Fiorello! (2016) OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    September 9, 2016
    Closing:
    October 7, 2016

    Theater: Classic Stage Comp. / 136 East 13th Street, New York, NY, 10003

    Synopsis: 

    What is a progressive politic? Look no further than Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning Fiorello!. A big-hearted look at Mayor LaGuardia and his battle for the people of New York City. This charming production has music and lyrics by Tony Award-winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler On The Roof, She Loves Me) and book by Tony Award and Drama Desk-Winner George Abbott (The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees) and Jerome Weidman (Tenderloin).

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Fiorello! (2016)

    'Fiorello!', the Mayor Who Fought for the Little Guy

    Charles Isherwood

    September 10, 2016: Imagine, if you can, a musical comedy called “La Guardia!” Picture a chorus angrily lamenting their canceled flights. A frustrated plaint from an overtaxed ticketing agent trying to calm them. A frenetic hip-hop dance number as arriving passengers dodge traffic to find their Uber drivers. We do not have such a musical — and, yes, I know it’s painful. But we do of course have “Fiorello!,” the 1959 musical about the long-serving, corruption-fighting New York mayor whose surname adorns the most reviled airport in the country. The show, with an infectious score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, and a rather complicated book by Jerome Weidman and the musical’s original director, George Abbott, has been featured not once but twice as part of the City Center Encores! musicals-in-concert series, the only show to have been so honored.

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