Friday, April 27, 2012

Leap of Faith Opens on Broadway

The final commercial production of the Broadway, Leap of Faith, season has officially opened. The reviews are in and they are not that great. Raul Esparza, the show's leading man, is getting some of the best reviews of his career, but the show is otherwise not remotely worth the price of admission. Steve Suskin of Variety Magazine writes, "Raul Esparza sizzles like a firecracker in this musicalization of the 1992 Steve Martin pic, but his wick is continually dampened by the pesky book, songs, and staging. While the familiar story could be compelling, as assembled here, it's a mass of cliche" Ben Brantley of the New York Times wrote, "Say amen, sombody. Or, better yet, just wimper the word.  We've finally come to the end of a hard-run overcrowded spring on Broadway. And here, to sound the final trumpet, is one last musical, a show that appropriately expresses how many a dedicated theatergoer must be feeling right now: plum tuckered out. Praise the lord and pass the amphetamines."

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