How does one even attempt to review HAMILTON? In the United States the show has become a theatrical phenomenon unlike any I have experienced in my forty years of theatergoing. It has won 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Pulitzer Prize, has hundreds of teens attending its weekly Ham4Ham concert outside the theatre’s stage door and can command thousands of dollars per ticket for a prime orchestra seat.
What's up in Broadway? Here is some news about shows that may - or may not - transfer to the West End.
HAMILTON at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, Broadway
By Davor Golub Thursday, September 1 2016, 14:11
THE HUMANS at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (Broadway)
By Davor Golub Thursday, August 25 2016, 09:57
The dysfunctional family drama has long been an important part of the American theatrical canon. Classics such as A LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, THE GLASS MENAGERIE and DEATH OF A SALESMAN have all managed to illuminate specific family dynamics while at the same time revealing the dark side of the American Dream.
Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN at the St. James Theatre, Broadway
By Phil Willmott Thursday, April 30 2015, 08:01
This is a show about two theatre incompetents, one a hard boiled cynic, the other a sweet innocent as they wrestle to compete with Shakespeare’s productions in a Monty Python-like version of Elizabethan England. The piece is a homage to and love song for musical theatre, an art form it relentlessly and lovingly pastiches throughout.
By Phil Willmott Wednesday, April 29 2015, 09:53
Lots of Gary Barlow's score for this musical about how J.M Barrie came to write PETER PAN sounds like vintage Take That. I mean a lot. Not necessarily a bad thing, personally I like a bit of late 90s boy band but it's quite disconcerting when the pop, drum beats suddenly kick in amidst the Edwardian frocks.
It’s impossible to believe Matthew Morrison’s (Mr Shue from TV’s Glee) has the mischievous mercurial mind and energy of Barrie, the role played by Johnnie Depp in the film version of the same name but he's a great singer and as handsome as you’d expect.
Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Palace Theatre in Broadway
By Phil Willmott Tuesday, April 28 2015, 09:12
You can usually describe a musical by saying "its a bit like" something else.
I think one of the reason why I fell so completely for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is that it's so fresh and so original in its concept and execution.
Don't get me wrong this is main stream Broadway fare but somehow the Gershwin estate have given these guys permission to retell the story of the classic movie musical of the same name but with a crunchy new script that doesn't shy away from the Nazi legacy in Paris and real heartbreak.