Musical Review: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Details: More information can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee-circle-in-the-square-theatre-vault-0000003219 and https://www.mtishows.com/the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee

Score: 8/10

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical and a comedy about a spelling bee. I think the most distinctive and appealing part of this show is not just the humor, but the substantial amount of improvisation and audience participation.

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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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