It was a busy week on and off Broadway. Disney’s Mary Poppins played its final (2,619th!) performance on Sunday. Elizabeth Olsen announced she’ll play Juliet in the Classic Stage Company’s Off Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet this fall. And Shia LaBeouf, who abruptly exited an upcoming Broadway production of Orphans, resumed his bizarro Twitter feud with former costar Alec Baldwin after the 30 Rock star told Vulture that LaBeouf is in no “position to be giving interpretations of what the theater is and what the theater isn’t.” Meow. Here’s a roundup of some of the biggest openings of the past week, both on the Great White Way and beyond (click links for our full reviews).
Cinderella: The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical features a mostly “so-so” score and a heroine played by Laura Osnes (pictured above with Santino Fontana) as “likable but devoid of edge,” writes Jessica Shaw. The show’s biggest plus: “how-the-heck-do-they-do-that visual tricks that transform Cinderella from rags into red-carpet-ready riches before our eyes.” EW grade: B
Ann: Two and a Half Men star Holland Taylor undergoes a remarkable head-to-toe transformation in her one-woman show about the late Texas pol Ann Richards. “She may be a workmanlike playwright,” I conclude, “but as a performer she commands the stage with authority as big as Texas itself.” EW grade: B+ READ FULL STORY