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Review

One of the silliest and dumbest of any shows that has ever hit Broadway opened last night at the Palace Theater. The backers, producers and the performers involved in "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical" should all start looking for something else to do. Except for some music from the likes of Aerosmith, John Legend, Panic and Cyndi Lauper and a couple of performers doing their best to play underwater creatures like starfishes, squids, and a sponge, there is little attraction for anyone except maybe the 8 to 10 age group.

For once it’s nice to have a comedy back on Broadway and especially a comedy written by Steve Martin, starring Amy Schumer. It’s called, for some inexplicable reason, "Meteor Shower" and it opened at the Booth on Shubert Alley the other night. Frankly, just call it 80 minutes of nonsensical fun, and who can’t like that in this era of harassment and rockets.

 

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.

There's not much point in writing a review or talking about Hello, Dolly! since even if I told you it is fantastic (which it is), you can’t buy a ticket for under $5,000. Well, maybe $10,000. Not to worry, seeing Bette Midler playing Dolly is worth every penny of that sum. But hold on, there’s lots more to love about this revival of Jerry Herman’s best musical which first showed up on Broadway in 1964.

Who needs an enormous staircase replete with an enormous chandelier? Well certainly not Glenn Close who has once again achieved the pinnacle of musical dominance in the revival of Sunset Boulevard which opened Thursday night at the Palace Theater on Broadway. She blew us away some 23 years ago in the role of Norma Desmond and she wows us once again in one of my favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber shows. Incidentally he now has 4 shows running at once on Broadway but Sunset, in my mind, is right now the best of the foursome.

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