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Les Miz, Heathers and Woody Allen on Broadway

Friday, April 04, 2014

Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjen in Les Miserables (Matthew Murphy)

Redemption and revolution in 19th century France are back on Broadway.

Almost 30 years after it opened, "Les Miserables" is again on stage in New York. And it comes in the middle of a packed and eclectic musical season, with productions about mean girls ("Heathers"), life as a divorcee in New York City ("If/Then"), and filmmaker Woody Allen's Broadway musical debut ("Bullets Over Broadway").

Idina Menzel and the cast of "If/Then" (Picture by Joan Marcus)

Theater critics Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post and Adam Feldman of Time Out New York pick their favorites.

Vincentelli recommends:

"Les Miserables:" "The new production is not great, but good and I enjoyed it a lot."

"If/Then:" "I found it fascinating to see such an ambitious project."

"A Most Happy Fella:" "I would say it's the number one thing to see this weekend, and it's only until Sunday."

And one non-musical, "A Raisin in the Sun:"This is pretty much mainstream commercial theater at its best."

Denzel Washington and the cast from “A Raisin in the Sun” (Brigitte Lacombe)

Feldman recommends:

"Heathers": "It's a tough thing to adapt because it's an edgy, sort of 25 year old high school satire, but I think they found the right tone."

"Rocky:" "I think Rocky and Bridges of Madison County were both underestimated and they are both worth seeing, very different shows."

"Bridges of Madison County"

"Disaster!:" "It's great, great, camp fun," he said. "This is the funniest show I saw last year."

Barret Wilbert Weed and the cast of "Heathers" (Chad Batka)

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Comments [3]

ben from manhattan

Heathers was hysterical! i'm very wary of musicals, or any theater for that matter, but seeing one of my favorite movies come to life was just fabulous. The second act could have been half as long, but the first act was GOLD!

Apr. 05 2014 07:24 AM
Gin from Northern NJ

As a Les Miz fanatic who’s seen it several times, including in London, I strongly disagree with Ms. Vincentelli’s comment that the new production is “not great, but good”. I was leery of any changes, but to my great surprise they result in a more vibrant show with more, but not too much, action and mesmerizing digital effects. The audience I was a part of was exuberant throughout. It’s more like pretty great.

Apr. 04 2014 10:56 AM
Emma Missouri from Brooklyn

Elisabeth Vincentelli "A Raisin in the Sun:"This is pretty much mainstream commercial theater at its best." Ms. Vincentelli ignorance of the history of American Theater is really apparent. One of the greatest, groundbreaking plays by Lorraine Hansberry. (Who we lost too soon) Even in revival it is still relevant and radical. Why would Denzel want to do this play? To act one of the few great roles written for a African American man!

Apr. 04 2014 07:43 AM

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