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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Book Review: Astaire, Balanchine, and Kelly — The Foundations of Film Dance by Christopher Caggiano

While Beth Genné proffers a terrific take on dance and its social context, she exhibits a shaky grasp of musical-theater history.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Review: ‘Pretty Woman’ Panders on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 24, 2018 If you’re wondering whether the new musical version of Pretty Woman contains even a shred of inspiration, look no further than…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Review: Could ‘Be More Chill’ Be More Shrill? by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 17, 2018 The musical Be More Chill was already a bit of a sensation even before it recently opened Off-Broadway at the Pershing Square S…

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Review: The Amiable Schlock of ‘Gettin’ the Band Back Together’ by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2018 Sometimes shows come to Broadway that automatically get the online theater wags sharpening their knives. Before a show has even …

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: ‘Moulin Rouge’ Gets a Lavish Pre-Broadway Tryout in Boston by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 13, 2018 Before the 1980s, Boston was a major out-of-town stop for plays and musicals before they went to Broadway. The economics of such…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Review: ‘On a Clear Day’ Almost Shines at the Irish Rep by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 3, 2018 After the disastrous 2011 Broadway revisal of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, it was looking like we might never see that sho…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Review: Off-Broadway Musical ‘This Ain’t No Disco’ Ain’t No Good by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 2, 2018 Why do bad musicals happen to good theater companies? That’s a question that I find myself asking quite a bit in the summer, wh…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Review: ‘Head Over Heels’ Stumbles on Broadway by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 27, 2018 The process of creating a jukebox musical involves at least one pivotal decision. You can either use a particular songbook to tell…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Book Review: “Big Deal — Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical” by Christopher Caggiano

Big Deal differs from other Bob Fosse biographies in its focus on the dances themselves.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Review: ‘Gone Missing’ at Encores! Off-Center — A Moving Tribute to a Missing Creator by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 13, 2018 First, a confession, and one that will no doubt brand me as heartless in the eyes of some. I’ve never enjoyed the work of the la…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Review: A Crowd-Pleasing ‘Songs for a New World’ Opens Encores! Off-Center Season by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 29, 2018 There’s something about Jason Robert Brown that inspires an almost cult-like devotion. Although none of his shows thus far has a…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Review: ‘Carmen Jones’ Pulls Its Punches at CSC by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 28, 2018 We don’t get many chances to see Carmen Jones, Oscar Hammerstein’s 1944 modernized version of George Bizet’s 1875 opera, Car…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Review: ‘The Royal Family of Broadway’ Strains to Please at Barrington Stage by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 19, 2018 A new musical by William Finn is always worth seeking out, wherever it happens to be playing. Finn has a knack for crafting quirky…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Book Review: An Authoritative and Highly Opinionated History of the Musical ‘Chicago’ by Christopher Caggiano

Ethan Mordden’s volume openly defies anyone to dismiss the American musical as mere fluff.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Review: A Roughly Hewn ‘Jagged Little Pill’ at the A.R.T. by Christopher Caggiano

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, May 25, 2018 As we face the ineluctable barrage of jukebox musicals, a number of things become clear. They don’t automatically need to be awfu…

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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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