December 08, 2016

Broadway Season Ends With a Muddle of Shows

HollywoodNews.com: It’s over. The big race from March 1st — when the spring season begins– to April 26th, cut off date for eligibility for the Tony Awards. It ended tonight with a thud. I saw “Leap of Faith”–it’s as bad as the 1992 movie, maybe worse. I skipped “Don’t Dress for Dinner” and “Ghost: The Musical.” The other reviews were bad enough. I really liked “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and thought the New York Times was unusually harsh and wrong. It’s delightful, and Matthew Broderick is very good in it. As for “Leap of Faith”: they brought in the talented Warren Leight (“Sideman”) to fix a broken script. He did everything he could. He used the paddles, yelled “Clear!” and tried to revive a dead body.

But the show is inert. The songs are mostly torture. The concept is still a very pale rip off of “The Music Man.” Boy, if you saw the most recent production of that show, with Craig Bierko, or watched the classic film with Robert Preston, you’d wonder why anyone would try to make this musical. Taylor Hackford left as director seemingly years ago. He could smell the turkey while it was basting. And while the performers are all fine, it doesn’t matter. “Leap of Faith” will close very, very quickly.

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