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  • ihcahiehihcahieh PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Once on This Island

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    Don’t fall in love with a fuckboi unless you want to turn into a tree. This seems to be the lesson that Once on This Island is trying to give its audience, at least if you disregard the story within a story’s premise as part of the island’s contemporary folklore and take everything at face value. I’m not saying that this musical is not fun because it hella is, and even then that would still be an understatement. Even so, the themes tackled by the material just seem so completely out of touch with modernity...
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    The Lifespan of a Fact

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    Production design aside, The Lifespan of a Fact heavily relies on the performance of its actors to entertain a theater full of people. Radcliffe sports his usual rugged look post-Harry Potter and throws his lines with a legit American accent. Cannavale captures D’Agata’s smug demeanor without compromising his idealistic views, while Jones highlights the Editor’s maternal side as well as her role as negotiator between the two opposing parties. The banter among the three does not come across as rehearsed, and such rapport helps a lot in establishing their respective roles in the plot...
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    Frozen

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    Act 1 ends with Let It Go, which is comparable but not quite in the same level as Wicked’s Defying Gravity. Nevertheless, there is that similar feeling of emancipation which makes the two songs ever so popular. The costume change is accomplished with a quick and literal costume drop, with Elsa already wearing her icy gown under her royal robe. The final note is extended to accommodate a quick about-face accompanied by strobe lights and thundering sound effects. Let's not be too unfair and compare this to the animated feature which had the advantage of CGI. For what it’s worth, they make do of what they have onstage, and the audience goes wild...
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    Anastasia

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    Whatever your doubts are, the musical is bound to amuse you. I was amused, indeed, but not amazed. The songs are not wow but have just the right amount of impact to merit a round of applause from its audience. Journey to the Past and Once Upon a December both stand out. Everyone on Broadway is vocally talented, okay, but when they start belting their glory notes here and there you just can’t help but adore them for their dedication. Kudos to Altomare and Adkins for such a good show...
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    Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Atlantis Theatrical)


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    Even then, this musical wouldn’t be half as fun if it weren’t for the supporting cast, them boys and girls who sang the hits and danced to them in all their 60’s glory and made me feel like I was watching snippets of a live concert. Damn it, guys. You make it all look so effortless. I’ve been hearing some whispers on the aisles that this is way better than the Broadway version. I guess I’ll never know because I’m not in the habit of watching something I already saw somewhere else on Broadway, but I can tell you that I had one hell of a good time, and I’d willingly pay to watch you all perform again. Encore, please...
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    Waitress (Atlantis Theatrical)

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    But perhaps Waitress’ biggest draw is how it tells you that everyone can start fresh. Sometimes the apprehensions that we have regarding our life situation is nothing more but an echo of our self doubt or our fear of the unknown. When you realize that no one is holding you back from choosing a new path in life but yourself, that’s when the pieces start to fall into place. And of course, if you have a freshly baked pie for dessert, that makes it even more worth while.
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    Sea Wall/A Life (Broadway)

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    The play is basically two long monologues from two guys who never meet or interact. The style makes you feel like you are watching a stand up comedy routine, which is true to some extent because both Gyllenhaal and Sturridge have a few punchlines up their sleeves. This is more of a drama, though, because of the sad stories that they tell. So perhaps “stand up dramedy” is the more appropriate term? It’s easy to lose track of what they are talking about because of the kilometric lines. The material is definitely not for anyone with a short attention span.
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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Broadway)

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    You know you are old when Harry Potter comes out of retirement and crosses over to the stage as a dad. Of three! This is one of the things that makes Harry Potter and the Cursed Child work like magic. Aside from taking advantage of an entire generation’s nostalgia, it also presents a storyline that allows its characters to grow up with its fanbase. This is common formula in film and television as of late but theater does not often get to see something similar, even more so for a such a crossover material.
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    Dear Evan Hansen (Broadway)

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    There were audible sobs in the theater. The teenager in front of me was wiping tears off with his shirt. Maybe it’s the songs. Maybe it’s the aircon. Maybe it’s because we’ve all been there, at one point in our lives. For many, it’s a one-time thing. For some, it’s recurring. It feels like falling off a tree. While some would hang on a branch for dear life, some will choose to just let go. Mental illness shouldn’t be taboo. If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, please reach out. Ask for help.
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    Betrayal (Broadway)

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    If Sea Wall/A Life was full of monologues, then Betrayal is full of dialogues. Again, one of those talker straight plays. The set couldn’t have been more minimalistic. You have two chairs, four bottles of beer, and a wide canvas wall as the background. Only two actors can sit at the same time, so the other one is forced to move to the background and “admire” the wall art most of the time. Given the style, this is a relatively easy play to stage if you have dependable actors who can capture an audience with their mere presence.
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    The Sound Inside (Broadway)

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    This show would have been boring if not for both Parker and Hochman who have impeccable comic timing. They drop their lines in such a nonchalant manner that keeps the audience laughing, like listening to seasoned stand-up comedians tackling some profound realities in life but diluting it with deadpan humor to make it more palatable to an audience that came to the theater to reflect on their everyday realities without having to cut back on entertainment value. Overall, The Sound Inside is a pleasant surprise, a funny and thought-provoking one at that.
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    Moulin Rouge (Broadway)

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    The very first time I ever saw Baz Luhrmann’s masterpiece at the cinema in 2002, I was mesmerized and just couldn’t help but feel that this material was tailor-made for the Great White Way. And I know I wasn’t the only one. It’s theatrical and, to quote the film itself, spectacular spectacular! That it took almost two decades for it to make it to Broadway is an enigma in itself. Yet here we are, and they couldn’t have adapted it any better. If you plan on seeing this, do so now while it’s fresh and hot. Once the crowd catches on and the Tonys come rushing in, the ticket prices will defo shoot up.
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    Beetlejuice (Broadway)

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    Well that was a riot. I came to the theater without expectations and not knowing what this material was all about. I knew that there was a film but didn’t have an idea what the storyline was. I just saw a lot of black and white, which somehow made me relate the narrative to The Addams Family because of the same gothic look and feel. To settle things once and for all this is a story about death, grief, and finding life in such themes. That sounds rather ironic, yet the plot works that way at least. In any case, if you do watch Beetlejuice, do so for the humor.
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