After a multi-week hiatus, I’m happy to announce the return of Review Friday! Completely retooled for a stronger demographic, the New Review Friday has all the hotness of the old Review Friday, with absolutely nothing changed! I hope you enjoy.
- Legally Blonde The Musical is in town at 5th Avenue, giving reviewers a chance to insert an “OMG” or “like, totally” into their otherwise professional prose. In terms of the show itself, The Seattle Weekly sums it up best: “If you liked the movie, you’ll love the show. If not, well, you really have no business being here.” Even Seth Kolloen at SunBreak was charmed despite admitting he was not looking forward to seeing it. “Legally Blonde puts a smile on your face and compels it to stay there–through the first act, the intermission, act two, and finale,” says Kolloen, “I know it wasn’t just me. When niece and I made our way out into the lobby after the compulsory standing ovation, everyone was smiling.”
- The folks at Seattle Theatre Group brought us Chicago, another stage musical often compared to its film counterpart (even if it was on stage first.) A reader at the Seattle P-I states “As a fan of musical theatre, I really hate to say it, but the movie version did more for me.” Jay Irwin was surprised by the quality of this run, saying “The alchemy of putting together a near perfect cast is achieved and has turned this into the best production of the show I’ve seen.” Too bad you missed it – this hot tour only stopped by the Paramount for 5 days before movin’ on.
- The actors are receiving some love in Stone Soup‘s Fool For Love by Sam Shephard. “In the intimate environment of Stone Soup, actors (Annie) Lareau and (Anders) Bolang give intense and explosive performances.” writes Miryam Gordon, “It’s not a production for the faint of heart.”
- Ooh! Another musical with a memorable movie: Alec Clayton enjoyed The Wedding Singer down at Tacoma Playhouse: “A light-hearted, silly and exuberant musical comedy translated from film into a highly theatrical entertainment.”
Also: plenty of buzz on Theatre Off Jackson‘s Solo Performance Festival; SCT brings us In The Northern Lands: Nordic Myths; Seattle Gay News enjoyed Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean at Woman Seeking.. a Theater Company, and down in Olympia, a review for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged.)
Don’t forget, you can add your own reviews at SeattlePerforms.com!