Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Reviews for the new Grease on Broadway

The revival of "Grease" cast by way of voters who watched the painfully dull, rules changing TV reality show "You're The One That I Want," opened on Broadway Sunday night.

The reviews:

New York Times - "Those who come to “Grease” without such sentimental attachments are sure to be baffled by the lack of wit, charisma or original presence on the stage."

Variety - "Not that there's anything especially wrong with Max Crumm and Laura Osnes, the pair chosen to play cool-dude Danny Zuko and his innocent summer love Sandy Dumbrowski, respectively, in Kathleen Marshall's low-wattage New York production. They sing confidently, dance capably and both have their own low-key, unaffected charms. But they're unprepossessingly innocuous, which is not a great quality in musical theater leads. What's more, they have less-than-zero sexual connection."

New York magazine - "During the curtain call, the cast races through quick reprises of all the show’s good songs (including “Greased Lightning,” Broadway’s answer to a stadium-rock anthem), and gives the Max-and-Laura constituency plenty of chances to see the stars in action. Here, you think, is what the people came to see: the super-concentrated Grease experience, all highlights and TV stars, with none of the dull bits to get in the way. It’s just a shame that, after casting their votes and paying a hundred bucks for tickets, they still have to wait two listless hours to get it."

New York magazine - "During the curtain call, the cast races through quick reprises of all the show’s good songs (including “Greased Lightning,” Broadway’s answer to a stadium-rock anthem), and gives the Max-and-Laura constituency plenty of chances to see the stars in action. Here, you think, is what the people came to see: the super-concentrated Grease experience, all highlights and TV stars, with none of the dull bits to get in the way. It’s just a shame that, after casting their votes and paying a hundred bucks for tickets, they still have to wait two listless hours to get it."

Hollywood Reporter - "Tackily produced and utterly lacking the sort of fun comic spark that the original production and certainly the movie possessed (though not the most recent Broadway revival in 1994), this is a "Grease" that only will be appreciated by young TV viewers who don't know any better."

The critics are not amused, and as the Hollywood Reporter harshly spells it out, the revival "only will be appreciated by young TV viewers who don't know any better." (newyorkology.com)

But aren't they the target audience, I think so! (Sunday night I will post additional photos and videos from the opening night of Grease)

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Grease and I loved it. Max was super sexy, much sexier than on TV. And as far as his acting, he is a teenager; he’s supposed to be awkward.

8/23/2007 11:56 AM  
Blogger HughE2030 said...

Time Magazine gives it “Two Thumbs Up!” You try coming up with a neater distillation of how girls and guys at a certain age view the opposite sex, all in words of one syllable. You try building a Broadway show around two amateur stars and coming up with something as effortlessly enjoyable as this.

8/23/2007 12:49 PM  
Blogger SarahB said...

That was the most obnoxious stage door crowd I've ever seen.

8/23/2007 1:49 PM  
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