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'Finding Neverland' Broadway Review: Smoke and Distorted Mirrors

'Finding Neverland' Broadway Review: Smoke and Distorted Mirrors
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

An extremely fictionalized account of how J.M. Barrie was inspired to write “Peter Pan,” the new musical “Finding Neverland” is a busy, often bombastic Broadway show.

It’s scary to speculate about how many customers may be lured into seeing this dubious attraction at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, where it opened on Wednesday.

Drawn from a successful film, the show offers “Glee” favorite Matthew Morrison as Barrie and “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer as Charles Frohman, the theater producer who backed “Peter Pan” in 1904.

Speaking of producers, “Finding Neverland” is mounted by a consortium led by Harvey Weinstein, a major entertainment mogul who certainly knows how to market his events to a widespread audience.

 

Billy Crystal in FX’s “The Comedians”

Billy Crystal in FX’s “The Comedians”
BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

“My first impression was, ‘Oh my God, I’m in the midst of not only a brilliant comedian, but an icon who I’ve looked up to my entire life.’ I can vivid...

'It Shoulda Been You' Broadway Review: Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris Trade Wedding Zingers

'It Shoulda Been You' Broadway Review: Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris Trade Wedding Zingers
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Shame on me, “It Shoulda Been You” is a guilty treat of a musical that I couldn’t help liking.

Slight in score, silly in its story, this unassuming...

Death or Taxes: We Report, You Decide

Death or Taxes: We Report, You Decide
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The IRS mission is to provide America’s taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with in...

'An American in Paris' Broadway Review: A Rapturous Musical Romance With Lots of Dance

'An American in Paris' Broadway Review: A Rapturous Musical Romance With Lots of Dance
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Ravishing visuals, beautiful dancing, classic Gershwin songs, dandy performances and a pretty good story await viewers at “An American in Paris,” ...

'Wolf Hall' Broadway Review: The Fixer Behind a Tudor King and His Queens

'Wolf Hall' Broadway Review: The Fixer Behind a Tudor King and His Queens
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Dirty doings at the Tudor court of King Henry VIII during the 1520s-30s unfold in “Wolf Hall,” a two-play rendition of Hilary Mantel’s bestselling...

'Gigi' Broadway Review: Stale Puff Pastry

'Gigi' Broadway Review: Stale Puff Pastry
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Despite several creamy Lerner & Loewe musical standards at its core, “Gigi” is a slab of stale puff pastry that is being clumsily dished up as...

'Hand to God' Broadway Review: A Devilish New Comedy

'Hand to God' Broadway Review: A Devilish New Comedy
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

A devilishly entertaining dark comedy, “Hand to God” regards a nice teenaged boy whose raggedy sock puppet becomes possessed by malevolent forces....

"Kill Me Three Times:" Twisty Gory Fun

BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

It’s a surprise to see comic actor Simon Pegg of “Shaun of the Dead” playing a hired assassin in the Australian noir “Kill Me Three Times,” but Pegg brin...

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