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Gypsy — Media Theatre

Hold your hats and hallelujah, Krissy Fraelich shows it to ya. Krissy Fraelich is terrific as Mama Rose in the Media’s production of “Gypsy” because she musters all the moxie … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Five Fast Takes — Bullshot Crummond; Closer; Gypsy; Tappin’ Thru Life

I need to catch up. September, for whatever reason, was fast, furious, and busy. To be neurotically complete about some reviews, I concentrated on a few and let others go … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Passion — Arden Theatre

Stephen Sondheim’s musical, “Passion,” comes to a pivotal point at which a young soldier, driven to a range of emotions, most of them negative, by the unwanted, unencouraged love he’s … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Company — Bucks County Playhouse

Hunter Foster defeats the most resounding impediment people mention when you wonder why there’s not more productions of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical above wedlock and commitment, “Company.” The … Continue reading

June 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marry Me a Little — Montgomery Theater

Throwaway Sondheim is gold compared to most songs that pass for being of Broadway, or any other kind of, quality today. In 1980, Craig Lucas and Norman Rene compiled a … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Merrily We Roll Along — Temple Theaters at Randall Theater

More than most shows, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s “Merrily We Roll Along” depends on its production. When I saw Harold Prince’s original staging in 1981, I loved several of … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Into the Woods — Theatre Horizon

The songs from “Into the Woods” are infectious. Several people I know didn’t like Stephen Sondheim’s score when they heard the first time in the current movie version. I can’t … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Musical of Musicals — Montgomery Theatre

 Contemporary composers each have styles theater wags can identify immediately and can have fun parodying. I actually do a rather decent musical  passage from “Waiting for Godot” as if written … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

West Side Story — National Tour — DuPont Theatre

 Some ’50s touches, like the constant use of the term, “buddy boy” and other hip lingo that may have been neat or cool when “West Side Story” was new in … Continue reading

December 5, 2013 · 3 Comments

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