Funniest Show on Broadway
I say with full confidence that Avenue q is the funniest show i have EVER seen on broadway. I just saw it last night, and laughed the entire show. But despite the silly and comedic elements of the show, it really does display what real life can be like, including struggling to find purpose, love, sex, jealousy, and homosexuality. And the message at the ends shines clear and true. If you want to laugh at things you never thought youd hear on a broadway stage, this is the show for you!
Avenue Q on Friday, Aug 28th, 2009
A light hearted, heartwarming musical
If you are looking for an action packed, heroic adventure with songs equivalent to defying gravity from wicked, do not go to finians rainbow. However, if you are looking for a classic, romantic tale with comedy on the side that makes you feel warm and touched, then rush to see this oustanding revival. My family and I went, and could not find one thing wrong with the production. The set is absolutely beautiful, transporting the audience to the beautiful Rainbow Valley. The music is beautiful, the choreography is oustanding, showcasing Alina Faye as a mute who speaks through dancing, Cheyenne Jackson was strong and commanding, Kate Baldwin was absolutely beautiful, with a soft soprano that touches your heart from the first note she sings, Jim Norton marveled as an old man who has chased dreams all of his life, and Christopher Fitzgerald was a scene stealer as the extremely fun, energetic and playful Og. Showstoppers included Terri Whites "Necesity" and Chuck Coopers "The Begat." The ending is beautiful, and can touch the heart of a telephone pole. It rushes both tear and joy to your heart. Rush to see this oustanding musical before it is too late.
Finian's Rainbow on Thursday, Dec 31st, 2009
A Classic is Always a Classic
I dont understand what all the disappointment and scolding reviews are all about. This truly was a MAGNIFICENT production. Although there were some things that could be changed, such as the little boy singing Somewhere, the casting of Rosalia sorry but how this girl was cast in that role Ill never know, and the weaving in of spanish in select scenes, this truly was a beautiful production. At first I was not impressed with Josefina Scaglione, but her voice grew on me tremendously throughout the show. It has such a delicate but incredibly beautiful quality to it that not many singers today can achieve. She was adorable, lovable, and surprisingly funny. Matthew Hydzik was a good Tony. His voice was incredibly beautiful and light, and he seemed to have good chemistry with Ms. Scaglione. My only complaint is that he seemed grounded during his solo songs. Other than that, pretty good. Karen Olivo was a POWERHOUSE of talent. Her presence on stage is overwhelming, and your eyes are constantly darting back and forth between her and the occuring scene. A Boy Like That and America, both lead by Ms. Olivo, were highlights of the show. The choreography was great. Beautiful in some scenes, poweful in others, and sometimes even frightening, it truly helped further enhance the story. Highlights of the show include Mambo, America, Tonight, Cool, and a Boy Like That/I Have a Love moved me to tears. All in all, if you want to see a classic, go see this now. There were a few errors, but if you wish to see a beautiful production that moves you to tears, makes you laugh, and makes you fall in love, go see West Side Story.
West Side Story on Friday, Feb 12th, 2010