Leap of Faith opens on Broadway- Review Round-Up

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So, it’s a wrap. The Broadway season has concluded with an especially crowded spring. Leap of Faith, which opened on Thursday night at the St. James Theater, was one of two holdouts—pushing its opening to the final day of Tony Award eligibility. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough time to work out all the kinks.

Featuring songs by Alan Menken (music) and Glenn Slater (lyrics), with a book by Janus Cercone and Warren Leight, Leap of Faith tells the story of Jonas Nightingale, played by Raul Esparza, a con-man missionary who must re-examine his sinful ways when his con is challenged.

Most critics agree that somewhere within Leap of Faith lives a strong musical. Its solid cast and great songs by Alan Menken, though none but the title song very catchy, should add up. The production falls shorts, however, especially because the show is performed as a prayer service in NYC, in which Jonas (Esparza) tells the story of how he came back to the way of the Lord while stranded in Sweetwater, Kansas. It considerably interrupts the narrative.

Here’s out review round-up: