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In the Heights, Sweeney Todd, Ravensridge

New YorkIn the HeightsRichard Rodgers Theatre (212) 221-1211“Broadway’s first Latino musical created by Latinos is a big, pulsing power surge of a show,” said Linda Winer in Newsday. Composer and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda’s adaptation of Quirara Alegría Hudes’ book avoids tripping into sentimentality and soap-opera clichés. Its vigorous score of salsa- and rap-influenced numbers shouldn’t be missed.

Los AngelesSweeney ToddAhmanson Theatre, (312) 902-1400Director John Doyle wowed Broadway with his stripped-down 2005 production of Stephen Sondheim’s grim fairy tale, said Charles McNulty in the Los Angeles Times. Now restaged for a national tour, it’s lost none of its immediacy. “The imaginative freshness still comes through in this ingenious retelling of razor-wielding Sweeney’s revenge on the town that destroyed his marriage.”

Los AngelesRavensridgeFremont Center Theatre, (866) 811-4111Clumsy dialogue and heavy-handed moralizing mar this tale of a West Virginia steelworker who travels to Russia to track down the fugitive owner of his steel mill, said Terry Morgan in Variety. Still, “what playwright T.S. Cook gets right is witty and powerful.” A good political play is a rare thing indeed, and Cook fearlessly takes on such topics as labor strife and international corporate malfeasance.

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