Broadway Review

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.

About two weeks ago when Finding Neverland was in previews, I started to read bad press about its heralded arrival on Broadway. Then, lo and behold, it opened on Broadway a couple of days ago and it got blasted by several of our more “important” critics. A columnist in a New York paper also wrote it off and my wife, who was going to attend a post opening performance with me (I couldn’t get a press ticket because of the crowded schedule before the opening) said we should just forget about finding anything much less Finding Neverland.