Jim Stewart from Burlington. Massachusetts
GOOD, NOT GREAT PLAY.
We looked forward to seeing this show for several months. I don't know how I missed knowing this was an Andrew Lloyd Webber play but it became fairly obvious as the night went on. I am not a Webber hater. But his plays tend to be ballad-driven melodramas and this one was no exception. Don't get me wrong - I love a good ballad. But I think the best musicals mix up musical styles a lot more. Webber seems to love the big, lugubrious bring-down-the-house ballad and there was (at least) one too many. I also found the (completely invented for the play) side story of the writer falling in love with another woman artificial and kinda silly. The dead guy walking around was effective I guess. But what a lousy part for an actor. Anyway, glad we saw it to see what the fuss was about. I wouldn't see it again but will stick with the infinitely superior movie. And I may well go see Kinky Boots for a third time. You want to see a good, fun play with a message and good music? See that.
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