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Broadway Musicals of the 2018-2019 Season

Reviewed by Dan Dinero

BOTTOM LINE: Having a hard time deciding on a Broadway musical? Here are brief reviews of everything that is still running from this season.

Awards season—it’s that time of year when Broadway is humming, but it can be hard to know what to see. Do you go by number of nominations? Wait for awards to be handed out and risk having the show you had your eye on become the new impossible ticket? (Hadestown is already that show). Or do you just have folks coming to town and want to know what to bring them to? Hopefully we can help...

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Spring Awakening
(Off Off Broadway, The Gallery Players)
Review by Linda Buchwald

BOTTOM LINE: The Gallery Players' smartly directed revival of Spring Awakening balances staying true to the original with presenting fresh staging ideas.

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Octet
(Off Broadway, Signature Theatre Company)
Review by Ken Kaissar

BOTTOM LINE: An a capella musical about internet addiction where the music far surpasses the story.

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Happy Talk
(Off Broadway, The New Group at the Signature Center)
Review by Sarah Moore

BOTTOM LINE: Susan Sarandon stars in Jesse Eisenberg's new play Happy Talk, an enjoyable if uneven dark comedy about a woman starring in her local community theatre and playing matchmaker at home.

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A Musical About Star Wars
(Off Broadway, Theatre Row)
Review by Shani R. Friedman

BOTTOM LINE: For Star Wars fans (because it’s definitely better than Star Trek) who liked the music in the cantina scene and need a fix until the next movie is out.

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Grief is the Thing With Feathers
(Off Broadway, St. Ann's Warehouse)
Review by Ran Xia

BOTTOM LINE: Enda Walsh's new creation depicts the process of grief at monumental levels.

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Friendly's Fire
(Off Off Broadway, Rising Sun at the Theater at the 14th Street Y)
Review by Ed Malin

BOTTOM LINE: A Gulf War veteran takes a colorful trip through his memories of heroism and meets a whole bunch of fantastical characters, as well as his ex-wife and late brother.

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