Stage Review

A Tale of Two Cities (2008)

THE WORST OF TIMES James Barbour and Aaron Lazarin A Tale of Two Cities on Broadway
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THE WORST OF TIMES James Barbour and Aaron Lazarin A Tale of Two Cities on Broadway
EW's GRADE
C

Details Opening Date: Sep 18, 2008; Lead Performance: James Barbour; Director: Warren Carlyle; Genre: Musical

A Tale of Two Cities is the most unrevolutionary musical about a revolution you’ll ever see. As the bad-boy barrister who loses his head over a lady, Barbour tosses his unwashed hair with intensity. Aaron Lazar, as the wrongly accused aristocrat, is trés dreamy. That he barely resembles Barbour (big plot point!) is a problem — though not as problematic as Jill Santoriello’s trite lyrics and forgettable score. Dickens deserves far, far better. C (Purchase tickets at Broadway.com or call: 212-239-6200)

Originally posted Sep 23, 2008 Published in issue #1014 Oct 03, 2008 Order article reprints