Broadway Theater Reviews: The Prom and Burn This

I have been disregarding the blog a bit, but I am back in full force now. What better way to start off after Tony nomination day that with some theater reviews (A few blogs coming on this).

THE PROM

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Official Blurb: Everyone’s invited to the joyous Broadway hit that New York Magazine calls “smart and big-hearted” and The New York Times declares a Critic’s Pick! Billboard cheers, “The Prom is Hairspray meets Dear Evan Hansen!” Variety raves, “It’s so full of happiness that you think your heart is about to burst.” And The Hollywood Reporter cheers, “It’s comic gold!”

You belong at The Prom!

My Take: There is so much heart on this show. I was dancing in my seat and my mood got completely uplifted. I left the theater with a huge grin on my face for hours after. It is 100% my type of show, great music, great dancing, a beautiful story and fun all around. Don’t get me wrong i also had a tear almost there as the story is relevant and sweet but properly treated. The performances are fabulous. Beth Leavel gives an amazing performance. You hate her and then you end up loving her, absolutely divine. Although more campy, Brooks Ashmankas gives an extremely fun performance. This is the type of show i see highschools (well progressive high schools not in the middle of the US) doing, small, easy to stage but with great music, dancing and all around a good time for all .

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BURN THIS 

Official Blurb: Academy Award nominee Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman, Star Wars, “Girls”) and Golden Globe winner Keri Russell (“The Americans,” Waitress, “Felicity”) star in the acclaimed drama by Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson.

When a mysterious death brings together two unlikely strangers, their explosive connection sparks a chemistry too fiery to ignore. Directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch), and co-starring Tony nominees David Furr and Brandon Uranowitz, BURN THIS is a smoldering story of love and raw attraction by one of the most vital playwrights of the modern era.

My Take: I left the theater a bit perplexed by this one. First, the reason I went to be honest was to see Keri Russell, and even though my high school self loved seeing her onstage, she was definitely the least interesting part of the show.  Adam Driver’s and Brandon Uranowitz performances steal the show, and although Keri is great, doesn’t quite live up to that level. As for the story, its a tricky one. There is so much loss and angst, and I really do not understand how this love story happens. I was in awe of the process, but for me the source of the matter is a bit off in today’s age. Would she really fall in love with someone so abusive and conflicted? someone so wrong in theory for her. It doesn’t relate to me, but then again seeing so many people in damaged conflicted relationship i guess it is not that far off from reality. Go for the great acting on stage, the cool sets and the great rose at intermission. As for the story, let me know whether I’m totally off on this one.

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