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This Week on Stage: 'Lombardi' and 'La Bête' bring football and Molière to Broadway

Broadway-LombardiImage Credit: Joan MarcusStage buzz for the past week has been all about stars – or, in some cases, “stars” – coming to New York City’s Great White Way: Porn legend Jenna Jameson is flirting with joining ’80s jukebox musical Rock of Ages; Robin Williams is headed to Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Donny and Marie Osmond will do a limited engagement of a Christmas show in December; and Chris Rock is making his Broadway debut as the sponsor to an AA parolee in The Motherf–ker With the Hat. Now, if only all five would star together in the same show, that would be interesting… right? The past couple weeks, too, saw the Broadway openings of David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, La Bête, and Lombardi (starring Dan Lauria and Judith Light, pictured above), as well as Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake ballet, all of which were recently reviewed here on EW.com:

A Life in the Theatre: I praised this B+ play revival for its genius casting of Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight: “Stewart and Knight, both at the top of their game here, embrace the strange spirit of the show and imbue Mamet’s 26 madcap vignettes with a feeling of buoyant, urgent comedy that elicits lots of laughs — and only the occasional grimace.” (Opened 10/12)

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: EW music writer Simon Vozick-Levinson gave this new-to-Broadway rock musical an A and praised the rock musical readily: “If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for? Shows this weird and wonderful don’t make it to Broadway every day.” (Opened 10/13)

La Bête: EW film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum loved the play revival of the Molière-inspired La Bête, starring Frasier’s David Hyde Pierce, for its contemporary nature and gave it an A-: “The plumage and elegant dialogue-in-verse of NYC-born David Hirson’s wily comedy suggests Molière-era France, but don’t be fooled: In director Matthew Warchus’ exuberant Broadway production, the issues are blog-post current.” (Opened 10/14)

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake: EW stage editor Thom Geier showered the NYC return of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake with both praise and an A- grade: “This is a captivating evening of dance as theater. It is a work of storytelling in its purest, wordless form — and one that allows your imagination, like the onstage swans themselves, to take flight.” (Opened 10/17)

Lombardi: EW editor Jeff Labrecque thought the show about the football great was, well, pretty good, slugging it with a B and saying this: “With Lauria and Light’s sterling duet, fans can rest assured that their champion’s legacy is secure.” (Opened 10/21)

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More Stage coverage from EW.com:
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Donny and Marie Osmond headed to Broadway
John C. Reilly joins Oscar trio in ‘God of Carnage’
Tom Bosley: Friends mourn the late actor on Twitter
Jenna Jameson in talks for Broadway’s ‘Rock of Ages.’ Perfect stunt casting?
Robin Williams headed to Broadway