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MSMT’s fabulous New York, in 42nd Street

You know how this story goes: Lovely, ambitious, and impossibly nice tap-dancing ingénue arrives in Depression-era New York City to make it on Broadway, and — by a mingling of pluck, luck, and looks — she gets herself cast as a chorus girl.
A glorious homage
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 24, 2012
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Billy Elliot the Musical hums

Matthew Bourne meets Bertolt Brecht in Billy Elliot the Musical (at the Opera House through August 19).
Swan song
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 27, 2012
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Courthouse’s Avenue Q is a monstrous delight

Think twice before you tell anybody to get real. You might create a monster. Or, in the case of Avenue Q , the Sesame Street -on-LSD Broadway musical, a monster hit since 2003.
Oh the places you’ll go!
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 24, 2012
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A supersized Mary Poppins at PPAC

There's no secret why the hit musical Mary Poppins has filled more than 9 million seats around the world over the last seven years.
The bitter and the sweet
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 17, 2012
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Rock of Ages lets its hair down at PPAC

Rock of Ages is such an explosive, face-melting jukebox musical that only afterward do we realize it didn't include two hours of skyrocket pyrotechnics — although all the laser beams through fog come close.
Can’t fight this feeling
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 07, 2011
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Get thee to the Apohadion for a masterful show

The lurching black satire of The Threepenny Opera is a study in grotesques: Monstrous caricatures of amorality and the blade of the bottom line are both repellent and ridiculously entertaining in this 1928 musical condemnation of capitalism.
Shell out for Threepenny
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 23, 2011


Review: Arlene Violet's The Family

If anybody not under potential indictment is qualified to write something titled The Family , subtitled "A Musical About the Mob," it's Arlene Violet.
Wiseguys (and dolls)
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 10, 2011
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Review: A winning West Side Story at PPAC

Regarding Shakespearean tragedies, it's hard to think of another Broadway adaptation that could earn the box office appeal that this musical drew out of Romeo and Juliet .
When Tony met Maria
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 29, 2011
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Review: The enduring pleasures of Gypsy

There are stage mothers and then there is Rose in the musical Gypsy , who is to the rest of the lot what Godzilla is to geckos.
Gotta sing! Gotta dance!
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2011
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Preview: Love and Robots in Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera

A third of the way through the opera Death and the Powers: the Robots' Opera , the leading man becomes a machine.
In Tod Machover's new opera, Death and the Powers , high technology meets high anxiety
By CHRIS DAHLEN  |  March 18, 2011
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An enchanting South Pacific at PPAC

History is written by the winners, and there are few good-guy winners in the history of warfare more hallowed and haloed than the American victors of World War II, saviors of Western civilization.
Love and war
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 10, 2010


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Review: Center Stage's charming Cinderella

Shiny and sparkly as it is, the fairy tale Cinderella will always be appealing. Most would say that's because our little girls and boys need hope in a discouraging world; others might suggest that the cruel world needs help teaching girls and boys pas
Once upon a time
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2010

Children of Eden's entertaining Bible stories

The team behind Children of Eden have plenty of creative cred; that's one thing in its favor. And then there's the backhanded compliment that the show isn't likely to turn you into a whooping, fundamentalist Bible-thumper.
Family feuds
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 22, 2010
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Monty Python takes the stage at MSMT

"Adult Situations," a sign in the theater lobby promises, though as my companion eagerly commented pre-curtain, the disclaimer should perhaps also include a warning of "Childish Situations."
Airspeed + swallows
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 20, 2010