A Chorus Line National Tour 2018 (brief review, Fox Theatre Detroit)

I only have time for a short review of A CHORUS LINE national tour 2018. Seen at yesterday’s matinee at the Fox Theatre, Detroit — the show is a faithful recreation of the staging and original choreography of the 1975 original Broadway production. It looks good. Sound was bad at the Fox. Dancing was terrificContinue reading “A Chorus Line National Tour 2018 (brief review, Fox Theatre Detroit)”

Beautiful and gut-wrenching “Finding Neverland” at Wharton Center, East Lansing (Tour Review)

A beautiful touring production of “Finding Neverland” opened at East Lansing’s Wharton Center last night as it continues across the US following a solid Broadway run. If you’ve seen the movie, you know the story of this musical. If not, it follows JM Barrie’s creation of the stage play Peter Pan, based on his romanceContinue reading “Beautiful and gut-wrenching “Finding Neverland” at Wharton Center, East Lansing (Tour Review)”

Gorgeous “An American in Paris” tour (review)

The current tour of “An American in Paris” is now at The Wharton Center in East Lansing, and it is gorgeous from top to bottom. I have previously raved about this musical when I saw it in NYC, and many know my thoughts on the travesty that was awarding “Fun Home” Best Musical 2015 insteadContinue reading “Gorgeous “An American in Paris” tour (review)”

“The Bodyguard, the Musical” is fun, entertaining, talent-filled (Review)

First, let me preface this by saying I’ve read many of the reviews for this musical. The original London and most international reviews have been terrific. The show, bypassing Broadway and doing a US tour, has not fared as well in the US reviews. Let me be a British reviewer. I loved this show whenContinue reading ““The Bodyguard, the Musical” is fun, entertaining, talent-filled (Review)”

“Love Never Dies” tour is glorious (Review)

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, is currently making its official US Tour debut in Detroit (it has already played upstate New York and Baltimore in previews, London, Australia, and other world cities) and it is a glorious affair, though your personal like will depend on your loveContinue reading ““Love Never Dies” tour is glorious (Review)”

“Ragtime the Musical” tour is spectacular (Review)

Kate Turner (Mother) and Matthew Curiano (Tateh) sing “Our Children” in RAGTIME Seen on its journey through Toledo’s Stranahan Theater, the newly minted national tour of Ragtime the musical is in a word spectacular. First, take a top-notch cast making some amazing music together. Next, add a genuinely affecting story (book by Terrence McNally, MusicContinue reading ““Ragtime the Musical” tour is spectacular (Review)”

Newsies is spectacular at the Detroit Opera House (Tour) – Review

Those who know me already know that I love Newsies. In fact, I was sorely disappointed when Once (which I did not like) won the Tony for best Musical in 2012. Newsies walked away with Tonys for Best Choreography and Best Score, though it should have won for Best Set, Best Direction, Best Costume Design,Continue reading “Newsies is spectacular at the Detroit Opera House (Tour) – Review”

Motown the musical, Fisher Theatre, Detroit (Review)

This is another in a series of guest reviews, this week written by Wendy Wright who has a unique professional vantage point of viewing the tour of the Broadway musical “Motown.” Let me preface this by saying that I host a radio show called “From Memphis to Motown” Saturday afternoons from 1-4pm on 89.1 WEMU,Continue reading “Motown the musical, Fisher Theatre, Detroit (Review)”

Surprisingly glorious “Camelot” tour (review, Toledo)

Every now and then, you see a musical that catches you by surprise to the point that it takes your breath away — What, you ask? Another tour of that tired 1960 musical Camelot? Well, guess what, I’m here to tell you that the current national tour (non-equity) did just that this afternoon. Director Michael McFaddenContinue reading “Surprisingly glorious “Camelot” tour (review, Toledo)”

Hello Dolly! tour with sparkling Sally Struthers (review – Toledo)

As Hello Dolly! continues its 2013-2014 tour, I had the chance to see it in Toledo at the Stranahan Theater today – it has already played in Detroit last week. And the news is good. The production is solid, and the cast excellent. Sally Struthers sparkles as Dolly Levi (a role, incidentally, that she hasContinue reading “Hello Dolly! tour with sparkling Sally Struthers (review – Toledo)”