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A Review of Baby It's You (Broadway)

By Angela W., April 20, 2011

  • Acting
    4 stars
  • Choreography
    4 stars
  • Dancing
    4 stars
  • Direction
    3 stars
  • Lyrics
    5 stars
  • Music
    5 stars
  • Overall
    3 stars
  • Production
    4 stars
  • Singing
    5 stars
  • Story
    2 stars
  • Writing
    2 stars

I saw Baby It's You (Broadway) on 04/19/11. Overall, I'd say it was a 3-star rating. I'd summarize it by saying “A fun and fluffy Motown jukebox musical.”

I had a lovely time and left the show feeling inspired and informed. I'd describe the show as music-laden, fun, and fluffy. Beth leavel was a highlight of the show because she definitely brings the house down with her vocals!. If this were a movie, I'd rate it PG. I would recommend this show to music and Motown lovers but not to n/a (it's definitely family-friendly).

I saw this show because TheaterAdvisor gave me a ticket!. I would see it again. I sat in the left orchestra area of the theater. The view was clear and the seats were comfortable.

The music of "Baby It's You" was phenomenal - even if you're not a Motown fan, you'll definitely hear songs that you recognize. Beth Leavel (playing Florence Greenberg) has a beautiful voice, which is really showcased in numbers such as "Mama Said" and "Don't Make Me Over." Also keep an eye (or ear, rather) out for Christina Sajous (playing Shirley of the Shirelles) and Geno Henderson (who plays a variety of characters throughout the show).

While the songs, vocals, and orchestrations are absolutely brilliant, the show itself doesn't have much substance. Character development consistently takes a backseat to the songs, which don't always relate to what's going on in the show. This is unfortunate, given that Beth Leavel is an especially talented actress.

Overall, I'd say that if you're a particular fan of Motown or music history in general, this is a fun show to see. Just don't expect much in the way of a story.

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