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Perez Reviews: The Band Wagon

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Encores! at City Center always puts on a good show. And we've seen many there. BUT…

Their most recent production of The Band Wagon is the best Encores! show we have ever seen!!!!

Such a gem and such a brilliant revival!

Originally a Broadway musical from the 1930s starring Fred Astaire, the show was later turned into a movie musical in the '50s - also starring the legendary Astaire.

This production more closely resembles the film, but thankfully the very talented Douglas Carter Beane has written a new book for the show. So it feels fun and FRESH! And the equally talented Kathleen Marshall directed and choreographed this production, which is the most staged and dance-heavy show we have ever seen at Encore!

It is such a WINNING vehicle. It just aims to please! An old-fashioned love story set in the world of Broadway, it most closely reminds us of the Cole Porter classic Anything Goes.

The Band Wagon has many truly memorable songs - and one ICONIC tune, That's Entertainment!

This production was lucky enough to feature some greats, including Tracey Ullman, Michael McKean, Laura Osnes, Tony Sheldon and in the Astaire role, Brian Stokes Mitchell, whom we had never seen in a show before. WHAT A VOICE!!!!!!!!

The whole cast was great!

If ever a City Center/Encores! production deserved to transfer to Broadway, it's THIS ONE!

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Perez Reviews: The Threepenny Opera

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We LOVE the theater!

We have seen many many MANY shows, and there's countless others we have not seen - like the classic The Threepenny Opera, now playing at the Atlantic Theater Company.

This production of the Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht musical features some MAJOR Broadway talent in an intimate off-Broadway house. The perfect setting to soak in this incredible score!

From the very get-go this production puts the emphasis on the music - and the orchestra on stage. The songs are so beautifully orchestrated and played so beautifully! With all those period instruments! Who doesn't love some accordion music?????

Major kudos to music coordinator Michael Aarons, conductor Fred Lassen and every member of that topnotch orchestra band!

The performances were fabulous - most especially the women! Laura Osnes' voice is unreal! Mary Beth Peil is a legend! And Sally Murphy was a revelation and instant new fave!!

The original production of The Threepenny Opera premiered in 1928!!!!!! It feels more like a play with songs than a musical. And it was really interesting to see how this show influenced later vehicles, like Cabaret and Sweeney Todd.

The Threepenny Opera is dark, sexy and this production is a definite must-see!!

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Judy Kaye Is The Best Actress In A Featured Role In A Musical At The 2012 Tony Awards!

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Judy Kaye takes the stage yet again!

The actress won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Featured Role In A Musical for her work in Nice Work If You Can Get It, beating out Elizabeth A. Davis, Jayne Houdyshell, Jessie Mueller, and Da'Vine Joy Randolph!

Well done, gurl!

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