Be More Chill

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Be More Chill is a contemporary musical from Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz. In a nutshell it is the story of a high school geek that takes a secret pill to become “cool.” The show bills itself as a mashup of Little Shop of Horrors and Dear Evan Hansen and I can definitely see the influences in some over the top characters and the central character being the outcast.

The songs have a contemporary feel to them with some witty lyrics. The performers were all of Broadway standard and put on a great show. I cannot really say any particular one stood out to me.

Overall the show has a good message “like who you are” and I can see a lot of people really enjoying this show. If you like Mean Girls or Kinky Boots, this might be for you. It seems to be very popular with teenagers as there was one sitting behind me mouthing every lyric. I cannot honestly say this was my cup of tea but it might be a favorite of yours.

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To Kill A Mockingbird

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I was lucky to have recently seen To Kill A Mockingbird which is currently on Broadway. This new production is adapted by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Bartlett Sher and srarring Jeff Daniels.

It is based on the book by Harper Lee and usually required reading in High School. Well this should be required viewing for anyone that is interested in theater, acting, directing, sets or otherwise. It is beautifully presented and timely with the nation embroiled with issues of race and identity.

Read the reviews and go see this. You will come out angry, sad, joyful and maybe even looking at yourself differently.

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Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune

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Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald star in this intimate portrayal of courtship in a crowded city by Terrence McNally. The are two people past thier primes trying to figure out exactly what they want in their relationship. Together they shed their clothes and inhibitions, breaking themselves down and putting themselves back together and nourishing their emotions and hunger for more.

This is a beautifully presented show that pulls you into to Frankie’s tiny New York Apartment and lets you voyeur as they do to other neighbors. I absolutely loved the acting and staging. It quite possibly is the most beautiful show on Broadway.

Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune

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Beetlejuice the musical

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Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetle.... The Tim Burton cult classic movie Beetlejuice is now open on Broadway in musical form, and what form it is in. 

All the classic characters are there as well as special effects from props and the set which bring to life the feel of the movie. Any fan of the movie will have a blast at this new musical on the Great White Way.

Alex Brightman as the ghoulish lead has been nominated for a Tony Award in the Best Actor in a Musical category. As Beetlejuice he gets to flex his creative muscles and have a lot of fun with the character. Much like The Emcee in Cabaret or the Engineer in Miss Saigon, Mr. Brightman gets to break down that fourth wall and include the audience in all his banter and shenanigans. And he does it well. The rest of the cast are no slouches either. Sophie Anne Caruso portraying the death obsessed Lidia is a pint-sized powerhouse, and Leslie Kritzer as the ditzy and over the top Step-Mother Delia gets to play her character with a ferociously funny abandon. This show is not understated whether you are talking about the characters or the scenery. Everything is a little bit cartoony and over the top, but in a good way.

Even if you are not familiar with the 1988 movie, I am positive you will enjoy this fun filled and wacky romp about death. Beetlejuice the Musical is worth repeating not twice, but three times.

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