Stage Review

title of show (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Opening Date: Aug 01, 2006; Lead Performances: Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff and Jeff Bowen; Writers: Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen; Director: Michael Berresse

In 2004, writer-performers Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen gave themselves three weeks to pen an original piece for a musical-theater festival. The result? [title of show], a show about creating [show], which recycles brainstorm-session chatter as ''dialogue'' and works the casting of actor-singer pals Susan Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff into the ''plot.'' What make [show] more than gimmicky fluff are Bell and Bowen's sly, sassy songs bemoaning the creative process. While musicals about making musicals are nothing new (42nd Street; Kiss Me, Kate), the meta angle is an inspired spin.

Originally posted Aug 25, 2006 Published in issue #894 Sep 01, 2006 Order article reprints
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