DEAR EVAN HANSEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Chbosky Stars: Ben Platt, Kaitlyn Dever, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Danny Pino, Amandla Stenberg, Colton Ryan, Nik Dodani Based on the 2015 Tony award winning musical drama written by Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen deals with some heavy themes like teen angst, alienation, depression, mental illness, suicide and the toxic nature of social media.   The eponymous Evan Hansen (played by Ben Platt, reprising his Tony award winning role from the Broadway production) is a troubled teenager who struggles with depression and Continue reading

IN THE HEIGHTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon M Chu Stars: Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Jimmy Smits, Corey Hawkins, Gregory Diaz IV, Olga Merediz, Melissa Barrera, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, Chris Jackson.   Before Steven Spielberg’s lavish remake of the multi-Oscar winning West Side Story hits our screens we get this uplifting and hopeful musical set in a vibrant, multi-cultural and diverse area of New York that explores the immigrant experience of a generation of Latino migrants and their hopes and dreams and struggles.  Long before he Continue reading

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ol Parker Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Andy Garcia, Cher, Hugh Skinner, Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine, Dominic Cooper, Cher, Meryl Streep, Jessica Kennan Wynn, Alexa Davies, Celia Imrie. Mamma Mia! (2008) was a film adaptation of the successful stage juke box musical featuring many of the catchiest hit songs from popular Swedish pop quartet ABBA, and it grossed $600 million at the box office. It’s not surprising that the producers have a second Continue reading

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Gracey Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Keala Settle, Sam Humphrey, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ellis Rubin, Skylar Dunn, Paul Sparks, Byron Jennings. Hugh Jackman dances and sings up a storm in this musical biopic about American showman Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891), a pioneer and visionary entrepreneur and creator of the circus as we know it. Barnum’s first venture into show business was a wax museum he created in a warehouse in New York. Always trying to go bigger, he then Continue reading

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bill Condon Stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Nathan Mack, Hattie Morahan. Disney seem intent on remaking their back catalogue of classic animated films into live action films, combining the familiar stories with state of the art special effects to bring them to a brand-new generation. We have had 101 Dalmatians, Cinderella, Alice In Wonderland, The Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon, which have all been Continue reading