Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: Merman’s Apprentice – Original Cast Recording by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org. If you’ve ever uttered the phrase “they don’t make ’em like they used to anymore,” I would kindly direct your attention …

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Billboard: ‘Grease: Live!’ Freshens a Favorite With Mix of Old and New by David Levy

Originally published in Billboard.   Fox made a bold step into the live television musical arena tonight with Grease: Live!, a technically ambitious production that upped the ante set…

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Friday, January 22, 2016

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Studio Cast by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org.  If you only know The Hunchback of Notre Dame from the 1996 Disney animated film, you’re in for a surprise the first time you listen to the new…

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Friday, January 1, 2016

The Sondheim Review: No guarantee of happiness by David Levy

The destructive potential of the American Dream Originally published in The Sondheim Review. Stephen Sondheim has distanced himself from the practice of reusing discarded songs from old sho…

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

It’s dlevy!: David’s Favorite 2015 Theater by David Levy

Originally published on itsdlevy.net. I’m not sure how many shows I saw this year, and I didn’t keep good enough record to count. Suffice it to say, I saw a lot, but not everything. Ther…

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Talkin’ Broadway: Book Reviews – On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide by Ethan Mordden by David Levy

Originally published on TalkinBroadway.com. In Passion, Fosca sings, “If you have no expectations, you can never have a disappointment.” These are wise words to bring with you to…

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

250 Word Reviews: Puffs by David Levy

Originally published on 250 Word Reviews. PUFFS, OR: SEVEN INCREASINGLY EVENTFUL YEARS AT A CERTAIN SCHOOL OF MAGIC & MAGIC (Off-off-Broadway: The Peoples Improv Theater) Churchill said,…

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Friday, November 13, 2015

250 Word Reviews: The Pavilion by David Levy

Originally published on 250 Word Reviews. THE PAVILION (Off-off-Broadway: The Producer’s Club) You know the story: middle-aged white guy has a mid-life crisis, so attends high school reuni…

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Monday, November 9, 2015

250 Word Reviews: Dada Woof Papa Hot by David Levy

Originally published on 250 Word Reviews. DADA WOOF PAPA HOT (Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theater at the Mitzi E. Newhouse) Most gay men of a certain age never envisioned a world in which t…

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

250 Word Reviews: On Your Feet: THE STORY OF EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN by David Levy

Originally published on 250 Word Reviews. ON YOUR FEET:THE STORY OF EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN (Broadway: Marquis Theatre) One gets the feeling about halfway through the first act of On You…

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

250 Word Reviews: Sylvia by David Levy

Originally published on 250 Word Reviews. SYLVIA (Broadway: Cort Theatre) If there’s one reason to see Sylvia, A. R. Gurney’s 1995 canine comedy making its Broadway debut, it’s Annalei…

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

250 Word Reviews: Dames At Sea by David Levy

Originally published on 250 Word Reviews. DAMES AT SEA (Broadway: The Helen Hayes Theatre) Dames at Sea first delighted audiences in 1966 with its low-budget, can-do spunk. A gentle spoof of…

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: Woman of the Year – Original Broadway Cast by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org. There are certain shows by the giants of musical theater that have lesser reputations. While often these reputations are earned (e.g. late-period Andr…

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Friday, August 21, 2015

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: Doctor Zhivago – Original Broadway Cast Recording by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org. I don’t think any of us expected to hear a cast recording from Doctor Zhivago, a show that had more above-the-title producers than performances …

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: Pageant – 2014 Off-Broadway Cast by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org. When Side Show hit Broadway in 1998, I became fascinated with the career of lyricist Bill Russell. I had never heard of him before, but I discovered h…

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: The Golden Apple – First Full-Length Recording by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org. The Golden Apple is one of those scores that has taken on something of a mythic air, which is entirely appropriate for this Broadway rethinking of The…

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Medium: Blood, Sex, and Tears – The Queer Theater of Little Shop of Horrors by David Levy

Originally published on Medium. I found myself with an unexpected case of “the feels” last night at Little Shop of Horrors at Encores! Off-Center, so I sat down to word-vomit a bit on Tu…

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Flavorpill: REVIEW: Anime, Gaming & Theater Combine in “Kapow-i GoGo” by David Levy

Originally published on Flavorpill. Take one part 8-bit RPG, one part serialized anime, add some cardboard props and a dash of comedy, and you might have something resembling Kapow-i GoGo, …

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: Dames at Sea – Original London Cast Recording by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org. Dames at Sea is the quintessential “little show that could,” growing from a sketch to a nightclub show to a proper off-Broadway musical to…

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Flavorpill: Athleticism and Aestheticism Combine in “Séquence 8″ by David Levy

Originally published on Flavorpill. At the intersection of dance and athletics, you might find Séquence 8, the “nouveau cirque spectacular” at City Center through April 26. This show fr…

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: Jack the Ripper – Original London Cast Album by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org. If you ever wondered what Sweeney Todd might have sounded like in the hands of Lionel Bart, you should give Jack The Ripper a spin. The long-lost cas…

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

CastAlbums.org: REVIEW: The Fortress of Solitude – Original Cast Recording by David Levy

Originally published on CastAlbums.org. I’ve had The Fortress of Solitude cast album on my phone for a week and I can’t stop listening to it. Michael Friedman has given us one of…

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