FL Review: Dream Cast Hits Just the Right Notes in Dreamgirls

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If a critic were limited to just one word to describe a performance, the word for Dream Girls would be POWERFUL! What an amazing musical, dazzling cast, vivid costumes, smooth transitions and outstanding performance. Stage Door, a small, 350-seat theater, rarely disappoints. Of course, the R&B music is vivid and catchy — that is to […]

Even Without Its Star, Miss Saigon Shines

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Having heard so much about Eva Noblezada’s Tony-nominated performance as Kim in the Cameron McIntosh-produced revival of Miss Saigon, the musical from Les Miserables creators Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, I was naturally disappointed to arrive at the theatre to find that she was being replaced by an understudy. I needn’t have worried. Of course this production would […]

Julie Taymor’s chrysalis transforms “M. Butterfly” into…well, you get the drift.

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David Henry Hwang’s Tony-Award-winning M. Butterfly was a controversial masterpiece in the 80s when it first graced the Broadway stage. For the first-ever revival of this modern classic, there was simply no one who could do the job but Julie Taymor, the inventive director who transformed Disney’s The Lion King from an animated film into one of the most […]

This Is Not a Review of “The Band’s Visit”

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 This is not a review of the wonderful new musical at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, The Band’s Visit. It can’t be: The Band’s Visit hadn’t opened yet as of the time this article (not “review’) is being written. Thus, what I witnessed this afternoon was a preview, albeit one that followed a long off-Broadway run last year and a […]

Tony Award Winning “Dear Evan Hansen,” Ben Platt Are Both As Good As You’ve Heard

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If I had a whole Christmas tree full of green lights, I’d be tempted to award them to Ben Platt and Dear Evan Hansen. Hamilton might be much more spectacular, but this intimate musical, based on an original story, is so tightly crafted and brilliantly acted that, from the opening second when the light shines on Evan […]