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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Review: ‘Me and My Girl’ Underwhelms at Encores! by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, May 16, 2018 In the 1980s, the landscape for Broadway musicals was bleak. As the decade wore on, American musicals were fewer and fewer in numbe…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is Enchanting by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, May 2, 2018 As anyone who’s been near New York City’s Lyric Theatre over the past few weeks can attest, Harry Potter has made his presence i…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review: A Lumbering ‘My Fair Lady’ at Lincoln Center by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2018 About a month ago, when I was in New York City to see the spectacular Broadway revival of Angels in America, I also took in a ve…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Review: An Expurgated ‘Carousel’ Nonetheless Thrills by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 Each year, when I cover Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel in my musical-theater history course at the Boston Conservatory, we…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Review: A Reanimated Harry Connick, Jr. in ‘The Sting’ at Paper Mill Playhouse by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2018 Lately, new Broadway musicals have been all about jukebox musicals and film adaptations. Both the current season and the next are…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Review: Disney’s ‘Frozen’ is a Cryogenic Bore by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 9, 2018 After seeing the new stage version of Disney’s Frozen on Broadway, I posted on Facebook that I had found the show dull, disjoin…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Review: A Towering ‘Three Tall Women’ on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 3, 2018 The current Broadway season is all about the revivals. The new plays have been middling at best, and the new musicals — apart fr…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Review: A Sumptuous But Flawed ‘Grand Hotel’ at Encores! by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2018 In 1989, the musical Grand Hotel held an out-of-town tryout in Boston before heading to Broadway. I saw that production, and can …

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Review: ‘Angels in America’ Soars in Stunning Broadway Revival by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 26, 2018 This spring, Broadway will host two different — extremely different, by all accounts — stage productions that will require vi…

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Review: ‘Jerry Springer – The Opera,’ Riotous But Shallow by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 2, 2018 As I sat watching Jerry Springer – The Opera unfold, I was struck by how much the content of the show helps to explain how w…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Review: A Tight, Tuneful ‘Subways Are for Sleeping’ at the York Theatre by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 27, 2018 Nobody wrote overtures like Jule Styne. I was reminded of that a few weeks back, when the Encores! presentation Hey, Look Me O…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: The York Theatre’s Oy-Vey-Worthy ‘Bar Mitzvah Boy’ by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 15, 2018 First, let’s all acknowledge a deep debt of gratitude to the venerable York Theatre and their commitment both to fostering n…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Review: ‘Hey, Look Me Over’ Surprises at Encores! by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 13, 2018 As any musical-theater devotee can tell you, Encores! is the annual series of performances at New York City Center of historic…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Review: ‘Hallelujah, Baby!’ Is No Cause to Celebrate by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, January 30, 2018 You might think that winning the Tony Award for Best Musical would guarantee a show some kind of theatrical afterlife. You migh…

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Commentary: The Best (And Worst) Musicals of 2017 by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, December 29, 2017 For critics, the end of the year represents a time to look back on the shows they’ve covered. We fondly reminisce about the …

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Review: A Magical ‘Brigadoon’ at Encores! City Center by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, November 20, 2017 Whatever happened to Brigadoon? Not the place, the musical. Yeah, the place supposedly comes back every 100 years, but it was …

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Review: A Renovated ‘Rags’ at Goodspeed Opera House by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, October 30, 2017 Rags is one of those heartbreaking musical flops that theater fans continually lament as they wistfully imagine what could have…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Review: A Bloated ‘Honeymooners’ at the Paper Mill Playhouse by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, October 11, 2017 They don’t write ‘em like this any more. For good reason. As any Baby Boomer knows, “The Honeymooners” was a short-live…

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Review: A Well-Cast ‘Company’ at Barrington Stage by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 16, 2017 One of the best places to see top-quality theater outside of New York City has got to be the Berkshires. From the Williamstown T…

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: ‘Curvy Widow’ Is Creaky and Coarse by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017 As I stood in the lobby of the Westside Theatre, a diminutive women of a certain age came up to me and my theatergoing companion…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: An Intimate and Joyous ‘Jerry’s Girls’ at the York Theatre Company by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 9, 2017 If we’ve learned one thing this Broadway theater season, it’s that Jerry Herman’s music retains its crowd-pleasing appeal. …

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review: ‘1984’—More Distasteful Than Intense by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 13, 2017 Broadway productions don’t come timelier than 1984. Or, at least, that’s what the creators are hoping you will think. And, to …

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Review: Say Hello To the ‘Other’ Dolly! by Christopher Caggiano

By Chris Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 11, 2017 Here’s some good news if you can’t get a ticket to see Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! — or if you couldn’t afford that ticket eve…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Review: Barrington Stage Offers a Stirring ‘Ragtime’ by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 10, 2017 One of the best things about summer is the opportunity to get out of the city and take in some quality regional theater. Fortunate…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: The Laudable But Rambling Path of ‘Bella: An American Tall Tale’ by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 20, 2017 There aren’t nearly enough women or African Americans writing musical theater. Not by a long shot. So when someone comes along w…

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Monday, March 21, 2016

I've moved! by Christopher Caggiano

Hey, all. After eight years of blogging, I've moved up in the world and am now writing for About.com. You can check out my regular posts, reviews, and ramblings at theater.about.com. I won't…

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Reviews - Side Show, Elephant Man, Plus the Best and Worst Musicals of 2014 by Christopher Caggiano

Regular readers with note that most of my posts lately have been lists of links to my About.com posts. When I took on the About.com gig, I thought that I would be migrating some of my more e…

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Reviews - On the Town, Curious Incident, The Band Wagon and More by Christopher Caggiano

So, the combination of yet another busy semester at The Boston Conservatory and my contract with About.com to supply them with two posts a week has meant that I haven't had any time to post …

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review - The Last Ship on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

The fall theater season in New York is is full swing. I'll be publishing a series of reviews over the next few weeks, some of them here on the blog, and some of them over on About.com. Here'…

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

10 Musicals That Changed Broadway - And Other Posts by Christopher Caggiano

So, the new semester at The Boston Conservatory has officially begun. Now I get to see how well I'm going to be able to keep up with my posts on About.com, my reviews of the new Broadway and…

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review - The Phantom of the Opera With Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess by Christopher Caggiano

As I mentioned a while back, I picked up a new gig writing for About.com as the Musical and Theater Expert. I was hoping that the gig wouldn't interfere with my blogging, and so far that has…

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