On paper, the blue-chip title, solid production values and enthusiastic young cast should be enough to make Clueless the Musical a hit, yet the new Off-Broadway musical is missing the ever elusive magic ingredient needed to really make it fly.
Renée Fleming’s choices are shrewd and wide-ranging in her Broadway album, embracing the contemporary and the classic in pretty much equal measure whilst demonstrating that style in this repertoire probably has more to do with attitude than technical adjustment. More, but not all.
Amélie is my favourite French film, and where I first discovered the magical Audrey Tautou; the prospect of seeing it performed onstage was an intriguing one, with the film’s slightly quirky and surreal nature
The Boys in the Band is known for being the “first gay play”. Obviously not the first by any stretch it was, however, the first commercially successful, and if you will ‘mainstream’ gay play. It also was one of few to reach that status before the AIDS epidemic hit and changed the gay community.
This is a heartbreakingly beautiful interpretation of probably the darkest musical to have emerged from Broadway’s Golden Years but, and not unlike The Starkeeper himself, Jack O’Brien has firmly fixed his Carousel in the firmament of 21st-century musical theatre.
So riotously colourful that it makes The Lion King look noir, SpongeBob SquarePants the Broadway Musical is a giddily gleeful confection of music and movement that rightfully takes its place as a fully fledged Broadway musical.