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Perez Reviews: 'On The Town'

On The Town is a classic!

Leonard Bernstein! Jerome Robbins! Comden & Green!

Musical theater LEGENDS who brought us some of the most iconic shows of all time!

And we had never seen it before! Thankfully, Thursday night we fixed that!

The new Broadway revival of On The Town is inconsistent but consistently entertaining!

It's worth seeing just for the dream ballet in the second act! One of the most exquisite things we have ever seen in a theater!

The show itself features some epic songs and epic dancing!

A revival is all about choices and, unfortunately, we just didn't agree with a lot of the direction, courtesy of John Rando.

The casting was problematic. Some actors were perceivably much older than their parts were written and intended to be.

Other actors, many of whom we've seen in multiple shows and LOVE, were directed to overact. WAY OVERACT.

It's as if the director felt too much of a need to fill the cavernous space of the Lyric Theater. Yes, that Broadway house is too big for that show!

Yet, despite those missteps, the show is very entertaining.

MAJOR PROPS must be given to choreographer Joshua Bergasse for his moves! Truly inspired! And there's LOTS of dancing in the show!

And, our favorite performer of the night turned out to be Samantha Sturm - and understudy for the female lead! She was clearly hungry for it and giving us her all! She was radiant! KUDOS!!!

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Perez Reviews: 'Side Show' on Broadway!

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It did it!

The little show that could, one of our top 3 musicals of all time, is back on Broadway!

It warmed our heart to see Side Show on the Great White Way again and playing to a nearly capacity Sunday matinee audience!

We saw it in this incarnation back in July at the Kennedy Center and we saw the original production back in the '90s - twice!

If you have never seen Side Show, then you MUST! It is essential!

Henry Krieger and Bill Russell have crafted one of the truly most timeless and special scores in all of musical theater history!

This production has a phenomenal staging by Bill Condon and everyone in the cast does a fine job. However, because we like to keep it real….

Since our excitement for seeing it on stage again was already satisfied this summer in D.C., this time we were left wanting a bit more power singing. We were distracted by the newness of it all at the Kennedy Center. And we were so enamored with this production that we then went back and listened to the original Broadway cast recording over and over and over again.

The two lead who play Violet and Daisy this time around, Emily Padgett and Erin Davie are both great and more than capable, but….

Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner, who originated the role of the Hilton sisters on Broadway in the show's first incarnation, sang that score to high heavens!

They belted like Idina Menzel times ten!

It was as if they were trying to outsing each other on that original cast recording, and it was exhilarating and glorious!

It probably isn't very sustainable for a (hopefully) long run, though, to belt that much every night, 8 shows a week.

But if we stop comparing these new girls vs the original girls, they are simply wonderful!

Go! Go! Go!

Side Show is THE new show of the winter!

P.S. CLICK HERE to read our initial review of Side Show from when we saw it at the Kennedy Center this past summer.

P.P.S. It would be EVERYTHING and we would see the show at least 5 more times if they brought in Alice and Emily to replace Emily and Erin after their contracts are up!!!! This must happen!!!!!!!!

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Perez Reviews: 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time'

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time is one of the best plays we have EVER seen!!!

Wildly inventive in every which way, the new show on Broadway explores some powerful themes. The three which resonated the most with us are…

- The untapped potential within all of us
- Not to judge or underestimate others
- The ties that connect us ALL together

These themes were explored in so many fun and fresh ways, all while being incredibly deep, moving and powerful.

The play revolves around a dog's murder and a 15 year old autistic boy determined to play detective and find the culprit.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time is a drama, a comedy, a murder mystery and - most similarly - it moves and feels like a musical, even though it's a play.

If you liked War Horse, then you will like this show EVEN MORE!

Every single element is so inventive, from the superb writing and storytelling by Simon Stephens, to the illuminating and ever-changing set by Bunny Christie, which enhance the experience in infinite ways.

All this brilliantly put together by the director, Marianne Elliott, who cast a top-notch crew of actors that all delivered homeruns. However, in his Broadway debut, Alex Sharp, literally months out of acting school at Juilliard, gives a grand slam performance! The acting, the doing. He DID so much! He made it seem so effortless! Such a dynamic, real, beautiful performance!

Major hats off to everyone involved with The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time!!!

Run - and fast - to buy your tickets NOW!

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Sting Is Joining The Cast Of His Own Broadway Play The Last Ship! Last Ditch Effort To Try And Boost Sales??

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The Last Ship is a Broadway musical by 16-time Grammy winner Sting!!

What could've been an incredible show by an amazing artist turned out to be pretty underwhelming — we even reviewed the entire thing HERE if you'd like our in-depth analysis.

The play is pretty bleak and it takes a stab at being something great, but it just sadly falls short.

So we're not surprised by this move: Sting is joining the cast!!

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The Original Hedwig Returns! John Cameron Mitchell Is Coming Back To Broadway In The Role He Originated!

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Sometimes in order to go six inches forward you have to go five inches back.

And this January, Hedwig And The Angry Inch is taking it all the way back to the nub — er, the beginning!

After amazing runs by Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, and Michael C. Hall, the next electrifying performer to take on the role of Hedwig will be…

[ Photos: Michael C. Hall Will Give You A Standing Ovation In Your Pants As He Takes A Shirtless Bow! ]

John Cameron Mitchell!

The man who literally wrote the book is stepping back into the high heel boots and onto the Broadway stage in the role he originated. He wrote on Facebook:

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EXCLUSIVE! Kristin Chenoweth Tells Us Which Singer She's Obsessed With And Talks Coming Home For Her New Concert Special!

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Kristin Chenoweth has one of the best voices in the business, and she's proving it with her live concert album Coming Home, which is out TODAY!

[ Video: Kristin Chenoweth Performs I Could Have Danced All Night From Her Upcoming Concert Special! Hear OUR Fair Lady Slay HERE! ]

But when a Wicked diva like Kristin listens to pop music, whose talent is she awestruck by? She says:

"I'm a little obsessed with Sia. I love her energy; I listened to her whole interview on Howard Stern and she just seems like a person who really doesn't care that much what other people think of her. She just puts her music out there, and hopefully you like it and I'd say 90% of us do! Then, to have her voice on top of it… it's quite amazing to listen to her singing. I know other people have covered her music, but if you listen to her singing the lyrics, it's just ridiculous. I love her voice and I think after listening to her interview, I really love who she is. She sings from the depths of her soul."

We love that! But there's one other singer who also gets props from K-Chen! She says:

"I also love Jessie J! That's a girl who sings from her gut! I love her song, Who You Are. That's probably her anthem!"

Speaking of singing and guts, Kristin also told us how tough - and exciting - it was to go back to Oklahoma to film her special!

Ch-ch-check out the rest of our EXCLUSIVE interview (below)!

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Duck Dynasty Becoming A Musical?? The Robertson Family Is Heading For The Stage!

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The Duck Commander Family Musical.

Let's just let that sink in a moment.

It might not make sense but it's still happening anyway: A&E's Duck Dynasty is heading to the stage!

The Duck Commander Family Musical is going to be based on the 2012 book The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty.

[ Related: Andrew Garfield Showed Up To Support Emma Stone At Cabaret Broadway Debut! ]

Jeff Calhoun, a Tony Award nominee, is attached to direct. Seriously.

What's confusing us is how the

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