Broadway Musical

Well, we finally have a terrific show for kids under 12 and in fact, have a marvelous show for anyone still living. It’s called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opened last night at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, and it would make Gene Wilder smile even if Willy Wonka is no longer with us.

Groundhog Day which opened at the August Wilson Theater the other day is the most confusing nonsensical musical I have ever seen. It is taken from a silly 1993 movie starring  Bill Murray and Andie  MacDowell about an unhappy weatherman who gets stuck doing the same thing every day of his life except that each day ends up quite differently from the previous one especially when personal relationships are involved. He falls for another broadcaster named Rita and tries to convince her he’s the guy for her. That’s it. End of story.

War Paint, Reviewed by David Richardson, Theater Critic

Apr 17, 2017

I love to see and hear Patti Lupone (although without the unintelligible German accent she used the other night) and the always on top of her game Christine Ebersole, but was it necessary to have them in a Broadway musical with little plot and performing songs you will never care about. So here they are in something called War Paint which at least is close to being a real Broadway musical and not one of those pocketbook musicals which have no sets or props which have been cropping up way too often.

Allegiance, Reviewed by David Richardson, Theater Critic

Nov 9, 2015

Allegiance, an unusual production about the Japanese Americans who were forced and evacuated from their homes and imprisoned in various places out West because they might pose a security threat to America. Not only is it a tough subject to write a play about but this time the producers have brought this sad tale to Broadway as a musical. The story is an important one but the fact that it is partially brought to us in song and dance was not necessary.

The story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan which is encapsulated in a new musical entitled On Your Feet opened at the big Marquis Theater on Broadway the other night. It’s more or less in the same category as a jukebox musical of which there have been many. This one, however, has a slightly different flavor and certainly will cater to a very different crowd. The music, as it should be, is decidedly Spanish and Cuban and if you're a fan of Gloria and Emilio then you will be dancing in the aisles with the rest of the terrific cast.