Author Archives: Carol Moore

“A Bronx Tale” – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** As people walked out of the Nederlander Theatre the other night, I listened. Most people said that “A Bronx Tale” was good, which is exactly what I thought. Not great, but good. It has catchy, jazzy ‘60s music written by Alan Menken (who also wrote “Little Shop of Horrors”, “The Little Mermaid”,…

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Mercury Theater’s “Little Shop of Horrors” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** It seems like there’s a production of “Little Shop of Horrors” every year. This year, ‘Audrey II” is wowing audiences at Mercury Theater. Seymour is still nerdy, Audrey is still vulnerable, and “Little Shop” is still charming. Although the opening night audience was a bit over-enthusiastic, “Little Shop of Horrors” is still…

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“The Choir of Man” – a Wonderful Evening in an Irish Pub filled with Music – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** When I walked into Broadway Playhouse and saw all the people gathered around an onstage bar, it was like déjà vu, flashing me back to the opening of “Once”. The cute guy taking selfies of the himself and the audience, not to mention the other eight good-looking guys roaming the stage,…

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Loved the Gospel Music in “Mahalia Jackson: Moving through the Light” – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** I always look forward to openings at Black Ensemble Theatre because I know I’m going to hear great music, and “Mahalia Jackson: Moving through the Light”, is chock full of the best gospel music you’ll hear anywhere. The story is weak, trite and contrived, and omits huge chunks of Jackson’s life, but…

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“Act(s) of God” – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** I’m still not sure how I feel about “Act(s) of God”, playing at Lookingglass Theatre through April 7th. It’s a very strange play – sort of futuristic, sort of dystopian, sort of religious cultish, sort of family angst-y, sort of funny, with a whole lot of ‘woo-woo’ thrown in the mix. Somehow,…

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“Ariodante” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** There is always good reason to celebrate when new operas join the repertoire of major opera houses. “Ariodante” at the Lyric Opera is no exception. It is somewhat shocking that George Frideric Handel’s 1735 masterwork has never been seen at Lyric in their 64 years of existence but the long-awaited premiere of this Baroque…

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“Mamma Mia” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Drury Lane’s production of “Mamma Mia” is 2 ½ hours of pure joy! As jukebox musicals go, this is one of the best. It’s got toe-tapping, seat-dancing great music and a plot that’s just a little bit squee! You’ll be singing along to ABBA favorites like “Honey, Honey”, “Dancing Queen”, “Money, Money,…

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“An Inspector Calls” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** As an aficionado of suspense stories, both written and staged, I have to say that The National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of “An Inspector Calls” is one of the best. It kept my attention riveted on the stage for the entire hour and 45 minutes! Everything from the fog swirling…

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“Swing State” – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** Some people may find Towle Theater’s “Swing State” heavy going. Forget about the title, this musical is not about elections. It’s about two people who would probably never meet under normal circumstances. It’s about bigotry, intolerance and loss. It’s very well acted, but a lot of the content is uncomfortable to hear/see.…

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The Joffrey Ballet’s “Anna Karenina” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** The Joffrey Ballet’s “Anna Karenina” was quite simply, exquisite. That anyone could condense 864 pages of moody, broody and depressed Russians indulging in inexplicable and/or incomprehensible behavior into a 2½ hour ballet is awe-inspiring. Of course it took a pair of Russians to capture all that passion, all that angst, and…

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