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Carousel: Review and pics

 

The new “Carousel” has the most glorious singing on Broadway, as well as thrilling choreography and picturesque sets and costumes that seem lifted from great American paintings by Thomas Eakins and Edward Hopper. It also has a surprisingly dark story whose last half hour has aged so poorly it offers a bizarre mix of the ugly and the precious.
Director Jack O’Brien, though he has made some superficial changes to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved 1945 musical, hasn’t solved its dated attitude toward domestic abuse, nor does he take the corn out of the scenes set in Heaven; if anything, he makes more corn, inserting a prologue of angels gamboling in stage smoke, and expanding the role of the Starkeeper, the celestial counselor. But in this fifth Broadway revival, the director does bring us opera star Renee Fleming as Nettie Fowler singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (which she sang at Barack Obama’s inaugural concert) and “June Is Busting Out All Over” – which would be enough right there in my book to make up for any flaws in the show…

Full review at DC Theatre Scene.

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King Lear at BAM: Review and pics

“King Lear” begins with a foolish ruler swayed by flattery, and ends with what Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Greg Doran calls “a strange, profound unease.” Shakespeare’s tragedy is, in other words, as relevant as ever. And Doran’s often visually arresting if rarely shattering production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, which stars Antony Sher as Lear, is as good as any to remind us of the Bard’s insights into stormy times, and the self-delusions of the powerful.

Full review at DC Theatre Scene

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Mean Girls Review: Tina Fey’s Ill-Timed Broadway Musical About High School

At the end of “Mean Girls,” Cady, the new girl in high school who tries so hard to fit in that she’s become phony and superficial, tells her classmates that she’s learned her lesson: “I wanted everyone to like me so bad, I kind of lost myself in the process.” Had Tina Fey and her collaborators learned the same lesson, they surely would not have turned her smart, funny 2004 movie into the overlong, ill-timed Broadway musical that is currently running at the August Wilson Theater.
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Symphonie Fantastique: Basil Twist’s innovative abstract puppet concert returns to HERE!

You can say that Harriet Smithson, a famous Shakespearean actress, is the star of the Symphonie Fantastique by composer Hector Berlioz; she is also in a way the star of the Symphonie Fantastique by MacArthur Foundation “genius” artist Basil Twist—although in the Berlioz, Harriet exists only as flirtatious notes from violins and a flute, while in the Twist, she’s a bed sheet. Or, more precisely, she looks like a white bed sheet, but she’s actually a puppet, one of the many puppets in Twist’s show, none of them conforming to any recognizable animal or vegetable or even mineral….The twentieth-anniversary production of Twist’s innovative abstract puppet concert is being presented at HERE, the theatre where it debuted in 1998 to great acclaim.

 

Full article on HowlRound

 

 

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on NBC: Dress Rehearsal Pics

Below are a dozen images from the dress rehearsal of the NBC live broadcast tonight at 8 p.m. ET of “Jesus Christ Superstar” the rock opera about the final week in the life of Jesus that began life as a double album composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber when he was 21 years old.  The musical debuted on Broadway in 1971 and has been revived three times there since. NBC’s  fifth live musical production stars John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, Brandon Victor Dixon, Ben Daniels, Norm Lewis, Jin Ha, Jason Tam, Erik Grönwall.

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Bedlam’s Pygmalion: Pics and Review

Has My Fair Lady turned its source material, Pygmalion, into an outdated curiosity?

Bedlam dares you to compare, deliberately mounting its production of George Bernard Shaw’s century-old play Off-Off Broadway at the same time as the fourth Broadway revival of the 60-year-old Lerner and Lowe musical adaptation is in previews at Lincoln Center.

With its usual verve, the acclaimed downtown company puts on a good show, in the process demonstrating that, if Pygmalion is not as mellifluous as My Fair Lady, it retains the sharp social satire that the musical largely drops. And Bedlam adds an extra layer that is pointed.

Full review on DC Theatre Scene

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Begins: Pics Inside The Lyric Theater

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” begins previews tonight at the Lyric Theatre, which has been newly co-designed by Christine Jones and Brett J. Banakis.

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Escape to Margaritaville: Pics and Review

Escape to Margaritaville, the new Broadway musical with songs by Jimmy Buffett, promises much the same experience as the week long tropical resort vacation that it depicts — fun, relaxation, even romance. As with such resorts, the musical, opening at the Marquis, has its disappointments, but it largely delivers; all it asks of you in return is that you put your brain on hold.

Full review on DC Theatre Scene

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Frozen on Broadway: 5 Portraits, 3 New Songs

Frozen, the Broadway musical based on the animated film, is currently in previews and will open March 22 at the St. James Theater. Below are photographic portraits of the five principal cast members by Andrew Eccles, and videos of three new songs by composers Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez — including the latest, “Dangerous to Dream” — released by the hard-working publicity department at Disney Theatrical.

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Hamilton Broadway Cast 2018: New Photographs

Below are new photographs of the cast of Hamilton on Broadway as of March, 2018, three years after opening Off-Broadway at the Public Theater. It moved to Broadway, opening on August 6, 2015.

The current cast:

Michael Luwoye – Hamilton
Lexi Lawson – Eliza Hamilton
Daniel Breaker _ Aaron Burr
Mandy Gonzales – Angelica Schuyler
Bryan Terrell Clark – George Washington
James Monroe Inglehart – Lafayette/Jefferson
Quinton Johnson – Mulligan/Madison
Anthony Lee Medina – Laurens/Hamilton
Joanna Jones – Peggy Schulyer/Maria Reynolds
Euan Morton – King George

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