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'Piece of My Heart' Off Broadway Review: A Patchwork Portrait

'Piece of My Heart' Off Broadway Review: A Patchwork Portrait
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The latest jukebox musical popping up in these parts is “Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story,” which is currently at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Bert who, you say? That’s the hook for the songs he wrote.

Not all of them are treasures. Aside from several solid gold 1960s classics like the title tune, “Twist and Shout,” “Tell Him” and “Hang on Sloopy,” the song stack leans heavier towards the B side.

Writer Daniel Goldfarb’s over-long script about the too-short times of songwriter-producer Bert Berns comes closer to a grade C but at least it gets the job done.

Fortunately the show sounds delicious thanks to Garry Sherman’s tasty orchestrations as heated up by musical director Lon Hoyt’s lively eight-member band. The catchy tunefulness compensates at times for the trite storytelling and director-choreographer Denis Jones’ spotty staging of it all.

 

UPDATE: Richie Sambora Keeping Busy Without Bon Jovi

UPDATE: Richie Sambora Keeping Busy Without Bon Jovi
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Perth Amboy, New Jersey born guitarist Richie Sambora may be keeping a lower profile, but he has had no problem keeping busy since he stopped making music with another ...

7 reasons America Loves Our Kacy Catanzaro

7 reasons America Loves Our Kacy Catanzaro
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Belleville, N.J. native and Towson University gymnast Kacy Catanzaro is ready for her next obstacle.

Nothing has stood in her way to this point. Catanzaro blew through a...

Movie Review: Excellent Tribeca Documentaries 'The Kill Team' and 'The Newburgh Sting' Indict Government Agencies

Movie Review: Excellent Tribeca Documentaries 'The Kill Team' and 'The Newburgh Sting' Indict Government Agencies
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

The documentaries screened at the Tribeca Film Festival are usually more reliably successful than the fiction features, and this week two excellent films a...

"Alive Inside" Movie Review: Inspiring Documentary Explores Innovative Music Therapy

BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

There are currently five million people in the U.S. with dementia, and that number is sure to grow rapidly as the baby-boom generation ages. Fifty percen...

'Walking with Dinosaurs' Off Broadway Review: On Their Way to Newark

'Walking with Dinosaurs' Off Broadway Review: On Their Way to Newark
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Look out! A scary bunch of dinosaurs that are currently roaming around Brooklyn will be making their way to Newark next week when the Prudenti...

'The Long Shrift' Off Broadway Review: A Rather Risible Reunion

'The Long Shrift' Off Broadway Review: A Rather Risible Reunion
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Since there is nothing good to say regarding “The Long Shrift,” let’s be brief about this little stinker, which premiered on Sunday at Rattles...

Tracy Morgan Goes to Court

Tracy Morgan Goes to Court
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Comedian Tracy Morgan is saying that Walmart’s treatment of its truck drivers is the reason for the crash that seriously injured him on the New Jersey Turnpike last mon...

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Land Ho!' Indie Comedy About Two Retirees in Iceland

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Land Ho!' Indie Comedy About Two Retirees in Iceland
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Two men past retirement age go on a vacation in Iceland, looking for adventure and good times. Once married to sisters, the men have not seen each other in years, bu...

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