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Adagio Teas
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An engaging revival of the Sondheim classic where, as in his production of Sweeny Todd last season, director John Doyle has his cast double as musicians.  Raul Esparza is the best-singing Bobby I've ever heard, and Barbara Walsh offers up an out-of-this-world "Ladies Who Lunch."

The Coast of Utopia

Tom Stoppard's epic three-parter, set in pre-Revolution Russia, is not for the faint of heart. But it's a rich tapestry of words, places and characters, some of whom we've actually heard of...Among an enormous cast, Brian F. O' Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Jennifer Ehle, Billy Crudup and Martha Plimpton deserve special mention for their skill and their endurance.Jack O'Brien directs with equal fervor. [Vivian Beaumont]

Journey's End

The "war to end all wars", didn't really turn out that way; and trench warfare certainly was hell. David Grindley has given us a superb revival of R.C. Sherriff's highly accurate 1928 World War I drama. Though dated in spots, it still conveys the horror of not knowing if the next moment would be the last moment... The cast is top shelf, with special commendations to Hugh Dancy, Boyd Gaines, Jefferson Mays and Stark Sands. [Belasco]

Spring Awakening

Franz Wedekind's 19th-century German play about the sexual awakening of German teenagers seems an unlikely subject for a 21st-century musical, let alone a successful one. The music is loud, but appealing and so is the cast. Kudos, especially to Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele and John Gallagher,Jr. The show is ably directed by Michael Mayer [Eugene O'Neill]

The Drowsy Chaperone

Who'd a thunk it.  This ditsy musical, which even has a character called Man In Chair serving as narrator, is pure unadulterated pleasure.  There are knockout performances by Sutton Foster, Danny Burstein, and especially Bob Martin as M.I.C., whose passion for the 1928 original cast album of The Drowsy Chaperone (an entirely fictitous piece) sets the whole musical in motion. [Marquis]

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