Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review - Rocky on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

I've seen a lot of boxing puns in the reviews of the new Broadway musical Rocky, based on the 1976 film of the same name. Rocky is a "contender," some contend. Others say Rocky "goes the dis…

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Review - Aladdin on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

The Walt Disney Company continues to comb its catalog for stage-musical candidates. You can hardly blame them: The Lion King has become a license to print money, Newsies is still going stron…

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Review - The Bridges of Madison County on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

I somehow made it through the '90s, the '00s, and nearly half of the '10s without reading The Bridges of Madison County. Nor have I seen the 1995 film of the same name, despite an abiding pa…

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Review - Beautiful - The Carole King Musical on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

Here are three things that I learned from seeing Beautiful: The Carol King Musical: 1. Jukebox musicals don't automatically have to be atrocious 2. Pandering to baby boomers isn't necessaril…

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Contest - Two Free Tickets to Murder for Two Off-Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

You may have heard that the new musical Murder for Two, now playing at the New World Stages, announced today that the production is now selling tickets through July. Take it from me, that's …

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Worst Musicals of 2013 by Christopher Caggiano

As I pointed out in my recent post of The Best Musicals of 2013, it was a darned good year for musicals, but it was also a doozy for not-so-great musicals. Try as I might, I just couldn't ge…

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Best Musicals of 2013 by Christopher Caggiano

Hey, you know what? The year 2013 was a pretty good one for musicals. And I'm not even talking about the crowd-pleasers that seemed to please everyone in the crowd except me (Kinky Boots, He…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review - Working at Boston's Lyric Stage by Christopher Caggiano

The musical Working has always held a sort of fascination for me. Opportunities to see it staged live are somewhat rare, but it's one of those shows that, when I listen to the original cast …

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Review - A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

Every few seasons or so, a musical comes to Broadway that just warms the cockles of my heart. (And as Woody Allen says in Love and Death, "Nothing like hot cockles.") Avenue Q was …

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Review - A Night With Janis Joplin on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

If any of you happened to be in the Times Square area on the night of Saturday, December 14th, 2013, you may have heard some blood-curdling screams emanating from the Lyceum Theatre. But it …

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Review - Murder for Two Off-Broadway at the New World Stages by Christopher Caggiano

OK, now I can breathe. It has been one busy semester here at The Boston Conservatory, let me tell you. Of course, amid the hullabaloo, I continually remind myself that I'm teaching what I lo…

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Review - Little Miss Sunshine at the Second Stage by Christopher Caggiano

The end-of-the-semester crush is upon me, and I find myself scrambling to grade papers, plan finals, meet with students, and yet still keep up with my blogging backlog. As Tevye said, "…

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Review - After Midnight on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

One of the great unexpected pleasures of the new Broadway season is After Midnight, an effervescent tribute to the joys and spirit of Harlem in the 1920s and '30s, in particular the fabled C…

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Review - Fun Home at The Public Theater by Christopher Caggiano

Every once in a while, a musical comes along that restores my faith in the art form. Fun Home, the shattering new musical now playing an extended engagement at The Public Theater, is one of …

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Review - Big Fish on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

If you're going to create a musical about the magic of storytelling, you had better have some genuine magic on display, either in the piece itself, or in the presentation. Unfortunately, the…

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

My 1,000th Blog Post by Christopher Caggiano

When I started this blog in April of 2006, it was really just an effort to find an alternate outlet for my theatrical rants and ravings. My friends were sort of sick of my posturing and peda…

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Review - The Jungle Book at Boston's Huntington Theatre by Christopher Caggiano

The Huntington Theatre Company in Boston announced today that its current production of The Jungle Book is now the highest-grossing production in the company's history, with three weeks stil…

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Review - Soul Doctor on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

Every few seasons or so, Broadway seems to attract a WTF musical. You know, as in, "WTF were they thinking bringing this to Broadway?" The kind of show that, even if it was any good, just di…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Review - Love's Labour's Lost in Central Park by Christopher Caggiano

One thing I've noticed lately is that my tolerance for flaws in a musical depends on the overall feeling that I'm developing as I'm watching a performance. When a musical, overall, is well-c…

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review - First Date the Musical on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

I'm going to be honest. When I first heard that the new musical First Date was coming to Broadway, I was beyond dismissive. The show wasn't really on my radar prior to the announcement, desp…

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Review - Hello, Dolly! at the Goodspeed Opera House by Christopher Caggiano

I have a confession to make: before last week, I had never seen Hello, Dolly! on stage. Oh, I had read the libretto, and listened to the cast recording countless times. And I've seen the mov…

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Reviews - New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) - Part 4 by Christopher Caggiano

This past month, I saw 25 musicals in 17 days. Even for me, that's a lot. Eighteen of those shows were at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). As one might expect, many of those sho…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review - Nobody Loves You at Second Stage Off-Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

I had the opportunity to see the new musical Nobody Loves You a few years ago while it was still under development. Some backstory: For the past three years, a handful of students from the B…

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Reviews - 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) - Part 3 by Christopher Caggiano

Here's round-up number three, out of four, of my reviews of the shows at this year's New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). As in my previous review round-ups, there's a fairly wide range…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Reviews - 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) - Part 2 by Christopher Caggiano

A few days ago, I published my first of four batches of capsule reviews from the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). At this point, I have seen 13 NYMF shows in all, and I will be…

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Reviews - 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) - Part 1 by Christopher Caggiano

I've never really been a summer person. I get bored at the beach, and I assiduously avoid the sun. Thankfully, summer provides lots of heavily air-conditioned theater-going opportunities, wh…

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Review - On the Town at Barrington Stage by Christopher Caggiano

Two of the shows that I cover in some detail in my musical-theater history course are On Your Toes (1936) and On the Town (1944). My students often confuse the two with each other, which is …

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review - Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Off-Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

Immersive theater is clearly the flavor of the month, both on and off Broadway, which I guess is fine. I'm not automatically for or against it, as long as I don't have to climb up and down s…

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review - Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons Off-Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

Composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie really seem to like a challenge. The first musical of theirs to gain widespread attention was Grey Gardens, an admittedly flawed but nonethe…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Review - Murder Ballad at the Union Square Theater Off-Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

One of the most entertaining musicals I saw last year was Murder Ballad at the Manhattan Theater Club, Off-Broadway at City Center. (Read my review.) I found the show smart and sexy, and dra…

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review - Good News at the Goodspeed Opera House by Christopher Caggiano

The 1920s was a heady and busy time for American musical theater. Musicals were still a relatively new art form, and the rules for creating them were only just emerging. That didn't stop com…

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