn't all fluff. Hargrove, who also wrote the lyrics in addition to the book, and composer Barbara Anselmi, have created some beautiful songs about love, acceptance, feeling "a little bit less than" and real meaningful themes! Plus there are just some hilarious songs as well!
We can't rave about it enough! It Shoulda Been You is a MUST see!!!!
What an unexpected delight!
Get ready to be transported back to the '90s!
Clinton, The Musical takes you back to the scandals that plagued former President Bill and his wife, Hillary. And there were many!
The show is playing just where it belongs at the best off-Broadway house in New York City, New World Stages.
The theater is big - seating close to 400 - and real money was spent on the wonderful set and production design by Bowulf Borrit.
The songs are fun and effective - and definitely green. Clinton, The Musical's score was written by Paul Hodge, who is still in school! He's getting his Ph.D in music composition.
The show is tight - without an intermission - and featuring a truly sensational cast of Broadway all-stars, including Kerry Butler, Judy Gold and John Treacy Egan.
Clinton, The Musical is camp and niche and a lighthearted, silly, fun night out!
This revamped Gigi has been sanitized and given The Pretty Woman treatment, without Julia Roberts or the heightened stakes that made that movie so effective.
Even though the Gigi is about a "courtesan" - a high class hooker - this new version of the show has taken the prostitute out of the equation. The safer road, though, is not always the better road traveled.
This new and not-quite improved is now far less interesting a character than her grandmother and great aunt, whom are grooming her to be a sophisticated lady so that she can get rich boyfriends.
But My Fair Lady this is not - even though the musical was done by Lerner & Lowe, the same team behind the Audrey Hepburn classic.
Hudgens for her part has great star quality but she's almost too sweet and endearing. Her bubbliness would be better suited for Glinda in Wicked than Gigi.
Dee Hotty steals the show as Aunt Alicia, commanding laughs and attention in every scene in which she appears.
And the huge staircase set by Derek McLane almost upstages the entire show. Massive. A bit too much so. A smaller set but bigger production dancers with more dancing would have been a far more effective move by director Eric Schaeffer.
Hand To God is a new comedy on Broadway that is seriously funny and funnily serious! Sinister and shocking, this is not for the faint of heart!
If you are easily offended, then this is not the show for you.
If you can't laugh at yourself and your demons, then this is not the show for you.
If you view anyone critical of religion as blasphemous, then this is not the show for you.
If you loved John Waters' iconic Serial Mom, then this is the show for you!
If you enjoyed Avenue Q, then this is the show for you!
If you laughed at all the political incorrectness of Book Of Mormon, then this is the show for you!
Hand To God is like a mixture of those three, which happen to be favorites of ours!
Playwright Robert Askins makes his Broadway debut with this dark comedy about a demonic puppet that overtakes the body and soul of his puppeteer, and the havoc that "Tyrone" wreaks!
There's puppets cursing, puppets having graphic sex, adults cursing, adults having graphic sex, lots of laughs and lots to think about.
The show is very critical of religion, and if there was one fault with Hand To God is that it is a tad too harsh on religious folk.
The show originally played off-Broadway at MCC and scenic designer Beowulf Boritt and director Moritz von Stuelpnagel have done a great job of filling that larger stage.
Major props to Marte Johanne Ekhougen for the inspired puppet design!
And, most especially, congrats and WOW to Steven Boyer, the show's lead who gives an exhausting and exhilarating tour-de-talent performance that is sure to get him a Tony nomination!!
Hand To God is a must see!
We are sooooooo happy we got to see Honeymoon In Vegas before it sadly closes Sunday - far too soon!
Yes, the musical is based on the film, but Andrew Bergman - who also wrote the movie - did a phenomenal job of adapting it while also turning it into a whole new creation.
The Broadway show is also a romantic comedy but it does not feel like a film adaptation at all. Instead it feels like a loving homage to the old Broadway romantic comedies of yore.
There's a mother who haunts the lead in the film from the grave! Real absurd - in the best way possible. Ridiculously sublime!
And, following what we thought was a very disappointing score for his last Broadway outing, The Bridges Of Madison County, composer Jason Robert Brown delivers a real crowd-pleaser with Vegas.
So good! And made even better by one of the best leading men currently working on Broadway, the fiercely talented Rob McClure.
If this show comes to a city near you, we strongly recommend seeing the tour!