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Jersey Boys Broadway Review Jersey Boys
Concert style show about Frankie Valli chasing after his musical fame. Upbeat show that lacks heart. Popular with old people who long for the return of the '60s.
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Wicked Broadway Review Wicked
Behemoth musical continues to regurgitate flagrantly cute and sentimental moments for out-of-towners in green crass. Drive home in a Ford mediocrity.
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Billy Elliot Broadway Review

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Coal miner's son wants to be a dancer in hit Brit musical. The staging is inspired and the young stars are phenomenal, but Elton John's score seldom soars.

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Chicago Broadway Review

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Killer gals gain fame in this satire of corruption in the justice system. There’s no set, but the show’s full of cynical humor, sexy dancing, and "All That Jazz".

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The Phantom of the Opera Broadway Review the phantom of the opera
An obsessive weirdo haunts the Paris Opera, stalks a girl named Christine, and sings pretty songs.  Worth seeing at least once, but watch out for the chandelier!
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The Lion King Broadway Review the Lion king
Puppets roam the African plain, where little lion Simba works out his daddy issues.  The breathtaking design makes this the best of Disney’s B'way shows.
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Mamma Mia Broadway Review mamma mia
A girl tries to find out which of three men is her real dad, while her hippie mama sings ABBA tunes.  Watch out for the middle-aged ladies dancing in the aisles!
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Memphis Broadway Review memphis
In this true-ish story, a quirky Southern deejay falls for a black R&B singer in the 1950s. We learn that racism is bad and rock 'n' roll is good.
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Rock of Ages Broadway Review Rock of ages
A silly story about an L.A. rocker with a dream meets a slew of awesome '80s power ballads. Tuneful, fun, and wacky, this show is not for Broadway purists.
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Million Dollar Quartet Broadway Review million dollar quartet
Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis walk into a recording studio. No, it's not a joke, it's a new musical - and the tunes rock, but the dialogue is pretty weak.
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Mary Poppins Broadway Review mary poppins
Magical nanny falls from the sky and teaches a family to have fun. It'll take a big spoonful of sugar to make fans of the Disney film enjoy this bloated stage version.
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How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Broadway Review HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
Harry Potter ditched the wand and took up tap shoes to star in this classic musical comedy. The result is a bright, joyful, and funny production that is pure magic.
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Priscilla Queen of the Desert Broadway Review PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Drag queens ride a pink bus into the Outback in this ultra-campy musical. The fab costumes and pop soundtrack are fun, but the feeble gay jokes are cringeworthy.
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Anything Goes Broadway Review ANYTHING GOES
Wacky characters engage in hijinks aboard a cruiseship. Lots of laughs, incredible dance numbers, and songs like "I Get a Kick Out of You" make this a joyful voyage.
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The Book of Mormon Broadway Review THE BOOK OF MORMON
Mormons travel to Uganda in this musical by South Park creators. Vulgarity and satire mix with a big heart and a good message to create a wholly hilarious hit.
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Sister Act Broadway Review SISTER ACT
After witnessing a murder, a club singer goes into hiding at a convent and inspires her "sisters" with soul music. The plot's silly, but it's fun and the music is groooovy.
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War Horse Broadway Review WAR HORSE
Boy meets horse, loses horse, and seeks horse in the midst of WWI. The show's incredible human-puppet hybrids bring the four-legged creatures to amazing life.
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Spiderman Turn Off the Dark Broadway Review SPIDER-MAN, TURN OFF THE DARK
Comic book hero slings webs to the tunes of Bono and The Edge. U2 should stick to their day job, but the $100 million aerial and visual effects are pretty cool.
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Follies Broadway Review FOLLIES
Unhappy couples wax nostalgic and regret their life choices. A cast of stage stalwarts and a healthy dose of glitz keeps the show from getting too dreary.
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Who Are The Most Popular Broadway Show Critics
Ben Brantley from the New York Times is the most popular and well known Broadway show critic. Given his fame and fortune, you would expect Mr Brantley to always conduct himself in a distinguished and noteworthy manner, but Mr Brantley often acts like a petulant, out-of-control Broadway snob. His opinion carries too much weight for his shoulders and his Broadway reviews are often irreverent and difficult to decipher. Broadway shows can live or die just on the strength of whether Mr Brantley had a bad day or not. Many times, Broadway show investors will cancel a show if it receives a poor review from Mr Brantley, irregardless of whether ticket sales have been strong or not or whether or not the audience enjoyed the show.

Similarly, the New York Post and the USA Today theatre critics are wimpy never-do-wells who you would sooner beat up rather than listen to their advice if you ever met them in person. There is a reason that these Broadway critics are not on Televsion.

Our Relationship to the Broadway Shows
Unlike other Broadway reviewers, we don't accept gifts from the producers.
We don't get free tickets to the show. We don't get invited to red carpet openings. We don't get free cases of wine at Christmas. We stand behind a real Broadway Critic with an educated opinion.
We pay our way into Broadway shows and give you the truth - so you know when to spend your hard earned cash on Broadway tickets and when to pass.

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Enron Broadway Review Enron
Flashy but labored economics lesson. Money talks and sings. It dances. It puts on funny animal costumes. It also blows - large bubbles
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God of Carnage Broadway Review God Of Carnage
A funny, but dark, look at marriage and manners. Ultimate point is unclear, but it's a delight to watch its four big stars throw themselves into verbal combat.
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Come Fly Away Broadway Review Come fly away
A Sinatra music love fest that features amazing dancing, great music and no spoken word. Lacks an interesting storyline or any noteworthy scenes.
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Mrs. Warren's Profession Broadway Review mrs. warren's profession
A young lady learns her mom is a madam. The cast is solid, but this is yet another ho-hum Roundabout Theatre Company revival, unnecessary and uninspired.
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The Pitmen Painters Broadway Review The pitmen painters
English miners turn out to be gifted painters. This true story starts out well, but it ends up being too much about art and not enough about the men creating it.
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Brief Encounter Broadway Review Brief encounter
A married woman falls for a married physician. Melodramatic music, artful stage effects, and plenty of song 'n' dance make this a great tale of tormented romance.
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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Broadway Review Bloody bloody andrew jackson
The 7th prez is an emo rock star in this irreverent take on U.S. history. Both smart and sophomoric, this hip new show is the most divisive musical of the season.
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Fela Broadway Review Fela!
Afrobeat legend and activist leads a rousing concert in this bio-musical. A theater full of middle-aged New Yawkers look ridiculous trying to imitate his dance moves.
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West Side Story Broadway Review west side story
Dancing gangs terrorize NYC. In this revival, the Puerto Ricans sing in Spanish, which infuriates purists who can't get the gist of "I Feel Pretty" without a translator.
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Promises Promises Broadway Review promises, promises
Sean Hayes makes an impressive Bway debut as an office drone. The Bacharach tunes have nostalgia appeal but this outdated '60s show has little else to offer.
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In the Heights Broadway Review in the heights
Latin beats, hip hop dancing, and a rapping narrator. This highly enjoyable show about a vibrant NYC neighborhood makes Broadway seem cool (almost).
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A Little Night Music Broadway Review A little night music
Swedes fall in and out of lust during a country weekend in this dour production. By the time it gets to "Send in the Clowns" you'll be sending for the smelling salts.
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Next To Normal Broadway Review next to normal
Mom is bipolar and Dad's got the blues. If you like to see people singing about feelings and relationships and stuff, then this contemporary rock tuner is for you.
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Colin Quinn Long Story Short Broadway Review COLIN QUINN LONG STORY SHORT
Quinn tackles the history of civilization in 75 minutes. Skip History 101 and enjoy this hilarious and insightful crash course on the cultures of our world instead.
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Driving Miss Daisy Broadway Review DrIVING MISS DAISY
Feisty Southern widow hires black driver; friendship blooms. The play is slight but sweet, and James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave make an ideal odd couple.
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American Idiot Broadway Review American idiot
Angry teens sing about alienation and do drugs. Looks and sounds amazing, but a weak plot makes it more like a staged Green Day concert than a real musical.
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Lombardi Broadway Review LOMBARDI
Dan Lauria is legendary coach Vince Lombardi. This play won't make the history books, but, like a great football game, it has stellar players and plenty of drama.
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La Cage Aux Folles Broadway Review la cage aux folles
A gay couple tries to play it straight for their son's future in-laws. Director Terry Johnson and stars Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge make this bird fly.
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That Championship Season Broadway Review That championship season
Basketball champs gather for tense, alcohol-fueled reunion. Instead of terrorists, 24's Kiefer Sutherland takes on small town politics and painful revelations.
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Good People Broadway Review Good people
Working-class woman asks a prosperous old pal for a job. Frances McDormand trades her memorable Fargo dialect for a Boston accent that's thick as chowda.
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The People in the Picture Broadway Review THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE
Elderly woman re-lives her days as a stage star. Donna Murphy transforms from old to young brilliantly, but this cliche-ridden musical is not worthy of her talents.
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Arcadia Broadway Review ARCADIA
Smartypants Tom Stoppard's witty drama touches on everything from poetry to chaos theory. This great production dazzles the mind and touches the heart.
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Born Yesterday Broadway Review BORN YESTERDAY
A businessman's dumb girlfriend gets tutored by a journalist. The amazing Nina Arianda makes the transition from stupid to savvy both believable and hilarious.
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The Importance of Being Earnest Broadway Review THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Two men assume fake names and hilarity ensues in witty Wilde comedy. Finally Roundabout does a classic justice rather than making its author roll in the grave.
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The House of Blue Leaves Broadway Review THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES
Ben Stiller is an aspiring songwriter with a schizo wife, a nagging mistress, and a bomb-making son. This John Guare comedy is very dark, very odd, and very good.
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Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo Broadway Review BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO
A tiger (Robin Williams) roams Baghdad, as do U.S. soldiers, an Iraqi gardener, and the ghost of Uday Hussein. Dark comedy and metaphysical questions ensue.
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The Normal Heart Broadway Review THE NORMAL HEART
AIDS activists war with each other as they try to warn their community about the epidemic. Director Joe Mantello returns to acting to give a stunning performance.
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Ghetto Klown Broadway Review GHETTO KLOWN
John Leguizamo recalls his rocky career path. A little long, but the show is full of passion and great gossip-y tales about actors like Kurt Russell and Al Pacino.
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The Mother****** with the Hat Broadway Review THE MOTHER****** WITH THE HAT
Chris Rock has his Bway debut in this study of love and addiction. Rock is solid, but Bobby Cannavale stands out as a man with a broken heart and anger issues.
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Rain A Tribute to the Beatles Broadway Review RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES
Beatles tribute band gives a rousing performance of Fab Four classics. If you want to pay Broadway prices for a fake Beatles concert, this is your show!
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Jerusalem Broadway Review JERUSALEM
An outsider is evicted from his trailer in the woods. Thick accents and English mythology abound in this fine play featuring a memorable turn by Mark Rylance.
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Catch Me If You Can Broadway Review Catch Me IF You CaN
Con man is pursued by FBI agent in this tuner from the Hairspray team. Though enjoyable and appealing, Catch Me lacks the giddy fun of that other '60s-set hit.
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Baby It's You Broadway Review BABY IT'S YOU!
Classic '60s tunes rule in this new jukebox musical. There's also a story about a housewife who discovers the Shirelles, but it's overshadowed by the hit parade.
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Man and Boy Broadway Review MAN AND BOY
A financier reunites with his estranged son in this Great Depression drama. Frank Langella is deliciously cutthroat as an influential man on the verge of a fall.
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Addams Family Broadway Review

The Addams Family
The inspired artistry ended with the pitch meeting. A kooky show with big stars tries to wear bigger boots but just ends up just kicking the viewer in the rear end.

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