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Review: Les Misérables

For his adaptation of the kitsch-fest known as Les Miz, Tom Hooper ( The King's Speech ) bets heavily on his cast, and mostly wins.

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  December 21, 2012
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An uplifting Elf The Musical at PPAC

It's about time elves get some credit for contributing to Christmas cheer.
Spirit of the Season
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 09, 2012
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Review: Pitch Perfect

Jason Moore's musical doesn't hit all the high notes, but guilty pleasures are seldom perfect.

By MONICA CASTILLO  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: Rock of Ages

In retrospect, 1987, the year in which this adaptation of Chris D'Arienzo's hit Broadway show is set, might have been the moment that pop culture shit the bed.
Soft mock
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 15, 2012
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Motherhood: The Musical at Trinity

Motherhood: The Musical was created mainly to cheer on the fact that mommies just wanna have fun.
Babies and beyond
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 15, 2012
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The Lisps try to deliver a message in 'Futurity'

It isn't easy to put together a 90-minute musical that includes the Civil War, the birth of computer programming, indie rock, the internal dynamics of Lord Byron's family, mathematical formulas, and writing letters back and forth about an invention that
All we are saying
By ED SIEGEL  |  March 30, 2012


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The Addams Family musical toys with 'real' Americans

Contained in their haunted-house black humor, Charles Addams's original Addams Family cartoons seemed intended as a sly critique of boring suburbia and an affirmation of quirky, alternative lifestyles.
Liberal elites
By MADDY MYERS  |  February 17, 2012
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Interview: Michael Mayor, director of the Broadway tour of American Idiot

Michael Mayer has a history of being all over the map in the choices of plays he has directed. From Chekhov's Uncle Vanya to the smash rock musical Spring Awakening , he's consistently ventured out of the comfort zone.
Green Day's rock opera comes to Boston
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 13, 2012
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Review: Joyful Noise

There's not much joy but there's plenty of noise of the rafter-rocking gospel singing variety in Tony Graff's musical dramedy.
Rafter-rocking gospel singing
By TOM MEEK  |  January 13, 2012
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Review: Passione

Charles Aznavour and Édith Piaf, move over!
John Turturro tours his beloved city for this documentary
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 25, 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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Philadanco brings the funk

The four pieces on Philadanco's program last weekend at the Institute of Contemporary Art had different accouterments — musical, scenic, philosophical — but they still looked very much alike.
Ferocious euphoria
By MARCIA B.SIEGEL  |  March 18, 2011
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Review: SpeakEasy makes the best of Nine

Music had better be the food of love in Nine , because there's little else in the Tony-winning show to indicate why its middle-aged, three-timing protagonist is such a chick magnet.
Less than 10
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 04, 2011

Spider-Man musical claims yet another victim


Look, Julie Taymor, we know you've done some awesome stuff in the past. But really, that doesn't give you the green light to go a-maiming...
By Steve Miller  |  December 22, 2010
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Photos: GoreFest VIII: Cirque du Slaughté

The musical slasher gore comedy musical returns to ImprovBoston
The musical slasher gore comedy musical returns to ImprovBoston
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  November 05, 2010
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Hello, folly!

Hello, Dolly! is an ever-popular musical standard that usually wins audiences over when its flamboyant title character earns her exclamation point. Unfortunately, despite having a Dolly that could charm the whistle off a traffic cop, the current hyperv
Dolly! tries too hard to be a funny girl
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2010


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Face the nation

White-trash collection has seldom been as hilarious as it is in The Great American Trailer Park Musical , which makes its Brahmin-area debut courtesy of SpeakEasy Stage Company.
SpeakEasy’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Zeitgeist’s Farragut North
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 07, 2010
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Reality riffs

When Jerome Robbins's New York Export: Opus Jazz boogied onto the scene in 1958 then took Europe by storm. Created for Ballets: U.S.A., a company of ballet, modern, and jazz dancers that Robbins had put together for a government-sponsored cultural exch
Jerome Robbins's Opus Jazz on PBS
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 19, 2010
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Now playing — RISD: The Musical!

We all know RISD students like to paint and draw, but can they hoof it? Or belt out a show tune and carry a giant pencil at the same time? Well, yes, it turns out.
Revues
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  February 19, 2010
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Improv Asylum presents Scott Brown: The Musical

Should US Senator Scott Brown ever find any downtime between crucial votes on the future of this nation and hand-modeling gigs, he may want to flex his melodrama muscles.
Tax Relief? Good Grief!
By MADDY MYERS  |  February 12, 2010
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Violet hour

The color purple describes both kids' icon Barney and a bruise. And sure enough, both child-friendly uplift and florid abrasion are wound into the sprawling, heartfelt musical based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer-winning 1982 novel about a beaten-down young
The Color Purple is vivid on stage
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 26, 2009


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The show's the thing

Admittedly, other musicals had to come before it for A Chorus Line to make any sense. But apart from that, the essence of musical theater is all there in this frisky colt of a theatrical warhorse.
A Chorus Line lifts spirits at PPAC
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 01, 2009
Improv Boston - 'The T Within'

They feel a song coming on

The night the Bruins took the Stanley Cup, the cast of Improv Boston's T: An MBTA Musical ambushed two carfuls of unsuspecting Red Line passengers.
Hello Trolley!
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 01, 1900