Musical Review: Anastasia

Details: More information can be found at https://www.anastasiabroadway.com/ and http://www.playbill.com/production/anastasia-broadhurst-theatre-2016-2017

Score: 7.5/10

Anastasia is one of the most Disney stories I’ve ever seen that was not made by Disney. This musical is based on the animated movie of the same name. However, there have been changes made to the story and new songs have been added. I’ve never seen the movie, but I did enjoy the musical.

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Musical Review: The Band’s Visit

Details: More information can be found at https://thebandsvisitmusical.com/ and http://www.playbill.com/production/the-bands-visit-ethel-barrymore-theatre-2017-2018

Score: 7.4/10

The Band’s Visit is a slow burn. It’s a slow paced story with few if any big bursts of energy. However, The Band’s Visit offers something new and different from other shows out right now. It’s no wonder then that it won the Tony Award for best musical this year since all of the competing candidates were big name franchises that fell into the stereotypical tourist friendly musical which does not explore the human condition the way The Band’s Visit did.

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Musical Review: Catch Me If You Can

Details: More information can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/catch-me-if-you-can-neil-simon-theatre-vault-0000013717

Score: 6.8/10

Catch Me If You Can is a big band show with big song and dance numbers. It’s based of the Leonardo DiCaprio movie of the same name and mostly follows the same story beats.

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Musical Review: Jesus Christ Superstar

Details: More information can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/jesus-christ-superstar-neil-simon-theatre-vault-0000013824

Score: 7/10

A musical is a show where there is dialogue and occasionally the characters break into song. An opera is when there is almost no talking and all singing. Jesus Christ Superstar is likely more an opera than a musical. Originally performed in the 1970’s, Jesus Christ Superstar has been revived a number of times. Despite its age, this show is still entertaining even though the story is predictable since it retells a religious narrative most people in America are very familiar with.

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Musical Review: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Details: I couldn’t find any official site with information so here’s the wikipedia site and the NY Times review: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunchback_of_Notre_Dame_(musical) https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/19/theater/review-hunchback-of-notre-dame-at-paper-mill-playhouse.html

Score: 8.4/10

This production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. There is no doubt in my mind that if this show actually made it to Broadway (which it didn’t), it would have been flooded with Tony Award nomination and a few Tony Awards as well.

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Musical Review: Next to Normal

Details: Won a bunch of awards including a few Tony Awards. More information can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/next-to-normal-booth-theatre-vault-0000001652

Score: 8.2/10

Next to Normal is a heart wrenching musical that hits a lot of the same emotional notes as Dear Evan Hansen, except the focus is less on a teenager and more on a parent. It’s advertised as a rock opera but sounds more like pop rock to me. Whatever it is, I really enjoyed both the story and the music.

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Musical Review: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Details: More information can be found at https://www.broadway.com/shows/spider-man-turn-off-the-dark/

Score: 5.4/10

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is a notorious musical, plagued by injuries, delays, and other hurdles. The result was a deeply flawed show that some seemed to enjoy. Even after the reboot, Turn Off the Dark is still kind of flat. It’s unsurprising then that various articles state the investors in this show mostly lost their money.

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Musical Review: Mean Girls

Details: More information can be found at https://meangirlsonbroadway.com/#/?month=2018-07 and http://www.playbill.com/production/mean-girls-august-wilson-theatre-2017-2018

Score: 7/10

Mean Girls the musical is pretty much a scene by scene retelling of the 2004 movie of the same name, except with musical numbers. If you enjoyed the movie, then you’ll likely enjoy this show.

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Musical Review: Heathers: The Musical

Details: More information can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/heathers-the-musical-coms-0000034218 and https://www.broadway.com/shows/heathers/

Score: 6.8/10

Heathers: The Musical is based on the 1988 film Heathers. If you are unfamiliar with that film, it’s pretty much like a darker Mean Girls with more death. I’d say that Heathers copied Mean Girls, except that Heathers came first so it’s more like Mean Girls copied Heathers.

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Musical Review: The Phantom of the Opera

Details: Saw the version starring Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis a while ago. The official site is http://www.thephantomoftheopera.com/

I’ve listened to the music from the Phantom of the Opera for decades now. Finally, I had the chance to watch the show a while ago and I thought it was good. I thought Les Miserables was better, but it was still good.

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