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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
| August 24, 2012
Billy Elliot the Musical hums
Matthew Bourne meets Bertolt Brecht in Billy Elliot the Musical (at the Opera House through August 19).
| July 27, 2012
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!
| February 24, 2012
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
| February 17, 2012
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
| October 07, 2011
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
| 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)
| June 10, 2011
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
| April 29, 2011
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!
| April 08, 2011
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
| March 18, 2011
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
| December 10, 2010
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
| 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.
| October 22, 2010
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
| August 20, 2010
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