thatgirl's Quick Hits #001 - NYC Theatre



Blue Man Group  Playing At The Astor Place Theatre
* * *
Innovative, and Fun. Although the show hits some cliche notes you get to live a
childhood or adulthood fantasy in one of the last scenes.

Chaplin  Playing At The Barrymore Theatre On Broadway
* * * *
Never have I ever seen a show designed completely in black, white and gray that
looked so cool. Rob McClure is a standout and it's great to see Chaplin's life
back on stage.

Cyrano De Bergerac  Playing At The American Airlines Theatre On Broadway
* *
Tony Winner Douglas Hodge is great in the title role. However, this production
hasn't "sniffed" the good bits and never rises to the occasion.

Dead Accounts  Playing At The Music Box Theatre On Broadway
* *
Norbert Leo Butz is a wonderful theatre actor and always dazzles. Katie Holmes
returns to Broadway in an ok performance in a so so play.

Fuerza Bruta   Playing At The Daryl Roth Theatre
* * * * *
A 90 minute standing theatrical experience that pulsates with Brazilian rhythms
and fantastical experiences that will soothe you soul and make you say "WOW" and "AHH". Recently extended get your tickets today!!

Giant Playing At The Public Theatre
* *
This musical clocks in at 3hrs plus and tries to tackle too many story lines.
Kate Baldwin, Brian d'Arcy James, Bobby Steggert and Natalie Cortez are superb.

If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet  Playing At The Laura Pels Theatre
* *
Oscar Nominee Jake Gyllenhaal makes his New York stage debut in this poignant, but quirky play.

Murder Ballad Playing At Manhattan Theatre Club
* *
This new musical tries to be innovative and nouveau but doesn't quite hit the
mark. A+ performers

Newsies  Playing At The Nederlander Theatre On Broadway
* * * *
A 1990's classic film turned nicely into a Broadway Show. Corey Cott steals the show
as Jack Kelly The leader of The "Newsies" who take on the big guys and shut them down.

Once Playing At The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre On Broadway
* * * *
This Oscar winning film is beautifully transferred to the stage. The standout
performances of Tony Winner Steve Kazee and Tony Nominee Cristin Milioto are not to
be missed.

Radiance  Playing At The Bank Street Theatre
* * *
Well directed , good lighting, great performances , but the forced sentimentality
and the level of nostalgia it aims is never quite met.

Roost Playing At P.S. 122

Poorly directed with a script that can use lots of rewriting. The actors work
with what they have.

Scandalous  Playing At The Neil Simon Theatre On Broadway
* * *
Lots of critics are out for Kathie Lee Gifford, but she actually does a
great job on her Broadway Debut writing the book, music and lyrics!

Sorry Playing At The Public Theater
* *
Sorry is stale and redundant, but it's worth seeing because these actors don't
miss a beat in working organically off of each other.

The Exonerated  Playing At Culture Project
* * * * *
The heartbreaking stories of falsely imprisoned Americans. This production is
superbly written and directed. The rotating cast of celebrity and hard working
theatre actors are extraordinary!

The Mystery Of Edwin Drood  Playing At Studio 54 On Broadway
The Misery Of Edwin Drood as I call it falls flat and hard. This British
musical never presents any mystery and I never really cared to know what, where
when, or how the mystery unfolds. The only reason to see this show is to see Theatre Legend Chita Rivera!

The Piano Lesson Playing At The Irene Diamond Theatre At The Pershing Square Signature Center
* * * * *
August Wilson's Words , August Wilson's Characters And August Wilson's Joy And

The Twenty Seventh Hour Playing At The Public Theater
* * *
It's incredible to see a show with top notch New York actors, flawless lighting design,
and wonderful set.

War Horse  Playing At The Vivian Beaumont Theatre At Lincoln Center  On Broadway
* * * * *
Heartbreaking, magnificently directed, no cost spared on this production. You'll
actually see why a show costs $150 + . In addition you'll cry your eyes out in
the last scene!

***** Super Hot! ------> * Not so Hot

Jason E. Bernard - is a native New Yorker from The Bronx. Jason began seeing theatre at the age of 4 and at the age of 17 made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award Winning musical " Bring In Da' Noise, Bring In Da' Funk". Jason toured the world for 10 years with the international dance show "Riverdance". He has performed with Cois Ceim Dance Theatre  in Ireland and was a  member of the original companies of "Cotton Club Parade" City Center Encores! and Kris Johnson's " Jim Crow's Tears". To date, Jason has attended over 1,000 shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Concerts and counting. He has all the Playbills to prove it! :)
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