Archives for December 21, 2015

West Side Story reborn at Signature Theatre (review)

Have you heard about the new musical now onstage at Signature Theatre? It’s name: West Side Story. West Side Story’s been around nearly 60 years, and everyone knows it was an updated, musical version of Romeo and Juliet created by an A-list of collaborators: music by Leonard Bernstein, a book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by […]

The music shines in Bright Star at The Kennedy Center

Unapologetically uplifting songs like the Act II opener “Sun’s Gonna Shine” have pressed a consensus judgment that Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Broadway-bound period musical Bright Star is too heavy on the sweet and wholesome while lacking in narrative meat and guts. And that’s true.

The Gifts of the Magi, a Christmas musical at MET

What makes a Christmas gift special? If you think it is how much you paid for it, then you have missed the point of almost every Christmas song, play, musical, and story ever written. But if not price, then what is it? The Gifts of the Magi written by Mark St. Germain and Randy Courts, […]

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