This Week on Stage: Kim Cattrall returns to Broadway
Add two more shows to your Broadway ticket wish list. Disney finally ended speculation that Newsies was Main Stem-bound on Tuesday when they confirmed the musical will open at the Nederlander Theatre in March. And London’s National Theatre announced that they were sending the much-loved comedy One Man, Two Guvnors andits star James Corden (The History Boys) across the pond to the Music Box Theatre in April. As for shows already on the stage, our reviewers saw a Los Angeles-to-New York transfer, two movie adaptations, and Kim Cattrall’s first Broadway appearance in over 20 years. Read the highlights below.
Private Lives: This “zesty production” of Noel Coward’s comedy, starring Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross as reunited exes, earns a B from senior writer Clark Collis. “Cattrall could probably handle this stuff standing on her curly-coifed head,” he writes about her mastery of the playwright’s witty, insult-filled dialogue, “but Gross seems equally comfortable delivering Coward-esque tartiness.”
A Christmas Story, the Musical!: The beloved holiday film didn’t produce a truly lovable musical warns writer Mandi Bierly. You “may not enjoy yourself as much as you’d hope,” she writes, giving the touring production a C+. “Only one of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s 19 new songs is a winner…I’m not sure it’s worth the often steep price of live theater tickets to watch a story when you can see it at home for free.”
Standing on Ceremony, the Gay Marriage Plays: “The emotional payoffs vary widely,” says writer Adam Markowitz about this staged reading of eight short plays about same-sex marriage, yet “the night as a whole works wonderfully as a buzzy cocktail of we-did-it cheer.” He gives the show—which originated in Los Angeles—a B-.
Bring it On: The Musical: This touring production, “inspired by” the 2000 film, nabs a B+ from EW writer Tanner Stransky. “The show flashes its spirit with funny one-liners, some jazzy songs, and plenty of high school drama,” he gushes while noting that it does needs some improvements. “[It] may be ready for a national tour, but seems more like junior varsity when it comes to Broadway.”