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'On the Town' Broadway Review: Sailors on a Fancy Free Musical Spree

'On the Town' Broadway Review: Sailors on a Fancy Free Musical Spree
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

A dynamic, sometimes dreamy iteration of a lustrous musical from Broadway’s Golden Age, the new revival of “On the Town” currently bounding around at the Lyric Theater is everything that popular American culture today presumably detests.

Leonard Bernstein’s jazzy score is beautifully melodic. The lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green are clever. The lightly romantic comedy that they concocted in wartime 1944 about the adventures of three sailors on 24 hours of shore leave in New York City is sweet, funny and honestly sentimental.

This vintage musical comedy may represent grandma stuff to some folks (no friends of mine), but the bright new show’s personable cast, fancy-free dances, airy visuals and beguiling Bernstein music as rendered by a satiny 28-member orchestra will be hard for anyone to resist.

It is a must-see, of course, for people who claim to love musical theater. All of those “Glee” wanna-bes certainly need to catch “On the Town” to learn how classical Broadway style should be delivered.

 

‘American Idol’ Alum Joanne Borgella Had Rare Cancer

‘American Idol’ Alum Joanne Borgella Had Rare Cancer
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An American Idol alumni and former New Jersey resident has succumbed to a rare form of endometrial cancer.

Former Hoboken resident Joanne Borgella passed away on October...

'Lennon: Through a Glass Onion' Off Broadway Review: A Day in the Life

'Lennon: Through a Glass Onion' Off Broadway Review: A Day in the Life
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW 

Australian-based musician-singer John R. Waters delivers a heartfelt tribute to a much-missed legend in “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion,”...

"One Chance" Real Life Fairy Tale

BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Who doesn’t love to root for the underdog? And you don’t get much more underdog than the real-life hero of “One Chance.” Overweight, timid, and obsessed ...

'Found' Off Broadway Review: Staying Weird Or Maybe Not

'Found' Off Broadway Review: Staying Weird Or Maybe Not
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Dozens of discarded real-life notes, lists, scrawls, memos, threats, confessions and other very personal messages on paper have been discovere...

Naomi Grossman, American Horror Story's Pepper, Talks About Her Long Journey In Comedy And Her Role Now On FX's Hit Show

Naomi Grossman, American Horror Story's Pepper, Talks About Her Long Journey In Comedy And Her Role Now On FX's Hit Show
BY MICHAEL HAYNE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Now in its fourth season and bringing in a record 10 million viewers for its Freakshow premiere, there’s no disputing that FX’s American Horror Story is a hit. For t...

'While I Yet Live" Off Broadway Review: Misery Upon Misery

'While I Yet Live
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Billy Porter, the Tony Award-winning star of the musical “Kinky Boots,” has written a very sad semi-autobiographical play in “While I Yet Live...

'It's Only A Play' Broadway Review: Dishing A Turkey

'It's Only A Play' Broadway Review: Dishing A Turkey
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

A poisonous valentine to Broadway, “It’s Only A Play” is a paper-thin comedy by Terrence McNally that is fast and furiously delivered by a starry ...

THE JUDGE: Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall Fight In and Out of Court

THE JUDGE: Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall Fight In and Out of Court
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

THE JUDGE is one of those movies with so much going for it, that its failure to deliver seems almost like a personal disappointment. You could say i...

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